Cruise Ships Set Sail for Torquay

More Cruise Ships confirmed for the English Riviera in 2013

Six cruise ships are set to visit the English Riviera  next year with the plan to encourage even more vessels to visit the Bay.

The Summer Season will start with the Ocean Majesty  anchoring off Torquay Harbour on Monday 27 May.  During September and October an additional five ships will be visiting the resort .  The Artania will visit on Tuesday 3 September and return on Tuesday 17 September.

Torbay will welcome back the Delphin, a regular visitor, when it visits on Wednesday 4 September with a first time visit from the Thomson Spirit on Friday 6 September followed by the Albatros calling on Sunday 6 October.

 An estimated 5,500 passengers will be aboard the six ships bringing a welcome boost to local tourism.

Mayor, Gordon Oliver, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the ships to the Bay. We had three cruise calls in 2012 and with another six booked for next year our drive to attract more cruise ships to the Bay appears to be paying off.   This is the largest number of cruise ship visits we have had for over a decade.

“Attracting cruise ships is continued investment for our maritime tourism and we hope to get back to the cruise ship business we had before.  A key aim is to promote alternative excursion options that help to keep more passengers in the Bay during their visit.”

Carolyn Custerson, CEO of English Riviera Tourism Company, said: “The cruise ship visits will bring new international guests giving a boost to the local tourism economy.  We are creating opportunities to establish ourselves as a UK destination in the rapidly expanding cruise market.  This includes the recent production an inspiring video which will be distributed industry-wide.”

Executive Head of Tor Bay Harbour Authority, Kevin Mowat, said: “We want to ensure that the ships and their guests have enjoy a safe visit to our port. The passengers receive a fantastic welcome and have access to all of the relevant information needed to navigate around the Bay as well as making their short stay a memorable one.  This will hopefully encourage future visits.”

Chairman of the Tor Bay Harbour Committee, Cllr Vic Ellery, said: “We are pleased to confirm that we have received six bookings for cruise ship visits in 2013. This is really positive for the Harbour’s cruise ship business but the wider economic benefits reach out to a whole range of other businesses within the Bay.”

Itineraries will be tailored based on passenger profiling of each ship to encourage the visitors to stay local.  This includes tapping into the international interest in Agatha Christie, who was born in Torquay and other areas of interest and heritage.

 

Source: English Riviera News

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