2020 cruise season to see increased calls, new ships at Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

2020 cruise season to see increased calls, new ships at Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
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The Royal Caribbean vessel "Ovation of the Seas", one of the returning cruise ships.

The 2020 cruise season schedule in Victoria will see increased calls and new vessels, according to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

The increase in ship calls and passengers is a result of new mid-week visits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. New regular callers to Victoria for 2020 are the Carnival Miracle, Golden Princess and Norwegian Sun.

“Next year is shaping up to be significant for our organization with the beginning of round-trip calls from Victoria, new ships visiting, and a pattern of sustainable growth for the region,” said Lindsay Gaunt, director, cruise development for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority in a statement.

“One of our objectives is to increase the number of daytime and mid-week calls, helping to balance the needs of the community with the visitor. A ship that calls for a full-day has a stronger economic impact for the destination and provides a better experience for visitors as well as residents.”

New ships calling to the region include the Holland America Line’s Koningsdam, Oceania Insignia and Silversea’s Silver Cloud. Three of the region’s principal ships, the Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Joy and Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas will return to the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal in 2020.

In total, 12 cruise lines choose Victoria as a port of call.

The 2020 cruise season in Victoria is currently scheduled to begin on Friday, April 3, 2020 with the arrival of the Grand Princess and conclude on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 with the arrival of the Ruby Princess.

It is expected that 283 ship calls will bring 770,000 passengers to the Greater Victoria region, throughout the seven-month season.

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