CANADA’S MINISTER OF TOURISM VISITS
VANCOUVER’S CANADA PLACE
On August 20th, the Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism toured Canada Place Cruise Terminal and was welcomed on-board the Disney Wonder. On August 21st the Minister joined speakers from Tourism Vancouver, Destination British Columbia, Rocky Mountaineer and Indigenous Tourism BC at a Vancouver Board of Trade Event “Exploring Opportunities to Grow B.C. Tourism”.
VANCOUVER RATED AS TOP CRUISE DESTINATION
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Vancouver has been recognized by cruisers as one of the top-rated cruise destinations in the US and Canada in the 2018 Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. As a top global destination, Vancouver continues to attract a wide range of cruise lines and passengers from around the world that visit Vancouver during their Alaska-bound cruise. Winners are chosen based on consumer ratings and reviews posted by cruise passengers to the Cruise Critic website.
SEATTLE CRUISE BOOM BENEFITS REGIONAL BUSINESSES
Seattle’s cruise industry is booming, and that means more visitors, more tourism, and more money to local businesses. In fact, cruise ships generate about $500 million per season in economic impact to the region.
Studies show that when people spend time in Seattle, they also spend money. Services like Port Valet encourage travelers to spend a little extra time in Seattle without their luggage, so they can sightsee, eat out, and explore Seattle.
The Port of Seattle conducted a survey with 431 cruise passengers who spent more than four hours in Seattle before or after a cruise. To read the full story at portseattle.org, July 20,2018
PORTLAND EXPECTING 32 CALLS, RECORD 2018
Earlier this year, Phoenix Reisen opened the cruise season at the Port of Portland, but the big news was the largest ship ever to dock, the Norwegian Breakaway, which visited the destination in April.
“It’s a record year with 32 calls and around 39,000 passengers,” said Ian McQuade, general manager (commercial). Traffic is up 23 percent in ships over last year, and the port is expecting even more calls for 2019, with 40 currently booked, according to McQuade. Also, on the books later this year are a pair of calls from the Seabourn Ovation, scheduled for September and October, respectively. To read more visit cruiseindustrynews.com, August 24,2018
QUEBEC CITY TO INVEST $30 MILLION INTO CRUISE TERMINAL
The popular Canada/New England port city of Quebec City has revealed plans to construct a second cruise terminal at Berth 30, slated to open in 2020. Funded by both the port and the Government of Quebec, the $30 million project will span 100,000 square meters and feature two gangways that can accommodate ships with more than 4,000 passengers.
“This new terminal will allow us to welcome larger and newer ships and provide additional gangways to better service our cruise line partners,” said Mario Girard, president and CEO of the Quebec Port Authority, in a news release. “Quebec will be the only turnaround port along the St. Lawrence that can accommodate ships of more than 4,000 passengers, making it a strategic investment for the future of the Cruise Canada New England itinerary.”
To read more visit cruisecritic.com, August 15,2018.
MORE CRUISE SHIPS VISITING CORNER BROOK THIS SUMMER
The Sea Princess recently sailed into Corner Brook for the day with 2,016 passengers and 910 crew members on board ,the sixth cruise ship to visit the city this cruise season.
With 15 visits, from 14 ships, on the schedule, only seven are set for the “fall colours” season. That’s a bit of a switch for the cruise season, which sees mostly fall visits.
Nora Fever, business development manager with the Corner Brook Port Corp., said more summer visits are a trend that is being seen in Atlantic Canada. To read more visit thetelegram.com, August 7, 2018
CLIA-NWC MEMBER LINES SPONSOR ILWU SHIP & DOCK FOREMAN – LOCAL 514 ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The member lines of CLIA-NWC have been supported the ILWU Local 514 fundraising golf tournament benefiting Vancouver’s Children’s Hospital for 14 years. On August 22,2018 Princess Cruises sponsored the annual Hole-In-One prize. Speaking on behalf of the event, Ron Roberts, ILWU 514 Golf Committee thanked Princess Cruise Line for sponsoring the 2018 event, noting it is only with the sponsorship of the Cruise Industry and others that we are able to support B.C. Children’s Hospital. Roberts also reported that while there was no winner this year, two golfers came within inches of success.
FOREMAN AL WRIGHT IS PRESENTED WITH CERES LIFE SAFETY AWARD
On June 12th, the Disney Wonder was in Port and Ceres Foreman Al Wright was working loading the stores onto the ship when he was alerted that a Disney crew member was choking and near unconsciousness. Having just re-certified in First Aid as part of the annual Ceres safety program, Al quickly jumped in performing CPR on the crew member dislodging the item and saving him. To recognize his actions, Al Wright was presented with the Cerescorp Life Safety Award on August 20th by Ceres Senior VP, West Coast Operations Alan McCorkle and VP, Safety, Security and Environment David Turner.
CRUISE SHIPS ORDER BOOK HITS NEW RECORD AT 113 SHIPS, 268,854 BETH
The global cruise ship orderbook has reached another new record, following July ship orders from Seabourn, Princess, TUI and Lindblad. The newbuild contracts pushed the forward-looking orderbook to 113 ships set to be introduced between now and 2027.
Supply growth has also reached new levels, as large ships ordered from Princess and TUI have sent the number of berths on the order book to record levels as well, with 268,854 additional cruise ship berths set to enter service. To read more visit cruiseindustrynews.com, August 1,2018
ROYAL CARIBBEAN COMPLETES SILVERSEA ACQUISITION,
ANNOUNCES PROJECT INVICTUS
Royal Caribbean Cruises announced it had successfully completed its acquisition of Silversea Cruises. “We are proud to officially welcome Silversea’s industry-leading team to the RCL family,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises. To read more visit cruiseindustrynews.com, July 31,2018
LUXURY CRUISE LINE SILVERSEA TO SEND SHIP
ACROSS NORTHEAST PASSAGE
Silversea is planning a voyage through the Northeast Passage — the little-traveled Arctic sea route across the top of Russia.
Silversea Expeditions says its 144-passenger Silver Explorer will cross the remote, icy waterway on an east-to-west routing in 2019. It’ll be the company’s first foray into the passage. The voyage will include a visit to remote Wrangel Island, known as a haven for polar bears, walruses and migratory birds.To read more visit usatoday.com, August 3,2018
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