Largest Ship in History to Dock in the Port of Vancouver


Ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver welcomed the largest cruise ship to ever visit the city. On Sunday, September 30th the Norwegian Bliss made history as the largest cruise ship to dock at the east berth of the award-winning cruise terminal Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver.

The Bliss arrived in the early morning hours during low tide to safely pass under the Lions Gate Bridge which has a 200-ft clearance and remained at the pier until 4 am Monday, which was the next low tide allowing the ship to safely pass under the bridge once more.

Launched in 2018, the Norwegian Bliss ranks among the 10 largest cruise vessels of all time. Weighing in at 168,028 gross tonnage, measuring 1,082 feet in length by 136 feet wide, and accommodates approximately 4,000 guests and 1,716 crew members.

The 2018 season for the Port of Vancouver was its biggest year yet! With more than 895,000 cruise passengers visiting the city on 32 different vessels, from 14 cruise lines, this was the highest volume the port has seen in eight years; a record dating back to 2010 and a seven percent increase in passenger volume from 2017.

As Vancouver’s 2018 cruise season comes to an end, the Port Authority estimates that each cruise ship that docked at the Port of Vancouver contributes, on average, nearly $3 million to the local economy.

The Norwegian Bliss will return to the Pacific Northwest in 2019 for the Alaska cruise season and a return visit to Vancouver in September 2019.

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