Four cruise ships call in Vancouver on a busy Sunday

What is the solution with only three available sleeping places? The port authority had anchored the fourth ship, the Viking Orion, in the harbor and the passengers were brought ashore

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The port of Vancouver had a very busy mooring day this weekend.

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Those looking out over the harbor on Sunday morning may have noticed that not only were all the active berths full, but another cruise ship was anchored in the harbor, waiting its turn ashore.

Canada Place’s docks have capacity for three large ships, and occasionally more than that number choose to call at Vancouver on the same day. That left the Viking Orion looking in on the outside, with the Celebrity Eclipse in the eastern berth, the Serenade of the Seas in the north and the Noordam in the west.

“Usually those additional ships will anchor during the day and move to their berths later when those ships leave their berths,” said port spokesman Arpen Rana.

Rana explained that what appeared to be a rescue mission for those aboard the anchored Orion was anything but.

Smaller boats are preparing to escort passengers of the Viking Orion as it is anchored in Burrard Inlet.  The Canada Place cruise ship terminal (background) was packed on Sunday.
Smaller boats are preparing to escort passengers of the Viking Orion as it is anchored in Burrard Inlet. The Canada Place cruise ship terminal (background) was packed on Sunday. Photo by Arlen RedekopPNG

Because Vancouver is a popular tourist destination for many passengers, some wanted to go ashore even though their ship was anchored. Small boats are brought in to take them to the city.

“In this case, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority worked with the cruise ship operator and Canada Border Services Agency to accommodate the disembarking passengers via the Port Authority’s Harbor Master South float,” Rana said in an email to Postmedia.

“We expect it to be a busy cruise season this summer as Vancouver is considered a top city for cruisers to visit,” said Rana.

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