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Thousands of cruise ship passengers flooding into Vancouver on Sunday

Port Metro Vancouver is warning the public to brace for traffic congestion and increased demand for public transportation in downtown Vancouver on Sunday as thousands of cruise ship passengers flood into the city.

12,800 passengers are expected to disembark and embark on three cruise ships at Canada Place

Port Metro Vancouver says the cruise ship industry stimulates about $2 million in economic activity for every vessel that docks at Canada Place. (CBC)

Port Metro Vancouver is warning the public to brace for traffic congestion and increased demand for public transportation in downtown Vancouver on Sunday as thousands of cruise ship passengers flood into the city.

Officials say 12,800 passengers from three cruise ships are expected to disembark and embark at Canada Place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The port says it is working with the cruise lines, the city, Tourism Vancouver and taxi companies to prepare for the influx of people.

"Cruise passengers are asked not to arrive at Canada Place cruise terminal prior to their scheduled embarkation time in order to avoid further congestion while disembarking passengers are leaving their ships," said Port Metro Vancouver in a statement.

"Given the significant number of passengers, Port Metro Vancouver is advising those going to the terminal to make transportation arrangements in advance."

The three ships docking at Canada Place tomorrow are Princess Cruises' "Crown Princess" and Holland America's MS Oosterdam and MS Zaandam.

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