The largest cruise ship ever to visit port of Vancouver arrives this weekend.
Norwegian Bliss is about the length of 3 football fields at 333 m and is able to carry almost 6,000 people.
The new vessel is due to dock at Canada Place, Vancouver on Sunday, September 30, for the first time and has a number of other scheduled calls at the port for 2019 cruise season.
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority said in a news release that NCL Bliss will pick up a total of 4,000 passengers for the final leg of a trip that began and ends in port of Seattle and includes visits to Victoria and Alaska.
Three other ships are also due to visit Vancouver this weekend, and officials warned congestion was expected around Canada Place as thousands of travellers move through the port.
By the time port Vancouver's 2018 cruising season ends in October, 27 ships will have visited, many of which numerous times. The port authority estimates that each vessel generates around US$3 million in direct economic activity per call.