May 17, 2014 9:21 pm

Vancouver bracing for busiest day of the year of the cruise ship season

Cruise ships are returning to Vancouver Saturday, marking the busiest day of the cruise ship season with four ships berthed for the first time this year.

More than 14,500 passengers are expected to descend in the downtown core, adding volumes of traffic in the area.

Port Metro Vancouver warns there will be more demand for public transit, and fierce competition for taxis. The company is advising individuals going to the terminal to make transportation arrangements in advance. The City of Vancouver is working with cab companies and cruise lines to try and ease congestion.

John Parker-Jervis with Port Metro Vancouver says every cruise ship will generate about $2 million benefiting local tourism and the economy.

This year the port expects 812,000 passengers on 243 calls by 29 cruise ships, estimating a contribution of $486 million to the local economy.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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