2018 cruise season of port Vancouver wraps up on Friday, October 19, when Emerald Princess leaves Canada Place and sails down the Pacific coast to LA, prior to embarking on a 28-day roundtrip voyage to Hawaii.
The cruise season, which launched on April 10 with the call by Star Princess, saw Vancouver port welcome more than 900,000 cruisers on 243 ship calls, which is a 7% increase in passenger numbers in comparison to 2017, and the biggest season since 2010.
Peter Xotta, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority vice-president of planning and operations pointed to a number of season highlights.
The largest cruise ship to ever call at Vancouver was 4,000-guest Norwegian Bliss on September 30. The world's largest cruise ships can now carry about 6,000 passengers.
The cruise shipping business of Port Vancouver hit a high-water mark of 1,060,383 cruise passengers in 2002, when the port was dominant for cruise ships in the region. Port Seattle, back then, welcomed a total of 244,905 passengers. Since 2002, however, the size of the cruise sector of Seattle has surpassed Vancouver and cruise liners carried more than 1 million people to Seattle in 2017.
Each cruise ship calling at the city adds an estimated US$3 million to local economy, according to VFPA. Emerald Princess is due to be back to Vancouver March 29 to launch 2019 cruise ship season.