The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) concluded the 2019 cruise ship season on Friday, Oct. 18 having welcomed 709,042 passengers and 294,956 crew on a total of 257 ship calls, according to a statement.
GVHA is now preparing for the arrival of a shipment of steel for the new 58-metre mooring dolphin extension at Pier B, originally planned for the 2019 season.
The steel is expected to be on site at the Victoria Cruise Terminal within the next 10 – 14 days, weather permitting, and will be barged from New Westminster following its arrival from China, the port said, in a statement.
Due to the unfortunate loss at sea of the original steel in December 2018, the organization worked with its contractors to order new steel and deferred the project construction for fall and winter 2019-2020.
The mooring dolphin extension will be able to dock larger cruise ships.
From the season launch on April 16, 2019, this year’s cruise season witnessed milestones including the arrival of the eight millionth passenger to the Victoria Cruise Terminal at The Breakwater District, the return of Cunard to the region with six calls by the Queen Elizabeth, the arrival of Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, and the addition of the Norwegian Joy, as the Victoria Cruise Terminal welcomed 30 vessels from 15 different cruise lines.
The 2020 cruise season in Victoria is currently scheduled to begin on Friday, April 3, 2020 with the arrival of the Grand Princess and conclude on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 with the arrival of the Ruby Princess. It is expected that 284 ship calls will bring 770,000 passengers to the Greater Victoria region throughout the seven-month season. In total, 12 cruise lines choose Victoria as a port of call.
The increase in ship calls and passengers is a result of new mid-week visits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. New callers to Victoria for 2020 are the Carnival Miracle, Golden Princess, and Norwegian Sun.