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Cruise month makes a splash in Vancouver

Cruise month makes a splash in Vancouver
The Star Princess by Princess Cruises is the first to arrive at the Port of Vancouver.

According to a recent press release from the Canadian Press, the Port of Vancouver expects nearly one million passengers to visit during its 2018 cruise ship season, starting today with the arrival of the Star Princess.

According to a press release taken from the Port of Vancouver's media centre, "approximately 895,000 cruise passengers on 241 vessel visits are expected in Vancouver this year, a seven per cent increase in passenger volume over 2017."

The Norwegian Bliss will arrive at the Port of Vancouver, and several new vessels will come through, including Windstar Cruises’Star Legend luxury cruise ship and the Norwegian Jewel, which will be replacing the Norwegian Sun.

Multiple cruise ships known to the industry return for another year, including Holland America, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent, Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Crystal Cruises, and Silversea Cruises.

The number of cruise passengers continues to climb, with more and more demographics enjoying the benefits of cruise travel, including multigenerational travellers and millennials, who see the value in creating memories through shared experiences.

What's new for 2018

PAX magazine ran an article in our February issue called the 2018 Cruise Guide. here, we break down the latest cruise news by the numbers.

  • 32, 941 additional beds coming for 2018, with an extra 40,000 extra beds expected by 2019.
  • Orders for new vessels by CLIA means 230,788 new beds by 2026, increasing current capacity by almost 50 per cent.
  • Cruising to Asia is gaining popularity, as highlighted by the launch of several new ships, like Avalon Waterways' the Avalon Saigon on the Mekong.
  • The luxury cruise market continues to evolve, as does the market for mega ships.

To read the full 2018 Cruise Guide in PAX magazine, click here.