The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has reached a new milestone.
On Friday, the authority welcomed its eight millionth passenger, Meghan Lorenzon, to the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal at Ogden Point. Lorenzon, who is from Davenport, Fla. was on the Norwegian Joy with her husband, Brent Petkus, for their honeymoon.
“We are from Orlando we are so used to it being warm. We just wanted something a little different, something we are not really used to so we kind of looked at the other side of the world if you will it’s just been fantastic, it’s beautiful here,” Lorenzon said.
The newlyweds received a gift basket of Victoria and Vancouver Island produced items including: a tin of Rogers Chocolates; a bag of coffee beans from Discovery Coffee; a traveller’s set of soaps, shampoo, and other small items from Salt Spring Soap Works; “The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest”; a camping mug featuring Indigenous designs; a deck of cards set that is decorated with traditional Coast Salish artwork; and a gift certificate to The Beaver Gift Shop at the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal.
“Each million-passenger milestone is a significant moment for any port of call, and we’re excited to welcome our eight millionth passenger this early in our 2019 season,” Lindsay Gaunt, director, cruise development for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, said in a statement.
“We’ve worked with our local partners to ensure that the passenger and their spouse are able to choose from a selection of experiences to enjoy the best of the city during their visit.”
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority said it expects to welcome 700,000 passengers throughout the 2019 season. The authority anticipates by 2021, the terminal will welcome its 10 millionth passenger.