Norwegian Bliss berthed in Victoria in 2018 (Image: Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) has signed a 12-year berthing agreement with Canada’s Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA), giving ships from its Norwegian Cruise Line brand guaranteed access to a berth at the port between 2019 and 2030.
NCLH will be able to berth ships at Pier A South at Victoria Cruise Terminal for the next 12 seasons, opening up new opportunities for future collaboration on homeporting, capital investment and projects involving the local community.
Norwegian Cruise Line regularly calls in Victoria and deployed the new Norwegian Bliss from GVHA for Alaska cruises following her launch in 2018. The line will increase its capacity in the region in 2019 by deploying Norwegian Joy to Alaska and scheduling regular calls in Victoria. This year, almost 30% of the total number of cruise passengers arriving at Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal will be on Norwegian’s ships.
“As we grow our presence in the Pacific Northwest, we are excited to extend our partnership with the GVHA and bring more guests to the region,” said Howard Sherman, executive vice president of Onboard Revenue and Destination Development at NCLH.
GVHA will retain operational flexibility, ensuring that it can ensure its terminal facilities are used as efficiently as possible when scheduling cruise ship calls.
“We are pleased to sign this agreement with NCLH, which has been a partner of GVHA since we formed in 2002,” said Lindsay Gaunt, director of Cruise Development at GVHA. “This agreement reinforces our strong relationship with Norwegian Cruise Line, while still allowing us to continue to grow our business and maximise the use of our three berths.”
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