Tuesday, May 29, 2018

First Port Call of the Year!

The first cruise ship visit of the year takes place today,
with the Windstar Star Legend in town for an eight hour stopover

The 2018 Prince Rupert Cruise Season was officially launched on Tuesday morning, as the Windstar line's Star Legend pulled up alongside the Northland Cruise Terminal, arriving at 6 AM, in preparation for an eight hour stopover on their Alaska Cruise schedule.

The first of the guests had yet to dis-embark as Prince Rupert's workday got underway, though crew members and those on shore were making ready to send them ashore to explore what the city has to offer.

The Star Legend with 208 guests is more along the lines of the pocket cruise ships,  a niche market that Prince Rupert Cruise officials hope to tap, making Prince Rupert a frequent stop for the growing pocket ship industry.

An indication of some of the success of that strategy comes with addition of Prince Rupert to the Star Legend's schedule, the vessel's visit marks the first time that the Star line has travelled on the Alaska circuit in over twenty years.

You can find out more about the vessel and the return to the Alaska Cruise rotation from our preview item of last week, which provides a glimpse at what the Windstar Cruise line offers its guests.

Some snap shots of the preparation work taking place as the guests of
the Windstar Legend make their plans for the day of exploration 

At the Cow Bay Marina local tour operators make ready to welcome guests

The next vessel on the Prince Rupert calendar is the Regatta Line's Oceania which will call on Northland on Thursday, it will bring 684 guests to town for an eight hour visit from 11 AM to 8 PM.

For more items of note related to the North Coast and Alaska cruise season see our archive page here.

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