Media Advisory - Last Cruise Ship of 2008 Arrives in Vancouver

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 13 /CNW/ - The last cruise ship to call on Vancouver for
the 2008 cruise season will arrive at Canada Place on Monday, October 13th. 28
cruise ships visited Vancouver this year, making a total of 254 calls and
bringing approximately 855,000 cruise passengers to the city.
    The Vancouver cruise business creates employment and stimulates
significant economic impact in the Metro Vancouver region. In 2007 this
amounted to more than $440 million in direct spending. And that impact extends
well beyond the region itself. The total economic impact generated across
Canada by the cruise industry in Vancouver is $1.3 billion.

    WHO:   Mercury (Celebrity Cruises)

    WHEN:  Arrives Monday, October 13, 2008 (between 4:00pm and 6:00pm).
           Departs late Monday evening

    WHERE: Canada Place, Vancouver BC

    About Port Metro Vancouver

    Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diversified port,
trading more than $53 billion in goods with more than 100 trading economies
annually. Port activities generate 69,000 jobs across Canada with $4 billion
in Gross Domestic Product and $8.9 billion in economic output.

For further information:

For further information: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate
Communications & Public Affairs, Port Metro Vancouver, Telephone: (604)
665-9069, Cellular: (778) 231-6978, Email:

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