VANCOUVER, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Port Metro Vancouver recently concluded
a successful 2011 Vancouver-Alaska cruise season, posting a 15 per cent
increase in passengers over 2010. Between May and October 2011, the
Port welcomed 663,425 passengers on 27 different vessels over 199
cruise ship calls.
New in 2011, Disney Cruise Lines' Disney Wonder and Oceania Cruises' Regatta both homeported in Vancouver during their inaugural seasons in the
Alaska market. Vancouver also welcomed the return of Crystal Cruises,
as the Crystal Symphony made 10 port calls in Vancouver.
The 2011 season also marked the second full year of operations of the
award-winning shore power installation at Canada Place, the first of
its kind in Canada. Shore power-equipped cruise ships can plug in and
shut off their engines while docked to reduce air emissions. During the
cruise season, 35 vessels connected to the Port's shore power
facilities, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1,318 tonnes.
"Port Metro Vancouver is taking a leadership role in reducing our carbon
footprint with the goal of making the broader port more sustainable,"
said Peter Xotta, Vice President, Planning and Operations at Port Metro
Vancouver. "By reducing our emissions and providing incentives for the
local cruise industry to do the same, we are heading in the right
Through the Port's EcoAction Program, four cruise lines have earned Port
Metro Vancouver's Blue Circle Award, a recognition reserved for only
the highest emissions-reduction achievements by marine carriers that
call on the Port. The cruise line recipients include Holland America
Line, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea
During the 2012 Vancouver-Alaska cruise season, Port Metro Vancouver
expects to host approximately 670,000 passengers on 191 ship calls,
including Princess Cruise Line's Sapphire Princess, which will return to homeport in Vancouver for 2012.
Vancouver's cruise industry is an important contributor to the region's
economy, stimulating more than $2 million in economic activity for
every cruise ship call in Vancouver.
SOURCE Port Metro Vancouver
For further information:
Media Relations, Port Metro Vancouver