The Port of Prince Rupert says investments to improve the city’s reputation as a cruise ship destination are paying off.
The port’s 2018 cruise schedule is its second-largest since 2011, with a total of 25 vessels carrying approximately 12,600 passengers set to dock at Prince Rupert’s Northland Cruise Terminal.
“After reviewing our Passenger Exit Surveys, we are happy to report that the feedback we collected was overwhelmingly positive with regards to overall impressions of our community,” said Brian Friesen, Director of Trade Development and Communications for the Port of Prince Rupert in a news release. “The work that we’ve undertaken in recent years with Tourism Prince Rupert and local businesses to improve our reputation as a cruise destination is certainly coming to fruition.”
Friesen adds that waterfront improvement projects like the new public promenade adjacent to the Northland Cruise Terminal and the revitalization of the 1.5-kilometre Rushbrook Trail will enhance the city’s shore excursion offerings.
The port says Prince Rupert is becoming an increasingly popular stop for luxury cruise lines operating in the Alaska market and most of this year’s calls will be from vessels with between 200-900 passengers.
Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises, Silversea Cruises, and Ponant will be back this year. Windstar Cruises will call on Prince Rupert for the first time, with a total of five visits from its 208-passenger Star Legend vessel.