THUNDER BAY – This weekend is going to be a busy cruise ship weekend in Thunder Bay as two ships, the Viking Octantis and the Ocean Navigator, will both be making port at Pool 6 dock.
First, on Friday, the Viking Octantis will be arriving at around 6 p.m. to drop off and board new passengers, with the Ocean Navigator arriving on Sunday at around 11 a.m. for its final trip.
The navigator was supposed to dock at Keefer Terminal, but tourism development officer John Cameron says there will be enough time between the Octantis leaving for the Navigator to dock at Pool 6.
“That ship was originally planned to go to the Keefer Terminal just because of the logistics with Viking,” he said. “But Viking is leaving at 5 a.m. and because the other ship comes in at around 11 a.m. There’s no problem with both to come here at this dock.”
Both cruise ships have tours planned around the city, along with a shuttle service to the waterfront district shopping area on Sunday and Cameron says all this new traffic has been great for the city.
"People are flying into Thunder Bay and most of those people are staying in hotels, and then those departing the ship are staying another night in Thunder Bay as well, so we’re getting the hotel visits,” he said.
“But beyond that, there's also the economic spend the passengers do when they’re here with the tours that are provided."
Cameron is also advising the public to take the walking trail to view the incoming ships this weekend instead of parking at the Pool 6 dock, as last time a cruise arrived, the over congestion caused some safety concerns.