A busy 2019 cruise ship season in Victoria got underway Tuesday as the ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ sailed into Ogden Point.

The award-winning vessel,  more than 317 metres in length, arrived from Seattle around 8 a.m., with an occupancy up to 2,850 people.

The Celebrity Eclipse was named the best overall premium ship in the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards.

It will depart for Vancouver tonight around 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is also considering the possibility of adding a fourth berth due to growing demand.

“Alaska [tourism is] growing at a phenomenal rate, it will continue to grow,” said GVHA CEO Ian Robertson. “I’ve just come back from meetings with cruise lines and Alaska’s forecasted to grow even more.”

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) is anticipating a million people, including crew, to visit Victoria during the seven-month cruise season.

Those numbers, make Victoria the busiest cruise ship port-of-call in all of Canada.

According to the harbour authority, Victoria will welcome the eight-millionth cruise passenger next month.

The GVHA says more than 260 ship calls are scheduled for Victoria in 2019, with the final Oct. 25.

CHEK News