There Could Soon Be Over 250K Cruise Ship Visitors A Year Arriving In Rupert

Industry planning large expansion in the near future.

Prince Rupert may become a future cruise ship hub.
Prince Rupert may become a future cruise ship hub. Source: Prince Rupert Port Authority on Facebook. Credit: Lonnie Wishart-Photographer & Videographer

There could soon be a huge increase in cruise ship visitors to Prince Rupert. 

That’s according to Global Ports Holding, an international company that just entered into an agreement with the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

The company is “a major provider of services to the global cruise industry,” as the North Coast Review reports, and its entry into Prince Rupert could mean that “operations of the Northland Cruise Terminal will be very different in 2023.”

“We believe that Prince Rupert has a realistic path to seeing weekly cruise calls and up to 250,000 passengers annually,” Mike Maura Jr., the Regional Director for Americas of Global Ports Holdings, said in a release

A Cruise ship docked in Vancouver.

A Cruise ship docked in Vancouver. Source: 604 Now on Facebook.

By comparison, about 40,000 passengers visited the city this year, which was the ninth-largest cruise ship season by passenger volume in Rupert history. 

In 2019, more than 12,400 passengers came through the port. 

“Prince Rupert has the potential to grow into a world-class cruise destination,” Tourism Prince Rupert told the North Coast Review

Prince Rupert may become a massive cruise destination.
Prince Rupert may become a massive cruise destination. Credit: @thenarrativelens on Insta Source: All Cruise Jobs

The announcement of massive growth on the horizon comes as some communities in B.C. raise concerns about the environmental impacts of cruise ships. 

The Union of B.C. Municipalities “passed a resolution in September asking for stronger environmental protections from the B.C. and federal government, including stopping scrubber dumping and requiring the use of cleaner fuels” for cruise ships, as West Coast Now reported recently.

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