Vancouver’s cruising industry rose exponentially in the past few years. Since Ballantyne pier stopped servicing cruise ships, there has been a steady increase in cruise traffic at Canada place.
So far, the large and lavish cruise ships that cruise lines have recently developed haven’t been able to fit beneath the Lion’s Gate Bridge. As a result, Vancouver has never seen one of the mega-ships in its backyard – and it isn’t for a lack of want.
The demand for these ships is huge: fans of cruising are no doubt familiar with the big names and their latest offerings. In fact, many local cruisers fly to American ports such as Miami, Los Angeles and New York just to cruise on these larger vessels.
While traditional cruise ships are still enjoyable, they fail to bring the sensational hype that the large ones do.
For example, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Epic of the Seas has three multi-story cascading water slides located on the top of the ship. Likewise, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas has a FlowRider surf simulator stationed on the 16th deck of its massive floating entertainment wonderland.
With features like these, it isn’t hard to see why they are such a hit with families, couples, singles and friends on holiday. They have virtually everything on board: luxurious spas, broadway level entertainment, designer shopping, upscale dining, water sports, kids clubs, and much more.
Richmond or Delta To Welcome Largest Cruise Ships
Now, Metro Vancouver is hoping to welcome some of these large vessels into one of its ports.
“He noted it’s too early in the examination to know if a potential cruise ship facility in Delta would be part of planned port infrastructure at Roberts Bank or built from scratch as a new facility. Finding funding partners will also be an issue.” reports the Delta Optimist.
While it won’t happen overnight, the Port of Vancouver is making strides toward developing a port for these enormous vessels.
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