Originally Posted by SpongeG
they only visit Victoria the same way they visit anchorage etc.
the ships are based out of and depart from Vancouver - what do they call that home port? port of call is just a port where they visit?
Vancouver may get "less visitors" but the ships are based here and all the passengers have to come here to get to the ship and have to spend time here on their trip so they could be counted as visitors
people don't board the ships in Victoria - they would have boarded the ship in Seattle
Norwegian has one ship based in Vancouver (for the first time in a few years). So they sell one way cruises between Vancouver and Alaska.
The other ships sail from Alaska stop in Victoria arriving in early afternoon, departing at night and then arriving in Seattle the next day. The Victoria stop is only a few hours. It meets the legal require that a foreign registered ship can not transport passengers from one us port to another.
They even a couple of sailing the stop in Nanaimo.
I am fan of Norwegian, and I know they do the grocery shopping in Florida, load all the groceries into cargo containers and then ship them to the home port that the ship is using that season. The only food they buy locally are veggies, fruit and dairy products.
Home port is where they normally board passengers and provisions. The port of call is where they visit on the cruise.
There are also a couple of weekends and the start and end of the cruise season when Vancouver gets a massive increase in traffic. This is because the ships that are going to home port in Seattle can not sail from a US port to another port so they have to operate a cruise to Vancouver. Then operate another 2 or 3 days cruise from Vancouver to Seattle. The repositioning cruises between Vancouver and Seattle tend to be quite cheap and make some interesting stops on Vancouver Island and Washington state.