Nanaimo’s 2016 cruise season set sail on a nautical note Wednesday.
Royal Caribbean Line flagship Explorer of the Seas, which can accommodate 3,800 passengers, has a crew compliment of 1,180 working its 15 decks and is nearly 311 metres in length, made its inaugural visit to the Harbour City Wednesday.
The craft is the largest cruise ship to visit Nanaimo and is on a five-day cruise from Seattle to Victoria and Nanaimo.
Explorer of the Seas is the first of six cruise ships that will visit Nanaimo throughout the 2016 cruise season.
Economic impact for the Nanaimo region from the ship’s one-day stopover is $250,000, according to a Nanaimo Port Authority estimate.