Schedule Alaska Cruise Ship Season 2016 – Ogden Point (Victoria BC Vancouver Island)

Ogden Point Piers
Ogden Point Piers

Effective April 3rd 2016 the Star Princess will be the first cruise ship to dock at Ogden Point for 2016.

Will arrive from Los Angeles at 08:00 pst and leave for Vancouver at 23:59 pst

http://victoriacruise.ca/page/cruise-schedule

 

 

Alaska Cruise season 2015 to Ogden Point finishes with 2016 Growth

The Star Princess was the last ship in for Alaska 2015 cruise season at Ogden Point , on its way to Los Angeles.

Deck. Ship. At sea....

Per attached article ,

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/more-cruise-visitors-expected-next-year-on-bigger-ships-1.2107226

quote: ” Overall, the harbour authority welcomed 227 ship visits and about 533,000 passengers in 2015 — up from 206 ship visits and about 465,000 passengers the previous year –  It’s a record year,” said Ian Robertson, chief executive officer of the harbour authority, which oversees cruise operations at Ogden Point. “It’s a record year for number of ships and number of passengers coming into Victoria.” Robertson attributed the increase to the growing Alaskan cruise market and the rising appeal of Victoria as a destination port –  ”

It is expected for 2016 to be same number of ships but larger capacity as RCCL will be sending the International’s Explorer of the Seas , a first to Alaska.

This year with introduction of low sulphur ships , ferry to Inner Harbour , improvements to Ogden Point and transportation , our cruise port is very popular with passengers and crew.

Looking for forward to 2016 season.

Crown Princess – Alaska Cruise Smoke unit

On May 28th it was reported that a fire broke out in the storage area of the theatre

It turned out to be a smoke generating unit was left on and overheated.

No fire but lots of smoke

To give credit the crew and Captain took charge per story and all was restored

To my mind, considering the packed area used for entertainment staff costumes and supplies this type of unit should be kept in a non flammable area at least

Given Princess does not use lighted candles anymore for baked Alaska parade though the MDR , only battery ones why do we need a smoke unit that can overheat

Had it overheated to a degree and burnt the wall cable or surrounding materials then this could have been much worse in potential damage to ship

For entertainment purposes , one could use lightening effects to create the illusion of smoke

Retire these machines period for everyone’s safety as entertainment staff in rush for a performance change or stage hands can forget

Lesson learned so think out of the box

My view

http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2015/05/articles/fires-1/fire-on-crown-princess/

Ogden Point, Vancouver Island – Alaska Cruise Season 2015 Schedule / Items

Well, I am pleased that not only was today in Victoria , Canada on beautiful Vancouver Island a wonderful sunny day,  though at 16C but our first cruise ship ‘Grand Princess’ will be docking at Ogden Point this Wednesday April 22nd 2015 at  07:00 pst from Vancouver and to San Francisco at 14:00 pst.  It will then begin its regular Alaska cruises back to Vancouver.

This year 230 cruise ship port visits will be made to Ogden Point , majority are on route back to Seattle or San Francisco with some being repositioning cruises and some parts of World Cruise segments. This year we expect a large number of ships to dock in morning or afternoon giving passengers a longer time to enjoy Victoria instead of the standard for some of 18:00 to 23:50 pst stops. Mind you our daylight hours are longer into the late summer.

The last scheduled cruise ship will be the ‘Star Princess’ on November 9th 2015 , making its way to Los Angeles

Here is the link to our schedule  http://victoriacruise.ca/page/cruise-schedule   and a PDF can be downloaded from this site.

The  Times Colonist has written a great article on the pending season ,  quote : ” Cruise-ship daytime visits are scheduled to rise by about 17 per cent this year compared with last, bringing good news to local businesses keen to sell services and goods to tourists. – See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/more-cruise-ships-coming-earlier-in-day-to-victoria-staying-longer-1.1820867#sthash.SA62Wkkn.dpuflink is here

Sadly we have been advised by the Times Colonist that   ” Harry, Happy and Henrietta, the Hippo buses that have been carrying tourists on land and on water in Greater Victoria, are leaving for warmer weather in the Caribbean. – See more at:  http://www.timescolonist.com/business/victoria-s-hippo-tourism-buses-head-to-warmer-climate-1.1822578     So, will it be Barbados or St Maarten or what Island in the Caribbean to host these three land/sea buses 🙂

Of special note and thank you to a Facebook friend in the UK , I was advised that the Crown Princess will be in dry dock at Victoria Sea Span Yards from approximate May 1 – 15 2015 , undergoing tune-ups and maintenance.

http://www.seaspan.com/seaspan-shipyards-cruiseship-repairs

These yards have worked on many cruise ships and have a reputation of quality work and to ensure the job is completed on schedule allowing it to begin its scheduled Alaska runs out of Seattle.

Welcome to all the crew and contractors , course we enjoy the revenue and work in our city .

Ogden Point: End of Alaska Season 2014 – ms Zaandam

The last ship for the Alaska 2014 season docked at Ogden Point , Victoria , Vancouver Island Canada on October 6th 2014. It arrived from Vancouver BC at 07:00 pst and left for San Diego at 13:00  pst.

I arrived at the dock area around 11:00 pst and it was fully fogged in,  though by 11:45 pst it had finally lifted. Many passengers walking around, coming back by bus or taxi and crew looking for WiFi access near the shops.

I had finished taking some pictures , some inserted here and was relaxing on a bench watching passengers pass though security and final excursion buses arriving. Driver pulls out a step stool for  folks to come off the bus onto the pavement and they all start to walk to the terminal to board the ship but two folks decide to walk in the other direction , away from the ship. !

I watched and thought , who in Victoria would take a shuttle bus back to a ship ?  My concern was it was now going on 12:00 pst ( Noon) and the ship was leaving at 13:00 pst. (yes, I am known to ensure one does not miss a ship’s departure, prefer being on board 1- 2 hours prior)

It was two woman , one perhaps in her 70’s / 80’s walking slowly and the other , a daughter or young friend in her 40’s.  I ran after them and asked if they were off the ship, they said yes and had been told they had time to visit our Ogden Point Breakwater wall.  I said well you do realize that it will take you about ten minutes to get there (plus the stairs). It will take you from here about five – ten minutes to get on the ship going through local security, Most ships do begin the process to bring in the gangplank   30 minutes prior to departure. They  looked at me in wonder  and then left to board the ship, walking slowly, I sat there watching and finally saw them emerge on the quay after security at 12:20 pst , walking slowly. The good news was there was a long queue at the gangplank, waiting to board.  🙂

Love to find the intelligent person who gave them that advice…… crazy

I am enclosing an article that explains the benefits to the local city for cruising and tourism  and of course we want folks to come back for a longer visit to our shores.

We had 462,201 passengers approximate plus crew  from 205 scheduled port visits this year

A few ships could not dock due to weather but that was rare, and we brought in 33.4 million dollars per a report in March 2014 from previous seasons ( seems to be the normal average of $60 – $100 a passenger , per my unofficial calculations).

http://www.vicnews.com/news/277956851.html

Here are some of the pictures I took (cc Robbar — Robert Holloway)

ms Zaandam (fog gone)
ms Zaandam (fog gone)
 ms Zaandam , tenders in Fog
ms Zaandam , tenders in Fog
 ms Zaandam  (fog)
ms Zaandam (fog)
New water shuttle
New water shuttle
New Marine water shuttle
New Marine water shuttle
ms Zaandam ( fog lifting )
ms Zaandam ( fog lifting )
ms Zaandam ( barely visible in Fog)
ms Zaandam ( barely visible in Fog)
Breakwater Wall in the Fog Ogden Point
Breakwater Wall in the Fog Ogden Point
Cable Ship "Wave Venture"
Cable Ship “Wave Venture”

Growth in Cruise Activity Increases Economic Prosperity in BC

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.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1283393/growth-in-cruise-activity-increases-economic-prosperity-in-bc

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.

 

Victoria: Ogden Point , Canada (Alaska Cruise Schedule 2014)

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 🙂

Link to    Victoria BC Ogden Point : Alaska 2014 Cruise Schedule

PDF to download (click to download) 2014 Ogden Point Cruise Ship Schedule

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

Pocket Cruise Ship Visits Ogden Point / New Railngs

Regent Seven Sea Navigator docked at Ogden Point Victoria Canada
May 21, 2013
CC RobBar (Robert Holloway ) —  at The Breakwater, Ogden Point, Victoria, B.C.

Regent-Seven Seas Navigator

Well done Victoria Harbour Authority 🙂 🙂