October 18, 2016
Star Princess Call to Nanaimo on Thursday, October 20th provides late-season boost for Central Vancouver Island.
Oct 18, 2016
Bernie Dumas, President & CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority, considers the call by the Star Princess as a late season boost for Central Vancouver Island. “We know that passengers look for preferred destinations in cruise itineraries. Nanaimo is a gateway to one of the most desirable destinations in the world and once discovered we believe that many passengers will return. Direct passenger feedback tell us that our Island hospitality rates as one of the best you can find anywhere. The Star Princess’ arrival in late October is a great boost for Central Vancouver Island communities, a significant benefit from passengers discovering this destination for the first time.”
The Star Princess arrives Thursday, October 20th at 7AM and departs at 6PM.
She is a Grand-class cruise ship owned and operated by the Princess Cruise Line. She is 290 metres in length with a beam of 36 metres and a passenger capacity of 3100 and 1250 crew. She begins this cruise on October 19th in Vancouver, cruising to Nanaimo and on to Seattle with Los Angeles as its’ final destination, completing a 7 night Wine Country Coastal itinerary including stops in Astoria and San Francisco.
M/V Star Princess
Dumas comments: “We are excited that Princess Cruise Lines calls on the Port of Nanaimo for local & regional shore excursions to the Alberni and Cowichan Valleys including the Parksville – Qualicum area.” As passengers arrive in the cruise ship terminal, Tourism Nanaimo Travel Counsellors will 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 11AM, noon, and 1PM. Nanaimo Bar samplings are always part of our renowned hospitality.
Passengers can also take in the popular harbourside walkway, the Pioneer Waterfront Plaza and our interesting museums. Complimentary shuttles transport passengers from the cruise ship terminal through downtown Nanaimo where they engage with local volunteers organized by the Downtown Nanaimo BIA. Contact with local culture include the downtown area, galleries, eateries and walking tours which receive positive passenger feedback on a consistent basis.
Dumas continues: “We work hard with our city and regional partners to provide a high level of service on a consistent basis, amenities that complement our award winning cruise facility and programs that cruise lines can count on. Passengers tell us that we have an exceptional product and want to see more of Central Vancouver Island.”
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