The Port of Prince Rupert has 16 new vessel calls being added to this season’s cruise schedule, a move that could mean as many as 46,000 more cruise passengers this spring and summer, the port announced earlier this month.
With the Princess Cruises-operated Ruby Princess arriving May 17 at Prince Rupert, now a regular stop on the vessel’s Alaska schedule, the port now anticipates 43 cruise ship calls and about 60,622 passengers visiting Prince Rupert between now and Sept. 30.
The Ruby Princess can accommodate 4,180 passengers and crew members, according to Princess Cruises.
“The exciting late addition of the Ruby Princess to the Port of Prince Rupert’s cruise schedule will give a significant boost to the local tourism industry in the coming months, and we are working with local operators and other community stakeholders to prepare for this large influx of visitors,” Prince Rupert Port Authority President and CEO Shaun Stevenson said.
“We appreciate the efforts being made by everyone to accommodate this schedule change and to welcome visitors back to the area as we ramp up for the return of cruise tourism in the community,” he remarked.