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#1681 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:58 AM

Wilson’s Group, CVS Tours create partnership that will mean greener buses to serve cruise passengers at Ogden Point
 
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Posted 23 October 2017 - 12:51 PM

 

Wilson’s Group, CVS Tours create partnership that will mean greener buses to serve cruise passengers at Ogden Point
 
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Bout time! I work at Ogden Point during the cruise ship season and the Wilson's busses were loud, stinky and constantly blowing black smoke on top of being obviously decades older than the CVS Busses, which were very quiet and modern.


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#1683 amor de cosmos

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 08:19 AM

A modest increase in cruise-ship traffic will bring a major expense for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority in 2018.

According to GVHA chief executive Ian Robertson, the authority will spend about $7 million for a new mooring dolphin to accommodate larger ships at Ogden Point during next year’s cruise-ship season.

The dolphin, a structure used to moor large ships, will be built in line with the existing dolphin at Pier B. It will initially serve the Norwegian Bliss, which is more than 1,000 feet long.

“Next year, we are expecting a modest increase in [cruise-ship passenger] numbers,” Robertson said. The forecast increase is due to the trend toward larger vessels with more passengers, rather than an increase in ship calls.

“We won’t see much growth during the regular season between May and September, but what we will see is growth in the shoulder season,” Robertson said. “With ships repositioning in and out of Alaska, that’s good news for Victoria … They often choose Victoria.”

The city welcomed a record 239 calls by cruise ships this year, with almost 600,000 passengers and more than 239,000 crew visiting the city between April and October. There were 224 calls to Victoria in 2016.

A GVHA study in 2016 suggested the economic impact of the cruise-ship industry was about $130 million annually in Victoria.

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#1684 lanforod

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 08:32 AM

The Bliss is coming here, eh? That's the one with the racetrack on it lol.



#1685 Nparker

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 09:20 AM

The Bliss is coming here, eh? That's the one with the racetrack on it lol.

Are they racing seahorses?



#1686 lanforod

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 09:28 AM

That'd be fun :P. Go-karts actually...


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#1687 shoeflack

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 09:37 AM

Some of the amenities on that ship are bonkers. Take a look at some of the photos in this article.

 

Go-karts, laser tag and barbecue highlight new Norwegian Bliss offerings



#1688 JanionGuy

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 09:45 AM

Some of the amenities on that ship are bonkers. Take a look at some of the photos in this article.

 

Go-karts, laser tag and barbecue highlight new Norwegian Bliss offerings

 

None of those are my idea of "Bliss"



#1689 lanforod

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 11:34 AM

None of those are my idea of "Bliss"

That's the nice thing about cruising. There is a cruise-line for everybody! Perhaps you'd prefer Celebrity or Crystal.


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#1690 Nparker

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 11:39 AM

That's the nice thing about cruising. There is a cruise-line for everybody! Perhaps you'd prefer Celebrity or Crystal.

Celebrity is my #1 choice.



#1691 amor de cosmos

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 02:00 PM

are the go-kart track & laser-tag things big enough to be any fun though, or are they like that indoor ski hill in dubai? sort of like it's sort of interesting that they managed to do it but as far as ski destinations go... well it's no whistler.

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#1692 lanforod

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 08:19 PM

are the go-kart track & laser-tag things big enough to be any fun though, or are they like that indoor ski hill in dubai? sort of like it's sort of interesting that they managed to do it but as far as ski destinations go... well it's no whistler.

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I'd say they're probably fine. The karting though, must be somewhat limited to when you can do it. It'd be loud if those are typical karts.


Edited by lanforod, 17 November 2017 - 08:21 PM.

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#1693 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 08:39 PM

They have single and double carts.



#1694 RPPB

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 09:55 PM

Electric karts so quiet but decent acceleration, and track is "nearly 1000 ft" (All-Fun is around 1400.)

#1695 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 10:10 PM

Electric carts can kick something when they are built right.



#1696 spanky123

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 10:53 AM

are the go-kart track & laser-tag things big enough to be any fun though, or are they like that indoor ski hill in dubai? sort of like it's sort of interesting that they managed to do it but as far as ski destinations go... well it's no whistler.

 

Problem with the large cruise ships is that they are so crowded that you just don't show up at the go-kart or laser tag areas and wait for your turn. You book times weeks or months in advance and you get a very limited number of slots so that each of the other 4,000 people onboard get to use them as well.


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#1697 lanforod

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 10:50 PM

Problem with the large cruise ships is that they are so crowded that you just don't show up at the go-kart or laser tag areas and wait for your turn. You book times weeks or months in advance and you get a very limited number of slots so that each of the other 4,000 people onboard get to use them as well.

I'm boarding on Oasis soon. We prebooked the shows, buts that's it. I don't think its possible to reserve stuff like the surf machines or zip line, which would be similar to what you're talking about. 

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