VICTORIA OGDEN POINT CRUISE TERMINAL WRAPS

SUCCESSFUL CRUISE SEASON 

The final cruise ship call at the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal in Victoria, BC took place on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) welcomed close to 640,000 passengers and 260,000 crew on 250 ship calls. A highlight of the season was the June 1, 2018 inaugural call of the new Norwegian Cruise Lines flagship, Norwegian Bliss, built specifically to serve the growing Alaskan cruise market.

 “Norwegian Cruise Lines, along with the other 11 cruise lines that visited this season, consistently rank Victoria’s Ogden Point Cruise Terminal as a port of call that is welcoming, easy to work with, and focused on sustainability and environmental improvements,” says Lindsay Gaunt, Director, Cruise Development, GVHA. To read the full press release visit gvha.ca, October 9,2018

PROTECTION FOR SOUTHERN RESIDENT KILLER WHALES – 

THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ANNOUNCES TWO SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE CHANGES.

The government introduced the Budget Implementation Act on October 29, which includes proposed legislative changes to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and the Marine Liability Act. These changes deliver on commitments made under the Oceans Protection Plan to enable the government to respond to marine pollution incidents faster and more effectively, and to better protect marine ecosystems and habitats.

Further information is available here: canada.ca/en/transport-canada/oceans-protection-plan &

 canada.ca/en/transport-/proposed-oceans-protection-plan-legislative-changes

On October 31, the Government of Canada announced a suite of additional measures focused on broadening and strengthening protection for the Southern Resident Killer Whale. An additional $61.5 million is being committed to implement the new measures.

Further information is available here: canada.ca/en/fisheries-oceans/news

The Government of Canada will continue to engage stakeholders, including through the Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) forum.

VANCOUVER WRAPS UP ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CRUISE SEASON

The final cruise ship of the 2018 season set sail last Saturday, marking the end of the 32nd consecutive cruise season at Canada Place terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The Star Princess was the first ship to kick off the 2018 season and her sister ship, the Emerald Princess, was the last to depart. Vancouver welcomed more than 900,000 cruise passengers on 243 ship visits, reflecting a seven per cent increase in passenger volumes over 2017. Cruise continues to be a key economic driver for the region as each cruise ship adds about $3 million to the local economy. From cosbc.ca, October 26,2018

WEST COAST RISING : OLIVERE OUTLINES NORWEGIAN’S STRATEGY 

Norwegian Cruise Line is looking to a stronger West Coast presence and its American-flagged intra-island Hawaii product to help build bookings. For 2019, West Coast capacity grows by nearly 20 percent, Camille Olivere, senior vice president of sales, Norwegian Cruise Line, told 1,000 attendees attending “Inspire,” the annual conference for CruiseOne, Dream Vacations and Cruises Inc. agents on Norwegian Bliss.

She said nearly all the major cruise lines are adding capacity in Alaska moving forward, thus creating a shoulder cruise season for the West Coast. So, the region should thrive in 2019 and moving forward. To read the full story visit travelagentcentral.com, October 24,2018

CRUISE LINES HIGHLIGHT MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY  

In honor of Make a Difference Day on October 27,2018, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is highlighting some of the initiatives cruise lines are taking part in to help make a difference at sea and beyond:

Donations and Partnerships: 

Costa Cruises, in partnership with the Francesca Rava Foundation, has built the Costa Crociere Foundation to assist rebuilding Norcia, Italy, after the earthquake of October 30, 2016.

Carnival Cruise Line works in partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support the organization’s many lifesaving initiatives through innovative fundraising efforts both onboard and ashore. Since the partnership began in 2010, Carnival has raised more than $16 million for St. Jude.

To read the full list of highlight and initiatives visit maritime-executive.com, October 27,2018

SILVERSEA CRUISE ORDERS THREE NEW SHIPS 

Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced orders for three new ships for Silversea Cruises. Silversea signed a memorandum of understanding with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build two new vessels in a new Evolution Class, the first expected to be delivered in 2022.

Silversea also signed a contract with Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop to construct a new expedition vessel, named Silver Origin, that will serve the Galapagos Islands itinerary currently sailed by Silver Galapagos. The new ship is expected for delivery in March 2020. Read the full story at maritime-exective.com, October 08,2018

DISNEY CRUISE LINE TO RETURN TO HAWAII AFTER FIVE-YEAR ABSENCE

Disney Cruise Line announced that it will return to Hawaii in 2020 after a five-year hiatus with two planned cruises between the Islands and Canada. The Disney Wonder will sail a nine-night voyage to Honolulu from Vancouver on April 29, and a 10-night sailing back to Vancouver on May 8. The ship will make stops at the four major Islands.

The last time the Disney Wonder was in Hawaii was for two 10-night cruises to the Islands in September 2015. The cruise made its Hawaii debut in 2012. To read more visit bizjournals.com, September 27,2018

SILVER EXPLORER RETROFIT COMPLETED

Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock has completed the work on the Silver Explorer. 125 contractors worked on the vessel to complete a variety of upgrades, including the manufacturing and installation of a stabilizer – or ducktail – on the stern of the Silver Explorer. In addition to assembling a stabilizer, work taking place on the vessel included tank top repairs and changes to functionality of tanks, propeller repair and polishing, blast and painting work of the underwater hull. Work on the vessel was completed October 11th, on time and on budget. The Silver Explorer returned to the ocean that same day. From cosbc.ca, October 26,2018


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