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The Explorer of the Seas, the largest cruise ship to ever visit Victoria | ItkasanImages

Notice a few more tourists around the city than usual this year? You weren’t imagining things.

Victoria welcomed 239 cruise ship calls in 2017, the largest number ever recorded in the city.

“The cruise lines… love Victoria as a destination,” says Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. “This higher number of ship calls reflects a growing interest in our city not just during the peak summer season, but in the shoulder months of late spring and early fall as well.”

By The Numbers

In a season that stretches from April through October, close to 600,000 passengers and more than 239,000 crew visited the city on cruise ships.

This year’s 239 cruise ships overtakes 2016, when there were 224 cruise ship calls.

In June of 2017, GVHA greeted the seven millionth cruise ship passenger to visit the city since the Ogden Point cruise terminal began as a cruise destination in 1978.

For next season, GVHA will build an extended mooring dolphin to accommodate the brand-new 330m Norwegian Bliss, scheduled for regular calls to Alaska via Victoria beginning in June 2018.