Princess Cruises expected to more than quadruple the number of cruise ship visitors to the northern BC city
Every prince needs his princess, and for the Prince Rupert tourism sector, that princess is called Ruby.
On Friday, the Port of Prince Rupert announced that Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess cruise ship will make regular calls in Prince Rupert every 10 days this season beginning May 17. With a capacity of 4,180 passengers and crew, the ship is expected to more than quadruple the number of cruise passengers in Prince Rupert this season.
“The exciting late addition of the Ruby Princess to the Port of Prince Rupert cruise schedule will provide a significant boost to the local tourism industry over the coming months, and we are working with local operators and other community stakeholders to prepare for this massive influx of tourists. visitors,” Prince Rupert Port Authority Chairman Shaun Stevenson said in a statement Friday. “We appreciate everyone’s efforts to accommodate this schedule change and to welcome visitors back to the area as we prepare for the return of cruise tourism to the community.”
In April, the Port of Prince Rupert announced it expected a total of 26 cruise ship calls between May and September this year, carrying around 14,000 passengers. With the addition of the Ruby Princess and a September call from Windstar’s Star Breeze, the port now expects a total of 43 cruise ship calls and about 60,622 passengers by September 30.
Prince Rupert is a strategic Canadian port of call for cruise ships traveling to Alaska. About 1.57 million passengers are expected to cruise to Alaska this year, according to industry projections.
“With strong prospects for recovery and growth within this market, Prince Rupert has the potential to attract significantly more visitors than in recent years,” said a statement released by the Port of Prince Rupert.
All cruise ship passengers and crew will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and enhanced passenger screening and testing will be in place.
A full schedule of cruise ships visiting Prince Rupert this season is available on the Port of Prince Rupert website.