Prince Rupert ambassador program looking for volunteers

As the cruise season continues into summer, organizers of the Cruise Ambassador program are calling for more volunteers to help leave a lasting impression on those who come off the ships.

As the cruise season continues into summer, organizers of the Cruise Ambassador program are calling for more volunteers to help leave a lasting impression on those who come off the ships.

“Right now I think we hit about 200 people per week. By having another 20 or so people, I think that we can create a better experience for passengers. If we can get that 200 people per week up to 1,000 people per week it will really make an impact on how people remember Prince Rupert,” said Treena Decker at the June 15 Chamber of Commerce luncheon, noting that many passengers list talking to ambassadors as one of the more memorable parts of their visit.

“All of us have an experience and a story about why we are here, and for most of us it is because we love it here. We need to share those stories and experiences with our visitors.”

To help facilitate more volunteers for the program, which is moving from a group organized by Tourism Prince Rupert to one run by the volunteers themselves, a meeting is set at Atlin Terminal tonight at seven p.m to nine p.m.

And while the program is one that is being championed by the Prince Rupert Cruise Ship Task Force, Chamber of Commerce president Chad Cunningham said it is one that is important for the community to develop its cruise product.

“We have three to four ships per day just north of here [in Ketchikan] so it is like we have a major highway going right past our town, but we have no off-ramp for them to come into town…It really is going to take a community effort to make this happen,” he said.