A racing bathtub that can carry a crew of one, on display for the arrival of Royal Caribbean Line's Explorer of the Seas proves size matters when it comes to carrying capacity as the largest cruise ship ever to visit Nanaimo  delivered thousands of passengers to the city Wednesday morning.

A racing bathtub that can carry a crew of one, on display for the arrival of Royal Caribbean Line's Explorer of the Seas proves size matters when it comes to carrying capacity as the largest cruise ship ever to visit Nanaimo delivered thousands of passengers to the city Wednesday morning.

Cruise season gets big kickstart

NANAIMO – Largest cruise ship to visit city weighs anchor on 2016 cruise season.

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.

Nanaimo News Bulletin