May 19, 2022
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Port Colborne Cruiser's association meets Thursday Nights from May to September. Bring out your cars and enjoy specials offered by local businesses!
Cruise Ships and Waterfront Revitalization
The City of Port Colborne is excited to embark yet again on a new season of Great Lakes cruising. From May through October, ships from Viking Expeditions, American Queen Voyages, Vantage Travel, Pearl Seas Cruises, Ponant, and Plantours Cruises are scheduled to make 80 calls to Port Colborne. Arrival and departure dates and times can be found in the 2023 Cruise Ship Schedule .
As one of many bi-national ports of call on the Great Lakes, Port Colborne is ideally positioned at the southern end of the Welland Canal to receive cruise ships heading to or from Toronto. During every call, several hundred passengers and crew disembark the ship to explore their newfound surroundings and participate in pre-planned onshore excursions. The City, in partnership with Niagara’s South Coast Tourism Association, offers a dedicated shuttle service that brings passengers and crew closer to small businesses and the culture of the local community.
Using the advice of experts in Great Lakes cruising, and in collaboration with Port Colborne’s wharf operator and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, City staff continue to coordinate the many activities that come with managing a cruise ship hub and welcoming new visitors. Public engagement remains vital to the success of this initiative for all involved. Input from key partners and stakeholders is regularly sought in an effort to help identify limitations and challenges as well as opportunities and solutions.
Guided by the City’s vision for the future, as well as significant public and private sector investment in Port Colborne’s waterfront, revitalization is a core area of strategic focus. Staff follow a planning framework, which includes design principles and sustainable land use concepts, to help coordinate and integrate currently planned upgrades with prospective opportunities for the industrial, commercial, and residential development of valuable waterfront land.
The City has a number of projects and initiatives planned around the waterfront, and one such example is the creation of a cultural, recreational, and tourism hub in the area of King Street and Sugarloaf Street. The City wishes to thank the federal government for providing a $750,000 contribution to this project through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund . Project updates can be found on this webpage and at any forthcoming public engagement events.
In another showing of support for Port Colborne’s waterfront, the federal government has made a $22.7 million investment – through the National Trade Corridors Fund – to support one half of a $45.3 million wharf rehabilitation project led by the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. Three wharves located on the west side of the Welland Canal and at the south end of King Street will be put back into service to ensure the supply chains in Ontario and throughout Canada remain strongly connected to global markets.
Alex Pedersen Communications Officer 66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, ON, L3K 3C8 Phone 905-835-2900 x307 Email this contact
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Local Time 2024-02-27 19:57
Port Port Colborne ON cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Port Colborne ON, Ontario Canada, Niagara Falls. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
Port Colborne is a Lake Erie cruise port and city in Canada's Ontario Province (Niagara Region), with population around 18,000. From the lake the Port is accessed via the Welland Canal . Via bus tours from Port Colborne are accessed the Niagara Falls. The distance between Port Colborne and Niagara Falls is approx 35 km (20 mi / ~0,5-hour drive) via King's Highway 140. When traveling on large ships, Niagara Fallas are accessed via bus tours from Toronto .
The city's current-day economy is heavily based on shipping (maritime commerce, ship-repairs, ship recycling) and tourism, as well as on well-developed industries like food processing (Jungbunzlauer Canada Inc, Port Colborne Poultry Ltd, Ingredion Canada Inc), nickel mining and processing (Vale Canada Ltd/subsidiary of Vale SA/Brazil), manufacturing (Oskam Steel Fabricators Ltd, IMT Partnership, Thurston Machine Company Ltd, JTL Integrated Machine Ltd, ADM Milling). Local businesses (including Vale's nickel refinery) benefit from the cheap electricity generated at Niagara Falls.
Besides the nearby Niagara Falls and Lake Erie's beaches and marinas (pleasure boats- and yachts-serving facilities), local tourist attractions include Canal Days (Welland-themed annual marine festival), Historical and Marine Museum (near downtown), Showboat Festival Theatre. Along the Welland Canal are located numerous tourism-oriented facilities serving golfing, fishing, boating (Sugarloaf Harbour Marina), trailing, dining (restaurants and cafes), shopping (Port Promenade), recreational parks (Nickel Beach, Lock 8 Gateway Park, HH Knoll Lakeview Park).
The settlement was established in the early-19th-century (as Gravelly Bay) and later renamed to honor John Colborne/1st Baron Seaton (1778-1863, was a British Army officer/Field Marshal and colonial governor). When the Welland Canal was opened (1833) he was the acting Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (appointed in 1828). Previously, the region was inhabited by the Iroquois tribe. Port Colborne received village status in 1870, town status in 1918, and city status in 1966. The city was expanded several times via mergers with neighboring communities.
The Welland Canal (length 43 km / 27 mi) via 8 locks connects Lake Ontario (north/Port Weller) and Lake Erie (south/Port Colborne). The waterway can be navigated by ships with max LOA length 226 m (740 ft), max width 24 m (78 ft), max draft 8 m (27 ft), max height 35,5 m (116 ft / Garden City Skyway Bridge's clearance). The average time for ships to pass through the waterway's entire length is ~11 hours.
Welland is part of the St Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes Waterway (both are systems of natural channels and artificial canals interconnecting the Great Lakes). Welland Canal was constructed between 1824-29. Its locks allow marine vessels to bypass Niagara Falls. Welland's southern terminus (Lake Erie) is higher (100 m / 326 ft) than the Lake Ontario terminus.
Niagara Falls are three waterfalls that span the USA-Canada border (New York-Ontario) - Horseshoe Falls (largest) is on the border while the smaller ones (American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls) are in the USA. Buffalo NY is approx 27 km (17 mi) to the south, Toronto is approx 121 km (75 mi) to the north.
Niagara Falls follow Niagara River (north/drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario) and have max height/vertical drop 51 m (160 ft). Every minute, 168000+ m3 of water goes over the waterfalls. The average annual flow per second is 6400+ m3.
The cities Niagara Falls (Ontario) and Niagara Falls (New York) are interconnected via two bridges - Rainbow Bridge (open to non-commercial vehicle traffic and pedestrians) and Whirlpool Rapids Bridge (Niagara River's oldest).
Niagara River's first hydropower plant was built in 1881, generating electricity mainly for the local mills. Built between 1957-61, the Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Station (in Lewiston NY) uses 13 generators with max power output 2675 MW. With annual capacity 2,4 GW, this is New York state's largest electricity producer.
Through the hydropower station every second pass ~1420 m3 (~380,000 US gallons) of water. Currently, 50-75% of the river's flow is diverted (via 4x tunnels) upstream from the waterfalls, passing thru the turbine generators then returning to the river again (near Lake Ontario).
Sir Adam Beck Hydroelectric Generating Stations (in Niagara Falls ON) are owned by the Crown corporation Ontario Power Generation Inc. These two Canadian stations (Adam Beck 1, and Adam Beck 2) divert water from Welland River (via Chippawa-Queenston Power Canal) into three tunnels (under Niagara Falls). Both stations have combined power output 1997 MW.
Currently, 50-75% of Niagara River's flow is diverted (via 4x tunnels) upstream from the waterfalls, passing thru the turbine generators then returning to the river again (near Lake Ontario).
Niagara Falls' tourist season runs between April 1st and October 31st.
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Biggest cruise ship on Earth has docked in Florida. What to know about the vessel.
Cruise lines are back to prepandemic sale levels, and thankfully the industry is built, and building, to support the demand.
The vacation vessels seem to be getting bigger and bigger. Florida is now home to the world’s largest cruise ship.
Royal Caribbean International's Icon of the Seas began welcoming passengers last month. USA Today 10Best Expert Carly Caramanna , who has sailed on the mammoth ship, said it was easy to forget you were on a cruise given its size.
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“The demand for cruising is bigger than ever and as ships grow in size, brands are finding new ways to address the biggest issue - how to manage the flow of guests,” Caramanna said. “Icon of the Seas did a great job of this, from the destination elevators, to the infinite amount of seating and lounge areas to the 50-plus live musicians performing each night. You could do as much or as little as you wanted.”
How big is Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas?
Icon has 2,805 staterooms; a double-occupancy capacity of 5,610 passengers; a maximum capacity of 7,600 passengers; and a crew of 2,350. It has 20 decks; weights 250,800 tons; and is 1,198 feet long.
What Florida port does Icon of the Seas sail from?
Icon of the Seas sails out of PortMiami, the world’s busiest cruise port .
In its latest budget year that ended Sept. 30, PortMiami had a record-setting cruise passenger count of 7.3 million.
Where does Icon of the Seas sail to?
The ship will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
Each cruise will visit the line’s private Bahamian island, Perfect Day at CocoCay . Other possible stops could be in Mexico, Honduras, Puerto Rico and other locations.
What activities are available aboard Icon of the Seas?
Icon has eight separate neighborhoods, all with their own identity. Five of the areas are new to RCL.
Surfside is geared toward young families. Splashaway Bay and Baby Bay are the only places on the ship where children wearing swim diapers can enjoy water activities. The area also includes an arcade, carousel and quick-service restaurant that serves all the food kids love like pizza, cheeseburgers and fries.
Thrill Island is home to the “largest water park at sea,” Category 6. This also is where thrill seekers can wear a harness and walk a ropes course where you walk 154 feet above the ocean. There’s also a FlowRider surf simulator, mini golf and rock climbing.
If chilling is more your speed, you’ll probably want to head to the three-deck Chill Island. It’s home to four swimming pools and plenty of loungers to relax and, well, chill. If walking takes too long, you can get from deck-to-deck using a dry slide.
Hideaway is the adults-only deck. It’s where those 18 and older can enjoy a suspended infinity pool and relax in hot tubs while a DJ entertains.
AquaTheater is an enclosed steel and glass structure, home to a thrilling show combining high dives, aerial dancing and skateboarding. Other shows include “The Wizard of Oz” and the ice-skating show “Starburst: Elemental Beauty.”
What are the restaurants on Icon of the Seas?
You’ll need all week (and probably more time) if you want to eat at all of the ship’s 40-plus restaurants, bars and lounges. AquaDome Market is the cruise line’s first food hall, which serves Mediterranean dishes, crepes and more.
The ship also features RCL’s first swim-up bar at sea, Swim & Tonic.
Frequent cruisers will find there are some familiar restaurants, including Windjammer buffet and the steakhouse Chops Grille.
How much does it cost to sail on Icon of the Seas?
Prices vary depending on the time of year and the itinerary.
To give you an idea, prices for a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing leaving June 1, start at $3,489 per person based on double occupancy for an interior cabin.
We're gonna need a bigger boat
As if this ship wasn’t big enough, the second, and even bigger, ship in the “Icon Class” is scheduled to set sail in July 2025.
Star of the Seas is expected to make six- and seven-night cruises to the Western Caribbean, and seven- and eight-night cruises to the Eastern Caribbean.
Sailing will be out of Port Canavera l.
Spitzer can be reached at [email protected].
This article originally appeared on Florida Today: Biggest cruise ship on Earth has docked in Florida. What to know about the vessel.