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Crystal Cruise to be a new addition to Prince Rupert cruise industry for 2016

Crystal Cruises has confirmed it will be making its maiden call on Prince Rupert during the 2016 cruise season.

Although it’s more than 24 months away, Crystal Cruises has confirmed it will be making its maiden call on Prince Rupert during the 2016 cruise season.

The 1,070 passenger Crystal Serenity will dock at Northland Terminal twice during the summer, including an eight hour stop on Sunday, July 24 and an eight hour stop on Wednesday, Aug. 10, as the luxury cruise line makes its return to the Alaska Cruise Theatre.

“We try to mix up our itineraries and offer places that we haven’t before. We have large base of repeat cruisers and they are always seeking new places,” said Cyrstal Cruises vice-president of public relations Mimi Weisband, noting any visits in the years beyond 2016 have yet to be decided.

“We think our guests will be very excited to enjoy the sport fishing, hiking and exceptional wildlife in the area, including the Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. The mix of in-town amenities and natural beauty will be very appealing.”

Michael Gurney, manager of corporate communications for the Prince Rupert Port Authority, said the addition of Crystal Cruises to the list of lines calling on the city.

“We typically don’t confirm upcoming vessel visits until their berth requests are finalized, but of course we are pleased that Crystal Cruises intends to bring a vessel here in 2016,” he said, noting the port authority is just one of many organizations and businesses working to expand cruise in the community.

The call on Prince Rupert is part of the company’s 10-day Alaskan cruise, one which includes a round-trip sailing from Vancouver to Sitka, Alaska and one that includes a sailing from Vancouver to Anchorage.