Passengers on Oceania Cruises' Marina enjoy overnight call in Dublin
Submitted by CE-Press on 17 September 2012 - 1:25pm
An overnight call in Dublin on September 9 gave passengers on Oceania Cruises’ Marina plenty of time to enjoy not only the city but also its environs. It also provided an opportunity to enjoy a Saturday night out and experience Irish hospitality at its best.
Tours orchestrated by Intercruises Shoreside and Port Services included art & antiques in Dublin; a guided walk in the city; a visit to Powerscourt Gardens; a tour of the Guiness Storehouse and a river cruise and city sights.
Oceania Cruises’ Marina is greeted by the Falmouth Cruise Ship Ambassadors, a winning team
Submitted by CE-Press on 17 September 2012 - 9:48am
On the day Falmouth expected Oceania Cruises’ Marina to come alongside - making it the largest ship to dock in this picturesque town in Cornwall - the Falmouth Cruise Ship Ambassadors were out in force.
One year after the inauguration of the new pier in Leixoes, the number of passengers is more than double the 13,000 recorded in 2011.
About 29,000 cruise passengers visited Oporto during the first half of 2012. The 118% growth in passenger numbers is the result of both an increase in the number of calls but also the dimension of vessels calling.
Seven out of 15 calls to the Isle of Man this year are first timers to the island. For 2013 there are already 13 calls booked, again with many inaugural visits.
“Marina [Oceania Cruises] came in twice last year and I think this really turned a corner for us. It was highly successful in terms of disembarkation,” said Terry Toohey, cruise consultant Isle of Man Tourism. “Up until now we had not had Regent Seven Seas Cruises come in but now Seven Seas Voyager is booked.” Oceania Cruises is also bringing Nautica to the port.
Stornoway is looking forward to receiving up to 11,000 passengers this year on 28 calls. First time visits are booked for Oceania Cruises’ Marina, Kristina Katarina and MSC Lirica.
To greet its visitors Stornoway Cruise Group is rolling out a ‘Welcome Scheme’ for passengers this season. The aim is to provide an incentive to passengers and crew to make use of local shops and facilities.
The scheme has the support of local businesses on the Isle of Lewis. Some will be offering discounts on retail purchases while others will offer a free gift with every purchase.
As a result of the growing increase in traffic, in 2012 the Bilbao Port Authority will commence the building of a new cruise terminal with a third berthing line. The works are scheduled for completion mid way through 2014 at an estimated cost of E17.6 million.
The new terminal will have a 27,400m² land surface area, be 76m wide and 355 mlong with a 12m draught. The project includes building a second passenger maritime station and an underground car park.