Huge cruise ship coming to Queen Charlotte

  • Jul. 8, 2009 12:00 p.m.

It’s not just a cruise ship, it’s a community at sea and the World Condo Cruise ship will be anchoring at Queen Charlotte in a couple of weeks. The 196-metre, 12-deck ship carries just 150-200 guests, many of whom own and live long-term in their apartments aboard. The guests are served by a crew of 250 and travel the world. On this trip the World is traveling the west coast and heading to Alaska and the Bering Sea. From there, it sails to Siberia, Japan, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific. The boat, with a draft of 7.1 metres, will anchor near Queen Charlotte on July 21 and 22. Passengers will have the opportunity to take excursions to Skedans and SGang Gwaay (Ninstints) by float plane during their stay, but a local organization is planning to offer even more. The Misty Isles Economic Development Society is organizing an artisans market on July 22 to help showcase the artistic talent on the islands. Five Queen Charlotte businesses are helping out by providing space for the artists to show their wares: the Visitor Information Centre, Queen B’s, Funk It, Purple Onion and Northwest Coast Books. MIEDS is also organizing special art route bus tours that anyone, not just cruise ship passengers, can take part in on July 21 and 22, said executive director Travis Glasman. “We’re providing additional options to help attract them back in the future,” he said. Mr. Glasman said MIEDS is also putting together a list of fishing charter operators for those passengers who may wish to try their luck and he hopes to get a special farmers market happening on one of the days the ship is in dock. The residents aboard The World have kitchens in their rooms and are able to cook. They may appreciate some local produce and seafood, said Mr. Glasman.