Friday, March 13, 2015

Seven port calls to be circled on the Cruise ship calendar for 2015

While those involved in bringing back Prince Rupert's cruise industry footprint get to work at their plans to revitalize the industry for the region, the calendar of Port Calls for 2015 highlights the dip in port visits that the community has seen over the last few years.

The Port of Prince Rupert released the 2015 Schedule this week, a listing of just seven planned port calls to this point from cruise industry vessels.

Down significantly from last year when 11 vessels pulled into Northland Terminal, this years listings highlights numbers that are much lower than those heady days when the industry returned earlier in the decade

This year, the Prince Rupert waterfront will feature three visits from the Seven Seas Navigator,  two from the MS Regatta and one stopover each from the vessels  L'Austral and Le Boreal.

The Season gets underway on Sunday May 31st and comes to a conclusion on Tuesday September 22nd. In between, June and July will feature one port call each, while August  and September will host two visits each.

2015 Cruise Ship Schedule for Prince Rupert
(courtesy of the Prince Rupert Port Authority)
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Profiles of the vessels and the cruise lines making a visit to the city this summer can be found below:
(All photos from each vessel's website presentation)

Seven Seas Navigator
Regent Cruise Lines -- Passenger capacity 490
Port Calls -- Sunday, May 31, Monday, August 10, Monday, August 24
(see Vessel profile page here)

MS Regatta
Oceania Cruise Lines -- Passenger capacity 684
Port Calls -- Saturday June 6, Sunday July 12
(see Vessel profile here)

Ponant Cruise Line -- Passenger capacity 264
Port Call -- Sunday September 6
(see Vessel profile here)

Le Boreal
Ponant Cruise Line -- Passenger capacity 264
Port Call -- Tuesday September 22
(see Vessel profile here)

All vessels will be arriving at the Port of Prince Rupert's Northland Terminal

Prince Rupert was recently featured in a BC Cruise industry media campaign as one of the four main ports of call in the province, with the North Coast option part of the advertising presentation, designed to reinforce some of the attractions available for visitors to the region.

Prince Rupert City council recently discussed the issue of finding ways to improve the numbers of vessel calls to the community, with Council members suggesting that the City should provide a representative to the evolving working group on cruise related concerns in the area.

At the February 23rd council session, Mayor Lee Brain outlined that the work of the Cruise Ship Task Force is still in its formative stage, as it seeks to reassess its approach the work ahead to establish Prince Rupert as port of call for the West Coast and Alaska industry.

Prince Rupert's current profile for visitors can be found on the website.

For more items related to the cruise industry on the North Coast see our archive page here.

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