CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin                                Tourism Nanaimo volunteers give tips and directions to passengers disembarking from Caribbean Cruise Line’s Explorer of the Seas Wednesday morning. The massive ship, which has 15 decks and can accommodate up to 3,800 passengers, is the first major cruise vessel to visit Nanaimo for the 2017 cruise season.

CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin Tourism Nanaimo volunteers give tips and directions to passengers disembarking from Caribbean Cruise Line’s Explorer of the Seas Wednesday morning. The massive ship, which has 15 decks and can accommodate up to 3,800 passengers, is the first major cruise vessel to visit Nanaimo for the 2017 cruise season.

Explorer of the Seas kicks off Nanaimo cruise ship season

Ship with skating rink, three-storey dining room and berths for up to 3,800 visits Nanaimo

Nanaimo’s 2017 cruise ship season set sail Wednesday with a visit from Royal Caribbean Line’s Explorer of the Seas.

The ship, which lists on board amenities that include an inline skating rink, a FlowRider surfing simulator, basketball court, mini golf course, a rock climbing wall, outdoor cinema and berths for up to 3,800 passengers, tied up at Nanaimo’s cruise ship terminal Wednesday morning for a 10-hour visit.

This is the second year the ship is including Nanaimo as part of its cruise itinerary and is one of six major cruise ship visits to Nanaimo scheduled for the 2017 cruise season, which will bring an estimated $2.87 million to in revenue to the mid-Island.

Explorer of the Seas is on a four-day cruise from Seattle to Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria before heading back to Seattle.

For more information, please visit the Nanaimo Port Authority website at http://bit.ly/2qtdZ6n.

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