Cruise lines like Carnival have started to install scrubbers so no emissions of a toxic nature occur.
Yet our local James Bay community want to limit in the future ships in the harbour and restrict if a ship has not converted. Will others now demand that the Victoria Airport Authority restrict what planes can fly in and the number, Makes the mind boggle.
Then their representative says , coughed one night and it was due to ships emissions this month. Not considered it is pollen season around this area and cool nights can cause heat to be on in a closed house which can cause dry throats.
Some pictures of the recent ships (May 2014) into Ogden Point (Victoria BC ) Vancouver Island for the Alaska Season 2014 which I have taken from trusted iPhone5 🙂
I started a Facebook site last year 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/groups/325535934241017/?fref=ts
where I can locate remotely the ship coming into our harbour , check the ships schedule and give you more information as to where it came from and is going to.. If the weather is lousy that day or I cannot access our family car then at least I am able to reach out to folks.
My blog itself allows me to share picture I took at the harbour and post here. Just have to do more frequently for you all.
I have finally discovered ( nerd here) that I can load multiple pictures at same time..
What I plan to do is make a slideshow and upload that at some point.
Our Alaska season is just starting , so the weather is not that great at times, when I venture to the harbour in early evening and sometimes the sunny day becomes a misty day.
This year I will probably invest in a WordPress direct internet address just to try some more blogging opportunities.
Please leave any comments that tell me if you enjoy this look at our local cruising world.
Thank you to my friends and virtual ones around the world who give me ideas
/ CC RobBar
In an effort to reduce traffic , pollution and noise as requested by the local James Bay community , a new option of travelling via ‘Water Shuttle’ to downtown Victoria will be piloted for the 2014 Alaska Cruise season.
Passengers will enjoy a short ‘Water Shuttle’ ride of 30 minutes which includes loading and unloading with a narration into the downtown harbour from the Ogden Point cruise terminal.
Quote: ” Apr 04, 2014
(News Release) VICTORIA — Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) is expanding on the Victoria cruise shuttle service to include a pilot water shuttle service from Ogden Point to the Inner Harbour. The 40-passenger Victoria Harbour Ferries vessel the “Linda Mae” will shuttle cruise ship passengers and crew from the newly built multi-purpose float at Ogden Point to the Steamship Terminal float on the lower causeway ”
Found this informative item today showing the full Cruise economic activity growth for British Columbia for year ending 2013.
The 2013 cruise season saw a considerable increase of 11% in passengers over the previous season. More than 1.3 million passengers visited the BC communities of Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, Vancouver and Victoria on a total of 455 calls in 2013. This cruise activity generated an estimated total economic impact of $1.6 billion to the BC economy.
Victoria will welcome 214 cruise ships and 462,000 passengers in 2014. / estimated/ A new water shuttle will be used to transport passengers from Ogden Point to downtown, providing a new and exciting experience for passengers.
Our first cruise ship into Victoria BC (Vancouver Island) at Ogden Point for the Alaska 2014 season will be the Holland America Line : ms Zaandam on May 1, 2014 and this same ship will be the last ship in to close our season on October 6, 2014.
Total ship visits will be 208 for 2014, subject to change and weather.
Expected passengers will be 450,000 plus (estimate) plus crew 🙂
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.
This week it was announced that a company in responding to ways to shuttle cruise passengers to the Victoria downtown including wheelchair passengers has proposed a Gondola system, much like used for skiing or across rivers.
The intent is to move passengers from Ogden Point to downtown Victoria in about five minutes following a route over two streets just above tree top level in a covered unit ( 8 passengers). Cost might be around $10 Cdn return which is on par with current shuttle costs.
This is in response to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority for ways to reduce traffic, noise, pollution during the cruise season and to give passengers and crew more options of travelling back and forth to the city centre.
The latest news is we completed addition of safety railings to the Breakwater Wall so anybody including myself 🙂 can now walk out across the sea wall with NO fear of falling into the rocks or the sea, A lot of noise happened last winter when it was stated it would happen from an Insurance and Safety view. The railing are strong and up to chest height .
We saw dogs , children and folks in wheelchairs using the Breakwater a few days ago and they can now go out further in the Ogden Point Harbour to watch ships arrive and depart from a different view.
Welcome aboard and nice to meet you. My wife and I are seasoned cruisers having first dipped our toes into the world of cruising in 1990, a one week cruise on board the Cunard Countess. The majority of our cruising has been with two cruise lines, Cunard and P&O. We have, however, sailed on 21 different cruise ships, some many times over, on 11 different cruise lines while completing 619 cruise nights on board.