Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Welcomes and Photos make for return of Cruise Ships to Prince Rupert

The maiden call for the Princess Cruise line vessel  
Ruby Princess was commemorated by Ts'msyen,  Port, Tourism and City
officials on Tuesday. With Captain Aldo Traverso part of a presentation
to welcome the vessel to the traditional territory of the Ts'msyen people

(From the PRPA)

The community put forward all of its charms for the first cruise ship visit since the fall of 2019 on Tuesday, with welcome ashore the theme for the day for those disembarking the Ruby Princess at the Northland Cruise Terminal.

Among those waiting for the potential 3,000 plus visitors to come ashore was one of the newest members of the Prince Rupert RCMP detachment, with the Mounties making note yesterday of the busy day for Constable Jason Kettle.

He was on Red Serge duty on Tuesday and may have been the most photographed Prince Rupert attraction of the seven hour port call for the vessel.

Prince Rupert RCMP constable Jason Kettle
working the Cruise Ship Dock Beat on Tuesday

(from Prince Rupert RCMP)

Visitors were also greeted by members of the Cruise Ambassador program, with helpful volunteers from the community directing those coming ashore to some of the nearby areas of interest for a short wander through the community.

As we noted last week, the program is always looking for more volunteers and you can learn more about the program and how you can lend a hand here.

The Prince Rupert Tourism Office/Port Interpretive Centre was also a busy place for the day as visitors stopped in to learn more about the community and the Port. 

That office is now operating on extended Spring and Summer hours with the Centre open Daily from 9 AM to 6PM, 7 Days A week in the Atlin Terminal.

So far there has been no update from Port officials or those from Tourism Prince Rupert as to how Day One of the 2022 season went and what they may have learned from the first visit of a cruise ship to the city in two years.

They have nine days to review the debut for 2022 and explore more ways to improve on the community spirit for the year ahead,.

The Ruby Princess makes its second of fifteen port visits for the year on May 27. 

In total, this season will see 43 port calls from cruise vessels large and small.

More items of interest on the Cruise Industry and season in Prince Rupert as well as the full schedule for 2022 can be explored through our archive page.

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