Port Vancouver is Canada's "Alaskan" cruise port and homeport for Alaska-based liners during summer. The port handles annually between 240-270 cruise ship calls and over 1 million passengers through Canada Place cruise terminal. Port's total annual economic impact is around USD 1,6 billion.
As the number and sizes of cruise liners to Vancouver constantly increase, the port is more and more often ranked as congested. The average passenger capacity of the vessels increased by 138% (up to 3100 pax) and the average LOA length increased by 50%, (up to 300 m / 985 ft). However, Canada Place terminal's capacity is limited as the facility was built for older design ships.
Vancouver's cruise shipping business generates nearly CAD 3 million by each visiting vessel (at Canada Place), nearly 7,000 Canadian jobs, CAD 300 million in wages, CAD 840 million to Canada's GDP. As cargo port, vancouver is ranked North America's 3rd largest (after South Louisiana and Houston). It serves shipping lines connecting Canada with over 170 countries. Port's annual trade volume is estimated at around CAD 200 billion. It sustains a total of 115,300 Canadian jobs, generates CAD 7 billion in wages and CAD 12 billion in GDP.
Port's cruising season is May through lateSeptember-early October.
- Since 2008, the seaport voluntary purchases renewable / wind energy.
- At Canada Place terminal, port's cruise business generates (in direct economic activity) an average of USD 3 million per visiting vessel. Ship types vary from large and mainstream to top-luxury and small expedition vessels.
- Available since 2009, Canada Place terminal's shore-to-ship power capabilities reduce significantly the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by visiting vessels. The new technology allows docked cruise ships to shut down completely their diesel engines and connect to BC Hydro’s electrical grid for all the needed onboard electrical power while berthed. The volume of reduced emissions per year is over 2200 tons. Approx 40% of all cruise vessels visiting the port are shorepower enabled. As incentives for using shorepower, the port offers 50% reduction in harbour dues.
- In 2010, the port was visited by around 600,000 cruise ship tourists.
- In 2014 was closed the Ballantyne Pier terminal. Since then, Canada Place is the city's only remaining cruise ship terminal.
- In 2015, the cruise port handled a total of 228 ship visits (32 different vessels) and over 800,000 passengers. During season 2015, Princess Cruises introduced new roundtrip Vancouver itineraries to Hawaii and US West Coast (California) on Ruby Princess.
- The port's 2016 season's statistics showed directly generated nearly 7,000 jobs (across the country), which included USD 300 million in paid wages and USD 840 million to Canada's GDP.
- On May 20, 2017, the cruise port reported a record day with 3 ship calls (Emerald Princess, Star Princess, ms Nieuw Amsterdam) and a total of 15,800 cruise tourists. Vancouver police units were assigned to direct traffic. The port authority warned of transportation delays. The record day resulted in hours-long waits at Canada Place terminal (for customs processing) and additional long waits for taxis. The taxicab problem was mainly due to the limited number of cab licenses issued in Vancouver City, as well as the local prohibition of ride-sharing services.
- In 2017, the cruise port had scheduled a total of 236 ship calls (2% increase over 2016) and handled nearly 843,000 passengers (3% increase over 2016).During season 2017, the port had scheduled 33 different cruise liners from the fleets of 15 different companies. The port's economic impact in 2017 is USD 3 million per ship call (including spending on tours, hotels, taxis, shopping, etc).
- In 2018, the cruise port had scheduled 241 ship calls (7% increase over 2017) with 32 different ships, 14 different companies and over 895,000 passengers. On May 23 was celebrated the 25 millionth arriving cruise ship tourist.
- In 2019, the number of scheduled / booked ship calls was 265, with estimated over 1 million passengers.
- Over Canada Day 2017's long weekend (July 1, 2, 3), a fleet of 8 cruise ships came into Vancouver harbour docking at Canada Place. These ships (Golden Princess / overnight, Star Princess, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Celebrity Infinity, Norwegian Sun, Crystal Serenity and Disney Wonder) had total economic impact on local businesses estimated at USD 24 million. It was based on the average USD 3 million per cruise liner ashore passenger spending (on restaurants, shopping, pre- and post-voyage hotel stays, local transportation, day tours).
- Port's largest cruise liner so far is NCL's Norwegian Bliss (capacity 4200 passengers). Departure from Vancouver was on October 1, 2018 (5-day repositioning cruise) to Los Angeles via San Francisco.
The Port Authority company Vancouver Fraser manages the federal seaport lands in and around the city. Vancouver is Canada’s largest cruise port and main homeport for Alaskan cruises. The port has 28 marine terminals servibg Ro-Ro ships (car carriers), break-bulk and bulk carriers, container ships and cruise ships.
In 2018-H1 (first half), port's containerized cargo volumes increased by 5% (over 2017-H1) to the record number 1,64 million TEUs (containers). The increase was due to growing international demand for Canadian goods and increasing Canadian demand for Asian goods. Beside container shipping trade, port's results also showed:
- increase in potash (22,7%), autos (8%), coal (8,9%), forest (4%) and petroleum (40,2%) products
- decline in grain (10,2%, crops-feed), chemicals-minerals (5%), ores-concentrates (27,8%). Port's 2018-H1 cargo traffic (over 2017-H1) report included:
- Overall cargo increased 4,4% - to total 72,1 million tons.
- Auto units increased 8,3%, to total 236396.
- Breakbulk cargoes increased 14,4 % - to total 8,8 million tons, including 21,1% in domestic traffic.
- Drybulk cargoes increased 0,7%.
- Liquid bulk cargoes increased 28,3%, including 40,2% in petroleum products.
- TEU container shipping increased 5,1% - to total 1,64 million.
- Cruise shipping traffic increased 12,7%.
Vancouver cruise terminal
The Government of Canada established Port Metro Vancouver in January 2008. It is the fourth largest port in North America and the leader in Canada by tonnage. Vancouver is situated in the western Canada, at the British Colombia’s southwest corner. Port's ship schedule includes cruises from spring through fall, with vessels departing from Canada Place Ship Terminal. Terminal's address is: "Canada Place Pier, 99 Canada Place Vancouver, BC, Canada".
Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal
The Canada Place Vancouver cruise port terminal was inaugurated on April 28, 1986. The facility's design features a 5 sail-shaped roofs. Except the terminal building, here are also VINCI car park, Port Metro office, World Trade Center office, Hotel Pan-Pacific.
At the terminal are available restrooms, baggage trolleys, snack shop. From Canada Place Terminal can be directly accessed ship berths North (length 274 m / 900 ft), East (506 m / 1660 ft) and West (326 m / 1070 ft).
In May 2015, Canada Place Terminal became the world's first cruise port facility with a total of 10 BorderXpress APC kiosks (abbrev "Automated Passport Control"). The project was a collaboration of Port Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Airport Authority.
- In comparison to the traditional clearance process, the new computerized kiosks increased 4 times the terminal's passenger processing rates. The terminal's US Customs and Border Protection area is utilized prior to ship embarkation on Canada to Alaska cruise itineraries.
- Cruise tourists using BorderXpress APCs at Port Metro Vancouver proceed directly to the self-service kiosks in the passenger processing area. Then they simply have to follow the on-screen instructions, scan their passports and answer some customs declaration questions. Then embarking passengers receive a receipt that confirms their information and continue to an US Customs officer to finalize their processing.
- The overall result was an increased efficiency, less congestion, faster customs processing and shorter wait times.
- Cruise passengers eligible for BorderXpress APCs are USA and Canadian passport holders, as well as US Permanent Residents.
- The service is available at no cost to the user and pre-registration is not required.
Cruise terminal luggage storage and delivery
For cruise ship passengers in Vancouver, PorterGenie offers the only curbside luggage pick-up/delivery and storage service. Pick-up and delivery locations can be anywhere: Vancouver International Airport, hotels in Metro Vancouver area, train and bus stations, etc. PorterGenie can pick-up your luggage from anywhere in Metro Vancouver, store as long as you need, and deliver it back to you anywhere you like. You can use PorterGenie to transport your luggage from the airport to Canada Place cruise ship terminal or the other way around. You can schedule service online at www.portergenie.com or call PorterGenie toll-free at 1-888-411-5260. No payment is required for scheduling and cancellations are free. You are encouraged to schedule in advance before the busy season.
Ballantyne Pier Terminal
The Ballantyne terminal is located on 851 Centennial Road, Vancouver. It looks like a commercial dock after its 1995 renovation and extensions. Amenities include luggage carts, restrooms, snack concessions, security and taxi ranks. The berth is only one – East, 1200 ft.
- Address: Ballantyne Pier, 655 Centenniel Road, Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Parking:$15 Canadian daily ($10 US – depends on exchange rate).
- Vancouver's second cruise terminal (Ballantyne Pier) ceased operations in 2014.
Vancouver tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Harbour Center Tower: enjoy beautiful city panorama from the 581 ft roof.
- Gastown: located at the old Vancouver, nice and quiet place for a coffee.
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden: the perfect equilibrium located at the city center, blended with the four elements, architecture and rock, plants and water.
- Stanley Park: enjoy the native American Totem Poles and the Vancouver Aquarium in the biggest North America urban park.
- Vancouver Aquarium: variety of sealife – dolphins, beluga whales, sea turtles and sea lions
- Capilano Suspension Bridge: located over Capilano river, hundreds of feet tall.
- Grouse Mountain: enjoy Wildlife Refuge situated on 5 acre with its wolves and bears.
Port Vancouver cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Vancouver, BC Canada. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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|7 October, 2018|
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The Vancouver cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Vancouver, BC Canada.
If you lose the Vancouver location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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