On May 28, 1958 a P and O Cruise ship sailed into Vancouver. Almost twenty years had passed since the last voyage of the great CPR Empress liners. (My maternal grandparents arrived on our shores in one of the Empress liners.)
Some have wondered if that was the start of Vancouver's cruise ship business but an expert on the topic, Gary Bannerman, states that the modern cruise era began on our shores four years later with the Seattle World's Fair.
At the same time Florida tour brokers, including the founder of Carnival Cruises Ted Arison, were working with Norwegian ship owners and selling Caribbean cruises.
An interesting aspect to all this though is that in Vancouver it seems that 1958 was the year that P and O made Vancouver a regular point of call. The Panoceanic passenger ship, S.S.Himalaya, made a few visits to this city and each arrival was greeted with fire boats and brass bands on the pier.
Dean Miller, the PR representative for P and O, made every maiden visit of each ship and extraordinary event. He eventually became synonymous with the cruise ship industry and by the time he died in 1997 Vancouver had become one of the important ports of embarkation for the international cruise ship industry.
I would like to thank The History of Metropolitan Vancouver and Bannerline Communications websites for the above information. If you find the topic of the history of cruise ships interesting then you might want to look into Gary Bannerman's book, Cruise Ships, the Inside Story, which was published by Saltaire Publishing Ltd in 1974.
(there is supposed to an amphersand between the P and the O when I menton the P and O cruise ships but this program won't let me use one so I put in the and instead.)
Karen Magill, Vancouver, Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Gary Bannerman, Dean Miller, British Columbia