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The 8 millionth cruise ship passenger to arrive in Victoria was showered with gifts and prizes from the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

Meghan Lorenzon and her spouse Brent Petkus arrived in Victoria on the Norwegian Joy cruise ship today and were quickly whisked off on a complimentary tour of the city after it was determined that Lorenzon was the 8 millionth passenger to disembark at our port of call.

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They were welcomed by Lekwungen Dancers at Pier A South, and then given the option of a Victoria Pedi-cab tour of downtown and Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Empress, or a coach tour to The Butchart Gardens, provided by GVHA’s industry partners.

“Each million-passenger milestone is a significant moment for any port of call, and we’re excited to welcome our eight millionth passenger this early in our 2019 season,” says Lindsay Gaunt, director, cruise development for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

“We’ve worked with our local partners to ensure that the passenger and their spouse are able to choose from a selection of experiences to enjoy the best of the city during their visit.”

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These lucky travellers were also handed a gift basket containing local goodies including a tin of Rogers Chocolates, a bag of coffee beans from Discovery Coffee, “The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest” book, a bannikin mug featuring Indigenous designs, and more.

The Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal at Ogden Point is Canada’s busiest port of call, and expects to celebrate the arrival of its 10 millionth passenger by 2021.

This year, the port will welcome more than 260 ships and 700,000 passengers overall.