Victoria’s 2019 cruise ship season saw more than a million passengers and crew members arrive at The Breakwater District, according to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

There was a total of 709,042 passengers and 294,956 crew members arrived in Victoria during 257 different cruise ship calls. There were originally supposed to be 264 ship calls but seven were cancelled due to adverse weather and last-minute itinerary changes, including a call on Oct. 25.

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority says it is now preparing for the arrival of purpose-built steel for the 58-metre mooring dolphin extension at Pier B.  The steel is expected to be on site at the Victoria Cruise Terminal within the next 10 – 14 days, weather permitting, and will be barged from New Westminster following its arrival from China.

Due to the loss at sea of the original steel in December 2018, the organization worked with its contractors to order new steel and deferred the project construction for fall and winter 2019-20.

The GVHA says the cruise industry is responsible for more than 800 jobs and more than $130 million in annual economic impact.

Earlier this month, Victoria City Council approved a controversial motion to restrict the number of cruise ships coming to the city over environmental concerns.