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Friday, May 21, 2010

Cruise Ships

Almost exactly two years ago I posted a photo of the cruise ship pictured above, the Celebrity Infinity, as it turned before docking at Ogden Point. Cruise ships are an important part of the local economy since they represent considerable income, both from the various fees charged by the Harbours Board as well as by the money spent by their passengers while they are here - figure between thirty and fifty thousand dollars for each ship for an overnight stay. These huge floating hotels carry about 2,000 people each and as you can see by the photo to the right, sometimes we have as many as three of these ships here at the same time. Between now and October we'll see about 200 more.


JoJo said...

Norwalk virus not withstanding. lol I always wanted to take a cruise to Alaska but so many people are getting sick on the ships these days that I don't dare.

Dean Lewis said...

Cruise ships count as the largest single source of revenue for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. The per/head fee had been almost $7. and may have changed. This amounts to about 15K per ship and about 3 million per year.
A recent study showed that crew members actually spend more ashore than passengers, something like $50+ each.