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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.

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 ryukyushimpo.jp 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.

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.

Gothenburg’s Amerikaskjulet to reopen as cruise terminal 2018

The Port of Gothenburg in Sweden said it would reopen Amerikaskjulet, the one time terminal of the Swedish America Line, as cruise terminal next year.

“Gothenburg has developed considerably as a maritime city,” said Jill Söderwall, Vice President Cruise at Gothenburg Port Authority. This year be the final season in which cruise ships can dock at Frihamnen. The area will form part of a major urban development scheme with the construction of homes and offices, forcing the present cruise terminal to find a new location.

The new central cruise terminal will be at Stigbergskajen in Masthugget. The quay and part of the terminal building, Amerikaskjulet, are currently being restored and will be ready to welcome vessels from spring 2018. The new name - America Cruise Terminal – evokes memories of the terminal’s illustrious past.

“The location is ideal as it is within walking distance of the inviting and vibrant districts of Majorna, Linné and Haga, and just a short journey by public transport or chartered bus into the city centre. Now that the beautiful and historically significant Amerikaskjulet is about to be revived as a passenger terminal, cruise guests can look forward to a warm, and authentic reception,” Jill Söderwall explained.

Amerikaskjulet was constructed in 1912 and operated as a passenger terminal until 1975. The building was then converted into offices, even if the quay was used occasionally by naval vessels and school ships. Part of Amerikaskjulet will now be converted into a reception hall with a tourist information office, souvenir shop and other facilities.

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