(Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)

With summer just around the corner, we’ve got the season’s first visitors in town today!

Victoria kicked off the cruise season this afternoon when Holland America’s Westerdam sailed in to Ogden Point with over 1,800 passengers in tow.

This is the first of 245 cruise ships that will be docking at the port this year, bringing in over a whopping 600,000 tourists to our city over the summer.

And the city is more prepared than ever, with a new fleet of greener, and cleaner buses to Ogden Point, courtesy of bus operator Pacific North West Transportation.

As the 600,000 passengers visit Victoria, their presence is expected to contribute a total of approximately $130 million to the local economy by the time the cruise season wraps up in late October.

To find out more about the arrival and departure times for all cruise ships this summer, visit www.victoriacruise.ca.