According to Port Vancouver, in the past 30 years over 17.5 MILLION passengers have embarked and disembarked at the Canada Place cruise ship terminal. Just last year alone 228 cruise ships and 826820 passengers came through Vancouver, a modest 3% increase from 2015!
And while some look to the cherry blossoms as the first sign of Spring in Vancouver, others look to the arrival of the first cruise ship as an indication of warmer temperatures & good weather. Thankfully, we haven’t much longer to wait for either.
The first ship to call into Vancouver for the 2017 cruise ship season will be the Star Princess, arriving on April 11 from Los Angeles before departing the same day on a 10-day round-trip California cruise. She’ll also take the honour of being the “second” ship in port, returning on April 21 before heading off to the Hawaiian Islands on a 15-night round-trip.
And because the Star Princess must really like Vancouver, she’ll also be the ship of the season on December 16. That’s right, we’ll have cruise ships coming and going until the middle of December. How crazy is that?
So what else should you know about cruise ships in Vancouver?
For experienced cruise ship travelers in & out of the Port of Vancouver, you’ve likely sailed on an Alaskan itinerary. As one of the most popular embarkation/destination ports up to Alaska, nearly all the major cruise lines base a ship or two here. What may not realize is that Alaska isn’t the only destination you can take a cruise to.
Feel the need for some tropical air? Ships will take you to Hawaii, unless you don’t mind a longer trip with a relocation sail to the Caribbean. Would prefer something shorter? There’s usually a trip or to that will get you down to Seattle with the odd stop in Nanaimo or Victoria. Or maybe you’d like to head down the Pacific coastline? Yep, California awaits.
This actually caught my eye as I can’t say I’ve seen ships overnight in Vancouver before. Looking to cash in on the Canada Day celebration (being that it’s our nation’s 150th birthday and all) the Golden Princess will arrive the morning of July 1 before departing in the afternoon of July 2 as part of a relocation sail beginning in Japan and ending in Los Angeles.
Other ships spending the night will be MS Europa on May 12-13, Crystal Serenity on June 18-19, The World Residences at Sea on July 8-11 (4 freaking days) AND August 29-31 and the MS Bremen on July 30-31.
Do you have a cruise in our out of Vancouver lined up? I’d love to hear about your trip in the comments below!