The local daily is reporting only two cruise ships scheduled to visit Nanaimo this year, and even then the article only says we 'expect' to see two cruise ships this year.
The story goes on to report a few explanations from a Port Authority spokesman which really makes little to no sense. For example it is said one reason for the lower number of visits is a need to cut costs in the cruise ship industry. That might make some sense if it weren't for the fact that Victoria is scheduled to see 210 cruise ships visit Ogden Point this year, up from 203 last year.
At the height of Nanaimo's cruise ship business we saw 13 ships come to Nanaimo back before we had our fancy cruise ship dock and terminal. There has been a steady, consistent decline in those numbers every year since then. Why? Perhaps it is because Nanaimo just simply does not have the tourist appeal we all would like to think it does.
Cruise ship lines are in a business, and you can bet they analyze and scrutinize every port of call they decide to include and offer to their passengers. I am sure they solicit feedback from their guests and ask for their thoughts after stopping at certain ports. If Nanaimo's response is not positive (and I expect is it lacking), it won't take long for the cruise ship lines to drop ports from their list of stops.
So rather than saying cruise ships aren't choosing to stop in Nanaimo because of cost cutting measures when in fact their stops in Victoria are more than last year, why not look for the real answer. Maybe the real answer is, that Nanaimo just isn't the tourist destination we keep liking to think it is. Or perhaps the marketing department at the Nanaimo Port Authority isn't all we could hope for.
Be honest now ........ if you were advising someone on a cruise to spend a day in Victoria or Nanaimo, which one would you recommend?