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Ports & destinations

UK ports recorded 19% rise in passenger figures 2016

Last year, 114 individual cruise ships called into UK ports, many ships calling on multiple occasions, bringing a record 1,214,000 passenger day calls, an increase of 19% over 2015, Cruise Britain, which promotes the country as a cruise destination, said in a statement

A total 52 lines visited UK ports as diverse as Tyne and Torquay, Liverpool and London, Harwich and Holyhead - 55 in all.

Round Britain cruises remain increasingly popular as an ideal way of exploring Britain's diversity of coasts, castles, cities and countryside. The short sailing distances between Britain's shores and adjoining countries add to the itinerary possibilities. CruiseBritain's new online video showcases a collection of the many different faces of modern Britain.

“Over 1.21million is a marvellous figure to reach and it's great to leave 2015's 'magic million' far behind. Day call figures have tripled in 10 years and 2016 has seen one of the biggest year-on-year increases. The growth in day call passengers shows no sign of slowing down and is testament to the tireless work of our members and of all involved in the British cruise industry,” commented Angie Redhead, Chair of CruiseBritain.

Two Royal Caribbean ships bring 7,500 passengers to Phuket on single day

Royal Caribbean International’s  Mariner of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas called at Phuket in Thailand on the same day on 7 March. “Between both ships, they have brought over 7,500 international tourists to this destination on a single day,” Royal Caribbean International said in a statement.

Mariner of the Seas is currently on a 7-night cruise from Singapore which also called at Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi. Ovation of the Seas which is Asia’s largest, has arrived on a 5-night cruise from Singapore carrying over 4,300 guests, which is also the highest number of guests ever on a ship call at Phuket.

Piraeus reports increase in cruise passengers

According to the 2016 statistics for the cruise sector, Piraeus port made a significant increase of over 10% (113,000 passengers) compared to 2015, while the home port traffic achieved an increase of 24%, as a result of the very good cooperation with the Carnival Corporation & plc. At a time of continuous difficulty in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Aegean is a sea of security and peace and the Piraeus cruise port is a modern hub which provides complete services to passengers and ships.

The 111th meeting of the Med Cruise Board of Directors (The Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports) hosted by Piraeus Port Authority at its headquarters in Piraeus.

During the meeting, on the 27th of January, there was a working lunch for the Board members with the new president of CLIA Europe (Cruise Lines International Association), Kerry Anastasiadis, in order to take common initiatives for the development of the cruise industry in the Mediterranean.

Silver Shadow to call 10 times at Okinawa in May

Silver Shadow of Silversea Cruises will call at the Japanese island of Okinawa 10 times in May, a local media report said. The ship will be based in Shenzen in China on the cruises that will include calls at Hirara, Naha, Ishigaki and Nakagusuku. It has called on Okinawa before, but ths is the first time it will do this from a base port in China. The ship is scheduled to make four cruises from there with calls at Okinawa, the report on said.

Silversea to operate from Port Everglades at for least two winters

Port Everglades in Florida will welcome Silversea Cruises' newest cruise ship Silver Muse on 12-13 October 2017, and the port will continue to serve as the line’s winter homeport for the next two years according to a new agreement between Silversea and the Broward County Commission, the county said in a statement

"Silversea Cruises has been a valued customer of Port Everglades for many years, and with the agreement in place, we look forward to welcoming Silversea's newest flagship Silver Muse when it makes its U.S. debut this fall," said Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director Steven Cernak.

Silversea Cruises has been sailing from Port Everglades since October 2000. The 596-passenger Silver Muse is scheduled for five sailings next year in addition to voyages on Silver Spirit, Silver Whisper and Silver Wind also sailing from Port Everglades. The agreement is for an initial two-year period with the option to renew for an additional three years, with a minimum of 12 sailings annually.