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Cruise Destination Developments - Updated for WEEK 24, 2019

Destination Development on a Global Scale!

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Cruise traffic grows in Visby
The Swedish port of Visby is seeing traffic rise to the tune of 30 percent this year, with a schedule of 105 cruise calls and 120,000 guests. 2020’s numbers suggest a 10 percent uptick in cruise traffic, said a spokesperson. This didn’t happen by accident, as a new cruise pier was opened in 2018 that is able to take two large ships at the same time, up to 340 meters in length.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Amsterdam becomes homeport for Norwegian Cruise Line ship
US cruise shipping company Norwegian Cruise Line has commenced its first season of cruises from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with the European debut of Norwegian Pearl, growing the brand’s presence to six ships in the region for the first time. The ship’s captain and officers received a plaque and a key to the city of Amsterdam from the Port of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Cruise Port and Passenger Terminal Amsterdam on June 6. On May 11, the 2,400-passenger Norwegian Pearl embarked on its first summer season in Europe, where it became the largest ship to sail on the Thames River at Tilbury in Essex, England. The 93,530 gross ton vessel will cruise the North and Baltic Seas until end of June, before repositioning to Rome for a season of varied Mediterranean voyages. During its first season in Europe, Norwegian Pearl will sail 10-14-day cruises to the Greek Isles, the Mediterranean, and the French, Spanish and Italian rivieras from Amsterdam, Barcelona and Venice and Rome through October 14. Norwegian Cruise Line has a fleet of sixteen ships sailing to nearly 300 world destinations.
Source: World Maritime News

Cruise ships rolling into Milwaukee Port boost city’s economy
Sun, sails and ships cruising into the lakefront —a taste of summer rolled into Milwaukee Tuesday morning with the first of an expected 11 cruise ships docking at the port this season. It was just one of the many ships cruising the Great Lakes to get to what Mayor Barrett has coined the ‘Capitol of America’s Fresh Coast.’ 
Source: Late Cruise News

Two cruise ships arrive to Portland Port at once!
The arrival of AIDA AIDAura and Regent Seven Seas – Seven Seas Explorer signalled the first cruise ship double header for Portland Port this cruise season. The two cruise ships docked alongside each other with one on the outer coaling pier and one on the deep water berth. The combined duo brought ashore nearly two thousand passengers. Portland Port is fast becoming renowned for providing a first class welcome and were all geared up for this dual arrival. This was the first of many double visits with another 6 expected over the season. 'These are exciting times' said Ian Mcquade Commercial Manager,' we at Portland Port really enjoy having two ships in at once, there's a real buzz in the atmosphere and it's a great double boost to the local economy in one day. We are keen to continue to grow as a Port so that we can encourage more dual visits of cruise ships in the future.'
Source: Cruise Europe

The must know things about the Manhattan Cruise Terminal
Manhattan is a very big city and home to the longest running cruise port in the United States. Whether you’re traveling to the cruise terminal for the first time, or you’re a frequent “flyer”, it is important to learn everything you can about the terminal and the surrounding area. The Manhattan Cruise Terminal has only two piers (88 and 90) and can comfortably accommodate three ships at once at each. Norwegian Cruise Line is the only cruise liner to use the Manhattan Cruise Terminal year round, while seasonal travel is used by Carnival, Crystal, Cunard, Holland, Princess, and Disney. Manhattan is also a popular port of call for various other cruise liners, including Aida Cruises, Costa Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. If you’re driving in, dropping off passengers and luggage before parking is not advised as you have to exit the terminal in order to park. Instead, park first, and then drop off your luggage at the second level for check-in. Once checked in, the porters will deliver your luggage to the ship, while you follow the posted signs for where you are to board your vessel. When you return, you’ll first be directed to the baggage hall to get your luggage, then to the parking garage, or any awaiting coaches, taxis, or limos. There are other numerous ways to get to the terminal if driving is not your chosen mode of transportation. Many people plan to arrive two or three days before their cruise ships out. This is a great way to visit the city and do some sightseeing, while also allowing for travel delays. Checking the weather forecast before coming to New York for your cruise will make planning your trip easier, especially if you’ll be travelling during an especially rainy or snowy period. New York tends to have mild spring and fall seasons, while summer can get very warm, and winter can be frigid with lots of snow. There’s something for everyone here to enjoy, so we highly recommend arriving two or three days in advance to take advantage of everything the Big Apple has to offer: City Nightlife, Museums, Music, Live Plays at the Big Apple! New York City is a shopper’s paradise. The most popular spot for shopping is down Fifth Avenue, Columbus Circle and Times Square. Many families who travel worry about the unsafe areas of NYC, especially in regards to their children. There are several kid-friendly attractions and places to visit around the city so that even the littlest travelers can enjoy their stay. If you have a full day to really enjoy some of New York’s history, take your family to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There is a lot of planning that is involved when going on a cruise. You can’t just book your cruise and wing it. If you try, you will not enjoy your trip as much as you would like. Instead, you’ll find yourself stressed and struggling to do the things that you should’ve planned on ahead of time. From weather delays, to missing luggage, to possibly forgetting to pack an essential item, it’s always good to be prepared should the worst happen. And even if nothing happens, having a plan can help everyone enjoy the trip. Just knowing the history of your chosen homeport, where it’s located, the best ways to get there, and what to watch out for as far as traffic and weather is concerned, is enough to ease your travel worries. We also recommend allowing extra time just in case of delays and using that time to explore the city. Have a safe and fun vacation to the Big Apple and beyond!
Source: Cruise Hive

The Isle of Man government and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (IoMSP), a passenger shipping company, have signed a new strategic sea services agreement.
As informed, the historic agreement has taken over six years to negotiate and sets the direction of the Steam Packet for the next 25 years. The deal includes a wide range of requirements to ensure that the island has the sea services it needs for its long-term economic and social wellbeing. In return for the almost exclusive use of the island’s linkspans, IoMSP is required to invest in new vessels and provide regular services throughout the year. The shipping company has committed itself to a reduction in carbon emissions. The government is the sole shareholder of the Steam Packet. Under the deal worth GBP 124 million, the government bought 100% of MIOM Ltf, the parent company of IoMSP. Founded in 1830, the company has two vessels that operate regular ferry services between the Isle of Man, Heysham and Liverpool and seasonal services between the Isle of Man, Belfast and Dublin.
Source: World Maritime News

Berwick Harbour’s new landing pontoon unlocks Northumberland’s ancient gems
A new landing pontoon inside Berwick Harbour’s Tweed dock is now operational and can be reached by cruise ship passengers via tenders. Further plans to install a passenger landing jetty are being considered. Local visitor attractions around ancient Berwick include the town’s surrounding and completely intact Elizabethan Walls built in 1558 and its Lowry Trail and barracks. Northumberland is rich with castles and stately homes with key historical attractions including Bamburgh Castle and the village of Bamburgh or Lindisfarne - reached across a causeway at low water. Visitors can explore the island’s 16th century castle, 7th century Priory and St Aidan’s Winery, which produces Lindisfarne Mead. Other local attractions include Alanwick Garden with its contemporary theme and treetop walkways and a poison”garden among other features. Medieval Alanwick Castle, used for interior and exterior shots in the Harry Potter movie is about half an hour away. Farne-islands now owned by the National Trust is a group of islands off the north east coast that are home to wildlife including puffins, Atlantic grey seals, Arctic terns and eider ducks. Boat trips from the village of Seahouses are available. Kielder Water and Forest Park features trails for mountain bikers and walkers, waterside activities and an Observatory. The 900-year-old tradition of salmon fishing on the River Tweed is located only 100 metres from the landing pontoon at Tweed Dock. The only salmon net fishing station using cobles left in the UK. Northumberland National Park is the northernmost national park in England and features the Cheviot Hills, Kielder water and one hour away is Hadrian’s Wall. Chain Bridge or Union bridge is the oldest suspension bridge in the world still carrying road traffic. The bridge crosses the Tweed and the England - Scotland border is halfway across the bridge. On the English side only 200mtr from the bridge is Chain Bridge honey - honey farm that produces both honey and beeswax products. There is a shop and visitor centre, plus a vintage vehicles and memorabilia museum and garden. The vintage vehicles include a red London bus which could be used to take passengers to/from the Honey farm. River trips up the Tweed and Sea Trips are available, with dolphin watching in Berwick bay.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Welcome to the Port of Lyngdal - in Norway`s far South. 
Lyngdal is the perfect first - or last - stop on the journey through Norway. When you go ashore in Lyngdal, you will arrive close to the beautiful sandy beach innermost in the Rosfjord. Staff from tourist information are at hand to answer any questions. Take a stroll along the seaside promenade, a refreshing bath in the sea, or a walk up to the vantage point "Månen" with views over the entire fjord and the town of Lyngdal. From the port of Lyngdal it is only 3 km to the town centre - an easy 30 minutes walk. A Shuttle bus runs continuously between the seafront and the town. Lyngdal has a small, charming town centre With numerous unique little shops. The region of Lister gives an opportunity to experience both coastal landscapes with long white beaches and epic mountainous terrain with boisterous river rapids. Typical of this region are the small towns with their white, weatherboarded houses. These coastal towns have long-standing maritime traditions, and there are plenty of exciting stories from the Napoleonic Wars. Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings, explore the stunning cultural landscape, and get a taste of real Norwegian traditional food.
Source: Cruise Europe

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Tahiti for the Holidays
Paul Gauguin Cruises, a cruise ship operator in the South Pacific, has announced its two 7-night ‘Tahiti & the Society Islands’ voyages on The Gauguin. During its ‘Tahiti for the Holidays’ promotion, Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering savings of up to USD 1,900 per person off 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands December holiday voyages aboard The Gauguin when booked from 3-15 June 2019. The savings are on top of 50% off brochure fares and include roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Additionally, deposits are also reduced to USD 250 per person. Plus, a special single traveller offer is also available.
Source: Travel Daily Media

Limassol, the cruise gateway to Cyprus, makes an attractive combination with Holy Land itineraries. 
‘Limassol is a modern European city with a historical past dating back over 4,000 years has a strong infrastructure, many hotels, good roads, mountains and beaches. Limassol cruise port east quay is dedicated to cruise ships. The passenger terminal was officially opened last year but will undergo further development with relocation of the main entrance planned for completion next year. Pullmantur will make its maiden call in September with a further two or three calls planned next year. Royal Caribbean Cruises plans to upscale the size of the vessel scheduled for visits to Cyprus next year so it can take more passengers, and planning to increase the number of calls. German operator TUI has already made one call this year and will return in September. Silversea usually calls Limassol once a year, and Silver Shadow will visit in October. The cruise terminal is served by local buses to the seafront and an hourly intercity bus. An arrival event can be arranged with the port in cooperation with the municipality to greet guests with live music, local dance and sweets. The Ministry of Tourism attends every event, hosting a kiosk to provide maps and local information. Kourion archaeological site, located on the west coast of Limassol, is well known for its ancient theatre and mosaics that adorn the floors of the house of Eustolios. ‘Some of the archaeological sites are so intact a lot of cruise passengers will connect with that experience,' Royal Caribbean's Paige said. Wine tours can be booked for groups at Lambouris Winery and Omodos, a quaint hillside village in a picturesque setting, offers locally produced arts and crafts. The group can also visit Agios Georgios fishing harbour and enjoyed sea kayaking. Limassol old town located next to the new marina. Kika’s Garden, a jewel in the crown, is a stop at for a taste of speciality home-baked bread, olives, marmalade and a taste of home-cooked dishes, set amongst the backdrop of scenic views, and would be great for shore excursions because of the sustainability of the home-grown produce. 
House of Dionysos, a Roman villa with one of the largest and best preserved mosaic floors, best followed by a photo stop at Rock of Aphrodite. Nicosia highlights include a visit of Cyprus Museum, the old town within its Venetian walls, a walk through Ledra Street, a shopping area, and the traditional neighborhood Laiki Geitonia, that's been restored to traditional character.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

First cruise ship in 4 years visits Istanbul
The port of Istanbul welcomed the 10-story Seven Seas Voyager, carrying a total of 750 passengers, docked at Sarayburnu Port on Thursday, June 6. Karakoy Port Local Authority and Deputy Governor Mehmet Kalyoncu said that the arrival of a ship in a world-renowned port city like Istanbul for the first time in 4 years was a source of happiness for them. The Regent Seven Seas Voyager, mostly carrying travellers from Greece and Italy, arrived at Sarayburnu at 8:30 a.m. Karakoy Port Local Authority and Deputy Governor Kalyoncu headed a delegation to welcome the cruise ship and a welcoming ceremony was held for the luxury Voyager. 
Source: Cruise Mapper

China will restrict visitor numbers at the most popular section of the Great Wall of China to ease congestion.
To ensure carrying capacity limit of 65,000 a day, online ticket sales will be introduced. It applies to the Badaling section located in Beijing's Yanqing district. The limit was set after extensive research into safety and visitor experience issues. The section received nearly 10 million visitors last year, peaking at more than 80,000 a day during busy holidays. The online booking system was rolled out on June 1 and visitors can make a booking one week in advance using a valid ID or passport. "This is not the first time that a scenic spot has adopted online ticketing, and it will reduce waiting time and provide a more comfortable experience for visitors," said Song Rui, Director - Tourism Research Center, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Source: TravelBizMonitor 

Vladivostok conducts turnaround operation for Costa neoRomantica
In the Russian Far East, Vladivostok conducted a partial turnaround for the Costa neoRomantica earlier this week that saw 169 Russian guests disembark, while 160 guests boarded the ship for a Jewels of the Far East itinerary that started on May 26 in Yokohama. The cruise is set to finish in Tokyo on June 9. The next opportunity for Russian passengers to take a cruise from Vladivostok will be in September on the Spectrum of the Seas which will sail from Shanghai through Vladivostok with port stops in Maizuru (Kyoto) and Fukuoka. According to a statement from the port, the Russian source market contributed 78,000 cruise passengers in 2018, up 35 percent year-over-year. In 2020 the port expects three partial turnarounds in June from Costa, with itineraries sailing from Japan and including Japanese and South Korean ports. It is not the first time Vladivostok hosted turnaround calls, having hosted passenger vessels in the 1990s run by local companies. "Also there is huge potential for fly and cruise and drive and cruise operations for Vladivostok for North Eastern Chinese provinces (Heilongjiang and Jilin) which have the population of about 70 million but no ports," the port said, in a statement. Vladivostok Sea Terminal has begun expanding a border checkpoint to expand space for immigration control and enhance services for turnaround passengers.
Source: Cruise Industry News

The BRIC summer rush in Europe has begun. 
Despite global slowdown concerns and political tension between leading economies, travel sentiment towards Europe proves upbeat for the summer period in both China and Brazil. According to the latest results of the Long-Haul Travel Barometer, the travel sentiment index in both markets improved by four points over the same period last year. The Barometer, a joint initiative of the European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Tourism Association (ETOA) and Eurail, measured the intention of 1,000 people from Brazil, China, Japan, Russia and the US to travel to Europe between May-August 2019. 
Europe remains high on Chinese wishlist More than one in two (54%) Chinese respondents indicated that they have a European destination in mind for the summer period. This reflects well on the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year, the success of which continues to be felt, the increasing affluence of Chinese citizens, improved air connectivity and visa relaxation policies introduced in some European countries. Digging deeper into the survey results, 70% of Chinese travellers have indicated that they will stay in Europe between seven and 14 nights and are likely to combine an average of four destinations in a single trip.
Political change in Brazil brings optimism In Brazil, intention to travel improves in the summer months, with two in five (39%) respondents having a European destination in mind. The optimism brought by government change and monetary policy capping interest rates bode well for people’s travel sentiment, yet it remains to be seen whether this will translate into actual behaviour as economic trends remain negative.
Russians show keener interest While Russian sentiment to travel to Europe was sluggish at the start of 2019, results for the summer months point to a revitalised interest for European destinations, with Germany at the top of the wish-list. However, the constant fluctuation in the rouble exchange rate, a hike in value-added taxes, surging inflation and a stagnant labour market might drag actual travel behaviour down.
US travel sentiment dips Fading fiscal stimulus and trade uncertainty have dwindled consumer confidence putting pressure on Americans’ travel plans to Europe this summer, with US sentiment index declining from 103 index points at the beginning of the year to 96 for the summer months.
Japan mood remains negative The global slowdown weakens Japan’s stressed economy in Q1 2019, weighing on consumers’ confidence and households spending. Just 18% of respondents are planning to visit Europe between May-August 2019, following a mixed demand from the Japanese travel market in 2018 and early 2019. Of all surveyed respondents, Japanese tourists are most likely to stay in Europe for the shortest period, with 52% of respondents planning to stay for less than seven days.
Source: Travel Daily Media

The Nunavut territory is expecting 10 ships calling at about 51 communities in 2019.
Last year also saw 10 ships and 3,404 passengers and the same number of passengers is expected this year, according to Nancy Guyon, director of tourism and cultural industries with the government of Nunavut’s department of economic development and transportation. “We are not seeing a huge spike in traffic, but rather steadily increasing growth with one ship added every year or every other year,” she said. Most ships travel up the east coast of Baffin Island, with a few going into the Northwest Passage, Guyon explained. “Many ships sail up the west coast of Greenland before coming into Canada. Pond Inlet is our most visited community by far, with Resolute, Iqaluit, Pangnirtung, Cambridge Bay and Gjoa Haven being communities that are also visited often.” Infrastructure can be a bottleneck and the seasonal harvesting activities going on in the summer also mean restricted access to some areas for cruise ships. Guyon said that while some communities, like the capital Iqaluit, can handle more passengers, others like Pond Inlet are nearing their capacity in terms of passengers. Attractions range from cultural and scientific programming to wildlife viewing, including polar bears, archeological and palaeontological sites, bird sanctuaries and marine conservation areas, historic whaling and explorer landmarks, and the communities themselves. Among efforts to accommodate the ships and their passengers, Nalunaiqsijiit is a new program to train 12 Inuit every year to work aboard cruise vessels as expedition staff or support crew. The candidates go through four weeks of intensive training and also intern on a ship on one voyage during the season. The program covers expedition guide training, leadership skills, zodiac driving and polar bear guard training, and the individuals receive the appropriate certificates.
Source: Cruise Industry News

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The Crown Iris cruise ship arrived in Larnaca from Haifa thus marking the beginning of a new line between the coastal cities.
According to Larnaca Tourism Board, the vessel, which has a capacity of 2,000 passengers, will sail from Haifa to Larnaca on a weekly basis until November and will often dock overnight in Larnaca. The Tourism Board said that passengers will have the opportunity "to participate in trips in the district, such as in Lefkara and Athienou and other nearby towns, while others will be able to visit the center of the city." Crown Iris was welcomed with celebrations and a performance by the accordion orchestra “Daniel Sabotinov” at the port of Larnaca. Travelers were offered Cypriot delicacies. Andreas Vyras, Larnaca mayor, thanked the company organizing the cruises and spoke about the aim of the city to increase the number of ships that chose it as a cruise destination. He also spoke about the importance of the planned port's development and the building of Larnaca Marina and urged the state to proceed in negotiations with the investor.
Source: Cruise Mapper

AnaMarina sets new bar in Vietnam’s luxury yacht scene

Scheduled to be completed this year, AnaMarina will be a new home for luxury yachts in Asia, as well as a tourist hot spot for watersports enthusiasts. AnaMarina is developed by AnaMarina Joint Stock Company, a member of Focus Vietnam Holdings, and designed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, one of the world’s most prestigious marina design and management companies. It can accommodate up to 220 yachts and is expected to set a new bar as the first international standard marina in the country. According to the group, they are “building not only a new home for the yachts in Asia — but also an entertaining and interesting tourist destination”. Scheduled to be completed this year, the marina will offer a wide range of water sports from diving courses to paragliding, as well as three restaurant areas: Wheel House, Club House and Surf Bar. Furthermore, its facilities can host meetings, weddings and a variety of events with experienced staff. AnaMarina is an exclusive community for members “who push the boundaries of what it means to be a leader in today’s society”. With this mantra, its members will be able to enjoy refined living in an elegant and contemporary ambience. In recent years, Nha Trang has been gaining popularity as a tourist destination with plush resorts opening in the area. Once a sleepy village, it is becoming a global hub with its convenient location, just a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City. “People in Saigon have yachts but the dilemma is Saigon [Ho Chi Minh] isn’t near the sea,” said Dang Hieu, AnaMarina’s chief executive officer. “It’s on a river and I regret when boats are moored on boring water.”
Source: Travel Daily Media

Royal Caribbean has signed a 10 year agreement that will see the cruise line double their visits to Antigua and Barbuda

In addition to the increased port visits to the Caribbean nation, the agreement includes the development of facilities at the port including a pier that will be able to accommodate the largest class of cruise ships in the world, the Oasis class. Royal Caribbean will be working with Global Ports Holdings in completing the project. The agreement was signed by Royal Caribbean’s CEO Michael Bayley and the Minister of Tourism, Investment and Economic Development, Charles Fernandez. Five Royal Caribbean cruise ships are currently scheduled to visit Antigua later this year, Freedom of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Vision of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, and Explorer of the Seas.
Source: Cruise Fever

Ocean Luxe LLP launches venture with a special cruise commencing at the Gateway of India
Ocean Luxe LLP, which is the parent company for three unique brands launched its venture with a special cruise commencing at the Gateway of India. The company, spearheaded by Shahid Basheer, Zarina Elias and Rustom Mistri will provide customised sailing and yachting vacations in India and around the world. The brands encapsulated under the Ocean Luxe LLP umbrella are the eponymous Ocean Luxe, and Yachtweek. Though intrinsically linked by the joy of sailing, each of the three Ocean Luxe brands provide vastly different experiences and cater to different audiences. Ocean Luxe LLP hopes to successfully shatter the myth that yachts and sailing vacations are exclusively the prerogative of the super-wealthy or experienced sailors, by giving a wider clientele a glimpse of life out on the waves. On Friday, May 17, Ocean Luxe welcomed invited guests and members of the press aboard Genesis, a luxury yacht for a sunset sail around Mumbai harbor. Invitees had the opportunity to learn more about what Ocean Luxe has to offer, meet members of the team and enjoy an evening of conversation and canapes against the backdrop of the sun setting on the horizon of the Arabian Sea. Guests also witnessed a detailed audio-visual presentation, showing breathtaking images of destinations served by Ocean Luxe as well as some of the yachts that the company charters to its clients. A true glimpse at the #LuxeLife. The event was partnered by The White Owl, RAW Pressery and Debbie’s and The Wrapping Company. Shahid Basheer, one of the partners of Ocean Luxe says ‘For a country with such a long coastline, very few Indians have taken to the seas recreationally. He said, “We at Ocean Luxe are on a mission to change that. Our goal is to curate the best sailing experiences for our clients, both on Indian shores as well as at beautiful global destinations.”
Source: TravelBiz Monitor

Cruise Isle of Man welcomes a ‘Week of Maidens’
Cruise Isle of Man has welcomed three inaugural calls in what they are calling, the Week of Maidens, which began on May 22. Rob Callister MHK, political member with responsibility for Visit Isle of Man and motorsport, commented: “Receiving three inaugural calls [Hapag-Lloyd’s Hanseatic Nature, Overseas Adventure Travel’s Corinthian and Vantage Cruises’ Variety Voyager] in one week is extremely rare and a fantastic result for our cruise consultants, Neptumar. It is wonderful to see a range of regular and new cruise lines visiting the island and taking advantage of all we have to offer. “The work the team has been doing in promoting not only the Isle of Man but also our Manx produce is extremely beneficial to the Island’s economy as we continue to increase the value of cruise visitors. The recent Cruise Welcome Scheme has been well received with fifteen businesses on board in just three weeks, promoting incentives and offers to cruise passengers. ‘We are delighted to see cruise ships visiting the ports of Douglas, Peel and Port Erin in 2019 and welcome the benefits this brings to all areas of the Island as we look to diversify the number of sites visited by cruise passengers and crew.” Vantage Cruises first contacted the Isle of Man cruise team in 2018 and have booked 10 calls for Variety Voyager during 2019 and have already booked their new ship, Ocean Explorer, for three calls in 2021. Passengers will enjoy guided tours, bespoke and artisan activities, heritage sites and world-renowned vintage transport, with the Corinthian using Isle of Man Railways’ Dining Car on all 10 of her visits this year.
Source: Cruise Europe

Piraeus Port luring Chinese cruise visitors
Piraeus, Greece's largest port, is interested in securing more Chinese cruise passengers while acknowledging that the potential of the Chinese market is huge, a senior Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) official said on Tuesday. Speaking at the 5th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, which opened here on Tuesday, OLP Strategic Planning and Marketing Manager Theodora Riga stressed the importance of attracting more visitors from China and presented a OLP report on Chinese cruise passengers visiting Piraeus. The survey revealed that the typical Chinese cruise visitor has a budget of some 10,000 euros and spends more than seven days on the trip. Forty-five percent of all Chinese cruise passengers are younger than 40, while the same age group accounts for only 31 percent of passengers arriving from the US. "The Chinese have various options in the Mediterranean, such as Venice, Barcelona, etc., but Piraeus is also one of their targets," said Riga in her address at the event, which will conclude on Wednesday. "We are constantly seeking to promote Piraeus as a destination for Chinese cruise passengers," she told Xinhua. China is the second largest source market for global cruise tourism with 2.4 million passengers per year, a long way behind the US with 11.4 million passengers, said Thomas Boardley, secretary general of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Europe, at the forum. About 300,000 Chinese tourists are expected to travel to Greece by all modes of transport this year, doubling last year's figure of 150,000, Riga said.
Source: ekathimerini 

Inspired by the Orient: Royal Caribbean sails to China and Japan
Award-winning cruise liner Royal Caribbean International have included a slew of year-round cruise sailings to destinations across China and Japan, aimed at offering global and Indian cruise enthusiasts unique oriental travel experiences. Two of the best ships from Royal Caribbean International’s fleet, Quantum of the Seas and Spectrum of the Seas, will be undertaking these journeys. The new year-round cruise sailings will offer the cruise liner’s two ships — Quantum of the Seas and Spectrum of the Seas. They will begin and end from the Chinese ports of Shanghai and Beijing alternatively while taking guests across various regions in Japan. The itineraries will range from four to five nights and seven nights, while a single 10 night ‘Best of Japan and Russia’ cruise takes the guests to the Soviet. Also available are cruises that cater to the summer holiday season of Indian travellers, incorporating the holidays of Independence Day, Rakshabandhan, Janmasthami, etc. Varun Chadha, CEO, TIRUN Travel Marketing (the India Representative for Royal Caribbean Cruises), said: “The dedicated year-round sailing with an itinerary developed keeping in mind the Asian guests is of growing interest to the Indian outbound travel. “Royal Caribbean International has also transformed its ships, from infrastructure to experiences, to maximise the convenience of travellers from the sub-continent. Customised menus, a culturally aware crew well-versed in multiple languages and an aesthetic sense that pays homage to the rich Oriental legacy — Royal Caribbean International’s ships are equipped with all this and more. “These sailings will surely make travellers from the sub-continent, and all over the world, be proud of what Asia stands for.” Further focusing on the convenience factor, while cruising onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise guests will not require a Japanese visa, only a Chinese visa would suffice. The cruises depart from Beijing and Shanghai in China and travel to destinations such as Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Shimonoseki, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Kagoshima, Okinawa and others in Japan. 
Source: TravelBiz Monitor

The Spectrum of the Seas docked at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong on Thursday, making her inaugural call to the city.
The ship was scheduled to stay overnight, and then depart on her way to Shanghai, her homeport for the summer. The new Quantum-Ultra class ship has been built with the Chinese market in mind, and will sail from Chinese homeports year-round.
Source: Cruise Industry News 

Kalundborg construction is complete
On April 22, Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Magellan was the first to call at the New West Port in Kalundborg. Construction was completed just two weeks prior to her arrival. New West Port, which has an area of total 330,000m2, a 500m-long quay and a water depth of 15m, is part of the city’s new port area. Magellan’s call was handled in cooperation with the Port of Kalundborg, SDK Cruise as the ship’s agent and BDP Cruise as the tour operator. “The new terminal is a welcome addition and we are positive that Kalundborg will attract many more cruise calls in the future,” said Henning Schou, director SDK Cruise. To mark the occasion, an ‘open port’ event was organised on the quayside for the locals together with the passengers and crew. This included vintage cars and motorcycles, tents with refreshments and small shops, live music and entertainment. “Kalundborg has an ideal location, both as a transit port and homeport and, from today, no cruiseship will be too big for our port,” commented Michael Larsen, sales manager Port of Kalundborg. The port is located about 100km from Copenhagen Airport which is just over an hour’s drive away. The T-route, which is the deepwater entrance to the Baltic, is just next to Kalundborg, making it a sustainable choice especially for the larger cruise ships. “The port is very comfortable for large size vessels, and there is plenty of water depth. The services are excellent, both from sea and shoreside,” commented Captain Michail Margaritis, master of Magellan. About 65% of passengers typically choose to go on a shore excursion to one of the many local attractions in the area but many go on a day trip to Copenhagen, whilst others spend the day in the well-preserved medieval town. Complimentary shuttle buses are provided to the centre of town, and free admission is offered to the museum and the concert at the Church of our Lady.
Source: Cruise Europe

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Carnival Cruise Line formed an exclusive partnership with the Harlem Globetrotters and will act as the basketball team's official cruise line sponsor worldwide.
This will involve more than 150 of the team’s shows across the US. The Harlem Globetrotters’ always-entertaining exhibition games will be enhanced by Carnival’s signature brand of fun through in-game integrations, giveaways and joint marketing efforts such as a designated Choose Fun Zone seating area with branded signage, playful décor, special player interactions and more. This partnership will also provide Carnival with traditional marketing assets to support their charitable partners’ initiatives. A video shot on board Carnival Horizon featuring Harlem Globetrotters stars Hammer Harrison and Dragon Taylor showcases the dynamic duo’s impressive skills as they make shots from high above Carnival’s SkyRide aerial attraction and Lido Deck. The video can be viewed here. Inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and known for their incredible dribbling, shooting and dunking skills as well as their crowd interaction, the Harlem Globetrotters have performed for more than 148m fans in 124 countries since 1926. Now performing 400 shows each year, the team has become world-renowned and showcases some of basketball's best players.
Source: Cruise Industry News

MSC Cruises announced new, extended 2-week itineraries in the Persian Gulf (on MSC Bellissima) for winter 2019-2020 season, with Doha as ship's new homeport.
The first cruise is departing on November 28, 2019. Due to a new partnership with Qatar Airways, passengers will be able to fly from London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, or Milan to Doha as part of a fly-cruise package with Qatar Airways. On arrival in Doha, travelers have a full day to explore the city prior to the sunset departure. Qatar has become one of world's fastest-growing must-see destinations in the last few years due to immense investment in unique facilities and attractions. Combined with being a center for Arab history and culture, it now attracts around 2 million vacationers per year. During the exclusive 14-day voyages, guests will be able to explore a variety of destinations, with a total of 9 ports of call, including Dubai (2 overnight stays). MSC Cruises will deploy two liners in the Persian Gulf from November through March. MSC Lirica will sail on 11-night itineraries as well as on 14-night voyages that call also to India. MSC Bellissima will also offer 7-night Gulf journeys embarking in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
Source: Cruise Mapper

Turkish Airlines adds a daily Bosphorus Cruise starting from May 1 till October 31 as part of the Touristanbul experience.
Passengers of Turkish Airlines will now be able to experience the magnificent Bosphorus strait in Istanbul and all the sights along its length, while being amazed by the Old city and all its significant monuments on your layover. Like any other airline, Turkish Airlines offers a free layover service to all international transit passengers flying through Istanbul with a 6-24 hour layover. Customers can enjoy a starry night cruise with breathtaking views of waterfront palaces, mosques & bridges followed by a luxurious dinner as part of the Bosphorus tour. With its customary hospitality, Turkish Airlines takes pride in curating a delightfully different experience for its passengers and going beyond expectations with its array of unique products and services. The complementary Touristanbul service includes transfers, access to historical sights of interest as well as a sampling of Turkey’s famed cuisine. To enjoy the benefits of Touristanbul, passengers must have an international transit flight through Istanbul with Turkish Airlines and layover of 6-24 hours. Tours depart daily from the Hotel Desk at Istanbul Airport, with daily tours. The tour programme includes a combination of some of Istanbul’s world famous locations such as Topkapi Palace, Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace and many more.
Source: TravelBizMonitor

St. Maarten Seeing High Cruise Guest Repeat Rate
It’s been five years since St. Maarten hit the 2 million passenger mark. While arrivals are expected to miss that mark in the 2019-2020 season – with 1.6 million passengers expected – the island is concentrating on internal improvements. “As a mature cruise destination with a high passenger repeat rate, we cannot have a stale product. Our tag line in that sense is to urge persons to come and Rediscover St. Maarten while we reinvent our cruise product through a multifaceted approach in tandem with the tourism authority,” said Alexander Gumbs, business development and marketing manager at Port St. Maarten. The big story last year was recovery from Hurricane Irma. Now, it’s taking things a step further. “Post Irma, the destination has seen many tour operators and attraction owners reinvest in their products,” Gumbs said. There are new rainforest adventure tours with zip-lines, new beach experiences, new restaurants and shopping experiences in Philipsburg. The Symphony of the Seas made her inaugural call to the island in November. To keep up with demand for the Eastern Caribbean, new berths or berth expansion might be imminent, he said. The island’s homeporting terminal was rebuilt after Hurricane Irma. It caters to small and midsize luxury vessels. “The port team is working on enhancing the experience through the introduction of mood boards sharing history and information. The central park zone will be developed, giving passengers an area to relax and enjoy the pristine views of the island,” Gumbs said. “The destination is working towards nightlife attractions to cater to late night and or overnighting vessels in upcoming seasons.”
Source: Cruise Industry News

UnCruise Adventures announced its schedule of Alaska voyages for 2020 with a total of 117 departures on 7 inclusive itineraries throughout Southeast Alaska.
5 itineraries call at Glacier Bay National Park and all voyages feature daily adventures for varying abilities and interests. From April through September, expedition ships and boutique yachts sail adventure cruises lasting from 1 to 2 weeks from homeports of Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, and Seattle. UnCruise Adventures begins spring 2020 cruises in April. Alaska Awakening highlights spring's benefits and encourages travellers to visit Southeast Alaska during the year's driest months. Rates for UnCruise weeklong Alaska itineraries begin at US$3,195 per person, double occupancy and include all beverages including alcohol, meals, adventure activities, hot tub, fitness equipment, and transfers day of the cruise. A 6-night pre-cruise package is offered to Talkeetna and Denali National Park.
Source: Cruise Mapper

The Turks and Caicos islands topped the 1 million-passenger mark in 2018.
The extraordinary achievement was cause for celebration but also shown light on areas needing improvement, said tourism officials. The Ministry of Tourism is developing regulations to manage unregulated beach vendors taking advantage of the increased cruise passenger arrivals, including creating a designated beach-vender zone. The idea is to create opportunities for small- and medium-size business that benefit both the tourism product and the local economy. Efforts are underway to open a downtown welcome center with shops and restaurants. A new welcome booth at the cruise port will be built this year. Work away from the cruise port underway includes redevelopment of Governor’s Beach, a creation of a donkey sanctuary and other inland activities and beautification projects. Plans are underway for pier expansions that would accommodate Carnival’s new Mardi Gras.
Source: Cruise Industry News

CroisiEurope's new ship to sail Asia, Middle East, Med, Québec, Great Lakes
CroisiEurope's newly acquired La Belle des Océans (ex Silver Discoverer) is going to debut in October on cruises in Asia before sailing to India, the Middle East, the Greek Islands and the Mediterrranean, then operating on the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes in summer 2020. This vastly expands the Strasbourg-based river-cruise giant's oceangoing programs. La Belle des Océans will begin service with a 10-night itinerary between Singapore and Phuket, calling at Malaysia's Malacca, Port Klang (for Kuala Lumpur), Penang and Langkawi, and Thailand's Ko Muk, Ko Lanta and Phang Nga Bay. Ten departures are scheduled, from Oct. 17 to Dec. 28. In January, the ship will sail two 10-night cruises, to India and from Abu Dhabi to Oman. A nine-night cruise in February visits Jordan, Egypt, Israel and Cyprus. Weeklong cruises from Piraeus, Naples, Nice and Ajaccio follow, before La Belle des Océans sails from Lisbon to Madeira and the Azores in May 2020. The ship will then head via Saint Pierre et Miquelon to Québec. Ten-night cruises between the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario will operate until October, with visits to Québec, Montréal, the Thousand Islands and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The 120-passenger La Belle des Océans will be CroisiEurope's second oceangoing vessel, along with La Belle de l’Adriatique.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News
Royal Caribbean Brings 300,000 Passengers to Malaysia
Royal Caribbean is expected to bring around 300,000 cruise passengers to Malaysian shores in 2019. The latest to make her maiden call at Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal, Pulau Penang Island (Georgetown, Malaysia) was Spectrum of the Seas that accommodates 5,622 passengers. Spectrum of the Seas saw 3 departures from Singapore – a 3-night voyage to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) on May 18, a 4-night journey to Penang on May 21, and a 9-night one-way trip from Singapore to Shanghai on May 25, visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, and Hong Kong on May 25. Spectrum of the Seas alone brought in more than 12,000 passengers to Malaysia on her 3 calls this year. The arrival of the ship marked the start of the line's Double Quantum year in the region that will also welcome sistership Quantum of the Seas that will bring 4,905 cruisers in November 2019. She will have a 6-month season with a total of 34 departures.
Source: Cruise Mapper

Québec cruise numbers reached new high in 2018
2018's cumulative 488,797 passenger days for the nine cruise ports belonging to Cruise the Saint Lawrence was 26% higher than in 2017 and a new record for the province. The 41 cruise ships that operated in the region spent 541 days in port. The 2019 season, which began recently, is set to become the longest since international cruise ships have been sailing the St. Lawrence, extending from an early spring stopover on April 28 in the Magdalen Islands to a late autumn call on Nov. 2 at Saguenay. As the season progresses, the region will welcome four new lines: TUI Cruises, MSC Cruises, Scenic Cruises and Peace Boat. Having established the region on the international cruise charts, Cruise the Saint Lawrence projects further growth considering the record orderbook and the diverse offerings of its member destinations. The association said it will continue to provide for sustained, soundly managed growth, while devising and executing a strategy intended to transform the St. Lawrence into a year‑round cruise destination, winter included. Cruise the Saint Lawrence is supported by partners Tourism Québec, Québec Tourism Industry Alliance and Industry, Science and Economic Development Canada.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

The Canaveral Port Authority and Disney Cruise Line reached a new 20-year agreement to expand operations and make Port Canaveral home for two of Disney’s three new ships.
The new operating agreement will begin June 1 and replaces an existing marine terminal agreement set to expire Dec. 31, 2027. It provides a 20-year primary term with two additional five-year renewals. Initially, the call guarantee remains at 150 calls, but increases to 180 calls in 2023 and up to 216 calls in 2024 through the remainder of the 20-year term. The terms of the new agreement continue Disney’s exclusive operation from Cruise Terminal 8, in addition to providing preferential use of Cruise Terminal 10 for a third homeport vessel. The planned waterside and landside improvements to CT-8 and CT-10 will accommodate the growth of Disney’s fleet. The new ships are expected to be delivered in 2021, 2022 and 2023, with two of them homeporting in Port Canaveral for at least their first five years of operation. The approximately 140,000gt ships are LNG-powered. The agreement between Disney and the port continues a relationship that began with negotiations in 1994 to build the first Disney cruise terminal there. All four of Disney’s existing ships made Canaveral their homeport when they debuted. The two biggest ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, currently sail from Canaveral year-round while Disney Magic and Disney Wonder rotate homeports.
Source: The Maritime Executive

Royal Caribbean’s ‘Double Quantum Year’ in Asia
Royal Caribbean International is extending Quantum of the Seas' Singapore season through April 2021 and in doing so deepening Royal’s commitment to the region with capacity for an additional 180,000 passengers. The extra seven months of homeporting in Singapore, will make this the cruise line’s longest ever Singapore deployment for a Quantum class ship. The announcement, was the highlight of the maiden call celebration of Quantum Ultra ship Spectrum of the Seas. The ship returned to Singapore Tuesday following a three day cruise. Angie Stephen, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Royal Caribbean Cruises, reiterated to SCN that the Asian cruise market has been maturing over the decade and continues to grow at record pace, with a rising number of experienced cruisers and first-timers who have greater product awareness and information. Newest and largest ship in Asia is scheduled to return in November 2019, and will first see 34 sailings during the six months from November 2019 to April 2020. Longest ever Singapore deployment with a total of 40 sailings over seven months till April 2021 - the cruise line's longest ever Singapore deployment for a Quantum Class ship. ‘Royal Caribbean has big ambitions for Asia – and Singapore sits at the heart of our growth in this region,’ he commented. Spectrum of the Seas kicks off her inaugural Singapore season this month, with three sailings of 3 to 9 nights to destinations such as Penang, Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) and Hong Kong. She will be based in Shanghai from this June.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Experience truly elegant travel this summer on the American Duchess, an opulent paddlewheeler touring the Lower Mississippi’s living history.
June sailings between Memphis and New Orleans highlight the jewels of the South like no other tour with carefully crafted shore excursions in Helena, AR; Vicksburg, MS; Natchez, MS; Baton Rouge, LA and St. Francisville, LA. Below is a sampling of the diverse offerings on the nine day cruises.Historic Mansions: Pillow-Thompson House in Helena, the Anchuca Mansion in Vicksburg, Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest, most glorious remaining antebellum mansion. Cultural Excursions: Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American Culture Museum, the LSU Museum of Art, the Louisiana Old State Capitol. June Sailings Memphis to New Orleans: June 9 – 17 / June 23 – Jul 1. June Sailing New Orleans to Memphis: June 2 – 10 / June 16 – 24 / June 30 – July 8
Source: Late Cruise News

Cuba tallied 2018 cruise arrivals at about 800,000
Of the 4.75m international visitors to Cuba in 2018, approximately 800,000 arrived on ships belonging to 17 cruise lines, according to Cuba's Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR), as reported by John Kavulich, president of the New York-based US-Cuba Trade and Economic Council. That was up from 2017's 619,000 cruise travelers, of a total 4.5m visitor arrivals recorded by MINTUR, Kavulich said. MINTUR's cruise count for 2016 was 541,000. Kavulich noted these numbers compare to media reporting of 500,000 cruise travelers to Cuba in 2018 and 397,520 in 2017.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

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MS Westerdam to explore 8 Iconic Countries in Asia
The cosmopolitan cities and old traditions of the Far East unfold for passengers on Holland America’s ms Westerdam when the cruise ship embarks on her 2019-2020 season in Asia. Between September 2019-April 2020, ms Westerdam extensively explores Cambodia, Japan, China, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore, on itineraries ranging from 13 to 16 nights. Sailing from Yokohama (Tokyo) in Japan, Hong Kong and Shanghai in China, and Singapore, the contrasts between the modern and the ancient come to life as traditional cultures collide with bustling capitals and soaring skyscrapers. Nine different itineraries unveil the magic of the countries and celebrate the histories and modern cultures which have been thousands of years in the making.
Source: Cruise Mapper

Carnival Dream on Monday embarked its first voyage from new home Port of Galveston, expanding short cruise offerings from the Texas city.
Carnival Dream became the newest Carnival Cruise Line ship to operate a program of short sailings from Galveston. It will sail four- and five-day cruises year-round. 'Carnival Cruise Line was the first cruise line to call Galveston its home. Since 2000, we have enjoyed our relationship with Carnival and look forward to many more years together,' said Rodger Rees, CEO and port director. Carnival Dream is scheduled for 50 departures in the 2019 season. These sailings include four-day weekend cruises sailing Thursdays to Cozumel, while five-day voyages on Mondays and Saturdays to Cozumel and Progreso or Costa Maya. Carnival Dream joins Carnival Vista, which repositioned to Galveston last year, and Carnival Freedom. Vista and Freedom sail week long cruises. Together the three ships are expected to carry nearly 650,000 passengers annually from Galveston, the most of any cruise line.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Taiwan Tourism to launch online destination campaign in India market starting July 2019
Taiwan Tourism Bureau (TTB) will be shifting gears as far as their destination promotion and marketing campaigns in India to more online channels now from outdoors campaigns which they have been doing since they have announced their ambitious ‘2 20:20’ strategy. MakeMyTrip to launch the online campaign and hopeful of starting the campaign starting from July. In a market like India where the destination awareness is low and people generally search destinations on online channels, it is important to have targeted campaigns on online distribution channels to generate awareness as well convert that into actual visitations. Taiwan has one of the easiest visa systems which goes a long way in prospective travellers decision-making discretion. Travellers who have a valid US, Schenegen, Japan, Australian, Korean Visa, are eligible for a free e-Visa in Taiwan. There have been encouraging growth of 41% in visitor arrivals from India in February this year, compared to the same month last year. Since festivals are a major draw with Indian travellers, Taiwan Tourism will also launch campaigns around key festivals like Food and Hot Spring Festival as well this year. Approximately 40% of the Indian visitations are for business. Taiwan provide direct incentives/subsidies for Incentive groups. The strategy behind the 2 20:20, is to lure 2% of the hi-end leisure traffic from India to Taiwan to attain 20% growth in Indian inbound to Taiwan by 2020. The Indian share in the total inbound of Taiwan is too small (40,000 in 2018), it is one of the fastest growing market (9.8% in 2018). Taiwan has increased their marketing budget for India from USD 1,02 million to USD 2.0 million in 2019.
Source: TravelBiz Monitor
Kenya to become Cruise Hub with New TerminalKenya is currently eyeing to become the 2nd major destination for cruise liners in Africa after Egypt following the search for new deals during the cruising conference held recently in Miami FL, USA. The authorities expect the cruise business to take off from November 2019 when the building of the terminal to receive the cruise ships is completed. The building of the Sh350 million world-class terminal at the port, that was initially set to be finished in 2017, pushed to 2018 and then to November 2019, is 40% complete. The country has been wooing the California-based operator of luxury ships, Princess Cruises, to make Mombasa a homeport for its ships in a move which could boost the arrival of holidaymakers from the U.S. A home port status will imply that for every cruise, Princess Cruises ships will visit Kenya not only to offload and pick the majority of the passengers but to restock fuel and supplies.
Source: Cruise Mapper

Tourism officials in Fort-de-France have made their downtown beach even more appealing.Passengers arriving in 2019 will find new beach chairs and umbrellas awaiting them, just feet from their ship at Pointe Simon. New electric tour carts can zip passengers to and from the Aimé Césaire Museum Space, and new open-roof tour busses take them to beyond-the-beach culinary and cultural activities. New umbrellas might not seem like a big deal, but Martinique is pushing to improve on an already well-polished product. In June, the port received ISO 9001 certification, a rigorous test for ensuring customers’ needs are properly taken into account and that organizations can meet them in an appropriate and consistent way. The challenges remain the same, said Jacques Bajal, manager of cruise, yachting and water sports for the Martinique Port Authority. “Exceeding passenger experiences, give more experience choices, unite all local forces to cater to passengers’ needs,” he said. “Same challenge for years: Keep increasing passengers’ satisfaction and win cruise lines’ loyalty.” Bajal predicts a slight dip in 2019, with 344,224 transit passengers arriving and roughly 120,000 homeporting, for a total of 464,224. Last year the port handled 527,081 passengers, 392,837 in transit and 134,244 homeporting.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Port of Kiel welcomes the “AIDAprima” to the Ostseekai for its maiden call
Maiden call of the cruise ship “AIDAprima” at the port of Kiel. Coming from Dubai, the vessel concluded its transfer voyage and berthed at the Ostseekai Terminal in the early Friday morning, 17 May. At the on-board reception, the PORT OF KIEL’s Managing Director, Dr. Dirk Claus, welcomed the President of AIDA Cruises, Felix Eichhorn, as well as Captain Marc-Dominique Tidow in Kiel and presented them with the official plaque for the vessel’s inaugural call. Following tradition, the vessel’s first departure from Kiel was accompanied by the water fountains of a harbour tug. AIDA Cruises and the PORT OF KIEL are connected by a long-time and trustful partnership. The first vessel of the AIDA fleet, which is called „AIDAcara“ by now, visited the capital city of Schleswig-Holstein on its very first voyage on 8th June 1996. Since then, AIDA has been a reliable economic factor for the touristic sector and the maritime industry of the region. Next to the economic importance of the partnership between Kiel and AIDA Cruises, the two players have a strong emotional bond. In April 2007, it was the “AIDAdiva” which inaugurated the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal. The ship’s christening of the “AIDAsol” on 9th April 2011 is also unforgettable. More than 45,000 citizens and guests of the city celebrated the eighth AIDA vessel. Next year again, four different AIDA vessels will pay their visits to the port of Kiel.
Source: Late Cruise News

Reconfiguring the City of Ketchikan’s downtown cruise dock to accommodate larger ships will cost an estimated $95 million, not including design costs and uplands infrastructure work.
Add in those other costs, and the city is facing a bill of up to $150 million. But, improvements aren’t optional if Ketchikan wants to remain a premier cruise destination. The Ketchikan City Council will talk about whether to move forward with a private-public partnership to help pay for that work. City Manager Karl Amylon writes in a memo to the council that the current fleet of ships visiting Alaska will slowly be replaced by new vessels that exceed 1,000 feet in length. Ketchikan’s port isn’t set up to accommodate more than one of those longer ships at a time. Norwegian Cruise Lines invested in Hoonah’s facilities at Icy Strait Point; Carnival invested in Skagway through its purchase of the White Pass Railway; and the Port of Seattle is currently considering bids from private industry to invest in a new cruise terminal. The council will vote on a motion to start that process. Also, the council will vote in first reading on an ordinance to sell the vacant Main Street fire hall by auction, with a minimum bid of $335,750. In other matters, the council will vote in first reading on an ordinance to place a measure on the October ballot asking voters whether the city should prohibit on-site marijuana consumption at licensed businesses.
Source: KRBD

Norwegian Joy became the largest cruise ship to sail into Icy Strait Point, Alaska.
A striking destination in the Tlingit village of Hoonah, Icy Strait offers a Native-owned and operated experience featuring more than 20 excursions, including whale-watching, a zip line and ATV and Jeep expeditions. Built around a restored 1912 Alaska salmon cannery, Icy Strait Point gives visitors easy access to stunning Alaska wilderness and wildlife as well as Native Tlingit hospitality. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has partnered with Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corp. to develop a second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point. It is scheduled to be completed for the 2020 Alaska season and will be built to accommodate Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus ships. The partnership will provide Norwegian and sister brands Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises with preferential berthing rights and allow the company to increase its calls there. During 2019, in addition to Norwegian Joy, NCLH ships scheduled to visit are Norwegian Jewel, Regatta and Seven Seas Mariner.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

The Government of Cayman Islands has received a formal financial commitment from the MSC Cruises company to provide funding toward the costs of building the cruise berthing facility, Premier Hon.
Alden McLaughlin unveiled. MSC Cruises is the 4th cruise line to financially commit to the berthing project, along with Carnival, Disney, and Royal Caribbean. The Premier affirmed that having 4 cruise companies signed on to the berthing project provided "tremendous benefit to the Cayman Islands." The Cayman Islands' Cruise Berthing Facility Project is already in its 6th year and underwent a rigorous procurement process in order to identify a preferred bidder to build the berthing facility within a design, finance, maintain, and build framework. The Cayman Islands' Port Authority will continue to own, manage, and operate the facility.
Source: Cruise Mapper

Portland welcomed the first major cruise ship of the 2019 season Thursday.
The Norwegian Dawn brought 2,224 passengers and 1,000 crew members into port. Two other large ships expected this month – Grandeur of the Seas on Sunday and the Norwegian Dawn again on May 23 – are among the 100 cruise ships expected to call on Portland this season. Last year, 120 ships visited the city. City officials said while the number of ships is down this year compared to last, it expects larger vessels with more passengers. The city also intends to continue operating the Waterfront Marketplace where local street vendors and artists can set up their displays between Ocean Gateway and the Portland Ocean Terminal on days when cruise ships with 1,000 or more passengers are expected.
Source: Press Herald

Korea Hoping to Build Cruise Market
“We are accommodating overseas cruise companies in Korea, so we are trying to make our destinations unique and attractive,” said Kim Hyunsung, Senior Deputy Director of Korea’s Marine Leisure Tourism Division. In total, the country has six main ports of call, including Yeosu, Sokcho, Busan and Jeju. Two years ago, Korea joined the Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC) with the goal of increasing the number of ships visiting the country and developing the Korean national cruise market. Hyunsung would also like to see Korea as a key outbound market, with homeport operations sending cruise ships to other countries. Currently, no cruise line is serving the local market but there are tour operators chartering ships for local operations, he said. According to Hyunsung, Korea had 22,000 outbound passengers on ships in 2018. He said that plans are underway for a domestic cruise line. We are trying to building our own cruise ships,” he added. A new airport and port recently opened in Incheon, helping position it as a key hub for future cruise calls.
Source: Cruise Industry News
Yas Island launches Travel Content Awards program
Yas Island, has launched the first-ever Yas Island Travel Content Awards at an exclusive Iftar event at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. The awards program will celebrate storytelling published by journalists and content creators while conveying Yas Island’s appreciation of their willingness to advocate for its award-winning portfolio of attractions. The inaugural Yas Island Travel Content Awards will recognise work in five categories including the Best Trade Journalism Award, Best Yas Short Break Feature, Best Yas Family Vacation Feature, Best Yas Single Attraction Feature and Best Yas Digital Content Creator. Writers and content creators will be able to submit their own work or be nominated through destination partners. The winners will be celebrated in April 2020. The 25 kilometer square leisure & entertainment hub delivers exceptional holiday breaks to UAE residents and tourists alike all year round. The Island’s portfolio of award-winning attractions features thrilling indoor and outdoor theme parks, a world-class motor sports facility, which is also home to the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and Abu Dhabi’s largest shopping destination, as well as a world-class Links golf course, a sprawling pristine beach and more than 160 restaurants. Additionally nestled on the Island are seven hotels ranging from affordable 3-star comfort to sophisticated 5-star luxury stays. All this is complemented by Yas Island’s extensive events calendar that continues to grow and diversify to include entertainment for all ages.
Source: Travel Biz Monitor

Stockholm gets €176m boost from cruise tourism
According to the survey, almost all passengers were prepared to recommend Stockholm to their friends as a cruise destination. Stockholm’s tourism trade is on the up, driven by the cruise industry, according to an independent survey conducted during 2018 by GP Wild. The survey was also carried out in around 20 other port cities. ‘This survey demonstrates that the cruise industry contributes a great amount to our region, with a total economic effect of €176 million and 1,100 jobs. It shows Stockholm is a popular cruise destination and that most cruise passengers are very satisfied with their visit,’ said Fredrik Lindstål, chair of the board at Ports of Stockholm. Some 623,000 cruise passengers and 240,000 crew members arrived in Stockholm in 2018, spending €57m during their stay. In addition, the cruise lines spent a total of €25m on harbour dues, pilotage dues and fairway dues, raising the total spending to €82m. The report showed passengers from Germany, the US and UK made up the majority of visitors, with 57 the typical age and most passengers travelling with one companion. Three out of four passengers visiting Stockholm said they were extremely or very satisfied with their visit in comparison to their expectations. Almost all were prepared to recommend Stockholm to their friends as a cruise destination. Figures showed that day passengers spent an average of €72 per person and turnaround passengers spent an average of €256 per person, whilst crew members going ashore spent an average of €48 per person.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

An awesome things to do in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin IslandsOne of the most visited cruise ports in the Caribbean is St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The island is conveniently found in the Lesser Antilles near the British Virgin Islands. It’s a perfect destination for cruise itineraries for all the major cruise lines. In addition to being simply stunning, it’s best known for being a favorite duty-free shopping place in the region, just one of many things to do in St. Thomas! St. Thomas mixes the laid-back vibe of the Caribbean with the modernities of a metropolitan society to create a modern paradise. All this evidenced by the constant calls cruise lines such as Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, and Holland America make to this destination. Being a US territory, you can expect the best security, convenience in ease of transaction, communication, and movement. With all these amenities and supporting features, one would have to try hard not to have a good time here. The following 15 awesome things to do in St. Thomas:
1. Explore town of Charlotte Amalie, the Capital city of St. Thomas - about 10 minutes from the Havensight cruise terminal. You’ll need good travel walking shoes when exploring this cruise destination. Marvel at the genius of ancient civilizations as displayed in the intricate designs and structures created by them.
2. Duty-Free Shopping Enjoy the best duty-free shopping that the Caribbean has to offer. Splurge a little on some retail therapy in this island and save yourself the extra bucks.
3. Visit the National Heritage Sites The historic district has over 500 ancient buildings.
4. Explore Underwater St. Thomas is strategically located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Its tropical climate provides the best environment for fish and sea creatures to live in. When in St. Thomas, make sure to visit Coral World Ocean Park.
5. Drake’s Seat Enjoy panoramic views of the island and its surrounding neighbors on some of its high points. To start with, there is Drake’s seat, which has a complete overview of Magen’s Bay. It’s a beautiful place to stop by, enjoy the view, rest a bit and take great photos before continuing your tour of the area.
6. Mountain Top Found 1500 feet above sea level, this is one of the highest points on the island. It affords you an advantageous view of the bay and several other islands.
7. 99 Steps! To enjoy the beauty and architecture of this island climb the 99 steps up government hill that lead to Blackbeard’s castle.
8. Paradise Point Not for those who fear heights. The sky ride will elevate you 700 feet above the water as you cross the bay from Havensight to Charlotte Amalie. The 7-minute ride is the best way to see all of St. Thomas and the bay beneath dotted with numerous boats and yachts.
9. Beach This island has plenty of beaches, and you would have to visit the island for a more extended period to experience them all. Among the four best is Magen’s Bay beach, Sapphire Beach, Lindquist Beach, and Coki beach.
10. Tour to Nearby Islands Visit the nearby inhabited water island and enjoy its perfect beaches or visit the natural parks in St. John.
11. Taste of St. Thomas Enjoy Mediterranean and Caribbean menu, try out delicious cuisines such as callaloo, pate (a St. Thomas version of empanadas), and the funjee (a favorite side dish made from salted cornmeal).
12. Experience Winter in the Sun at Magic Ice Opened in January 2012, Magic Ice is the world’s largest permanent ice gallery.
13. Escape to Secret Harbour, a remote and unknown to many, is a breathtaking wide swath of soft white sand, shady palm trees, and turquoise blue water. But the main draw is the calm, clear waters that make snorkeling here, a pure joy.
14. Pirates Treasure Museum Just a short distance from the cruise pier is one of the unique and impressive museum that displays great pirate exhibits.
15. Plantation Crown and Hawk Botanical Garden Go on an off-the-beaten-path adventure filled with many exotic plants and flowers, animals such as peacocks, turtles, macaws, iguanas, and plenty of bird and fish life. The gardens themselves are set in an 18th-century sugar plantation with a few ruins visible here and there.
Source: Cruise Hive

Ferry Link to be established between Hungary and SlovakiaA ferry link is planned to be established under a European Union-funded project in order to serve as a new border crossing between Slovakia and Hungary within a couple of years, ministry officials of the 2 countries announced in Dunaradvany (Radvan nad Dunajom) on Thursday, May 16. The ferry serving cars, bicycles, and pedestrians, will connect Neszmely, Hungary and Dunaradvany, Slovakia. It will be used by 600 cars per day. The project includes building road connections, ferry buildings, parking places, and ramps on both sides. The Hungarian foreign ministry’s deputy state secretary, Peter Kiss-Parciu, told a press conference that the governments of the two countries had agreed back in 2014 to increase the border crossing points' number. Currently, there are 33 crossing points along the 677-kilometre border with 6 new points planned by 2022, he added. The cross-border project is expected to cost EUR 1.8 billion euros, 85% of which will be financed with EU funds. The rest will be co-funded from Slovak and Hungarian central coffers.
Source: Cruise Mapper

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China’s southern province of Hainan was approved by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) to launch pilot cruises to nowhere for Chinese-funded cruise ships flying flags of convenience.

The first two pilot ports in Hainan are Sanya and Haikou. This initiative is to encourage cruise ship operators to design and provide diversified cruise offerings and further promote Hainan's cruise tourism development. Chinese-funded cruise operators' owned or bareboat-chartered foreign-flag cruise ships are eligible. MOT defines a 'Chinese-funded cruise operator' as a business entity with no less than 51% Chinese invested capital, running international cruises on ships built less than 30 years ago. To apply for approval of cruises to nowhere, the operator must submit the voyage proposal two months ahead of schedule. The MOT Hainan Department will be responsible for reviewing the proposal and related arrangements.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Mumbai Port plays host to Spectrum of the Seas

Mumbai Port on Thursday, 9th of May, hosted around 5,700 guests from 71 nations, who arrived on Spectrum of he Seas, the largest and most advanced cruise ship to port in India. Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship has 16 decks and weighs 1,68,666 gross tonnes. To celebrate the maiden call, plaque exchanges were conducted between Spectrum of the Seas’ Captain Charles Teige and State Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal, Mumbai Port Trust chairman Sanjay Bhatia, and Keki Master, senior vice-president of shipping services company J.M. Baxi. Next halt: Kochi

Source: The Hindu

Key West's Mallory Square Port Reopens

Five months after Silversea's cruise ship Silver Spirit crashed into a mooring in high winds, the Key West pier reopened this week. The Mallory Square cruise ship port was restored, with the first vessel pulling in on May 5. Only 5 ships were canceled, while 15 were relocated to the other piers. On November 27, 2018, upon leaving call port Key West FL, due to heavy winds, Silversea's Silver Spirit collided with The Fisherman Wharf (at Mallory Square). The ship departed the berth at ~6:30 pm and started to turn around when strong winds stopped it and pushed it back towards the dock. The crash resulted in minor hull damages and no injuries, but the structure sustained damage that left the cruise berth unusable. The accident occurred during the 5-day Caribbean cruise (itinerary Nov 23-28) from San Juan (Puerto Rico) to Fort Lauderdale, visiting Samana (Dominican Republic) and Key West FL. Silversea will pay not only for the repairs, estimated at between US$500,000-$750,000 but will also have to reimburse the port city for passenger fees lost during the 5-month-long restoration period, which could be another US$50,000.

Source: Cruise Mapper

19 key sailing regions around the world - Largest Luxury Brands by Regional Deployment

For 2019, these companies are the largest operator by region when it comes to the luxury cruise market, according to the 2019 Luxury Market Report by Cruise Industry News:
  1. Caribbean: Viking Ocean
  2. Mediterranean: Viking Ocean
  3. Asia-Pacific: Silversea
  4. Northern Europe: Viking Ocean
  5. Alaska: Regent
  6. Australia: Viking Ocean
  7. West Coast: Crystal
  8. South America: Silversea
  9. Canary Islands: Hapag-Lloyd
  10. Indian Ocean/Red Sea/Middle East: Seabourn
  11. Bermuda: Regent
  12. Trans-Atlantic: Viking Ocean
  13. Canada/New England: Seabourn
  14. Hawaii: Crystal
  15. Africa: Ponant
  16. Panama Canal: Windstar
  17. U.S. Domestic Waterways (Great Lakes): Ponant
  18. Antarctica: Ponant
  19. World Cruises: Viking Ocean
Source: Cruise Industry News

Marseille welcomes world’s first LNG cruise ship, AIDAnova, with official plaque presentation

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, Captain Boris Becker welcomed numerous representatives from politics, port-related businesses and tourism aboard AIDAnova in Marseille for the traditional plaque exchange for the world’s first LNG cruise ship at a French port. AIDAnova is the world’s first cruise ship that, thanks to dual-fuel engines on board, can be operated both in port and at sea with low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG). Emissions of particulate matter and sulfur oxides are eliminated almost completely, while nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide emissions are sustainably reduced. AIDA Cruises will be commissioning two more ships of this LNG generation in 2021 and 2023. Until the beginning of November 2019 AIDAnova will be sailing seven-day cruises, calling at some of the Germans’ most popular travel destinations in the Mediterranean – Civitavecchia (Rome), La Spezia (Florence), Marseille and Barcelona. The Spanish port town is not only the second changeover port on these cruises: AIDAnova will also be re-fueled regularly with low-emission LNG in Barcelona.

Source: Late Cruise News

WelcomHeritage Group records 35:65 as the Foreign: Indian guest ratio approximately

We aim to expand our horizon in South & North-eastern region of the country as these properties will help the brand expand its footprints all across India. There is a lot more to be explored. Jammu & Kashmir is not just scenic beauty but the culture and heritage of that city is an experience on its own” said Sanjeev Nayar, General Manager, Kalyan Bhawan Hotel, Jaisalmer. Presently WelcomHeritage has a portfolio of 37 exclusive properties spread over in 14 states and 34 cities. “WelcomHeritage”, is the largest Heritage Hotels and Resorts Chain, in the country/region.WelcomHeritage is a joint venture between ITC Hotels and Jodhana Heritage Limited, a company owned by H.H Maharaja Gaj Singh Ji, of Marwar, Jodhpur, in Rajasthan.
“Unique Experience”. India is a vast country with diverse culture and traditions. Each destination of ours offers something different from the other and endeavours to showcase the rich cultural and traditional brilliance of the region, thus promising you an experience that is as diverse as India. “Each of our Hotels offers a unique experience, a secret to share and a story to tell.” WelcomHeritage has a bouquet of properties. Its properties are spread across length & breath of India making them season specific. While the hill properties do extremely well in the summers, the properties in the plains do well in the winters. We have had a fairly decent percentage of foreign tourists at our properties. However, we are also witnessing growth within Indian travellers, as they are getting keener on travelling to offbeat destinations and also knowing about our history and culture. The current ratio of Foreign: Indian guest is 35:65 approximately. Another interesting thing which has been noticed by us in our hotels was the trend of family holidays, reunion etc. besides the conventional MICE and inbound segment.

Source: Travel Biz Monitor

Ports in Spain Enjoy Rise in Cruise Passenger Numbers

Spanish ports enjoyed a 9.66% increase in the total number of cruise passengers last year and the figure reached 10.18 million, the country's Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced. The cruise industry employs around 31,200 people in Spain and it generated EUR 1.48 billion in revenue, according to the ministry. More than 3.0 million cruise passengers used a port in Spain on a turnaround, while 90.8% of all passengers used ports on the coast of the Mediterranean or the Canary islands. The ministry said the data placed some Spanish ports, like the Balearic Islands or Barcelona, as leaders of European rankings. They even "hold strong positions in the global context... and make Spain the second most visited country in the European continent." The Mediterranean ports Almería, Alicante, Barcelona, Balearic Islands, Castellon, Cartagena, Ceuta, Melilla, Malaga, Motril, Tarragona, Valencia, concentrated the bulk of passengers (67.7% - 6,888,298 passengers). This is the area that grew the most (11.35%) and where the major ports in the country are situated, Barcelona with over 3 million cruise passengers, the Balearic Islands with 2.4 million. 2019 began with promising figures for ports in Spain since the 579,572 cruise passengers counted in January entailed an increase of 8.7% in comparison with the same month in 2018.

Source: Cruise Mapper

Mumbai-headquartered Guideline Travels looks to add to its list of channel sales partners sells B2B and B2C tour packages, is looking to add to its list of channel sales partners

It currently has 11 such partners pan India. Pradeep Saboo, Partner, Guideline Travels LLP, says, “Most people don’t know this but we are more than cruises. We have been selling Europe for more than 15 years and US for more than nine years. In fact, we bring out our own brochure with global itineraries like Europe, US, Australia, and New Zealand. For B2B, I only sell group tours and not FIT tailor-made packages. We currently have 11 channel partners, apart from our own four offices, in cities like Hyderabad, Chennai and even Raipur and are looking to add more in various cities. We train these agents in Mumbai and give them 25 of our brochures.” He adds that the packages are completely inclusive and they have a policy of no optional sightseeing on tour. All meals, tips, insurance are included as well. Moreover, all meals are vegetarian/Jain, except the breakfast which is at the hotel. But this has not stopped non-vegetarian clients because of its all-inclusive deal. While it also sells to agents outside of its 11 channel partners, the commissions differ, giving more advantage to the partners. There is no joining fee for agents who are free to conduct their regular business except group tours. Saboo adds, “We need active agents. They don’t need to be exclusive with us, except when it comes to package tours, which needs to be done only with us. We offer them continuous guidance and their clients can call us directly for clarifications. Moreover, we don’t require a minimum guarantee.”

Source: Tourism Breaking News

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A newly equipped co-branded terminal and a dedicated berth at the Port of Kiel

As MSC Meraviglia marked her maiden call to Kiel, senior leaders of MSC Cruises and the port gathered to renew their long-term partnership and agreed to ramp up the company’s homeporting operations. MSC Meraviglia’s maiden call marks the start of a regular cruise schedule with turnaround operations in Kiel, where the ship is homeporting until September.
On a bi-weekly basis, MSC Meraviglia sails on two routes to the Norwegian Fjords via Copenhagen and Stavanger, and to St. Petersburg via Copenhagen, Helsinki and Tallinn. As the main cruise line user of Berth No. 1 – Ostuferhafen, MSC Cruises has customized the branding of both the terminal and the associated luggage area. A second gangway specifically for MSC Cruises is due to be developed in due course, helping ensure smooth turnaround operations.
To further reinforce their partnership, Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises executive chairman, and Dirk Claus, managing director and CEO of Port of Kiel, signed a letter of intent laying out the brand’s future growth from the port. MSC Cruises will deploy two ships in Kiel from 2020 onwards, becoming the port’s leading cruise line customer and enabling its growth across Northern Europe and the Baltic. Vago said: ‘This newly equipped, co-branded terminal and dedicated berth will enable us to achieve dramatic growth out of Kiel, which will become one of our key homeports in Northern Europe. We will consolidate our position as the cruise line with the second largest capacity deployed in Germany and Northern Europe while also becoming the number one cruise line in Kiel. We look forward to a bright common future.’ Sustainable development is a joint area of focus and, as part of the LOI, the Port of Kiel and MSC Cruises have agreed to analyse options to equip the dedicated berth with shore-to-ship power. MSC Meraviglia is ready to receive power from local grids at berth. MSC Meraviglia is due to reposition to North America and the Caribbean in September, where she will spend the upcoming winter season.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Hurtigruten's Fram opens earliest cruise season at Port of Québec

The expedition vessel is the first of its kind to call at the port and it launched the earliest cruise season there. 'The Port of Québec is thrilled to welcome so many new cruise lines this summer, starting as early as May 2nd with the MS Fram,' Québec Port Authority President and CEO Mario Girard said. 'Hurtigruten is a pioneer expedition ship company paving the way for an evolving cruise industry. Their vision is aligned with the strong commitment of the Port of Québec in sustainability and we are fortunate that they chose Québec city as their turnaround port.' $193m in annual cruise spending. In 2019, nine ships will make inaugural calls. Besides Fram, they are Ponant’s Le Champlain, TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 1, MSC Meraviglia, Peace Boat’s Ocean Dream, Viking Sun, Scenic Eclipse, Oceania Cruises’ Riviera and Holland America Line’s Zaandam. Several of these lines are newcomers to the port. This season will see record deployment from Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Cunard, including numerous overnights in Québec. Holland America has the longest and most extensive cruise season in Québec with 34 calls from May through October. Princess will offer six 10-day sailings and one 13-day repositioning cruise on its newly refurbished Caribbean Princess, with overnight stays on every sailing. Princess will also make its first summer call in Québec, departing on Aug. 9. Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is offering an extended Canada deployment, with five overnight calls between summer and fall. Québec City has seen record-breaking growth year-over-year. In 2018 the port welcomed 230,940 cruisers, a nearly 15% increase over the 200,000 in 2017. Committed to continuing to growth, with the goal of welcoming 400,000 cruisers by 2025, the port has announced the investment in a second cruise terminal at Berth 30, located in front of the UNESCO World Heritage panorama of Old Québec.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

The Ministry of Tourism has said that cruise liner Silver Shadow brought 363 tourists to Port of Khasab recently.

Specialists in the Department of Tourism in Musandam in cooperation with competent authorities received tourists and provided them with guides. Meanwhile, Oman’s ports received 298 cruise ships in 2018-19. This is an increase of 106 over tourist ships which arrived in 2017-18. The number of cruise ships that arrived at Port Sultan Qaboos was 147, while Khasab port received 72 and Salalah port 79. The number of tourists who came onboard cruise ships in 2018 was 193,467. The number is expected to reach 220,000.

Source: Muscat Daily

UK's Portland Port welcomes Zenith and Crown Princess inaugural calls
Pullmantur Cruises’ Zenith made an inaugural visit to UK south coast port of Portland on Monday, then sailing on to Cherbourg, Dover and Ijmuiden before scheduled arrival at Malmö, Sweden, May 4. Another new visitor today saw 3,080-passenger Crown Princess make an inaugural call. It is also the first Princess Cruises ship to visit Portland. Sea Princess and Pacific Princess will also make inaugural calls later in the season, whilst Crown Princess returns on September 24. Portland Port is expecting another record-breaking cruise season, a pattern repeated often in the last 10 years with numbers increasing from four calls in 2008 to the 44 that are expected this year. Visiting nationalities to Portland Port regularly include Germans with increasing numbers of Swiss, Italians and Spaniards this year. To greet international guests Portland Port has stationed a multilingual Welcome Team on the quayside, offering maps and local knowledge. Ian McQuade, general manager commercial for the port said, ‘We recognise the importance of giving a warm welcome in the appropriate language to our cruise visitors and our multi-lingual Welcome Team really help us deliver on this’. The port ran a complimentary shuttle bus service into Weymouth with optional shore excursions to Portland Castle, and access to local transport around the island. Prior to the vessel’s departure passengers were treated to entertainment from Weymouth Concert Brass Band followed by a customary three shot salute by Nothe Fort Artillery Volunteers on disembarkation.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Emaar and P&O Marinas start Dh25bn Dubai coastal project

Dubai's largest listed developer Emaar Properties and DP World’s P&O Marinas are starting a Dh25 billion coastal project that will transform the emirate’s historic port area. The project, dubbed Mina Rashid, will be a riviera-style coastal destination by the Dubai Creek, Emaar Properties said in a statement on Thursday. The project will feature Dubai Mall by the Sea, a floating yacht club, Dubai's longest swimming pool and waterfront homes. The Mina Rashid project will feature 430 wet berths to accommodate large yachts and attract cruise-ship tourists, hotels, a private beach club, a pedestrian harbour bridge and a beach the size of two and a half football fields, Emaar said. "Mina Rashid will strengthen Dubai’s position as a global city and the premier cruise hub in the Middle East," Sultan bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World, said. "Our venture with Emaar will contribute to the city’s cruise tourism and create another strong economic catalyst.” Mina Rashid will be home to the Queen Elizabeth II, that has been converted into a 13-deck floating hotel, with an exhibition and theatre. The new destination will have midrise waterfront homes with promenades, Venetian piazza, retail and restaurants by the sea, hotels, interconnected parks a 500-meter canal, art galleries, theatre and museum. As part of Mina Rashid, Emaar announced the Sirdhana project comprising one, two and three-bedroom waterfront apartments and townhouses. The residential collection is named after the British Royal Mail Ship, the first vessel to dock at Mina Rashid. Sirdhana will be located near the QE2, a community park and ‘The Dubai Mall by the Sea.’ The apartments, with views of Downtown Dubai and the waterfront, will feature amenities including a recreation room, community podium with a gym, children’s play area and recreational courts. The Dh25bn project, located near Bur Dubai, is 15 minutes from the Dubai International Airport and will offer direct link to House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. Emaar did not say when work on the project will be completed or set a delivery date. The historic Mina Rashid was the first modern port in Dubai, opened in 1972, and turning the tiny trading village into a major port of call between East and West.

Source: The National

South Korea’s largest cruise ship terminal opened on April 26 in Songdo, an international business district in Incheon, west of Seoul.

Since 2013, Incheon Port Authority has spent 28 billion won (US$24 million) to build the 2-story terminal with a total of 7,364 m2 (79,265 ft2) of floor space. On the same day, the 2,800-passenger Costa Serena left the port for the Japanese city of Fukuoka on a 6-day itinerary that ends in Busan. Six different organizations signed an agreement to cooperate on promotion of cruise tourism: Incheon Port Authority, the local governments of Yeonsu district and Incheon city, Korea Tourism Organization, Incheon Tourism Organization, Lotte Tour Development. The new cruise terminal in Incheon is the biggest in the nation as well as the first of its kind close to the capital.

Source: CruiseMapper

Perfect Day at CocoCay

Yields for Royal Caribbean cruises that include Perfect Day at CocoCay pre-booked experiences are up double-digits versus the same sailings a year ago, Richard Fain said, calling the development a 'game-changer' for the industry. The official opening isn't for a few weeks, but attractions have been rolling out and Chairman/CEO Fain said the feedback has been 'exceptional.' One of those early visitors was analyst Steven Wieczynski of Stifel, who during Wednesday's earnings call asked about the potential for overcrowding now that CocoCay has a pier able to berth two large ships.
Perfect Day was designed for 4,000 to 6,000 people on the island and is engineered for peak demand of close to 10,000, according to Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
Three-ship days under study The company has been looking at the potential for three-ship calls, Bayley said, which could take the numbers up to 12,000 people a day. It's a 'pretty large island' and only one-third is developed, he added. The Caribbean comprises more than half of Royal Caribbean's capacity this year, and Liberty said new ships and Perfect Day are 'clearly fueling additional and high-level demand.' CocoCay's new pier began taking ships in March.
Perfect Day attractions scheduled to be available in May include Thrill Waterpark, the over-water zip line, Splashaway Bay aqua park, Up, Up and Away helium balloon, Captain Jill’s Galleon, Skipper’s Grill dining, Captain Jack’s dining, Chill Island, Chill Grill dining and Oasis Lagoon freshwater pool. The elements scheduled to be open by December include South Beach, Coco Beach Club and the overwater cabanas.
There is no extra charge for experiences like Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean; the shipwrecked Captain Jill’s Galleon, with its slides and water cannons; Royal Caribbean's biggest Splashaway Bay and the new sports courts on South Beach. Dramatically enhanced beaches like Chill Island and South Beach provide free beach chairs and beachside activities. Five new complimentary dining venues are located throughout the island. Examples of activities that carry a charge, which varies by season, include Thrill Waterpark, with 13 waterslides and a wave pool. Full-day access costs $44 to $99; half-day access (afternoon only) is $39 to $74. There's no charge for children up to age 3. The zipline fee ranges from $79 to $139.
Combination packages for Thrill Waterpark and zip line range from $99 to $179 for a full day and from $89 to $149 for a half day. Admission to the exclusive Coco Beach Club with its clubhouse and infinity pool, costs $54 to $99 for ages 13 and older and $34 to $69 for ages 4 to 12. There's no charge for children 3 and younger.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Antarctica tour operators introduce new measures to manage for tourism growth
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has closed its annual meeting in Cape Town with multiple new measures in support of its mission for safe, environmentally responsible Antarctic travel. IAATO has been carefully monitoring, analysing and reporting Antarctic tourism trends since 1991 as part of its commitment to ‘leave only footprints’ through the effective self-management of guest activities. The measures given the green-light at the organization’s 2019 annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, aim to support the effective management of the growing number of visitors to the white continent. 56,168 people travelled with IAATO members in 2018/2019, via both deep field and cruise expeditions, including 10,889 visitors who travelled on cruise-only vessels and did not set foot on the continent. The actions agreed include a unanimous vote to impose mandatory measures to prevent whale strikes in cetacean-rich Antarctic waters, more stringent restrictions on the commercial use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), robust adjustments to visitor guidelines for activities on the Antarctic peninsula and approval to expand research into the health of penguin populations at visitor sites. IAATO and its counterpart in the northern hemisphere, the Association for Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, introduced guidelines that will arm visitors to the polar regions with responsible solutions for reducing their waste and plastic footprint. Mark van der Hulst, incoming chair of the IAATO Executive Committee, said: “Antarctica receives relatively few visitors compared to other destinations, but its unique qualities require rigorous safeguards. IAATO’s success in responsibly managing its activities relies on the willingness of its members to act for Antarctica and, once again, members have demonstrated their commitment by making critical decisions at the 2019 meeting.”

Source: IAATO

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Visit Game of Thrones locations on a Variety Cruises mega yacht
As Game of Thrones (GOT) airs its final season, it’s a great time for fans to visit the film locations! Variety Cruises, an award-winning boutique small ship cruise line offers GOT devotees a unique way to explore Croatia, Iceland and Spain on three different cruise itineraries. Fans can board a Variety Cruises' Mega Yacht and sail to some of the most iconic GOT locations including Dubrovnik, Croatia; Reykjavik, Iceland or Seville, Spain. Variety Cruises allows guests to explore the true identity of a destination while enjoying the personal attention of its crew (with almost a 2/1 passenger/crew ratio). Guests will indeed feel like a King or Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
Variety Cruises combines amazing destinations used in Game of Thrones on a mega yacht with a professional crew and exquisite cuisine always with a local flavor. The perfect ingredients to the ultimate yacht cruise experience.

Source: Variety Cruises press release

Spanish ports enjoyed 9.7% rise in cruise passenger numbers 2018

Ports in Spain enjoyed a 9.66% increase in the number of cruise passengers in 2018 and the total figure reached 10.18 million, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport said in a statement. The cruise industry employs about 31,200 people in the country and it generated €1.48 billion in revenue, the ministry said.

Source: Cruise Business

It is an exciting time to visit Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands aboard a small ship

The non-profit Charles Darwin Foundation is celebrating its 60th year with symposiums and events, and overall attention to sustainable travel and wildlife conservation has never been stronger. “With 2019 being the Darwin Foundation’s 60th anniversary the islands are abuzz as a previously thought-to-be-extinct Fernandina tortoise just found on the island in February made global news,” notes Todd Smith, founder and president of AdventureSmith Explorations. The Galapagos Islands boast some of the highest levels of endemism (species uniquely defined by geographic location) compared with anywhere else on the planet. About 80% of the land birds you will see, 97% of the reptiles and land mammals, and more than 30% of the plants are endemic. More than 20% of the marine species in Galapagos are found nowhere else on earth.
Small ship cruise passengers’ favorites include the giant Galapagos tortoise, marine and land iguana, flightless cormorant, the colorful Sally Lightfoot crab and the Galapagos penguin — the only penguin species to be found in the Northern Hemisphere. AdventureSmith offers a helpful blog that speaks to future visitors with a list of must-see, fanciful wildlife species. The company also reports that an impressive number of the ships they work with are taking conservation-minded actions towards a healthy Galapagos. To further support and protect the fragile environment, AdventureSmith Explorations offers the added bonus of Carbon-Free Cruising, the small ship cruise industry’s first carbon offset program that comes at no added cost to travelers. Plus, AdventureSmith takes Galapagos conservation a step further by giving its travelers an easy choice to support the Galapagos Traveler Conservation Fund through an optional donation when booking and paying for their trip.

Source: AdventureSmith Explorations

Port of Wellington Expects Another Record-Breaking Cruise Season

As the last cruise ship of Wellington port's record-breaking season docks in the capital, 2020 numbers are expected to rise higher. Over 220,000 cruise passengers from 110 vessels poured into the region during 2018-2019 cruise season, worth an estimated US$56 million to the economy. The first ship of the season to arrive was also the last to call, with an Easter Monday berthing of Radiance of the Seas drawing the cruise season to a close. Over 120 ships are scheduled to visit for the next season that starts in October. The record-breaking cruise season was predicted in 2018 with an extra 50,000 cruise passengers due to arrive in the port city, beating the previous record of 90 ship calls set in 2012-2013. Mid-January was the busiest of the season, with ten ships visiting in a single week, pouring 17,500 passengers into the port.

Source: CruiseMapper

Westerdam and Costa neoRomantica Make Double Call to Vladivostok

Vladivostok continued its biggest and significant cruise season ever with a historic double call of two cruise ships as the Westerdam and Costa neoRomantica called simultaneously on April 22. It was the first call to the Russian port for the Westerdam. Passengers and crew of Westerdam and Costa neoRomantica were greeted with traditional welcome ceremonies, organized for each of cruise ship after docking at Vladivostok Sea Terminal with the support of tour operators and marine agent. Drums, vocal and dance collectives of the Far Eastern State Technical Fisheries University presented a huge artistic program with great Russian hospitality. During organized shore excursions in Vladivostok, passengers visited traditional tourist objects such as Central Square, Embankment, Orthodox churches, museums, traveled by train on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Some tourists visited Russian families, where they felt national traditions closer. In a statement, the port said it had spent considerable time and effort to accommodate two ships, with work dating back to 2018 including both technical and organizational measures, and changes in the regulatory framework governing accommodating and clearance of foreign ships.
Later this year, the Spectrum of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas are planned to make their maiden calls in September.
The port is also doing more turnarounds. On May 30, the Costa NeoRomantica will homeport for a cruise visiting Korean and Japanese ports.
On Sept. 9, the new Spectrum of the Seas sails from Vladivostok to Shanghai visiting Maizuru (Kyoto) and Fukuoka.

Source: Cruise Industry News

Scattered Islands, sentinels of climate change, under scrutiny
On April 4, the Marion Dufresne, a TAAF supply ship, left Reunion for a one-month mission to the Scattered Islands with 75 scientists from some 15 French and international research organizations on board. The ship is scheduled to stop over for four days in Europa, Juan de Nova and Les Glorieuses, then three days in Tromelin before returning to Reunion Island on April 30. In addition to the research programs, four programs related more specifically to environmental management and preservation are also on board the vessel. Thanks to the support of the European Union and the French Coral Reef Initiative (IFRECOR), the stations of the International Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) in the scattered islands will be visited and the external slopes associated with these reefs will be explored for the first time at a depth of over 30m. This work will make it possible, among other things, to finalize the precise assessment of the state of the reefs and to compare it with other territories, in particular with those of the Pacific (New Caledonia, Polynesia...) and the Atlantic (Martinique, Guadeloupe...). The Scattered Islands, like the Southern Islands, because of their specific characteristics - isolation, high biological diversity and habitats protected from human impacts - constitute unique advanced stations in the Indian Ocean for studying climate change and its impacts on environments and biodiversity.

Source: Clicanoo

Take a pre-cruise vacation and ‘live like a local’ on Florida’s Space Coast

Located on Florida’s Space Coast, bustling Port Canaveral is one of the largest and busiest cruise ports in the U.S. As the home port to some of the most-innovative players in the cruise world, there’s a good chance that your next cruise might depart from this vibrant east coast venue. With so much to see and do on the Space Coast, many cruise passengers extend their vacation by a day or two in this fun-filled port city, so they can settle in before their departure and bypass any last-minute travel challenges. It’s called taking a “pre-cruise,” and it’s a perfect way to immerse yourself into the rhythm of your vacation and ensure you’re well-rested and prepared for your cruise adventure. To truly experience and get an intimate feel for the special way of life on the Space Coast during your pre-cruise, you’ll need to explore the area like a local, starting with these five must-do activities:
  • Treetop Trek
  • Duran Golf Club
  • Riverfront Park
  • Ossorio Bakery & Cafe
  • Superb Fishing
Take an extra day or two and make it even more special by exploring the Space Coast. You deserve it.

Source: Modern Diplomacy

Port of Cardiff Gets Ready for 2019 Cruise Season
The Port of Cardiff is getting ready for a busy cruise season which commences with the visit of Cruise and Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo on Monday, April 22, the Associated British Ports (ABP) announced. From May through June 2019, three visits and more than 2000 cruise passengers are due to utilising port facilities and services offered by ABP South Wales at the port. The Port of Cardiff already boasts a number of bookings for cruise visits during 2020 season, where travellers will either see Wales as part of the itineraries or embark on cruises from the port. ABP South Wales provides bespoke quayside facilities to visiting cruise ships. Its 3 cruise ports, of Cardiff, Newport, and Swansea, are ideally situated with quick connections to M4 motorway.

Source: CruiseMapper

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Britain draws 1.64m cruise visitors in 11th consecutive record year
The number of cruise passengers visiting Britain continued to rise for an 11th consecutive year, according to figures recently released by Cruise Britain. Over the course of this period, passenger day calls have risen by a factor of 4.5 to reach 1.642m, including an increase of 16% over 2017.
68 ports get cruise calls Cruise passengers arrived through 68 cruise ports, from Kirkwall in the north to Jersey in the English Channel, and stepped ashore for day visits from 139 ships, with many ships making multiple return calls. The number of cruise lines received reached 56 with ships visiting UK ports including Portland and Poole, Fishguard and Fowey, Tower Bridge (London) and Tyne. The short sailing distances between Britain's shores and adjoining countries allow for a rich cultural and historical mixed itinerary for visitors.
‘Reaching the 1.642m mark shows the increasing popularity of Britain as a cruise destination. Significant growth can be seen for ports right across the UK, from Dover to Orkney and Holyhead to London. It’s four years since we broke the million mark and to sail past the 1.5 million milestone so quickly is a remarkable growth trajectory and one we are doing everything to support, especially in this, our 10th year,' said James Stangroom, chair of Cruise Britain.
A significant number of the UK’s ports handle both day calls and embarkations, which increases the opportunity to grow the nation’s cruise business,’ Stangroom added. ‘As the global cruise market continues its growth trend, we are confident that Britain's appeal as a cruise destination will continue.’

Source: Seatrade Cruise

Brisbane Breaks Ground on New Cruise Ship Terminal

Brisbane has launched the construction of the new International Cruise Terminal, heralding the start of a new era for Queensland’s economy. The AUD 158 million (USD 112.9 milion) project, which would be capable of welcoming bigger ships, is scheduled to open in October next year. It has the potential to more than double Brisbane’s cruise industry. It will cater for the largest cruise ships in the world supercharging the growth in our tourism industry. Within its first five years the terminal is expected to handle over 1,100 vessel calls and around 1.8 million passengers. Over 180 bookings have already been confirmed for the 2020/21 cruising season. Wharf construction will be undertaken by Brady Marine & Civil, a specialist marine infrastructure and engineering contractor headquartered in Brisbane, while civil works and terminal building will be delivered by Hindmarsh, an Australian construction company.
Source: World Maritime News

The 5 Best Port Cities on the Gold Coast
To begin, it must be said that there are two different ways to talk about the Gold Coast. Gold Coast is a city on the Eastern coast of Australia, marking the divide between the states of Queensland and New South Wales. However, the city is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with approximately 57 kilometers of gorgeous coastline. This coastline is colloquially known as “The Gold Coast,” though it is made up of many smaller cities, towns, and individual beaches. Gold Coast is an amazing port city in itself, with exciting nightlife, friendly locals, and scenery that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. But what about some of the other cities that occupy this beautiful coastline? Let’s take a look at 5 of the best port cities on the Gold Coast!
Kingscliff A small port city that sits on the southern tip of the Gold Coast in New South Wales. It offers a variety of water-based activities for tourists, including swimming, water sports, and fishing. The town center offers a variety of restaurants, cafes, and retail shopping as well. With a population of less than 8,000, Kingscliff is a cozy little get away.
Tweed Heads North of Kingscliff Tweed Heads - a more spacious metropolitan city at the mouth of the Tweed River. In addition to its beautiful coast and beach resort vibes, Tweed Heads is home to numerous national parks that host unique, subtropical flora and fauna. For those who prefer something a little more adventurous, the Mount Warning, the largest shield volcano in the southern hemisphere!
Burleigh Heads Though it’s technically a suburb of the Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads makes up one of the most beautiful sections of coastline, thanks in large part to the Burleigh Heads National Park. Though very small, the park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. It’s ideal for surfing or is a more relaxed atmosphere is preferred, the Burleigh Heads is also great for shopping, dining, or taking a break on the beach.
Paradise Point As its name implies, Paradise Point is a great place to drop anchor and just soak in the beauty. With a coastline that is protected by South Stradbroke Island, this little community is a symbol of tranquility. A calm waterfront picnic, or heading across the bridge to the Sovereign Islands, allow to see some of the most beautiful homes in the region.
South Stradbroke Island Affectionately known as “South Straddie,” South Stradbroke Island is actually located in Moreton Bay, northwest of Gold Coast proper. The island is probably most well-known for its population of wallabies that have grown accustomed to (and even fond of) humans. Though the island consists mostly of sand dunes, rainforests, and wetlands, there is always an influx of tourists during the holiday season.

Source: PortholeCRUISE

Something for Everyone at Tortola Pier Park

When it comes to the islands which dot the Caribbean Sea, few come close to the stunning history, unique culture and vibrant atmosphere found on the British Virgin Islands. Specifically the island of Tortola, the largest and most exciting in the BVI, where cruise ship passengers disembark for a day full of fun adventures, fabulous shopping and plenty of local cuisine.
Tortola Pier Park is the island’s premier shopping and dining destination complete with a variety of restaurants and goods from locally-caught Caribbean fusion seafood eateries to family-friendly cuisines for all ages. If you’re looking to see something new, try something delicious and experience the best high end shopping the Caribbean has to offer, Tortola Pier Park needs to be at the top of your list. There’s truly something for everyone!
Tortola has so much more to offer than just pretty scenery. When disembark the cruise ship and make their way into Tortola Pier Park, cruisers can find vibrant island culture all around. Wine tastings, movie nights, health and wellness expos and what has to be the best Christmas sales event in all of the Caribbean. Events like the Jazz & Style Festival can’t be found on any other island in the Caribbean and are a highlight of any Tortola vacation. No matter what age or what you like, Tortola Pier Park treats you to a great experience each and every time. Island tours, zip-lining, snorkeling and more can all be arranged from various vendors and event coordinators within the park.
When it comes to the best shopping and outlet deals in the Caribbean, Tortola Pier Park can’t be topped. From high end jewelry and fashion like Diamonds International, Effy, and the House of Luxury to the I Love Tortola gift shop. The selection offers clothing, jewelry and other goods from some of the favorite luxury brands as well as local island goods that can’t be found anywhere else. A Locally Yours gives an authentic taste of the British Virgin Islands including rum cakes, hot sauces, honey, fruit liqueurs and more.
Tortola Pier Park has one of the best selections of restaurants and eateries on the island all in one place. Whether a fresh Caribbean seafood and a glass of wine at Seven at the Pier Restaurant, a casual bite at Mac’s Restaurant, wraps and sandwiches to take to the beach or a tropical cocktail on a warm afternoon, Tortola Pier Park has it all.
The British Virgin Islands are some of the most unique in the world and Tortola stands out as the largest and most fun-filled of them all. Tortola Pier Park is a vacation paradise with something for everyone.

Source: PortholeCRUISE

Cruise tourism on rise in Oman

The Ministry of Tourism in Oman is making efforts to attract tourist cruise ships to visit Oman. Cruise ships visiting Oman’s port during the year 2018-2019 has reached to 298, showing an increase of 106 compared to the year 2017-2018. While the number of cruise ships that arrived at Sultan Qaboos Port was 147 ships, it was 72 at Khasab port and 79 at Salalah port.
It is expected that in 2019-2020, the number of cruise ships visiting Oman would reach to 360.
The number of tourists who came on cruise ships in 2018 was 193,467. It is expected to reach to 220,000 in 2019. Tourists who come mostly during the month of October to April, come to revel in Oman’s natural beauty and to soak up its culture and heritage.
The Ministry of Tourism organises several entertainment activities for the tourists arriving on board in cooperation with the local agents. The Ministry also opens up its traditional souqs for the guests so that they can have a first-hand experience of Omani traditions and its traditional industry. Rowas bin Hafiz Al Rowas, Assistant Director General for Tourism Development and Investor Services, said that the cruise ships visiting Salalah port this year is expected to see a huge increase as a result of the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism along with Salalah Port and other organisations, tourist companies and cruise agents. Al Rowas said that the cruise ship sector benefits from the tourism sector along with the local community. There is a considerable increase in their visits during winter season as they mostly dock at the Salalah port. These ships add value to the economy of the Sultanate in general and to the Dhofar governorate as well. He said that at the beginning of the tourist season, a meeting with the Salalah Port Authority is held in the presence of the officials, tourism companies and shipping agents to discuss their preparations. They also discuss the challenges and the means to face them as well as the facilities which could be provided at the preferred destinations during winters.

Source: Times of Oman
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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

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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

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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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