COURTESY Cruise Trade Information, Jan. 20, 2022 – “We’re getting ready for an additional document yr in Vancouver,” Mandy Chan, supervisor of cruise companies for the Port of Vancouver, advised Cruise Trade Information. “Now we have about 325 calls scheduled of which roughly 90 % are homeport calls. This might imply 1.3 million passengers.
Beginning in April, the 2022 season will run by means of October.
Amongst 22 ships that might be calling at Vancouver for the primary time might be Holland America Line’s Koningsdam.
Superstar has already introduced it’s going to have two ships in Vancouver in 2023.
Chan mentioned that work is now underway on infrastructure updates at Canada Place.
“When Transport Canada introduced in mid-July that we have been going to open up once more in 2022, that was an excellent sign and allowed our group to begin getting the terminals prepared once more,” she mentioned.
“Proper now, we’re doing a of lot of labor on the infrastructure. We’re changing a few of our previous bollards to be able to deal with larger vessels. The piles beneath the docks are additionally being upgraded with cathodic wrappings round them.
“We’re additionally nearly to take away a wall within the terminal to create extra footprint for our passengers inside.”
A rise in three-ship days and extra ships utilizing the north berth additionally means work alongside the breezeway, Chan mentioned, to widen the glass doorways to supply extra flexibility shifting the gangways to the ships.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has been working with the Affiliation of Canadian Port Authorities and with the province on the cruise restart. “Our tourism companions are very supportive for cruising to return again to British Columbia,” Chan famous.
Again in October 2020, the port authority additionally turned engaged in a coalition of Vancouver cruise stakeholders, working to make sure that the passengers’ end-to-end journey could be secure and pleasing. “We solely suspended that work in Might when it was introduced that the 2021 season could be deferred. That work was extraordinarily helpful and highly effective for alignment. Included in that effort have been the port authority, the airport authority, lodge associations, Vacation spot Vancouver, Vacation spot British Columbia, eating places, shuttle bus firms and others wanting on the journey from finish to finish in our neighborhood.”
As for shifting to a extra touchless check-in, Chan mentioned that lots of the touchless options have already been constructed into the cruise line processes.
“As a port authority we’re encouraging automated processing of passengers. The silver lining right here is that it has given us all a possibility to search out methods to enhance the processes shifting from an analog to a extra digital actuality.
“That’s the excellent news, and I consider now we have alternatives forward of us to implement enhancements to the passenger circulation on and off the ships, enhancing their expertise and making a secure and wholesome surroundings.”
Along with Canada Place, the long-term plan additionally calls for an additional cruise terminal outdoors Lions Gate Bridge, that can help demand and for bigger ships to name in Vancouver.
The port has provided shore energy since 2009, with greater than 440 ships having plugged in since then.
For 2022, the schedule reveals 18 frequently scheduled shore power-enabled vessels.
“Now we have seen the constructive impression of cruising in Vancouver and you can’t assist however discover when the impression isn’t there. I’m pleased to be a part of one thing that helps so many small companies and households in Vancouver,” Chan added.
Excerpt from Cruise Trade Information Quarterly Journal: Winter 2021-2022
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