It’s a pretty big deal for us cruise nerds — I mean, experts, in Vancouver! The Celebrity Solstice is coming to town next week! On May 8th, she will be making history as the largest and tallest ship to dock at the Port of Vancouver.
Many tall ships sail under the Lions Gate Bridge that has only a 200 ft (61 metre) clearance. The Solstice carries 2,850 passengers and is 19 decks tall. As she was, she wouldn’t have been able to clear the bridge. Her mast was recently altered so it can retract to for this purpose! And we’re going to be there bright and early to welcome her to Vancouver! Join us!
The Solstice will be sailing from Hawaii to Vancouver next week for the Alaska cruise season. The Jones Act dictates that ships not US built, not US owned and not with US crew cannot travel between US ports unless they make a stop at a foreign port.
That’s why the Solstice is coming to Canada. But rather than dock in another Canadian city like Victoria or Nanaimo, Celebrity has decided to give their passengers the opportunity to explore this world-class city. Don’t get me wrong, Nanaimo and Victoria are beautiful, but Vancouver is a must-visit!
After Vancouver, she will be sailing roundtrip Seattle to Alaska for the summer. Then in September, she glides under the Lions Gate Bridge one more time as she returns here to satisfy the Jones Act for her return to Hawaii.
Are you in the Vancouver area? Would you like to witness the historic event? Join us at 5 am at Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge or wherever you can get a view of the ship sailing under the bridge. For more information, send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you next week!