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Victoria welcomes first cruise ship to dock in Canada in over 2 years

VICTORIA — The first international cruise ship to dock in Canada in more than two years arrived in Victoria on Saturday morning.

Ian Robertson, chief executive of the Greater Victoria Ports Authority, said the Koningsdam cruise ship arrived around 9:40 a.m., about 20 minutes early and was cleared by the Canada Border Services Agency before its 1,215 passengers only begin to explore the capital.

Robertson says cruise ship passengers were required to have two injections of the COVID-19 vaccine and test negative at least 24 hours before boarding.

In early March, Canada gave cruise ships the go-ahead to dock in Canadian ports for the season, which runs from April to November.

The first ship of the season was due to dock on Wednesday, but Robertson says the Caribbean Princess decided to forgo its stops in Victoria and Vancouver and headed straight for Portland, Ore., not uncommon for ocean liners. cruise.

He says the authority expects around 790,000 passengers, the same number as in 2019.

— By Brieanna Charlebois in Vancouver.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 9, 2022.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of Meta and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

The Canadian Press