A 330% increase in cruise ship passengers was estimated by the Port of Prince Rupert after adding 16 new ship calls to the previously published 2022 schedule, the organization announced May 6.
The increase will welcome an additional 46,000 passengers from the previously announced 14,010 on April 4. City shores will expect 43 port calls and potentially more than 60,622 passengers to visit Prince Rupert by September 30.
A new addition to the line of ships is the Ruby Princess operated by Princess Cruises. It will make its first mooring in the city on May 17. The Port of Rupert will be a regular stop on the 10-day Alaska ship route. The ship has a carrying capacity of 4,180 passengers and crew.
“The exciting late addition of the Ruby Princess to the Port of Prince Rupert cruise schedule will provide a significant boost to the local tourism industry over the coming months, and we are working with local operators and other community stakeholders to prepare for this massive influx of tourists. visitors,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority (APPR).
In addition to the Ruby Princess, PRPA has also added another ship stop of Windstar’s Star Breeze on September 7 to its list.
It could be a record season for cruise passenger traffic in Prince Rupert when a scheduled Holland America and Princess Cruise Lines double-ship call on September 23 has the potential to set a one-day record for cruise passengers visiting with more than 4,700 expected. The highest number of passengers welcomed at the port was in 2008 with 103,635 passengers visiting the city.
Between 2004 and 2019, Prince Rupert welcomed approximately 655,000 passengers with an estimated direct economic impact of over $50 million. At Prince Rupert’s modest levels of cruise activity in 2019, an estimated $1.8 million in economic revenue was contributed to businesses in the community.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) has worked with cruise lines, the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, the Government of Canada and various stakeholders to ensure the safe resumption of cruise operations at all Canadian ports. Prince Rupert serves as a strategic Canadian port of call in cruise ship itineraries as part of the Alaska cruise market.
“Based on the latest projections for 2022, Alaska could welcome up to 1.57 million passengers this year. With strong prospects for recovery and growth in this market, Prince Rupert has the opportunity to attract significantly more visitors than in recent years,” PRPA said in a press release.
“We appreciate everyone’s efforts to accommodate this schedule change and to welcome visitors back to the area as we prepare for the return of cruise tourism to the community,” Stevenson said. .
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