Friday, May 20, 2022

Shaking off some rust from a two year break from Cruise days, Tourism Prince Rupert excited for the year ahead

The Princess Cruise Line vessel Ruby Princess 
at Northland Terminal on Tuesday

With Day one in the books for the 2022 Cruise Ship season and a four busy few months ahead til the end of September, the North Coast Review checked in with Ceilidh Marlow the Executive Director for Tourism Prince Rupert this week, to see how the first visit went and what may be ahead for the year.

As for the inaugural visit on Tuesday for the Ruby Princess Ms. Marlow observed the following:

Tourism Prince Rupert was thrilled to welcome the Ruby Princess to Prince Rupert for its inaugural call on May 17th, 2022. It was an exciting day to welcome our first cruise ship since 2019, especially the first call of a brand new vessel to our community. 

The return of cruise is just one of many signals that the tourism sector is starting to be rebuilt in Prince Rupert after a difficult two seasons resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Towards the year ahead she noted of the partnership with the Prince Rupert Port Authority and their success in adding the Princess line vessel to the port call itinerary for 2022.

Together with our partners at the Port of Prince Rupert, we're excited to welcome international visitors once again via cruise. The addition of an additional 45,000 passengers to this season's original schedule is also very exciting and will mean significant economic benefits for local businesses and tour operators this summer. 

Ceilidh Marlow, far right, was one of a number of officials on hand
to welcome the Captain and crew of the Ruby Princess to 
Prince Rupert
(photo from PRPA)

When it comes to the Tuesday opening for the season, the Tourism Prince Rupert official noted of the enthusiasm of the Cruise Ambassadors and the Visitor Centre staff on the day, as well as that of the crew and passengers from the Ruby Princess.

Despite the weather, many cruise passengers we chatted with yesterday were excited to be in Prince Rupert and to learn about our local community's culture and heritage. The captain and crew also showed great enthusiasm for their first call to Prince Rupert and we look forward to building on that relationship going forward. 

In our Visitor Centre, many passengers were excited to learn about the area and find local restaurants, shops, and trails to explore. 

Out at the terminal, our fantastic volunteer cruise ambassadors provided advice, information, and helpful tips for the passengers as they disembarked.

The Ruby Princess returns to Northland Terminal on May 27th. 

With its next return and for those port calls that follow, Tourism Prince Rupert will be rolling out more information packages and tour products out for those visitors and the thousands of others that will come through the season on other vessels as part of the 43 port calls at the Northland facility this year.

In addition to the Cruise Ship season, the Tourism office is working on a number of information programs to provide a push towards marketing of the region for the upcoming summer season.

We'll explore that theme later next week.

Our look at the visit of the Ruby Princess can be reviewed here.

You can review more notes on Tourism from our twin archives below

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