Struggling cruise business in Nanaimo as industry returns from COVID shutdown | NanaimoNewsNOW
As a little-used port of call for cruise lines, Marr said it was difficult to establish the industry locally.
“Trying to create other routes or other things for people to do can be a little difficult as they try to get their income back up and get back to a working state for their whole industry.”
If the cruise industry rebounds overall this year, Marr hopes Nanaimo can benefit in the future.
“Before it all closed we had seven on the dock, that was a good start for where we were trying to go.”
Nanaimo has not become the cruise ship market hoped for by the NPA, which has stated its goal of attracting more than 30 cruise ships a year after the dock opened in 2011.
A then-record cruise season in 2007 saw 15 major cruise ships and 21 smaller cruise lines visit, prompting upper levels of government to provide much of the required capital costs.
Marr, who has worked for the NPA for 35 years, recalled cruise lines promising to get to Nanaimo if a dock appeared.
“Obviously it didn’t happen. Things have changed, operators have changed, a person in charge changes – all that sort of thing. Hard to say why, you’ll never get the real answer.
He said the NPA wants to attract more small cruise ships of 600 to 1,000 passengers.
Vancouver and Victoria, two long-established strong players in the cruise ship industry, both attract hundreds of cruise passengers each year.
Join the conversation. Send your letter to NanaimoNewsNOW and appear on The water coolerour letters to the editor.
On Twitter: @NanaimoNewsNOW