More than 100 people gathered in Seattle to celebrate the close of a successful 2017 cruise season in the Pacific Northwest. Business partners, port representatives and members of the US Coast Guard were among guests celebrating with cruise line representatives at the Edgewater Hotel on November 7.

CLIA North West & Canada Chairman Paul Goodwin remarked that there was much to celebrate in the region this year, including the ports of Seattle and Ketchikan each reaching a million passengers over the course of the season. Prospects for 2018 look strong as well, he noted. Next year, Windstar Cruises will join the Alaska market, Princess Cruises will increase capacity and the region’s largest cruise ship to date, the Norwegian Bliss, will begin sailing to Alaska from Seattle.

Paul thanked Eleni Kalisch for her role representing Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd on the CLIA-NWC Board of Directors and introduced Russell Benford who was appointed earlier in the day in Eleni’s place. Paul also introduced Johnny Diep who replaces Hans Lind on the Board as representative of Crystal Cruises.

CLIA-NWC Chairman Paul Goodwin addresses guests at the November reception in Seattle.

Eleni Kalisch, RCCL; Lanie Downs, CLIA Alaska, Azure Kraxberger-Unger, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Michelle Carlen, Visit Santa Barbara; Donna Spalding, CLIA-NWC











Andrew Weaver, leader of the BC Green Party, recently cited in the Legislature a presentation given by CLIA-NWC in October about the carbon tax currently placed on marine gas oil in BC:

“As noted in the video and text exchange, [available here], I serve on the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. We recently had a compelling public presentation in Nanaimo from a representative from Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada. One of the issues he raised was the competitive disadvantage that BC ports have been placed in relative to US ports due to an error in the application of our carbon tax.”

“In what can be only described as an oversight, the carbon tax in BC is only exempt on traditional bunker fuels and jet fuel for international travel (consistent with international reporting rules). However, more modern cruise ships use refined marine gas oil which is not exempt. I am thrilled with the response I received from the Finance Minister who stated that she is very open to examining this further.”

Read the text of the exchange in the Legislature as well as the presentation made by Greg Wirtz to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services at, Oct. 27, 2017


With cruise lines now building bigger ships, which Canada Place simply won’t be able to accommodate, the Port of Vancouver has begun preliminary studies on a potential cruise ship facility either at Richmond or perhaps Roberts Bank.

“We’re very early in the process,” port president and CEO Robin Silvester told the Delta Optimist. “Cruise ships are getting bigger. When Canada Place was being built, it used to handle five cruise ships, but now it can’t even handle three of the bigger ones that come in at the same time. In fact, if you look at the size of Canada Place, if you were building a cruise terminal from scratch you’d build it the size of Canada Place just to handle one vessel… so it’s a challenge and we’re very good at dealing with challenges.”

The newer, larger vessels can’t travel under the Lions Gate Bridge, noted Silvester. That’s why the port has begun to consider other locations that can not only provide space for a proper facility but have proximity to the airport. Silvester noted it’s too early in the examination to know if a potential cruise ship facility in Delta would be part of planned port infrastructure at Roberts Bank or built from scratch as a new facility. Finding funding partners will also be an issue.

This summer, a top official with Cruise Lines International Association told the media that Vancouver is behind other cities, such as Seattle, that are investing heavily in their port infrastructure. The port shut down the Ballantyne Pier to cruise ships in 2014, leaving Canada Place as the city’s only remaining cruise terminal. Some ships, including Royal Caribbean’s 3,250-passenger Explorer of the Seas, operate out of Seattle because they’re too large to get under the Lions Gate Bridge. Vancouver’s cruise passenger traffic grew to 827,000 passengers in 2016. The 2017 passenger count is projected to total 841,000. From, Nov. 8, 2017


Tourism Prince Rupert and the port says over 20,000 people stopped at the visitor’s centre at Cow Bay during the season. That number is up 35% from last year.

“This year in Prince Rupert, we had 26 ships call on our Northland Cruise Terminal,” said port spokesperson Natalie Allen. “We saw just over 16,600 people come through with the great help of the cruise ship ambassadors who volunteer their time and service.” Allen says a lot of the tourists are looking for an authentic experience when they visit. “Anything from viewing the grizzly bears, whale watching, and hiking is fantastic here. We have some great First Nation exhibits at the Museum of Northern British Columbia. The North Pacific Cannery also provides a lot of history and culture.” From, Oct. 16, 2017


Victoria welcomed 239 cruise ship calls in 2017, the largest number ever recorded in the city. In a season that stretches from April through October, close to 600,000 passengers and more than 239,000 crew visited the city on cruise ships.

“This higher number of ship calls reflects a growing interest in our city not just during the peak summer season, but in the shoulder months of late spring and early fall as well,” says Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. There were 224 cruise ship calls to Victoria in 2016.

During the 2017 season, GVHA greeted the seven millionth cruise ship passenger to visit the city since the Ogden Point cruise terminal began as a cruise destination in 1978. The passenger arrived on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas in June. A month earlier, Seabourn cruise line’s Sojourn berthed at Ogden Point, the first Seabourn visit to Victoria in 15 years. Smaller, boutique and “pocket” cruise lines, including National Geographic’s Lindblad Expeditions, have been making more frequent visits to Victoria over the past few years, a trend that’s expected to continue as Pacific Northwest and Alaska itineraries grow in popularity.

For next season, GVHA will build an extended mooring dolphin to accommodate the brand-new 330m Norwegian Bliss, scheduled for regular calls to Alaska via Victoria beginning in June 2018. Cruise partners in the city are also preparing to welcome Royal Caribbean’s quantum class ship Ovation of the Seas, and Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth in 2019. From, Nov. 16, 2017.


The Port of Seattle welcomed a record 1,071,594 revenue passengers through its cruise terminals this year, with an estimated 1,092,345 expected in 2018. Larger vessels continue to drive passenger increases. Each cruise vessel is estimated to bring in $2.7 million for the local economy, bringing total revenue for the region to over $500 million.

“By exceeding a million passengers this year, and more to come next year, the Port of Seattle continues to grow the cruise market, revenue and jobs for our region,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. “The Seattle cruise business means a half a billion dollars in local economic impact, and we want more passengers to experience Seattle while going to Alaska.”

The Port saw a 9-percent increase in cruise passengers over 2016, which brought 983,539 revenue passengers. Seattle’s cruise business—currently leading all cruise homeports on the west coast in passenger volume—is responsible for over 4,000 jobs, $501 million in annual business revenue, and $18.9 million annually in state and local tax revenues.

“Seattle’s cruise business benefits everyone on the waterfront. They are a huge part of our business and really boost summer sales”, said Andy Lipscomb, owner of The Frankfurter, the popular hot dog spot on Seattle’s waterfront for 42 years.

On May 30, 2018, the Port of Seattle welcomes the arrival of the Norwegian Bliss on its maiden voyage from shipyard to its first homeport terminal at Pier 66, recently renovated in a $30 million partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line. The 4,000 passenger Bliss is the first vessel to be constructed specifically for the Alaska cruise market, and will be the largest cruise ship to homeport at a West Coast port. The Bliss offers weekly Alaska cruises through-out summer 2018. From, Nov. 2, 2017


This year, the Port of Halifax welcomed 292,722 guests arriving on 173 cruise vessels, making 2017 the busiest cruise year for the Port of Halifax so far.

“It was an incredible year for cruise in Halifax,” said Catherine McGrail, Vice President Operations, Interim, Halifax Port Authority. “Nova Scotia is a great place to visit. People love coming here, and we work hard with our partners to keep them coming back. The tourism operators and service providers deserve full recognition for the tremendous season, and we are looking forward to working with them again next year.”

This year saw an increase of 23% in overall passenger counts, and 27% in vessel calls. The cruise season in Halifax typically runs from mid-April to the end of October. From, Nov. 24, 2017


The number of cruise passengers visiting Québec City in 2017 exceeded projections and reached an all-time high of 201,000, a more than 30% increase over last year. The port handled 132 calls including 118 transit visits and 14 turn arounds. Five ships visited for the first time, from Ponant, Norwegian Cruise Line, Silversea and Viking.

“Our strong visitor numbers are a testament to the port’s dedication to making Québec City, and cruising to Canada/New England, an international cruise destination,” said Mario Girard, president and CEO of the Québec Port Authority. “As we continue to develop the port and showcase all that the area has to offer, we are confident that Québec will be recognized as a year-round cruise destination.”

This season saw the inauguration of Place des Canotiers in May, a $39m signature park for cruise passengers at Pier 22, beside the Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal. Other developments included additional berthing options with the agreement to operate Quai Paquet, a short ferry ride away on the opposite side of the St. Lawrence River.

The Port of Québec, in collaboration with city government and tourism officials, also hosted its first Cruise Month in association with Cruise Lines International Association. A variety of events and activities showcased local businesses, arts and culture. From, Nov. 7, 2017


With a new cruise port terminal attracting more service, the Port of Montréal welcomed 114,517 passengers and crew members during the 2017 cruise season, up 33% compared to 2016. Cruise ships made 52 calls at the newly renovated T1 Terminal located at the Alexandra Pier in Old Montréal and at Terminal T3 located east of Jacques-Cartier Bridge.

The number of cruise passengers and crew members visiting Montréal has increased by more than 140% since 2011. Nearly 70% of passengers who began or ended a cruise in Montréal prolonged their stay by an average of two nights. From


Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) recently released the program and speaker lineup for its annual Executive Partner Summit, taking place December 4-6, in Miami, FL at the Intercontinental Miami. The two-day event brings together key stakeholders from the cruise industry, including cruise line decisions makers and members of the CLIA Executive Partner Program.

Through customized content, this summit creates a platform for education and networking opportunities that have been specifically designed for the CLIA Community. The event will kick-off with a keynote presentation from Gloria Guevara Manzo, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council, to provide a global perspective of the tourism industry.

Subject matter experts from CLIA’s own Executive Partner community will deliver one-of-a-kind and interactive sessions throughout the two days. Some of the session topics include cyber risks, sustainability, port development and operations, shore excursions and itinerary planning. Read more at, Nov 29,2017


In honor of America Recycles Day this month, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Member Lines are showcasing their commitment to keeping America beautiful.

Cruise ships recycle, on average, 60 percent more waste per person than the average person recycles on shore each day, adding up to more than 80,000 tons of paper, plastic, aluminum and glass recycled each year. Some ships can even repurpose 100 percent of the waste generated onboard — by reducing, reusing, donating, recycling and converting waste into energy.

“Cruise ships use some of the most innovative recycling, reducing and reusing strategies in the world,” said Donnie Brown, vice president of maritime policy, CLIA. “The cruise industry is proud to participate in America Recycles Day. Through industry efforts, less than 1.5 pounds per person per day in unrecyclable waste is generated on cruise ships, compared to the average of 4 to 5 pounds per person per day on land in the United States.”

Some of the cruise industry’s best practices include:

Advanced Recycling Practices
CLIA Cruise Line Members have adopted the Cruise Industry Waste Management Policy, which is one of the most comprehensive and advanced set of practices for waste disposal in the marine environment. Member lines have committed to reducing plastics disposed in landfills and increasing recycling volumes by separating plastics and recycling whenever possible. Further, the cruise industry invests in research to identify new ways to reduce the amount of plastics brought on board ships through sourcing and product selection.

Crew Contributions
Due to the efforts of highly trained waste management professionals onboard, the per person trash for disposal is less, and the recycling rate is higher, on a cruise ship than if those same travelers vacationed on land—or even stayed home. Cruise lines employ dedicated environmental officers who are responsible for compliance. Member lines also incentivize crew to reduce waste, and Crewmembers at all levels bring garbage to the recycling room where they hand-sort everything into a variety of bins.

Passenger Participation
The cruise industry actively encourages passengers to join environmental stewardship efforts to reduce waste and offers numerous onboard resource conservation programs. Some cruise lines have implemented separate collection trash receptacles for recycling drinking containers. Other cruise lines offer environmental education classes to staff and guests, ensuring increased attention to what each passenger can do to improve environmental sustainability.

Click here to learn more about CLIA’s efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.


Royal Caribbean International announced partial 2019-2020 deployment, including the news that the Ovation of the Seas will leave the summer Chinese market in favour of Alaska. Ovation of the Seas will sail from Sydney, Australia to her new summer homeport in Seattle, Washington, in time for the 2019 Alaska summer season. From, Nov. 8, 2017


A record-breaking cruise ship orderbook is playing to the surging expedition market. The new Celebrity Flora made it a total of 22 total expedition ships on order when the newbuild deal was announced on Nov. 16.

The delivery surge will start in summer 2018 when Ponant ushers in a new era with the Le Lapérouse. The 180-passenger French luxury ship will be followed by a staggering 17 additional expedition newbuilds, with 18 deliveries set in a tight 18-month window. With a shorter amount of time window needed to build smaller expedition vessels, deliveries and orders are scheduled through 2021. From, Nov. 20, 2017


Celebrity Cruises will have three cruise ships that will offer longer stays to Alaska and the Pacific Coast in 2019 – Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Eclipse, and Celebrity Millennium. Sailing from Vancouver through the Inside Passage to the Hubbard Glacier and beyond, Celebrity Cruises’ 2019 Alaska cruise season features 13 destinations, with more than 40 extended port visits. From, Nov. 28, 2017



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