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2017 Cruise Season for Central Vancouver Island Opens with Royal Caribbean Line’s Explorer of the Seas’ Call to Nanaimo on Wednesday May 17th

May 12, 2017

The Explorer of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean Line flagship, will settle into the Nanaimo cruise berth Wednesday May 17th at 7AM. President & CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority, Bernie Dumas welcomes the largest cruise ship to visit Nanaimo, her second call in two consecutive years, arriving from Seattle to central Vancouver Island and scheduled to depart after 10 hours in port at 5PM.

The Explorer of the Seas is a Voyager-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Line, launched in 2000. She can accommodate 3,800 guests, includes an inline skating rink with a FlowRider® surfing simulator, a basketball court, a mini golf course, a rock wall that overlooks the sea, an outdoor cinema screen, a Vitality Spa, virtual balconies in interior rooms and a spectacular three-story dining room.

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Dumas comments: “You will definitely know that she’s in port with her impressive size and hundreds of passengers combing the streets in the downtown area. The Cruise Line International Association released a 2016 economic analysis last month. With six calls from various cruise lines to Nanaimo in 2017 the mid-island will enjoy an economic impact of $2.87 million from direct and indirect spending. The Explorer of the Seas provides a great introduction to this year’s cruise benefits for Central Vancouver Island”.

As usual, passengers will be enjoying local & regional shore excursions to the Alberni and Cowichan Valleys including the Parksville - Qualicum area. As passengers arrive in the Cruise Ship Terminal, Travel Counsellors from Nanaimo’s Visitor centre will greet passengers with Nanaimo Bar samplings and point the way to photo opportunities with the RCMP in Red Serge, the Big Tub and displays of racing Tubs from the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society. Cannon Firings at our historic Bastion are at 11AM, noon, and 1PM”.

Dumas continues: “Passengers can also take in the popular farmer’s market in the Pioneer Waterfront Plaza. Our complimentary shuttles transport passengers from the cruise terminal through downtown from 8AM to 4PM where they will engage local volunteer hospitality ambassadors. Contact with local culture includes the downtown area, museums, galleries, eateries and walking tours which receive positive feedback. Often heard from passengers when they return to the terminal are comments such as ‘Nanaimo is…. Beautiful, Charming, Fun, Friendly and Amazing!’ It is a real pleasure to know that passengers enjoy our destination and leave with outstanding memories of Central Vancouver Island.”

Explorer of the Seas Facts:

  1. Explorer of the Seas is 1020 feet in length with a beam of 156 feet, draft of 27 feet with 15 decks and a cruising speed of 24 Knots.
  2. She carries approximately 3,800 passengers with a crew of 1,180.
  3. She is on a 4 day cruise starting in Seattle to Nanaimo, to Victoria and concluding in Seattle.

The Nanaimo Port Authority is one of 18 Port Authorities across Canada, established under the Canada Marine Act, to promote and support the National, Regional and local economy and to ensure a safe and secure harbour for cargo operations.

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For more Information Contact:
Bernie Dumas President & CEO - Nanaimo Port Authority 250-753-4146 bdumas(at)npa.ca



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