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  

To view the City TV Breakfast Television media segment please click on the video below:

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

CELEBRITY CRUISES TO UPGRADE EVERY SHIP 

Celebrity Cruises has announced plans to spend over $500 million to upgrade every ship in the Celebrity fleet. From staterooms to new sundecks and lounges, the cruise line unveiled the Celebrity Revolution which is designed to bring the brand’s award-winning fleet to the Edge. To read more cruisefever.net, July 22,2018

P&O CRUISES TO REPLACE PACIFIC JEWEL  

P&O Cruises Australia has announced that a second Princes Cruises’ Grand Class ship will join the fleet replacing the Pacific Jewel.

The 3,100-guest Star Princess will join her sister ship, Golden Princess, in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet from the end of 2021.  Pacific Jewel will leave P&O Cruises in March next year, by which time she will have served the brand for almost 10 years. To read more visit maritime-executive.com, August 27,2018

ONE OF THE WOLD’S LARGEST CRUISE SHIPS

MANEUVERS TO ST.THOMAS

Click on the video below to watch how one of the world’s largest cruise ships, the 1,187-foot Oasis of the Seas, sails into St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For the world’s largest cruise ships, arriving to St. Thomas in the Caribbean includes narrow waterways, sailboats anchored in the harbor, a tight turn and a relatively small amount of clearance below the keel make the water around this popular port is one of the most difficult to maneuver.  From marinelink.com, August 20,2018

PRINCESS CRUISES REVEALS NAME OF FIFTH ROYAL-CLASS SHIP 

Princess Cruises has announced Enchanted Princess as the name of its fifth Royal-Class ship.

The vessel is scheduled to debut on June 15, 2020 sailing on a series of European voyages, her arrival will be followed by the debut of the line’s sixth Royal-Class vessel in 2022.

Construction of the 143,700gt, 3,660-passenger Enchanted Princess will take place in the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard with the ship set to feature an evolution of the design platform used for the cruise line’s previous Royal-Class ships. She will accommodate 3,660 guests and 1,346 crew. To read more visit maritime-executive.com, August 20,2018

VIDEO: FLOAT OUT OF FIRST LNG-FUELED CRUISE SHIP

The AIDAnova, the world’s first LNG-fueled cruise ship, made her debut in a float out ceremony at Meyer Werft Papenburg. With the assistance of three tugs, the 5,200-passenger vessel departed Meyer Werft’s enclosed dockyard and berthed at a nearby pier. The full evolution took about one and a half hours.  To read the full story visit maritime-executive.com, August 22,2018


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