A whole bunch of cruise ship calls and lots of of 1000’s of cruise passengers are anticipated to reach in Victoria this yr, with the primary vessel set to reach in April.
Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess will arrive in Victoria on April 6, marking the primary cruise ship to reach within the metropolis since October 2019 – and the primary cruise ship to reach at any Canadian port over the previous two years.
The Caribbean Princess is the primary of 358 cruise ship calls which might be scheduled to reach in Victoria between April and November.
With these ships comes an estimated 780,000 passengers, in line with the Higher Victoria Harbour Authority.
On March 7, the federal authorities introduced that each one passengers and crew have to be absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 to journey aboard ships that enter Canada.
On the time, Transport Canada stated that passengers would want to take a molecular check inside 72 hours of boarding a cruise ship, or take an antigen check inside in the future of boarding. Passengers would even be examined once more after arriving in Canada, the federal authorities stated final week.
Nonetheless, on March 16, CTV Information realized that Canada was planning to carry its pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement for absolutely vaccinated travellers as of April 1.
It is unclear if that coverage additionally applies to cruise passengers as of Wednesday. An official announcement from the federal authorities is predicted Thursday.
In 2019, throughout Victoria’s final energetic cruise ship season, some 709,042 passengers and 294,956 crew members arrived within the metropolis aboard 257 cruise ship calls.