NANAIMO CONCENTRATES ON ‘WHITE GLOVE SERVICE’

With 10,366 passengers and 4,450 crew last year, David Mailloux, manager of communications and public affairs for the Nanaimo Port Authority, said he was expecting similar numbers this year.

Among the callers will be the Explorer of the Seas, one of the largest ships in the Alaska market, calling on the Central Vancouver Island twice, on May 16 and again on Sept. 18. Read more at cruiseindustry.com , February 16, 2018

PORT ALBERNI TO HOST CRUISE SHIPS AGAIN IN 2019

The Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA) and West Coast Agencies recently announced the return of cruise ships to Port Alberni in 2019. Currently, Holland America Line (HAL) is scheduled to return to Port Alberni May 25, June 15 and July 6 of 2019.

Port Alberni last hosted a cruise ship in May 2013, which was also a HAL vessel.The Port Alberni Port Authority and the city have partnered in the past to work with the community to show off its heritage and culture to cruise passengers.

“We believe that, as a community, we continue to grow and evolve and we are looking at working with First Nations, Chamber of Commerce, local industry and marine enhancement groups, the Heritage Network, etc., to develop potential new shore excursions that can educate and entertain cruise passengers about what our community does very well,” said PAPA Director of Public Relations and Business Development, Dave McCormick .Read more at albernivalleynews.com, February 22,2018

VANCOUVER BUILDING UPON SHORT-AND LONG-TERM PLANS

Over the next two years we will see our passenger volume grow dramatically,” said Carmen Ortega, manager of trade development at the Port of Vancouver. “This year we are going to see about 900,000 passengers on 241 calls and next year more than 1 million passengers on 265 calls,” she added.  New in Vancouver this year will be Windstar Cruises, sailing the 204-guest Star Legend on 12- to 14-day itineraries, while the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Bliss will call on a re-positioning voyage.

 “We are planning for future growth here in Vancouver,” Ortega continued. “We know the ships are getting bigger, which is an emerging issue not only here but also worldwide, so we are developing short- and long-term plans to enable the business to grow here. One of the things we are looking at now, and consulting with our cruise line clients about, is a possible new terminal outside the Lion’s Gate Bridge. Read more at cruiseindustrynews.com, February 21, 2018

MONTREAL ADDING CAPACITY

Montreal inaugurated a new cruise terminal in June, which will be joined by a second operational terminal in 2018, along with the existing alternate terminal located east of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. The trio of berth locations will help the iconic city accommodate extra ships during its peak fall season. The two new berths offer shore power and a direct connection to black and grey water collection lines.

As 2017 wrapped up, the port was expecting to report 52 international ship calls, according to a spokesperson, a 20,000 passenger increase year-over-year.  2018 will continue the surge, with 16 more calls on the books and a prediction of 130,000 passengers, up 50,000 year-over-year. New business includes summer cruises from AIDA, and the debut of Windstar Cruises in the Saint Lawrence.  To read more cruiseindustrynews.com . January 30,2018

2018 – ANOTHER STRONG YEAR FOR HALIFAX

From April 22 to November 6, the Port of Halifax is expecting 200 vessel calls carrying approximately 300,000 cruise guests. For local tourism providers, planning for the upcoming season is well underway.
The cruise industry is such an important engine for tourism visitation in Nova Scotia,” said Jennifer Angel, Acting President and CEO, Waterfront Development. “Together with our partners at the Halifax Port Authority, and the many businesses and community partners who create outstanding experiences for visitors, we are proud to welcome guests from around the world to our waterfronts.”
10 scheduled inaugural calls in 2018, starting with the arrival of Norwegian Bliss, on April 30, 2018. A complete vessel schedule can be found at the Cruise Halifax website at http://cruisehalifax.ca/our-visitors/cruise-schedule/.

CRUISE IN THE HEART OF WINTER

Following interest by the international cruise industry in the wonders of winter in ports of call across Québec, Cruise the Saint Lawrence (CSL) is spearheading an initiative to promote the development of winter explorer cruises for adventure travellers in search of authentic Nordic experiences.

As trends in travel show a marked interest in cruise destinations such as the Arctic and Antarctic, Québec’s brand of Nordic experience features a singular blend of bracing outdoor and vibrant urban possibilities.

For the full press release visit cruisesaintlawrence.com

CLIA 2018 CRUISE TRAVEL ANNUAL STUDY OF ATTITUDES, BEHAVIORS & TRAVEL PREFERENCES

Findings Reveal Cruise Travel Breaks Income Barriers and Generational Stereotypes

The comprehensive analysis of cruisers and non-cruisers provides an annual overview of attitudes, behaviors and travel preferences. This year, key highlights of the study found almost all income brackets are cruising. A third (33 percent) of cruisers surveyed have a household income less than $80K, while 50 percent have a household income of at least $100K or more. The report also reveals a new generation of luxury travelers has emerged. Read more at cruising.org ,January 25,2018


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