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  • Comparative Chart of Alaska Ships
  • Vancouver Sailout Photos
  • Ship Trivia - largest, longest etc.
  • Canada Place & Ballantyne Photos
  • Coast Guard and Sanitation Ratings
  • Cruising & the Environment
  • Itineraries
  • Ship Arrival Dates in Vancouver
  • Tipping Guidelines
  • Links to Cruise Line Web Sites


  • ABOUT THE CHART:

    CRUISE LINE/
    SHIP
    TONNAGE & LENGTH
    in feet
    PASSENGERS
    double occupancy
    SPACE
    RATIO
    ENTERED SERVICE
    PRINCESS CRUISES:
    - mid market
    - open dining option
           
    Coral Princess
    Island Princess
    Dawn Princess
    Sun Princess
    Diamond Prin.x+
    Sapphire Prin.x+
    Regal Princess ^
    92,000-965ft
    92,000-965ft
    77,000-856ft
    77,000-856ft
    116,000-951ft
    116,000-951ft
    70,000-811ft
    1,970
    1,970
    1,950
    1,950
    2,670
    2,670
    1,590
    47
    47
    39
    39
    43
    43
    44
    Jan.2003
    July 2003
    May 1997
    Dec. 1995
    Mar 2004
    June 2004
    Aug.1991
    HOLLAND AMERICA LINE:
    premium market - traditional - refined service
           
    Amsterdam +
    Oosterdam x+
    Veendam
    Ryndam
    Statendam
    Volendam
    Zaandam
    61,000-780 ft
    82,000-951ft
    55,451-720ft
    55,451-720ft
    55,451-720ft
    63,000-781ft
    63,000-781 ft
    1,380
    1,848
    1,266
    1,266
    1,266
    1,440
    1,440
    44
    44
    44
    44
    44
    44
    44
    Oct. 2000
    Aug 2003
    May 1996
    Nov. 1994
    Jan. 1993
    Nov. 1999
    May 2000
    ROYAL CARIBBEAN:
    mid market - traditional -
    family
           
    Vision
    Serenade
    Radiance
    78,491-915ft
    90,090-962ft
    90,090-962ft
    2,000
    2,100
    2,100
    39
    43
    43
    April 1998
    Aug 2003
    June 2001
    CELEBRITY CRUISES:
    premium market - traditional - sophisticated
           
    Mercury +^
    Infinity
    Summit
    76,522-866ft
    91,000-965ft
    91,000-965ft
    1,870
    1,950
    1,950
    42
    47
    47
    Nov. 1997
    Mar. 2001
    Oct. 2001
    NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE:
    mid market -
    casual style
           
    Norwegian Spirit +
    Norwegian Sun
    Norwegian Star +x
    77,000-879ft
    77,104-853ft
    91,000-971ft
    2,000
    2,002
    2,240
    38
    38
    40
    1999
    Sept 2001
    Nov 2001
    CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES:
    mid market - busy - family
           
    Carnival Spirit88,500-960ft
    2,124
    42
    April 2001
    CRYSTAL CRUISES:
    luxury
           
    Crystal Harmony +49,400-790ft
    940
    53
    July 1990
    RADISSON SEVEN SEAS:
    deluxe
           
    Seven Seas Mariner50,000-709ft
    700
    71
    March 2001
    SILVERSEA CRUISES:
    deluxe
           
    Silver Shadow28,258-610 ft
    382
    74
    Sep 2000
    CRUISE WEST:
    small ships - eco-adventure
           
    Spirit of Oceanus 4,200-297ft
    114
    37 1991
    AMERICAN WEST STEAMBOAT COMPANY:
    Sternwheeler
           
    Empress of the North +x--360ft
    224
    -
    Aug. 2003
             
    SHIPS CALLING OCCASIONALLY
    AT VANCOUVER:
    Tonnage
    /Length
    Passengers Space Ratio Built
    Cruise West:
    Spirit of Columbia +

    on Spring/Fall B.C. cruises
    98 78 1.2 1979
    Clipper Cruise Line:
    Yorktown Clipper+

    on Fall B.C. cruises
    2,354-257ft 138 17 April 1988
    World Explorer Cruises:
    Universe Explorer
    23,879 740 32 Sept.1958
    NYK: Asuka 28,856 600 48 Dec. 1991
    Peace Boat:
    Topaz
    31,1500 1,056 30.0 April 1956
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    SHIP TRIVIA & STATISTICS 2004

    • Inaugural Alaska season:
      Diamond Princess, Sapphire Princess, Oosterdam, Serenade of the Seas, Norwegian Star, Silver Shadow

    • Newest Ships:
      Sapphire Princess (June 2004), Diamond Princess (March 2004), Serenade of the Seas (August 2003), Empress of the North (August 2003), Oosterdam (August 2003), Island Princess (July 2003)

    • Oldest Ships:
      Crystal Harmony (1990), Regal Princess (1991, Spirit of Oceanus (1991), Statendam (1993), Ryndam (1994)

    • Largest ships:
      Sapphire and Diamond Princess (113,000-grt) Coral and Island Princess (92,000-grt), Celebrity's Infinity and Summit and NCL's Norwegian Star (91,000-grt), RCI's Radiance and Serenade of the Seas (90,090-grt), Carnival Spirit (88,500-grt)

    • Smallest ship sailing from Vancouver:
      Spirit of Oceanus, 4,200-grt

    • Longest ships sailing to Alaska:
      Norwegian Star (971 ft.), Summit, Infinity, Coral Princess, Island Princess (965 ft.), Radiance and Serenade of the Seas (962 ft.), Carnival Spirit (960 ft.), Diamond and Sapphire Princess (951 ft.)

    • Most Passengers:
      Diamond and Sapphire Princess (2,670), Norwegian Star (2,240), Carnival Spirit (2,124), Radiance of the Seas 2,100, Norwegian Sun (2,002), SuperStar Leo/Norwegian Spirit (2,000)

    • Fewest Passengers - Small Ships:
      Spirit of Oceanus - 114     Empress of the North - 224

    • Fewest Passengers - Big Ships:
      Silver Shadow 382 -      Seven Seas Mariner - 700

    • Highest Passenger Space Ratio:
      Silver Shadow 74, Seven Seas Mariner 71, Crystal Harmony 53, Infinity, Summit, Coral Princess, Island Princess 47

    • Lowest Passenger Space Ratio:
      The lowest space ratio jumps from 29 to 37 in 2004, reflecting the trend over the last decade to build more spacious vessels. (Norwegian Wind had a space ratio of 29, the lowest space ratio in 2003.) She won't be sailing to Alaska in 2004.

      Spirit of Oceanus (37), SuperStar/Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Sun (38), Dawn Princess, Sun Princess, Vision of the Seas (39).

    • First ship to arrive in Vancouver in 2004:
      Amsterdam, arriving April 22, 2004 and departing on a 17-night cruise to Hawaii and back to Seattle.

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    COAST GUARD AND SANITATION RATINGS

    The U.S. Coast Guard has recognized a number of cruise ships in its new project "quality shipping for the 21st century". Known as Qualship 21, the project recognizes foreign-flagged vessels of all types which demonstrate a commitment to safety and quality and comply with environmental and health regulations. The 2004 Alaska ships included on this list of elite vessels are Holland America Line's Zaandam and Princess Cruises' Sun, Dawn and Regal Princesses. (As of the October 9, 2003 Coast Guard listing)

    Surprise sanitation inspections are conducted by the Center for Disease Control. A passing score is 85 out of 100. See the CDC web site for details about the inspections and past ratings.

    Here are the latest ratings for the Alaska 2004 ships as of October 28, 2003, listed in alphabetical order. Silver Shadow and Radiance of the Seas have the highest rating with a score of 99:

    • Amsterdam 97
    • Carnival Spirit 96
    • Clipper Odyssey 90
    • Coral Princess 95
    • Crystal Harmony 91
    • Dawn Princess 97
    • Empress of the North 86
    • Infinity 93
    • Island Princess 95
    • Mercury 92
    • Nantucket Clipper 88
    • Norwegian Star 96
    • Norwegian Sun 97
    • Radiance of the Seas 99
    • Regal Princess 95
    • Ryndam 95
    • Serenade of the Seas 97
    • Seven Seas Mariner 98
    • Silver Shadow 99
    • Spirit of Oceanus 95
    • Statendam 93
    • Summit 98
    • Sun Princess 98
    • Veendam 98
    • Volendam 97
    • Vision of the Seas 97
    • Zaandam 97
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    SHIP ARRIVALS IN VANCOUVER - 2004


  • Bold type indicates inaugural call at Vancouver

    These are the dates cruise ships arrive in Vancouver in 2004.

    • April 22, Amsterdam, first "big ship" to arrive. Sails a 17-night cruise to Hawaii and back to Seattle.

    • May 2, Norwegian Sun begins Inside Passage cruises from Vancouver.

    • May 4, Diamond Princess arrives from Los Angeles and sails on a four-night cruise to Seattle via Ketchikan.

    • May 7, Mercury makes her first call at Vancouver during a cruise from San Francisco; Ryndam commences Inside Passage cruises from Vancouver.
    • May 8, Norwegian Wind sails from Vancouver to Hawaii, Coral Princess, Radiance of the Seas commence sailings from Vancouver.

    • May 9, Statendam commences Gulf of Alaska sailings between Vancouver and Seward

    • May 10, Norwegian Star arrives from Hawaii and goes into drydock for a refit and addition of a new casino. Spirit of Oceanus commences Gulf of Alaska sailings between Vancouver and Anchorage; Dawn Princess commences Gulf of Alaska sailings between Vancouver and Whittier.

    • May 12, Carnival Spirit arrives and sails an Inside Passage cruise round-trip from Vancouver.

    • May 15, Zaandam commences Inside Passage sailings from Vancouver; Island Princess commences Gulf of Alaska sailings between Vancouver and Whittier.

    • May 16, Veendam commences Gulf of Alaska sailings between Vancouver and Seward.

    • May 17, Sun Princess commences Gulf of Alaska sailings between Vancouver and Whittier.

    • May 22, Empress of the North calls on a cruise between Seattle and Sitka.

    • May 26, Seven Seas Mariner commences sailings from Vancouver.

    • May 28, Vision of the Seas commences Gulf of Alaska sailings between Vancouver and Seward.

    • May 30, Infinity and Serenade of the Seas commence Alaska cruises from Vancouver.

    • June 2, Crystal Harmony makes her first call this season on a cruise from San Francisco.

    • June 4, Summit commences Inside Passage cruises from Vancouver.

    • June 15, Silver Shadow arrives from Anchorage on her maiden call at Vancouver.

    • June 16, Universe Explorer

    • June 20, Asuka

    • June 23, Topaz

    • September 20, Sapphire Princess arrives from Seattle and sails to San Francisco.

    • September 25, Norwegian Spirit arrives from Seattle.

    • September 26, Oosterdam arrives and sails on her post-Alaska positioning Panama Canal cruise.
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    CRUISE LINE WEB SITES

    CRUISE LINE: SHIPS SERVING ALASKA:
    American West Steamboat Co.
    www.americanweststeamboat.com

    Sternwheeler Empress of the North between Seattle and Sitka and round-trip from Sitka.

     
    American Safari Cruises
    www.amsafari.com

    Motor yachts in Alaska and from Seattle, Safari Quest and Safari Escape

     
    Carnival Cruise Lines
    www.carnival.com

    Carnival Spirit from Vancouver

     
    Celebrity Cruises
    www.celebrity-cruises.com

    Summit and Infinity from Vancouver; Mercury from Seattle and San Francisco.

     
    Clipper
    www.clippercruise.com

    Luxury-adventure, small ships within Alaska & Russian Far East: Yorktown Clipper, Clipper Odyssey

     
    Cruise West
    www.cruisewest.com

    A fleet of small vessels in Alaska plus the Spirit of Oceanus between Vancouver and Anchorage.

     
    Crystal Cruises
    www.crystalcruises.com

    Crystal Harmony sails from San Francisco on 12-night cruises.

     
    Glacier Bay Tours and Cruises'
    www.glacierbaytours.com

    Small ships within Alaska: Executive Explorer, Wilderness Explorer, Wilderness Discover, Wilderness Adventurer

     
    Holland America Line
    www.hollandamerica.com

    Zaandam, Volendam, Ryndam, Statendam, Veendam, from Vancouver; Amsterdam and Oosterdam from Seattle

     
    Norwegian Cruise Line
    www.ncl.com

    Norwegian Sun from Vancouver and SuperStar Leo/Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Star from Seattle

     
    Princess Cruises
    www.princess.com

    Coral, Island, Sun, Dawn Princess between Vancouver and Whittier;
    Regal Princess from San Francisco
    Diamond and Sapphire Princess from Seattle

     
    Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
    www.rssc.com

    Seven Seas Mariner from Vancouver

     
    Royal Caribbean International
    www.rccl.com

    Legend, Vision and Radiance of the Seas from Vancouver

     
    Silversea Cruises
    www.silversea.com

    Silver Shadow from Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco

     
    Society Expeditions
    www.societyexpeditions.com

    The World Discoverer - expedition ship sailing the Bering Sea and remote Alaska.

     

    LINKS TO SMALL SHIP AND EXPEDITION COMPANIES:

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    Susan Milne, 2003