0914 - MV Explorer of the Seas returns to the Port of Nanaimo Wednesday Sept. 19, at 8 a.m, departing at 6 p.m. This is the Royal Caribbean Line’s second of two
calls in 2018 to Central Vancouver Island.
The Explorer of the Seas called on the Port of Nanaimo in May 2016, 2017 and 2018. The cruise in Seattle on Monday, at sea until her arrival in Nanaimo on Wednesday, then moving to Victoria and back to Seattle, completing a 5-day “Pacific Coastal Cruise” itinerary on Sept. 21. The Explorer of the Seas is 311 metres
long with a passenger capacity of 3,938 and 1,180 crew.
“This is the fifth occasion the Explorer of the Seas is calling on the Port of Nanaimo," says Ewan Moir, President & CEO of the
Port of Nanaimo. "Along with our many local and regional partners in the Cowichan Valley and the Parksville - Qualicum area, we are very proud to receive her for three consecutive years. We know that many passengers return once they discover
Central Vancouver Island, a preferred and growing travel destination."
As passengers arrive in the cruise ship terminal and clear customs, Tourism Nanaimo Travel
Counsellors greet passengers and point the way to photo opportunities with the ‘Big Tub’ and displays of racing tubs from the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society and to buses for pre-purchased regional shore excursions.
Passengers also take in the popular harbourside walkway, Pioneer Waterfront Plaza and the Farmers' Market and
our museums. Complimentary shuttles transport passengers from the terminal through downtown Nanaimo and the Old City Quarter, including Maffeo-Sutton Park where they engage professionally-trained Nanaimo Ambassadors and easily access
the Saysutshun Experience on Newcastle Island.
Contact with local culture includes the downtown, galleries, eateries and walking tours
which receive positive passenger feedback on a consistent basis. Cannon Firings at the historic Bastion are at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Nanaimo Bar samplings are provided by Tourism Nanaimo as passengers return to the ship, a taste of our
renowned hospitality and a must-have treat when visiting Nanaimo.
“We provide a high level of service on a consistent basis with our city and regional
partners. The amenities and tours complement our award winning passenger terminal. The feedback always includes comments for our friendly city and the beauty of our surroundings. Passengers often tell us that they will be back - they want
to see more of Central Vancouver Island,” adds Moir.
See pictures and video from cruise visits in Nanaimo at cruise.npa.ca -
Go to Gallery or to Port of Nanaimo Facebook and Instagram Postings.
The Port of Nanaimo is one of 18 Port Authorities across Canada, established under the Canada
Marine Act, to promote and support the National, Regional and local economy and to ensure a safe and secure harbour for cargo operations.