Growth in Cruise Activity Increases Economic Prosperity in BC

Found this informative item today showing the full Cruise economic activity growth for British Columbia for year ending 2013.

The 2013 cruise season saw a considerable increase of 11% in passengers over the previous season.  More than 1.3 million passengers visited the BC communities of Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, Vancouver and Victoria on a total of 455 calls in 2013. This cruise activity generated an estimated total economic impact of $1.6 billion to the BC economy.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1283393/growth-in-cruise-activity-increases-economic-prosperity-in-bc

Victoria will welcome 214 cruise ships and 462,000 passengers in 2014.  / estimated/ A new water shuttle will be used to transport passengers from Ogden Point to downtown, providing a new and exciting experience for passengers.

 

Victoria: Ogden Point , Canada (Alaska Cruise Schedule 2014)

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

Kitimat BC Canada: Smelter operator to house temporary workers on cruise ship

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

Ogden Point , Victoria Canada: 2014 Cruise Passengers – Boat Shuttle to Inner Harbour

English: The The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, B...

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.

http://www.timescolonist.com/boat-shuttle-for-cruise-ship-visitors-a-bid-to-pacify-james-bay-1.759167

Victoria , Canada: Cruise Shuttle 2014 via Gondola

This week it was announced that a company in responding to ways to shuttle cruise passengers to the Victoria downtown including wheelchair passengers has proposed a Gondola system, much like used for skiing or across rivers.

The intent is to move passengers from Ogden Point to downtown Victoria in about five minutes following a route over two streets just above tree top level in a covered unit ( 8 passengers).    Cost might be around $10 Cdn return which is on par with current shuttle costs.

This is in response to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority for ways to reduce traffic, noise, pollution during the cruise season and to give passengers and crew more options of travelling back and forth to the city centre.

See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/10m-gondola-plan-would-carry-victoria-s-cruise-ship-visitors-1.724802#sthash.5QNXiLjL.dpuf

Pocket Cruise Ship Visits Ogden Point / New Railngs

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.

Regent-Seven Seas Navigator

Well done Victoria Harbour Authority :) :)