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Greater Victoria Harbour Authority expects 350 ship calls in 2022

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The Greater Victoria Port Authority estimates there will be 795,000 passengers during 2022

The Greater Victoria Harbor Authority (GVHA) has released a draft of the 2022 Cruise Ship Season in Victoria, Canada, with Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess scheduled to become the first cruise ship to call at any Canadian port in two years when it arrives on April 6.

GVHA is now expecting 350 ship calls scheduled to arrive at Victoria’s cruise terminal during the seven months of the season between March and October. The Authority estimates that there will be 795,000 passengers throughout the year, close to the corresponding numbers from the 2019 season.

“We have worked hard and collaborated with the government and industry to ensure that when ships return to Canada, and to Victoria, we will be ready to safely receive the passengers and crew,” said Ian Robertson, CEO of GVHA. “Two years get off the ship to explore our beautiful city.”

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Encore, Princess Cruises Majestic Princess and Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas will make their opening calls to Victoria in the 2022 season. In Canada of the Government of Canada.

“Our government is excited to have the first cruise ship back in Canadian waters in two years to Victoria’s cruise terminal, Canada’s busiest port and strategic stop on the popular Alaska cruise route,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure. For British Columbia. “Our government is working hard with our partners to support the safe restructuring of the $ 2.7 billion industry ($ 2.12 billion) in British Columbia.”

Health and safety measures will be determined by Transport Canada and the Canadian Public Health Agency and will be in effect for next season. These will include mandatory vaccination requirements for passengers and crew and Covid-19 management plans and reporting protocols for all ships. Operations crew members have also worked with local partners to ensure safe passenger movement when they arrive, both at the terminal and in the community.

GVHA also continued to work on existing initiatives during the two-year break, with funding provided for offshore power supply. A survey conducted this year by market research firm Insights West on behalf of GVHA and the Cruise Lines International Association showed that 79 percent of respondents view the impact of industry in Victoria as positive and 57 percent of residents surveyed describe the industry’s economic benefit as significant, up 51 percent in 2018.

“I am excited to see the cruise industry return to Victoria and support our organization’s focus on a sustainable approach to our business,” said Christine Willow, Chairman of the GVHA Board of Directors. As we planned for the safe renewal of the cruise in our area. “

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