GVHA enters into long – term agreement with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
April 10, 2019, Victoria, BC, Canada – The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) has signed a long-term berthing agreement with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Norwegian).
The 12-year agreement, from 2019 to 2030, will provide Norwegian with a guaranteed berth at Pier A South at the Victoria Cruise Terminal. GVHA is provided with certainty of cruise business for 12 seasons, which further extends opportunities for capital and long-term investment in the terminal. GVHA will retain operational flexibility, allowing for efficient utilization of their terminal facilities when determining their schedule of cruise ship calls.
The agreement also strengthens GVHA’s relationship with a major cruise brand, opening the door for future collaboration on homeporting, capital investment, and community involvement.
“We are pleased to sign this agreement with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., which has been a partner of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority since we formed in 2002,” said Lindsay Gaunt, Director, Cruise Development, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. “This agreement reinforces our strong relationship with Norwegian Cruise Line, while still allowing us to continue to grow our business and maximize the use of our three berths.”
Victoria is Canada’s busiest cruise port-of-call and plays a critical role in the Alaskan itinerary for many cruise lines. Norwegian Cruise Line is a regular caller to Victoria and is investing in the market through the deployment of new vessels to the region. Due to the success of the Norwegian Bliss in the Alaskan cruise market, Norwegian has decided to increase capacity in the region by deploying the Norwegian Joy to Alaska and calling into Victoria. In 2019, Norwegian is scheduled to bring close to 30 per cent of all passengers arriving to the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal.
“As we grow our presence in the Pacific Northwest we are excited to extend our partnership with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and bring more guests to the region,” said Howard Sherman, Executive Vice President of Onboard Revenue and Destination Development.
Norwegian’s commitment to doing business in Victoria is already having a positive impact on the local economy. This year, the Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy will provision locally-produced goods, including beer from Phillips Brewing Company and select produce and seafood items during each call to Victoria.
For more information, visit www.GVHA.ca or www.nclhltd.com.
About the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to the stewardship and sustainable growth of Victoria’s dynamic working harbour. GVHA owns and operates several high-profile community amenities including the Breakwater, Inner Harbour lower causeway, and customs dock at Raymur Point. Within GVHA’s commercial and marine industrial holdings are the deep-water terminal at Ogden Point, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ship Point, four Inner Harbour marinas, and the historic Steamship Terminal. GVHA’s management of the Victoria Cruise Terminal contributes more than $130 million annually to the regional economy and is responsible for 800 direct and indirect jobs in Greater Victoria. For more information, visit www.gvha.ca.
About Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:NCLH) is a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. With a combined fleet of 26 ships with approximately 54,400 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 450 destinations worldwide. The Company will introduce eleven additional ships through 2027.
As the innovator in global cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for over 52 years. Most notably, the cruise line revolutionized the industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their preferred schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Today, its fleet of 16 contemporary ships sail to nearly 300 of some of the world’s most desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island in the Bahamas and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize. Norwegian Cruise Line not only provides superior guest service from land to sea, but also offers a wide variety of award-winning entertainment and dining options as well as a range of accommodations across the fleet, including solo-traveler staterooms, mini-suites, spa-suites and The Haven by Norwegian®, the company’s ship-within-a-ship concept.
Oceania Cruises is the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line. The line’s six intimate and luxurious ships which carry only 684 or 1,250 guests offer an unrivaled vacation experience featuring the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries that span the globe. Expertly crafted voyages aboard designer-inspired, intimate ships call on more than 450 ports across Europe, Alaska, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, New England-Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Tahiti and the South Pacific and epic 180-day Around the World Voyages.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers an unrivaled experience to luxury travelers. The cruise line’s modern four-ship fleet visits more than 450 iconic and immersive destinations around the world, and will add Seven Seas Splendor in 2020 as the fleet’s fifth ship and then grow by a sixth ship in 2023. All luxuries are included in Regent Seven Seas Cruises voyages, such as all-suite accommodations, round-trip business-class air on intercontinental flights from U.S. and Canada, the largest collection of unlimited shore excursions, unlimited internet access, highly personalized service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, gratuities, ground transfers and one-night, pre-cruise hotel packages for guests staying in Concierge-level suites and higher. In 2018 the cruise line concluded a $125 million refurbishment program of Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Navigator to elevate the fleet’s elegance to the benchmark set by Seven Seas Explorer.