First Nations dancers welcomed upmarket cruise line Seabourn Sojourn into Ogden Point on Tuesday, May 30, marking the cruise line’s first call into the port for 15 years. Guests were greeted by Chief Andy Thomas, welcoming them to the traditional land of the Esquimalt people. Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority exchanged a plaque with Chief Thomas and the Captain of the Seabourn Sojourn to commemorate the occasion. The ship arrived at 8am and departed at 4pm, allowing visitors a full day to explore the city of Victoria and spend time in our community and downtown businesses. The rise in demand for diverse cruise holidays has led to growth in Alaskan cruises, and Victoria is a popular call on route.
“The cruise industry continues to see strong growth and Alaska is a premium destination that’s considered both unique and safe to visit,” says Lindsay Gaunt, Director, Cruise Development of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. “As we start to see new entrances to the market, we look forward to welcoming smaller brands and premium lines into Ogden Point and the City of Victoria.” The Seabourn Sojourn is 198 meters long with a gross tonnage of 32,346, built much smaller than most high-end cruise ships, allowing the vessel to maneuver through areas which are inaccessible to larger ships. Departures will leave from Vancouver for the rest of their season, with stops at several BC ports, including Prince Rupert, Klemtu, and Alert Bay.
Ogden Point will see 30 unique vessels and call 241 times this season, and is expected to bring an estimated $100 million in economic value to the region. More information about arrival and departure times for all cruise ships coming into Ogden Point this season is available on the victoriacruise.ca website.