Victoria’s cruise ship season kicks off, too

by Tim Flanagan on April 27, 2010

Carla Wilson has this story in the Victoria Times Colonist:

Holland America Line’s Zaandam pulls away from Ogden Point after a visit in May 2008.
[Holland America Line’s Zaandam pulls away from Ogden Point after a visit in May 2008. Photograph by Debra Brash, what is ed Times Colonist.]

An American couple from Memphis celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary were the first passengers to disembark the Zaandam, which arrived yesterday morning to kick off Victoria’s cruise ship season.

"We always wanted to come to B.C. and see Butchart Gardens," said Billy Edwards, with wife Rosalind, who was pinned with a yellow rose by Victoria A.M. greeters in period costumes.

The 777-foot Zaandam is part of Holland America Line, the company that brings the largest number of visits to Ogden Point every year, said Don Prittie, chairman of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

This year, 228 cruise ship visits are scheduled, matching last year’s record high. Those ships will bring 450,000 passengers to the capital region, said Paul Servos, CEO of the harbour authority

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