Holland America Line celebrated its 145th anniversary on April 18, 2018. The company started as the shipping and passenger line Netherlands-American Steamship Company in 1873 and today sails to over 400 ports around the world, sailing to all seven continents.

Within 25 years of its founding, the company owned a fleet of six cargo and passenger ships and operated between Holland and the Dutch East Indies. Because it was headquartered in Rotterdam and provided service to the Americas, over time the company became known as Holland America Line.

Though transportation and shipping were the primary sources of revenue, in 1895 the company offered its first vacation cruise. The line was primarily a carrier of immigrants from Europe to the U.S. until well after the turn of the century, bringing nearly one million people to new lives in the New World. It supported the Allied cause during two world wars and several ships served as troop carriers. In 1973, the company sold its cargo shipping division.

Read more please visit maritime-executive.com, April 18,2018


With 2018 set to be a record year for B.C.’s West Coast cruise season, the buzz of anticipation is well underway. The big excitement for this season is the inaugural visit of the Norwegian Bliss. With over 4,000 passengers, it is the largest vessel by far to ever sail the Alaska itinerary.

Here’s how the season is shaping up for B.C.’s ports:

Port of Vancouver will see another year of strong growth in cruise traffic in 2018

The Port of Vancouver is expecting to welcome nearly 900,000 passengers through Canada Place, anticipating more than 240 vessel calls from 14 different cruise lines. This represents eight per cent growth over 2017, which saw 842,928 passengers on 237 vessel calls.

Upward trend for Victoria’s cruise business continues

Following a seven-per cent increase in ship calls in 2017 over 2016, Jill Sawyer, Communications Manager, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, advises that further increase is expected for 2018. “Ogden Point will welcome 247 cruise vessel calls to Ogden Point this year,” she said. “That is an additional three per cent increase, and 2019 will continue the upward trend.” She also noted that passenger numbers would surpass 600,000 (another record) with crew adding another 261,000.

Nothing but the best for cruise visitors to Nanaimo

Nanaimo Port Authority is looking forward to three ship calls in 2018. Two visits from Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas once on May 16 and again on September 19, Also visiting Nanaimo this year is the Star Princess on April 9, Nanaimo’s numbers for 2018 will be very similar to 2017 (10,366 passengers and 4,450 crew members).

Prince Rupert proving popular with luxury liners

“We are looking forward to building upon the overwhelming success of the 2017 season,” said Brian Friesen, Director of Trade Development and Communications. 2018 is shaping up to be another successful season for the Port of Prince Rupert. With 25 ship calls and 12,600 passengers, 2018 is just slightly below the activity seen last year — which was double from the year before. “This year we are seeing the vessel calls hold at the same, with a slight decrease in passenger numbers due to the reduced number of larger vessels that we saw in 2017.”

Port Alberni to host cruise ships again in 2019

Currently, Holland America Line (HAL) is scheduled to return to Port Alberni May 25, June 15 and July 6 in 2019. Port Alberni last hosted a cruise ship in May 2013, also a HAL vessel. While feedback from passengers, crew and the company itself was extremely positive about the Port Alberni experience, market conditions influenced the return of the port call until now. The Port, in partnership with the City of Port Alberni, have remained connected to the industry to ensure the community was known as a welcoming and great cruise destination.

To read the full story please visit bcshippingnews.com, April 25,2018


Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the 168,028-gross-ton Norwegian Bliss from Meyer Werft during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany. 

Norwegian Bliss is the third ship in the line’s Breakaway Plus class and the 11th ship built for Norwegian Cruise Line by the Papenburg based shipyard. The vessel can carry 4,000 passengers and 1,700 crew

She will begin her transatlantic journey from Southampton on April 21 arriving to the U.S. on May 3. The festivities for her U.S inaugural tour will commence with two-night preview events in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, and will conclude with a grand christening ceremony and sailing from her first homeport at Pier 66 in Seattle on May 30. Following a three-day inaugural voyage with a call at the port of Victoria, British Columbia, she will return on June 2 and will then embark on her first seven-day voyage to Alaska.

To read more please visit  maritime-executive.com, April 21,2018


Multiple high-value public and private sector contracts at Victoria Shipyards means the operation’s payroll for this and the next two years will exceed $210 million in total, says its general manager.
“We are hitting a work surge,” Joe O’Rourke, vice-president and general manager. The yard is at its busiest since 2012. A hive of about 800 workers are on the job at Victoria Shipyards, a co-tenant of the publicly owned Esquimalt Graving Dock.
Numbers will top 1,000 several times this year, O’Rourke said. Contracts totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, payrolls, hiring of local suppliers and businesses, plus spending by visiting workers will deliver a major economic impact to the capital region.
Victoria Shipyards’ own payroll will surpass $70 million this year and again in 2019 and 2020, O’Rourke said. That does not include the many private contractors who are brought in to perform a range of tasks at the yard.
The 848-foot-long cruise ship will be here for 16 days, from April 3 to April 18, longer than the usual 10-day refit because of the scope of work.
Read more at timescolonist.com, April 10,2018


The Port of Seattle is set to embark on another record cruise season with the arrival of the first ship – Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Sun, making it the biggest cruise port on the West Coast for the second year in a row. The Port expects 1,100,468 cruise passengers this year, up from last year’s record of 1,071,594. Larger cruise vessels to Alaska destinations are leading the way toward higher passenger counts.
“The Port of Seattle welcomes the cruise season every year, it provides over a half a billion in economic value to our region,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Courtney Gregoire. “These dollars reach businesses of all sizes, and we look forward to having more visitors stay and enjoy the beautiful state of Washington.” To read more please visit portseattle.org, April 19,2018


The five largest cruise companies are projected to see dramatic capacity growth over the next 10 years, ranging from 114 percent for MSC Cruises to 36 percent for Royal Caribbean Cruises, according to the 2018-2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.
The projections are based on new ships to be introduced and known ship withdrawals and deployment changes.
Carnival Corporation is expected to grow its annual passenger capacity from approximately 11.1 million to 15.8 million passengers, for a 42 percent increase, and the largest industry-wide hike in terms of actual passengers, 4.7 million more passengers over 10 years.
MSC will see the second largest estimated increase in terms of actual passenger capacity, going from 2.1 million to 4.6 million, an increase of 2.5 million passengers, or 114 percent. Read more at cruiseindustrynews.com, April 11,2018

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