Ogden Point , Victoria Canada: 2014 Cruise Passengers – Boat Shuttle to Inner Harbour

English: The The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, B...
English: The The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week I told you about a suggestion to have a Gondola System in place to move passengers from Ogden Point to the Inner Harbour of Victoria. As in all things new for Victoria , the local James Bay Community met with the developers to say NO. At this point they have elected to consider another option and the Harbour Authority meanwhile came back with  a proposal for 2014 that will allow passengers to either take double decker buses (High Volume) or a boat shuttle ( tender) into the Inner Harbour itself where you can dock almost across from the Fairmont (Empress) Hotel.

On another note , cruise ships with berthing, passengers, crew and dry-dock repairs, upgrades brought in about 200 million dollars over the last two years including around 680 jobs per statistics of the GVHA (Greater Victoria Harbour Authority) published this weekend.

http://www.timescolonist.com/boat-shuttle-for-cruise-ship-visitors-a-bid-to-pacify-james-bay-1.759167

Sapphire Princess Enters Drydock in Victoria BC Canada (January 9, 2012)

 

Victoria, BC, on Vancouver Island, Canada
Victoria, BC, on Vancouver Island, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: The British Columbia Parliament Build...
English: The British Columbia Parliament Buildings in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Español: Los Edificios del Parlamento de Columbia Británica en Victoria, Columbia Británica, Canadá (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Per the link news below, Victoria Dry Dock in Victoria BC, Canada on Vancouver Island is now working on the extensive four week renovations needed for the Sapphire Princess before it will commence its cruises on February 4, 2012 out of Los Angeles.
 http://www.prweb.com/releases/Sapphire_Princess/Drydock/prweb9090349.htm

Santa Clarita, Calif. (PRWEB) January 09, 2012
Sapphire Princess arrives today at the Victoria Shipyards dry dock in British Columbia to begin a dramatic, four-week transformation. The dry dock continues a multi-year fleet renovation process that has brought Princess Cruises’ signature features to most of its ships.

http://www.seaspan.com/vicship/cruiseship_repairs.php

Update : Pictures from Princess of Ship

Next two Picture from Princess via MaritimeMatters.com
Via Princess