Posted by: cruise2 | 22 November, 2012

Vancouver To Gain While Victoria Loses

by Kevin Griffin writing in

Island Princess in Vancouver

The Port of Vancouver has concluded its 2012 Alaska cruise season, posting a modest increase in passengers to 667,000 compared to 663,000 in 2011. Between May and October, Vancouver’s two cruise terminals welcomed 28 different ships on 191 calls.

During that season, sixty ships connected to the port’s shore power facilities, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by a claimed 2,266 tons.

For the 2013 cruise season, Vancouver anticipates an increase of more than 20%, with more than 820,000 passengers. The port is looking forward to the return of four vessels in 2013: the 1,750-berth Disney Wonder, 2,002-berth Norwegian Sun, Oceania’s 684-berth Regatta and Holland America’s 1,380-berth Amsterdam. Meanwhile, Vancouver’s arch-rival Seattle saw a record 934,000 passengers pass through its cruise terminals in 2012.

Sapphire Princess in Seattle

Across the Straits of Georgia, on Vancouver Island, Victoria is forecasting fewer cruise ships next year, expecting.211 ships carrying 466,000 passengers.
That’s thirteen fewer calls than in 2012 and a decline of about 10,000 passengers.

Victoria handled more than 500,000 passengers in 2012. and if more than double occupancy is achieved next year the actual number of cruise passengers could reach 490,000.  The drop in calls will occur because  Disney Wonder will make Vancouver her home port in 2013, after having operated out of Seattle in 2012.

Most Seattle departures use Victoria rather than Vancouver as their required foreign port of call to comply to US coasting regulations.

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