I try to go at least once a year to dive in and around Catalina Island off the shores of San Diego and LA. Seems like every time I'm there, there are Cruise Ships, but they are not docked. In fact all the cruise ships tender their passengers to the island. Which leads me to believe that a cruise ship dock and terminal is not necessary to bring cruisers to the shores. If Nanaimo is itself attractive enough (which the downtown is not....yet), then people will want to come ashore. Don't think that just because you build it, they will come. Nanaimo needs to become a destination of choice before cruisers will want to even step off the ship. If I was on a cruiseship and heard that Campbell River was on the itenrary, I probably wouldn't get off the boat, dock or not. Not unless there was a 3 for 1 salmon fishing day trip + golfing included in the excursion.
Nothing makes Nanaimo stand out any more than Campbell River. To a cruiser anyway. Same small town with the same shitty downtown with nothing happening. There are no tourist traps like glaciers, or maple syrup, or salmon spawning, or golfing, or wine tours, or whatever, that cruisers would love to see and experience, within walking or transfer distance...
People need to stop thinking about what Nanaimo is to them and us - the locals, but to think about how Nanaimo is perceived by the cruise ship industry, the tourism industry, and the potential 600,000 cruisers, as a whole.
my opinion as a person who's been around the world a couple of times.
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