Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas can carry 3800 passengers.
The largest cruise ship on the Alaska tour will be stopping in Victoria and Nanaimo this week during a 5-day repositioning tour out of Seattle.
The Explorer of the Seas will be stopping in Victoria Tuesday and Nanaimo Wednesday.
“Thirty-eight hundred people, 1100 crew members, so lots of bodies on board. This is going to be a big invasion in Nanaimo and we’re quite excited for it,” said Bernie Dumas, President of the Nanaimo Port Authority.
The Explorer is longer than three football fields at 510 metres and has a beam of over 50 metres. She has 15 decks and will be hard to miss when she cruises into both ports.
“We welcome everyone to either come down to the terminal or a great viewing point would be out at Ogden Point when she’ll tie up close to 8 o’clock Tuesday morning,” said Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Port Authority.
The ship will visit Victoria 21 more times over the summer, but this will be the only appearance in the Harbour City.
Still, it is expected to have a significant economic impact here.
“We could see about a quarter of a million dollars worth of revenue for the city in terms of people shopping, doing day trips, so it’s going to be a very exciting time for us,” said Tourism Nanaimo CEO John Hankins.
In total there will be 227 ship calls to Victoria this year with an overall economic impact of more than $100 million.
Nanaimo will see three cruise ships this spring followed by another three in the fall.