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Cruise Destination Developments - Updated for WEEK 15, 2019

Destination Development on a Global Scale!

---------- WEEK 15 ----------

A Momentous Start For Portland Port’s 2019 Cruise Season
The first visit of 2019 was the inaugural call of the panamax size ship Costa Mediterranea. This ship is a spirit-class cruise ship operated by the Costa Crociere cruise line. The Costa Mediterranea can carry a total of 2,680 passengers, has 1056 cabins and a crew capacity of 902 in 509 crew staterooms.

Source: Cybercruises

Cruises are becoming more and more successful in the Indian Ocean; Tanzania wants to benefit from it too
The Tanzanian government has just announced the construction of a cruise terminal in the port of Dar es Salaam. The port has recently been visited by the Silver Whisper, which is beginning to sail in the Indian Ocean. It is a liner in the “ultra-luxury” category, much more expensive than the Costa or MSC. But the port of Dar es Salaam is not ultra-luxury. It’s the permanent rush in a persistent fishy smell. Hence the idea of creating a specially dedicated quay, which would be a gateway to safari, Kilimanjaro or beach excursions.


Gwadar means “Air Passage or Gateway” in the local language, it is the most important city under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
It is natural deep sea-port, with its strategic location. It situated only 120 KM from the Iranian border, and 170 KM from Chahbahar port in Iran, opposite of Oman in the Arabian Sea. It is just at the entrance of Straight of Hurmuz. One of the busiest trade route – Oil and Gas rich Middle-East exporting Energy to rest of world and importing almost everything from the rest of the world through this route. Although the history of Gwadar goes back to the Bronze Age, its importance was highlighted after the launch of CPEC. Prime Minister Imran Khan, has visited Gwadar and a big momentum of developments of Gwadar is visible. He has attended the Ground Breaking Ceremony of Gwadar New International Airport. The Airport is a gift from the Chinese Government and will be constructed by the Chinese company within 5 years. It will be state of the art International airport and one of the most modern and largest airports in this whole region. Up to Airbus 380 will be able to land in this airport. It will facilitate to connect the whole world to Gwadar. It is really a major breakthrough for the development Gwadar into a major city of the world in the future. Gwadar will be hub of commercial activities and will change the global trade routes and trends. It will guarantee the prosperity of central Asia, South Asia, Eurasia, Middle-east and Africa. Gwadar is a message of “Peace, Harmony, Stability, Development and Prosperity”.

Source: Modern Diplomacy

Asia Cruise Cooperation Welcomes Growth and Expansion in 2019
Cruise tourism in Asia has been identified as one of the fastest-growing sectors in tourism development, the ACC said, with the number of cruise passengers increasing by an estimated annual average of 33%, from 775 000 in 2012 to nearly 4.26 million in 2018.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Oman's National Ferries Company (NFC) has transported more than 7,000 passengers onboard its ships throughout the Isra Wa Miraj holiday
The company announced that NFC transported a total of 7,638 passengers and shipped 1,596 vehicles during the week which included the Isra Wal Miraj holiday. During that time, the ferry company completed 87 trips to various destinations. The data showed that passengers were transported through the Shinas-Masirah line amounting to a 62 per cent increase. The National Ferries Company also revealed that during the first three months of this year, the company managed to transport 60,486 passengers, ship 1,560 vehicles and ship 3,118 tons of cargo.

Source: Times of Oman

Twenty-five tons of garbage, including about 50,000 sandals, were collected during a five-week cleanup on Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
Aldabra, one of the world's largest atolls, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Seychelles, a group of islands in the Western Indian Ocean. The atoll, located 1,000 km from Mahé, the main island, is composed of four main islands of coral limestone separated by narrow passages and surrounding a large shallow lagoon. Five volunteers from Oxford University and seven from Seychelles joined the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) team in Aldabra for the cleaning project to clean the island of man-made waste, while quantifying the amount and types of plastic and finding a sustainable way to treat them. The co-leader of the initiative, Jeremy Raguain, a SIF officer, told SNA that the cleanup took place in three phases. "In the first phase, we concentrated on collecting the maximum amount of waste , conducting surveys on the composition and weight of waste at the end of each session. During the second phase, we had to transport all the waste collected to various locations along the coastline, accessible to small boats. That meant carrying bags weighing up to 15 kg and harnesses weighing up to 60 kg"he said. In the third phase, everything was on deck, the entire SIF team in Aldabra , coast guards and volunteers had to move hundreds of jute bags from the beaches. The bags were placed on the SIF boats that carried the garbage on the Spirit of Ton Joe ship. Despite the difficulties, the volunteers had found time to dive, see turtles and sharks, and admire nature. incredible of Aldabra.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

---------- WEEK 14 ----------

Norway is anticipating yet another bumper year for cruise ships and passengers

Cruise Norway’s 40 plus ports are expecting to receive 2,365 calls in total and 3.9m day visitors along the full length of the coastline. These numbers represent a 10.7% year-on-year rise in calls and a 14% hike in passengers, In 2018, 2,135 calls and 3.4m day cruise visitors to Norway were recorded.

Bergen in top spot
Bergen remains the top cruise port welcoming 336 ships and 597,217 cruise guests last year. Ship visits will be similar in 2019 and passengers projected to increase 4% to 620,893. Bergen is set to handle 34 turnarounds this year, one of four Norwegian ports, along with Trondheim (7), Oslo (5) and Tromso (5).

Stavanger year-round calls
Second most popular cruise destination, Stavanger is expecting 242 calls and 506,825 passengers in 2019, a year in which it becomes a year-round cruise destination with ship visits every month. The season started on January 15 with a call by Viking Sky and finishes on December 6 with P&O Cruises’ Arcadia. Stavanger has calls booked in every month of 2020 too.

Geiranger with 226 calls and 390,000 passengers, followed by Alesund with 181 calls and 361,141 visitors, and Flam, with 272,786 passengers due to arrive on 165 ships are predicted as the next three busiest ports this year.

Oslo expecting 16% hike in guests
Norway’s capital is undergoing a renaissance as a cruise destination working towards a return to its peak of 2011 when 312,000 passengers visited the city. In 2019, Oslo is expecting a 16% jump in passengers to 218,000 arriving on 127 ships, up from 98 in 2018.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Dover Cruise Port taking a stand on ocean plastic – quite literally
Dover Cruise Port will be exhibiting at next week’s Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami running from April 8-11 with a stand made entirely from waste plastic that was collected from the world’s oceans and beaches during 2018. From the frame, the walls and furniture to soft furnishing and flooring, the whole stand is made from recycled plastic and it will all be recycled again into another stand at the end of its life.

Ecobooth accredited zero waste
Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at Dover Cruise Port, said: ‘We’re taking a stand on ocean plastic – quite literally. Produced from renewable power, our ‘ecobooth’ (Stand 1123) is accredited zero waste, a great message for those cruise lines looking to have the least impact on the planet while having the most impact on growing their business.’ The Port of Dover has its own dedicated environmental team working within the port and with users to improve the sustainability of its operations. In 2017, it introduced the SEA (Safety Environment Awareness) Award, initiated in order to encourage other users of the Port, specifically visiting cruise vessels, to follow the correct procedures and maximise their recycling. Following this initiative, the percentage of recycling for cruise ship waste increased substantially from 23% to 40% in just one year. Cruise traffic at UK Port of Dover has increased 30% in the last three years and is set for further growth with the opening of a new 300mtr long (plus dolphin making it 350mtr) multipurpose quay this year as part of the Western Docks Revival development project.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

The southern Chinese city Wenzhou is to have three homeport cruises by Costa Atlantica this year, starting April 12. It is the largest cruise ship to call at Wenzhou
Wenzhou International Cruise Port launched trial operation in December 2017 and commenced official operation in August 2018. Currently, the port has one cruise berth that can accommodate ships up to 100,000gt, with a designed annual passenger handling capacity of 220,000 people.

East China ports
Currently, there are two cruise ports in Zhejiang province, including Wenzhou International Cruise Port and Zhoushan Archipelago International Cruise Port. Wenzhou, close to Shanghai, aims to develop itself to be a major cruise port in the East China region as part of its short-term development plan.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Brazil market continues on an upward trajectory

MSC Poesia departed Salvador, Brazil, Thursday at the end of the southern hemisphere summer season when the country posted a 15% passenger spike. The MSC Cruises ship is the penultimate of seven vessels that spent the season operating in Brazil and Argentina. According to the latest (provisional) statistics from CLIA Brasil, this season posted 496,800, passengers, 15% more than 2017/18 when 496,800 passengers cruised on three lines.

Eight ships in 2019/20
And next year a similar increase is anticipated as an eighth vessel – the 2,400-berth MSC Symphony - will be added to the roster, bringing MSC up to five vessels, while Costa Cruises will continue with two and Pullmantur Cruises will remain with one (chartered by tour operator CVC). Despite this short term recovery, the Brazilian market is still a long way behind its peak of 805,000 passengers back in 2011/12.

Bigger ships, longer season
CLIA Brasil president Marco Ferraz says that the increase in numbers for the 2018-19 season was due to bigger ships being deployed (5,300-passenger MSC Seaview replaced MSC Preziosa) and also a longer season: it started in mid-November and will finish when the MSC Orchestra departs Salvador on April 11. This vessel has been deployed on the River Plate itinerary so is currently sailing from Buenos Aires and due to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on April 8 before calling Salvador and then crossing the Atlantic via Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. ‘We have had close to 100% occupancy for the whole season,’ Ferraz told Seatrade. ‘Owing to the economic crisis we had and then three years ago we had the impeachment of President Dilma our passenger numbers plummeted but since vice president Michel Temer took over as president, and then Jair Messias Bolsonaro since January, things have improved dramatically.’

2% GDP growth expected
After a long recession Brazil returned to growth last year, with 1%, and this year we are expecting 2% gdp growth, he added. The 2019/20 season will again start in late November and end in mid-April and Costa Cruises’ Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa, will stay into April this time as well as two MSC ships. MSC Symphony will homeport out of Itajai, in the south of Brazil the first time in five years that it has welcomed cruise ships - offering cruises both to the north(to Rio and Santos) and also to the south (Buenos Aires and Uruguay). ‘We are very excited about bringing Itajai back into the fold,’ enthused Ferraz. ‘And we have also seen a number of improvements in infrastructure which is also helping with the increased numbers.’

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

---------- WEEK 13 ----------

Fredericia lines up first visit by Disney Cruise Line

Fredericia is ready for a record breaking 2019 cruise season with ten of its 20 total visits being maiden calls. This year P&O Cruises, Phoenix Reisen, Hapag-Lloyd, Marella Cruises and Disney Cruise Line will call. The season commences in April and closes with Arcadia calling December 24. In total, over 24,000 guests and more than 10,000 crew members will arrive in the city.

Disney Magic coming to Fredericia- On August 16, Disney Magic will call for a first-time visit and also a first for Disney Cruise Line, notes Line Tange, Cruise Manager, Cruise Fredericia. The destination of Fredericia has gained top-ratings from several cruise lines during 2018 she adds. Fredericia has been ranked as number 2 out of 218 destinations worldwide by Fred Olsen Cruise Line guests and when it comes to guest satisfaction for the welcoming ceremony on the cruise quay, Fredericia was ranked 17 out of 218 destinations worldwide,’ reports Tange.

Gateway to Denmark’s historical sites- Fredericia is a small historical city in Northern Europe. Local attractions include Hans Christian Andersen’s childhood home, castles, Viking Experience, LEGOLAND and three UNESCO attractions. Michelin Star restaurant Ti Trin Ned is also located on the waterfront.

New transfer shuttle train- A new drop off shuttle train transfer from the quay to the city centre will be available this year. Many of our guests chose to walk the short distance from the cruise quay to the city centre, but for those, who prefer to take a shuttle train, this will now be an extra service for our guests’, says Tange. In 2021, Denmark will host The Grand Départ and two more stages of the Tour de France. On July 4 a stage will be near Fredericia.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Australia is back as No. 2 market for Silversea Expeditions

Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s svp expeditions and destination experiences, told Seatrade Cruise News that Australia is back as No. 2 global market for the company’s expedition voyages, after the United States. Combrink, who is on a whirlwind sales tour covering Noosa in Queensland, Melbourne and Perth, said Australia had slipped back to No. 3 position after a resurgence in bookings from the United Kingdom. The source markets now line up as the US, Australia and the UK.

Expedition ships galore- Combrink, who recently moved from Cape Town to Silversea’s Miami office, said never before have there been so many global expedition ships in the water and on order. However, he said, Silversea was the first to offer luxury expedition cruising and is now offering a 167-day expedition voyage aboard the ice-class Silver Cloud, departing Ushuaia on January 30, 2021, for Tromsø.

167 days of complimentary laundry-He said the all-inclusive voyage, which will travel to 107 destinations in 30 countries, will even include complimentary laundry for the entire 167 days. Our guests will travel around the world like no others before them,’ Combrink said. As earlier reported, Cruise West had begun operating a 335-day world expedition voyage in 2010, but the company ceased operations before it was completed.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News
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