BUILDING STRONG COMMUNITY RELATIONS IN THE CITY OF VICTORIA 

Grade 4 and 5 students from the James Bay Community School  recently got a first hand look at the cruise ships that visit Ogden Point.

Hosted by Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas and the Grand Princess students, teachers and accompanying parents visited the bridge learning about the math and science of navigation, enjoyed time in the Youth Center and learned about the environmental sustainability practices of cruise operations from Environmental Officer.

Support for the tours was provided by Victoria Cruise Industry Alliance members who were excited to share more about both the shipboard and shore side aspects of the industry, including stevedoring, port agents, pilots and more.

Students started their learning and prep for their visit a month in advance with a visit to the school by GVHA Western Stevedoring representatives.

THE INAUGURAL CEREMONY OF THE BLISS IN VICTORIA  

B.C. Finance Minister Carole James at the inaugural ceremony for the NCL Bliss in Victoria.

CRUISE LINES ANNOUNCE TO ELIMINATE PLASTIC WASTE 

Two major cruise companies are stepping up efforts to eliminate a modern-day scourge of the oceans: plastic. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (“RCL”) has announced that its fleet will eliminate plastic straws as of 2019. That applies to all 50 ships under the Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, TUI Cruises, and Pullmantur Cruceros brands.

Additionally, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has joined Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance. The announcement comes in celebration of World Oceans Day. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. To read more visit   travelpulse.com , June 08 ,2018.

PRINCESS PREPARES FOR ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN ALASKA

Princess Cruises will celebrate 50 years in Alaska next year, offering nearly two dozen land-and-sea tour options and bringing seven cruise ships to the state between May and September

The company’s largest Alaska deployment to date features the introduction of the Royal Princess, a 3,600-passenger vessel that will be the largest Princess ship to sail in the state. It’s currently on tour in the British Isles and will operate in Canada, the Caribbean, South America and Mexico on its way to a 2019 Alaska debut.

Princess Cruises’ full 50th anniversary roster includes opportunities to explore Denali National Park, the cities of Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska’s Inside Passage and beyond. To read visit travelweekly.com, June 26,2018

PUBLIC OPENING OF THE PORT OF MONTREAL GRAND QUAY

Under sunny skies, the people of Greater Montreal came in large numbers to take part in the public opening of the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay, which took the form of a big family party.

The Port of Montreal was also very satisfied with the event. Montreal Port Authority (MPA) President and CEO Sylvie Vachon said: “There was no better way to celebrate the start of the summer season and this new step in completing our major project than opening the site to the general public. We hope that the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay will become an important gathering place for all Montrealers, at the confluence of the river and the city. Bringing citizens closer to the river was a priority for us and we can now say: mission accomplished!” To  read the full press release visit port-montreal.com  June 4,2018

SILVERSEA EXPLORING FEASIBILITY OF SIMULTANEOUS ARCTIC CRUISES 

Silversea Cruises is in the late stages of planning one of the most ambitious expedition itineraries ever attempted: simultaneous multi-week cruises in both the Canadian and Russian arctics.

The feat, to offer so-called Northwest Passage and Northeast Passage cruises in the 2020 summer season, would be unprecedented, according to Mark Conroy, managing director of the Americas for Silversea.

The cruises, if offered, would build on experience Silversea expects to gain with its first Northeast Passage cruise, in 2019. The cruise will start Aug. 10 in Nome, Alaska, and venture east, north of Russia, to end in Tromso, Norway. To read more visit travelweekly.com, June 14,2018

THE RISE OF POLAR CRUISING 

Polar cruising commenced in the late 19th century when a German industrialist-chartered ships that accompanied whale catchers to Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago.  The Hudson’s Bay Company tried, unsuccessfully, to mount a cruise to Hudson Bay in 1923, using the Canadian Pacific Liner Montreal

For more about the history and growth of polar cruising read the full story at maritime-executive.com, May 30,2018

CARNIVAL ACQUIRES ALASKA’S WHITE PASS PORT 

Carnival Corporation, through its subsidiary Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, has signed a deal to acquire TWC Enterprises’ White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) division, which includes White Pass’ port, railroad and retail operations in Skagway, Alaska.

In addition to the acquisition, Holland America Princess Alaska Tours also executed an MOU with Survey Point Holdings, an Alaskan company based in Ketchikan, to create a joint venture making Survey Point the managing partner of the port, White Pass Scenic Railway and the associated retail operations that Carnival is acquiring. To read more please visit maritime-executive.com , June 7,2018

LARGEST CRUISE SHIP TO TRANSIT THE BALLARD LOCKS & SAIL ON LAKE UNION  

Based in Alaska for the 2018 season, the 212-passenger Star Legend will visit Seattle, Windstar’s headquarters, for the first time on June 27, 2018 and make a historic sail through the Chittenden Locks in Ballard and on to Lake Union.
Star Legend will become the largest-known cruise ship ever to transit the Ballard Locks and the century-old Lake Washington Ship Canal through Ballard and Fremont, to sail on to Lake Union as part a celebration of Pacific Northwest cruising. Star Legend is owned by Seattle-based Windstar Cruises, a small ship cruise line with a fleet of six ships, and is sailing her inaugural season in Alaska from May to Sept. To read more visit fremontuniverse.com , June 16,2018

PRINCE RUPERT PORT APPOINTS SHAUN STEVENSON AS CEO 

The Board of Directors of the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced today that Shaun Stevenson has been selected as the organization’s next President and Chief Executive Officer. The selection is the result of an international search that began in October, following the retirement of long-time President and CEO Don Krusel.

Mr. Stevenson is currently PRPA’s Vice-President of Trade Development & Public Affairs, where he has worked extensively with industry partners, shippers and marine carriers, and development proponents, as well as local First Nations and a variety of government and community stakeholders.  He has more than 20 years of strategic and operational experience at PRPA, and has played a key leadership role in the development and implementation of several successful strategies that have driven the growth and diversification of the Port’s business. To read the full press release visit rupertport.com , June 19,2018

ECHO PROGRAM UPDATE

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has published the 2017 ECHO Program Annual Report and has also provided background on additional whale related initiatives and awards related to the Pacific Northwest. To read the full report click here.

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