The first of 43 cruise ship visits this season is underway for this year with the Ruby Princess pulling along side to Northland Terminal just after 7AM, a tug assist helping to guide the Princess line vessel to the dock and the securing of lines.
With her arrival, the Northland Terminal, Port of Prince Rupert and the community were back in the Cruise Ship business, the port call today marking the first cruise ship to make a visit to the city since October of 2019 and the visit of the Seabourn Sojourn.
The Ruby Princess Passengers will disembark once the walkway is in place to the Terminal, where Canadian Borders Services personnel are waiting the arrival of what could be up to 3,080 visitors over the course of the eight hour stay.
|The Ruby Princess at Northland Terminal on Tuesday morning|
|It was still fairly quiet at 8AM as the first of the passengers|
had yet to disembark for a day in Prince Rupert
Cool temperatures and an occasional shower mark the start of the cruise season in Prince Rupert and the range of shore visits ahead for the passengers, with large motor coaches making ready for excursions in and around the city.
For those coming ashore for their own exploration of the city, some volunteer ambassadors will be on hand to direct those on foot to local areas of interest.
With a large volume of visitors expected, the Prince Rupert Port Authority made note by Social media on Monday of the need for caution while travelling through the Cow Bay and Terminal area of the city.
The vessel is scheduled to depart the harbour at 3PM, with the next Cruise Ship Day set for May 27th and a return visit for the Ruby Princess.
You can review some of the pre-season notes for the Cruise Industry in Prince Rupert from our archive page here.