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Vancouver could see record-breaking cruise season

A cruise ship stands ready in Vancouver, B.C. Clayton Little | Global News

More than a million cruise ship passengers are expected to visit Vancouver over the next several months, contributing to what could be another record-breaking year for the city’s cruise industry.

“We always look forward to the start of cruise season, but this year is especially exciting as we expect to welcome a record-number of passengers,” Carmen Ortega, manager of trade development of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, said.

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According to a release from the Port of Vancouver, officials expect a 21 per cent increase in passengers compared to last year, which would set an all-time record for cruise passengers through Canada Place.

“We’ve re-designed the ground transportation area to improve passenger flow, reconfigured the terminal to expand passenger processing areas,” Ortega said.

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On top of improvements to the berths at Canada Place, the port authority has made changes to how passengers will be managed.

The Emerald Princess will kick-off the cruise ship season Friday morning, bringing with her just over 3,300 passengers to the city.

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The first of 41 ships from 24 cruise lines to be visiting Canada Place this season, the Emerald Princess will arrive at 7 a.m. before leaving for Victoria at 9 a.m.

Each ship that visits Canada Place generates an average of nearly $3 million in direct activity to the local economy, according to the Port of Vancouver.

The final cruise ship will depart on Nov. 1.

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The cruise ship industry provides nearly 7,000 jobs across Canada and adds $840 million to national GDP.

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