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MV Star Princess returns to Port of Nanaimo Monday April 9th, at noon, departing at 9:30 PM, her only call to Vancouver Island, a Star-classed opening to Central Vancouver Island’s cruise season

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The Star Princess returns Monday, April 9th at noon and departs at 9:30 PM.  She begins this cruise on April 3rd in Los Angeles, cruising to Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Astoria and arriving in Nanaimo before her final call in Vancouver, completing an 8-day Pacific itinerary on April 10th.  The Star Princess called on the Port of Nanaimo in October 2016 and October 2017; Monday marks her only call to Vancouver Island on this itinerary. She is a Grand-class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruise Lines, 290 metres in length, beam of 36 metres, and a passenger capacity of 3100 & 1250 crew. 

Ewan Moir, President & CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority, welcomes the 2018 cruise season for Central Vancouver Island with the call of the Star Princess. Moir comments: “Nanaimo has the great pleasure, as a major gateway to Central Vancouver Island, of receiving the Star Princess for the third time in 19 months.  The Star Princess’ arrival in April is a great economic lift for our communities, a significant benefit from first-time passengers to Vancouver Island. We believe that many passengers will return once they discover one of the most preferred destinations in the world.”

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Moir comments further: “Princess Cruise Lines” calls on the Port of Nanaimo also provides benefits to the Alberni and Cowichan Valleys including the Parksville - Qualicum area from local & regional shore excursions.” As passengers arrive in the cruise ship terminal, Tourism Nanaimo Travel Counsellors greet passengers 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 scheduled for 1PM, 2PM and 3PM.  Nanaimo Bar samplings are always part of our renowned hospitality, a favoured treat when visiting Nanaimo.

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Passengers also take in the popular harbourside walkway, the Pioneer Waterfront Plaza and our interesting museums. Complimentary shuttles transport passengers from the passenger terminal through downtown Nanaimo including Maffeo Sutton Park where they engage with Nanaimo Ambassadors and easily access the Saysutshun Experience on Newcastle Island. Contact with local culture include the downtown area, galleries, eateries and walking tours which receive positive passenger feedback on a consistent basis.

Moir continues: “We provide a high level of service on a consistent basis with our city and regional partners. The amenities and tours complement our award winning cruise facility and programs that cruise lines can count on. Passengers tell us that we have an exceptional product and they want to see more of Central Vancouver Island.”

See pictures and video from cruise visits in Nanaimo at cruise.npa.ca - Go to Gallery

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:

David Mailloux – Director of Communications
Nanaimo Port Authority 250-753-4146 Ext 251 cruise.npa.ca



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