Post by Departure Bay on Oct 12, 2018 13:11:22 GMT -8
I was surprised this morning to see a cruise ship much closer to the mouth of Departure Bay than the usual route out of Vancouver. It's the Ruby Princess, doing sea trials in the Strait after being in drydock at Esquimalt. From MarineTraffic, it looks like she's been buzzing around the Strait for the last day or so and will continue to do so until tomorrow. Then she heads for Vancouver and a cruise to LA.
If I can't watch airplanes, ferries will do just fine!
Off Hornby a few minutes ago. According to Marine Traffic, now turned around and heading south again. Was very odd to see a cruise ship out there this time of day- they're usually up there around 9pm or so.
On Saturday evening Ruby did much the same route. She had to sail from Canada Place about 18:00, but can not tie up in Victoria until 07:00. Ships loitering in the shipping lanes is discouraged, as is holding off Victoria's waterfront because of all the traffic at the Pilot boarding area. Upon clearing English Bay The ship headed north out of the busy traffic areas, doing a loop, before heading south towards Victoria. All this is done at the most economical slow speed possible.
Going on the Royal Princess in a few weeks for the Mexican Riviera. Does anyone have the scanner frequencies for the Royal Princess?
Packing my VHF Marine Radio as well & was wondering what Marine Channels the ship will be using out of LA down to Puerto Vallarta & then up the coast to Vancouver? I know Ch 11 is used from the Victoria Pilot Station until Sandheads then Ch 12 into Burrard Inlet.