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Ports & destinations

Southampton handled 2.0 million cruise passengers in 2017 

A record breaking 2.0 million cruise passengers used the Port of Southampton in the UK in 2017 a, said Associated British Ports, the port’s owner, in a statement.

Every time a cruise ship visits Southampton, it is estimated to bring a cash boost of £2.0 million and in 2017 there more than 500 cruise calls. ABP Southampton Director, Alastair Welch, said: “2017 was a record-breaking year for the Port of Southampton and 2018 looks set to be even busier.

Port NOLA Tops 1.1 million cruise passengers in 2017, sets new record

The Port of New Orleans set a new record with 1,150,172 passenger movements at its Erato Street and Julia Street Cruise Terminals in 2017, marking the fourth consecutive year of more than one million cruise passenger movements and reinforcing its importance as a key driver of the hospitality industry’s economic impact in the region.

“These year-end results validate the continued appeal of cruising from the Crescent City and reflect our commitment to excellence,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans President and CEO. “We expect additional growth in 2018 and will continue to provide high-level service that complements New Orleans’ natural hospitality and vibrant energy. We hold ourselves to high standards and work to exceed expectations.”

With two state-of-the-art cruise terminals located close to the historic French Quarter and other local attractions, a majority of passengers choose to stay in New Orleans for a night or two before or after their trips, making a cruise from New Orleans “two vacations in one.”

As demand for cruises from Port NOLA continues to grow, our cruise line partners are responding by deploying newer ships with more capacity to homeport in New Orleans.

Royal Caribbean International returns to New Orleans and will homeport the Vision of the Seas, a 2,500-passenger ship that will sail seasonal seven-night itineraries in December 2018.

Norwegian Cruise Line will replace the Norwegian Pearl by deploying the largest cruise vessel to ever sail out of New Orleans with the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway in November 2018.

Carnival Cruise Line will increase its capacity on its short cruise program in 2019 by replacing the Carnival Triumph with the Carnival Valor, a 3,000-passenger ship. Carnival will also replace the Carnival Dream with the Carnival Glory that same year. Norwegian Cruise Line will also offer guests a new cruise experience in 2019 when the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway repositions in New Orleans replacing the Norwegian Breakaway.

In September 2018, American Cruise Lines will increase its New Orleans-homeported inland river cruise vessels with the launch of the 190-passenger American Song, the first in a new modern riverboat series.

“Homeporting newer and larger cruise ships in 2018 adds to our city’s excitement as we celebrate our 300th birthday,” said Christian. “This is great news for tourists, residents and the region’s hospitality industry.”

Port NOLA ranks as the sixth-largest cruise port in the United States, with direct industry expenditures in Louisiana totaling $432 million, supporting 8,321 jobs and providing $347 million in personal income with an average salary of $42,000 per year, according to research conducted by Cruise Lines International Association. Additionally, 80 percent of cruise guests travel from out-of-state and 60 percent spend an average of two days in New Orleans either before or after their cruise. These passengers generate over 112,000 room nights in New Orleans-area hotels which generate over $15,000,000 in hotel revenue annually.

The Erato Street Cruise Terminal and Parking Garage features more than 1,000 covered and secured parking spaces located on top of the terminal with Seacap luggage assistance. The Julia Street Cruise Terminal Complex features a climate-controlled and ADA-compliant passenger gangway, as well as designated port parking with Seacap luggage assistance.

Cruise passengers embarking from New Orleans can visit the best beaches in the world from the Bahamas to Belize on a wide variety of itineraries as Port NOLA currently offers three ocean cruises: Carnival Dream, a 3,600-passenger ship sailing year-round, 7-night itineraries; Carnival Triumph, a 2,700-passenger ship, sailing year-round 4- and 5-night itineraries; and Norwegian Pearl, a 2,400-passenger ship sailing seasonal 7-, 10- & 11-night itineraries.

The American Queen Steamboat Company and American Cruise Lines both homeport two paddle wheelers at Port NOLA and offer inland river cruises. The American Queen Steamboat Company launched a new service in Aug. 2017 on its American Duchess, a 166-passenger, all-suit paddle wheeler that offers 9-night cruises. The American Queen Steamboat Company also operates the American Queen, a 436-passenger vessel that’s the largest riverboat in the world and offers 5- and 9-night cruises. American Cruise Lines offers 7-night cruises on the 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi and the 185-passenger America.

ASEAN countries pledge themselves to develop cruise industry further

The joint ASEAN Declaration on Cruise Tourism led by Singapore, the ASEAN lead coordinator for cruise development, was officially endorsed at the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 25 January, the organisation said in a statement.

Plans for the Declaration were first laid at the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2017 in Singapore. Its official adoption a year later marks another milestone in ASEAN’s ongoing efforts to transform Southeast Asia into a vibrant cruising destination.

The Declaration also outlines ASEAN’s commitment to further develop cruise tourism in the region by improving the clarity of cruise policies and regulations, efficiency in administration processes, as well as refining business practices to be fairer and more responsible. 

“Singapore is proud to announce that the ASEAN states’ collective efforts to develop the ASEAN Declaration for Cruise Tourism have borne fruit. This builds on our previous work such as the inaugural ATF Cruise Dialogue last year and the launch of the Cruise Southeast Asia brand in 2016,” said Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry

“It also marks the first major economic deliverable undertaken by Singapore since we assumed the ASEAN Chairmanship for 2018. This will deepen regional connectivity and position ASEAN as a region for seamless economic activity and growing opportunities. We look forward to bringing meaningful benefits to ASEAN businesses and citizens,” she added.







Danish ports expect record season, cruise calls to cover nine months of year

An all-time high number of cruise guests are heading towards Denmark in 2018. Copenhagen, will receive the majority of guests, but based upon numbers collected by CruiseCopenhagen, most Danish ports can report of an increase in cruise guests, the organisation said in a statement.

The Danish ports expect their busiest year in cruise. More than 1.1 million guests are expected to visit Denmark during the cruise season of 2018 which is an all-time record. At the same time, the cruise season in Copenhagen will be the longest ever. With 215 days, only January, February and November do not have any cruise calls. In comparison, the cruise season lasted only 173 days in 2016. Furthermore, Copenhagen will welcome seven cruise ships during this year’s Christmas season in December – also a new and positive figure.    

“Denmark will experience the highest number of cruise guests visiting the country in 2018, both in Copenhagen, but certainly also outside of Copenhagen there will be an increase of cruise guests this year. The Danish destinations and ports have co-operated strategically to promote the destinations effectively to our partners in cruise lines and to travel suppliers worldwide,” says Claus Bødker, Director of CruiseCopenhagen.

During 2018, a record of 100.000 guests will go ashore in Aarhus, and in Skagen, in Northern Denmark, the number of cruise guests will double. The destinations Bornholm, Kalundborg, Elsinore and Hundested have also announced a significant increase of cruise guests during this cruise season. In 2018, cruise lines will bring almost 250.000 guests to the Danish ports outside of Copenhagen and this number has never been higher.

Even though the ports outside of Copenhagen experience an increase of cruise guests, it is still Copenhagen that attracts most cruise guests. Copenhagen is the largest cruise destination in Northern Europe and with the anticipated 875.000 cruise guests in 2018, the capital expects to strengthen its popularity further in the global cruise market.

Warnemünde expects 205 port calls by 43 cruise liners over 122 days in 2018

The 2018 cruise season starts at Warnemünde cruise port on 8 April with the arrival of the cruise liner Boudicca of the British shipping company Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. All told, 205 port calls by 43 cruise liners are expected next year, more than ever before. 180 times the vessels will berth in Warnemünde and 25 times at the overseas port. Nine vessels will be heading for the mouth of river Warnow for the first time:

Brilliance of the Seas, Britannia, Marella Discovery, MSC Orchestra, Norwegian Breakaway, Sapphire Princess, Seven Seas Navigator, Viking Sun and Zenith. There will be cruise ships calling at the port on river Warnow on 122 days of the year 2018.

Rostock-based shipping company AIDA Cruises will again operate two of its vessels from its Baltic home port of Warnemünde, AIDAdiva and AIDAmar. 43 out of a total of 53 port calls with turnaround of passengers have been notified by AIDA Cruises for 2018. Nine port calls with turnaround of passengers by the vessel Zenith are going to be carried out by the Spanish cruise shipping company Pullmantur at the overseas port and on one occasion the vessel Berlin, operated by FTI, will change its passengers in Warnemünde. Also the Italian shipping companies Costa and MSC Cruises as well as the US-based shipping companies Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises plan to change some of their passengers here during 57 port calls, with predominantly Italian and German passengers embarking or disembarking.

The sailing list for 2018 includes 39 port calls by very large passenger vessels with a length of more than 300 meters: Britannia and Regal Princess are each 330 meters long, Norwegian Breakaway is 324 meters and Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Eclipse are 319 and 317 meters long, respectively. Norwegian Breakaway is the largest vessel of the coming season with a gross register tonnage of 145,655. The Swiss-based shipping company Viking Ocean Cruises has included Warnemünde 24 times in the schedules of its four sister vessels Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Star and Viking Sun.

In the coming year three port calls of the passenger vessel Albatros of Phoenix Reisen have been notified for December (2nd, 9th and 16th December) so that the 2018 cruise shipping season in Warnemünde will end unusually late.