|The Seven Seas Navigator pulled into Prince Rupert
over the lunch hour on Sunday, launching the 2015 Cruise Season
The Sun broke through the clouds right on cue on Sunday, clearing the skies for the arrival over the noon hour of the first cruise ship of the season, the weather setting the scene for a pleasant afternoon and evening in the North Coast port of call.
Sunday marked the start of the 2015 season for the region, as the Seven Seas Navigator pulled into Prince Rupert's Northland Cruise Terminal and was secured at berth well before 1 PM, the terminal plaza area becoming the focus of attention for the City's cruise ambassadors, ready to point visitors in the right direction as made their way ashore.
Once cleared of customs, passengers began to explore the port of call, some boarding a stream of highway buses, others taking to the vessel Inside Passage for a coastal trip to the Khutzeymateen.
For the remainder of those disembarking, Sunday offered up a number of walking tours, or just the opportunity to do some independent touring as part of the agenda for the eight hour stopover.
As they took to the streets, tourists were heading in all directions, from Cow Bay on into the Downtown core, or for the particularly adventurous, Butze Rapids or off towards the Rushbrook Floats area.
Sunday's debut for the season delivered a potential touring group of 490 passengers to the community, highlighting the first of three visits by the Seven Seas Navigator to the City this summer.
|Buses lined up near Northland Terminal
on Sunday ready to tour
|Some of Sunday's visitors got right
back on the water with Adventure Tours
The vessel will be back on August 10th and August 24th, with the Seven Seas Navigator accounting for close to half of the city's seven cruise ship port calls from various cruise lines this year.
The next Cruise Ship day is scheduled to be June 13th when the MS Regatta arrives in town, a 10 AM arrival that will deliver visitors to the community into the heart of our weekend Seafest Celebrations.
As we outlined in February, this year is a transition year for those hoping to bring about a rebirth of the Prince Rupert Cruise scene, with Prince Rupert gaining some additional marketing through the Cruise BC initiative and looking to increase its footprint with the cruise lines that run up and down the British Columbia and Alaska coast during the summer.
You can check out the various vessels making port calls in Prince Rupert this year from our season preview back in March.
For More background on the Cruise industry on the North Coast see our archive page here.