Thousands headed to Vancouver on largest cruise ship to ever visit city
The Norwegian Bliss will dock at Canada Place on Sunday for the first time
The largest cruise ship ever to visit Vancouver will arrive this weekend.
The Norwegian Bliss is about the length of three football fields at 333 metres and is capable of carrying nearly 6,000 people.
The new ship will dock at Canada Place in Vancouver on Sunday for the first time and has several more scheduled stops in Vancouver for the 2019 cruise season.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority says in a news release that the Bliss will pick up 4,000 passengers for the final leg of a cruise that began and ends in Seattle and includes stops in Victoria and Alaska.
Three other cruise ships will also visit Vancouver this weekend, and officials warn congestion is expected around Canada Place as thousands of passengers move through the port.
By the time Vancouver's 2018 cruise season ends in October, 27 vessels will have visited, many of them numerous times, and the port authority estimates that each ship generates nearly $3 million in direct economic activity per visit.
- An earlier version of this story said the Norwegian Bliss was the largest cruise ship in the world. In fact, it is the largest cruise ship to ever visit Vancouver.Sep 27, 2018 3:00 PM PT