Earlier this year two of the biggest cruiseship operators announced plans to move the base of their Alaska operations from Vancouver to Seattle. This would be effective from 2010. The reasons cited were the economic downturn was going to reduce the number of potential travellers and the majority of travellers were from the US so by starting their cruise in Seattle they would not need to travel outside the country.
So, next year there will be about half the number of cruiseships operating out of Vancouver that there currently are, so we have to make the most of them while they're here.
The cruise-season has definately started for this year though, as the webcam photo below shows