The new Megan Lorenz from Orlando, Florida, came out of Norwegian joy and entered the record books on Friday afternoon.
Her husband was Brent Peckus.
"It's pretty fantastic," 36-year-old Lorenzon told media on the quay. – Actually, he's a little mad. Love it."
She said it all happened when the crew gave her a talk with Petcus and asked if any of them was the eight million customer was something they would be interested in.
It turns out that it is.
"We are celebrating our honeymoon," Lorenzon said. "We married two weeks ago and that is why we were very excited. I think this is just unbelievable.
"It's just a great end of the week, it's just been a fantastic week together."
She said they had boarded their ship in Seattle in order to do something a little different. "We were looking for something unique, something we are not used to," says Lorenzon. – It is wonderful here.
Peckus, 33, said he was excited to come down to Victoria.
"I've always wanted to visit British Columbia, so it's kind of like a check on the bucket list for me because I know there's a lot of historical stuff here," he said. "I'm eager to see the city, that's something I'm excited to do."
Lorenzon and Petcus were given the opportunity to visit the Victoria Pedy cabin in the center of the city, the Empress Empress in Fairmount, or a bus tour to the Buchardt gardens and leaned toward the latter. "I hear she's beautiful," Lorenzon said.
The couple also received a gift basket full of local products.
Lindsay Gaunt, director of Greater Victoria Harbor cruise management, said the number of cruise passengers began in the 1970s when the industry began.
"We are very excited that we have managed to reach eight million."
The numbers are rapidly growing, with the passenger of seven million passengers reached only two years ago. "This year, we are projecting about 700,000 passengers to arrive through Ogden Point so we can see another million passenger trips next year," Gaunt said.
It is planned that the 10 millionth passenger will arrive in 2021.
She said that Lorenzo and Petcu were elected when the port authority contacted the crew of the ship. "We asked them to look at the guests of their ship and give us advice on who could be a large eight million passenger."
Then they were arranged to be the first people in the ship.
Gaunt said the influx of visitors from cruise ships was a grace for Victoria. "Our first ship usually arrives in mid-April, and the last ship arrives around mid-October, but the full season is from May to September," she said.
Around 260 ships will arrive at the Victoria Cruise Terminal this year.
Norwegian joy was scheduled for 10 hours. Friday departure. The ship, which can carry 3,883 passengers, is in its inaugural season of Victoria.
The vessel features a two-trolley, a water park and an open laser marker.