James Bay cruise ship
Photo by Dave Van Photography

Be the first to catch a glimpse of the biggest cruise ship ever to visit our island!

The massive 994 ft, 169,028 ton Norwegian Bliss cruise ship consists of 20 decks and will arrive at the Ogden Point cruise terminal from Seattle tomorrow, June 1st.

For its inaugural voyage, this newest addition to the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) will be ferrying almost 2,000 cruise line officials and travel agents to Victoria, who will use this trip to learn more about our beautiful city.

The vessel is currently among the 15 largest cruise ships in the world.

(The Norwegian Bliss cruise ship)

This vessel will arrive in Victoria every Friday from June to October, bringing over 4,000 visitors and 1,500 crew members here every week.

And if you want a chance to greet our new guests or just want to observe the colossal cruise ship from afar, here are 5 locations in town from which you can do just that:

1. Ogden Point Breakwater, James Bay

2. Macaulay Point, Esquimalt

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3. Westsong Walkway, Vic West

Inner harbour beauty

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4. Mount Tolmie, Saanich

5. Mount Douglas, Saanich

Mount Tolmie and Mount Douglas may offer a view that’s further away from the others but is perfect for a picnic date. Bring your binoculars (or just a sharp eye), and you’re good to go!

Cruise ship arrival/departure times:

Starting Friday, June 1

  • 7 to 8 AM – ship arrival and tie-up
  • 8 AM to 5 PM – ship at Ogden Point
  • 5 PM – departure


See also: Victoria’s 2018 cruise season to bring more than 600,000 visitors