Our first cruise ship into Victoria BC (Vancouver Island) at Ogden Point for the Alaska 2014 season will be the Holland America Line : ms Zaandam on May 1, 2014 and this same ship will be the last ship in to close our season on October 6, 2014.
Total ship visits will be 208 for 2014, subject to change and weather.
Expected passengers will be 450,000 plus (estimate) plus crew
Link to Victoria BC Ogden Point : Alaska 2014 Cruise Schedule
PDF to download (click to download) 2014 Ogden Point Cruise Ship Schedule
Talk about housing in areas of Canada where the price is expensive and the amount of accommodation is low so to ensure temporary workers needed have a place to sleep.
A cruise ship has been chartered. Not quite a full cruise ship as it is a Ferry called Silja Festival.
The 170-metre ship, run by Tallink Group as a cruise ferry in the Baltic Sea, is being called the Delta Spirit Lodge for its Canadian assignment. It will house 500 workers
Cruise ship to housing rescue
English: The The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Last week I told you about a suggestion to have a Gondola System in place to move passengers from Ogden Point to the Inner Harbour of Victoria. As in all things new for Victoria , the local James Bay Community met with the developers to say NO. At this point they have elected to consider another option and the Harbour Authority meanwhile came back with a proposal for 2014 that will allow passengers to either take double decker buses (High Volume) or a boat shuttle ( tender) into the Inner Harbour itself where you can dock almost across from the Fairmont (Empress) Hotel.
On another note , cruise ships with berthing, passengers, crew and dry-dock repairs, upgrades brought in about 200 million dollars over the last two years including around 680 jobs per statistics of the GVHA (Greater Victoria Harbour Authority) published this weekend.
Regent Seven Sea Navigator docked at Ogden Point Victoria Canada
May 21, 2013
CC RobBar (Robert Holloway ) — at The Breakwater, Ogden Point, Victoria, B.C.
Well done Victoria Harbour Authority
A wee bit late at May 15, 2013 but here is the link to the Victoria Ogden Point Cruise Ship Schedule.
It lists off all the ships arriving , the cruise ship name, coming from . going to , arrival and departure time including passenger size.