Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CRUISE SHIP VISITS WILL PROVIDE LOCAL ECONOMIC BOOST



CRYSTAL SERENTIY, the largest cruise vessel ever to grace Douglas Bay.

THE Isle of Man is set to welcome no less than 14 cruise calls this year with a further nine calls already booked for 2013, providing a welcome economic boost to the local economy.   Of the current total, 13 vessels will be making an inaugural visit including the magnificent 68,870 ton CRYSTAL SERENTIY, the largest cruise vessel ever to grace Douglas Bay.

A further distinctive caller is one of the world’s largest sail-cruisers. With five huge masts and the sails controlled by computer from the bridge of the vessel, the WIND SURF will present a distinctive sight during the two calls it is scheduled to make in 2013. This vessel accommodates 327 passengers along with 163 crew members.

The AZAMARA QUEST, which is due to call at Douglas on July 13th in 2013, currently has a unique Isle of Man connection as the Master of the vessel, Captain Carl Smith is from Peel. It is anticipated he will be on board for the Isle of Man call which could then be promoted to the Cruise Lines repeat passenger base as ‘Captain Carl’s Homecoming Cruise!’.

Silversea Cruises have scheduled two of their vessels to incorporate the Isle of Man within itineraries this year.  They are the SILVER CLOUD, which has been a fairly frequent caller to our shores in the past, and the SILVER EXPLORER which is the company’s recently acquired ‘Expedition’ vessel and will be visiting the Island for the first time.

Other distinctive inaugural callers in 2012 include the SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER. This Berlitz Guide rated luxury/premium class vessel is also scheduled to visit Douglas again the following year. The list continues with the THOMSON SPIRIT due to call on September 5th, a vessel with a 1,250 passenger capability.


Cruise visits 2012:
Quest for Adventure           8th May
Arion                                26th May
Discovery                         28th May
Silver Explorer                    31st May
Marco Polo                        4th June
Ocean Countess                 5th June
Seven Seas Voyager           7th June
Silver Cloud                       8th June
Saga Sapphire                   4th July
Quest for Adventure           9th July
Marco Polo                       16th July
Deutschland                      20th July
Hebridean Princess             21st August
Thomson Spirit                  6th September

Cruise visits planned so far for 2013:
Seven Seas Voyager           6th June
Nautica                             29th June
Azamara Quest                  13th July
Wind Surf                         21st July
Columbus 2                       19th August
Pacific Star Princess            20th August
Crystal Serenity                  25th August
Wind Surf                         30th August  
Seabourn Pride                 13th September

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