Two more inaugural cruise calls for the Port of Gibraltar
Date: 28th October 2015 - There were two more inaugural cruise ship visits to Gibraltar today Wednesday 28th October.
The Star Pride, a Pride Class vessel owned and operated by Windstar Cruises sailed into port at 8am while the MS Magellan, a Holiday Class cruise ship owned by the Carnival Corporation arrived at 9am.
These constitute record breaking 13 inaugural cruise calls of the year for the Port of Gibraltar.
The MS Magellan is operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, has a gross tonnage of 46,052, a length of 222 metres and a capacity for 1,452 passengers. It has a crew of 660 personnel. The Star Pride has a gross tonnage of 9,975, a length of 133.4 metres and a capacity for 208 passengers. It has a crew of 164 personnel.
As is customary in these cases, there was a formal welcoming ceremony for the Captains and crew by Minister for Tourism Samantha Sacramento, representatives from the Gibraltar Port Authority, Gibraltar Tourist Board (GTB), and the ship’s local agents Incargo for the MS Magellan and MH Bland for the Star Pride. The ceremonies included formal dialogue with the Captains on the benefits of Gibraltar as a port of call. This continues this Government’s policy of engaging with all those involved in the passenger and ship experience in order to continue to attract continued and further calls to Gibraltar.
Minister for Tourism Samantha Sacramento said she was delighted at the continuing visits to Gibraltar by cruise ships “We have had an extremely busy summer in the port of Gibraltar this year with cruise ship inaugurals coming in thick and fast resulting in a record number of a total of 13 this year. Furthermore, this year will also see 27 more cruise ships arriving in port representing a 15% increase on 2014. This great, bustling activity underlines the tireless work carried out by the GTB and the Gibraltar Port Authority in marketing and promoting Gibraltar as a maritime hub of excellence and as one of the leading ports of call in the western Mediterranean. This increase mirrors the record rise in passengers using Gibraltar International Airport last year and this summer. In July 12.7% more passengers travelled through the airport over July 2014 whilst August figures rose 9.9% above the previous year. Visitor numbers to the Upper Rock too stood at over 7% more than 2014 at end August.
“Our partnership with stakeholders in the private sector and the political leadership and vision of the GSLP-Liberal Government, has succeeded in creating an optimum business climate in Gibraltar where the cruise industry can expand even further. The professionalism of the services that we offer and Rock’s popularity as a destination is also a huge vote of confidence by the global cruise industry both in our tourist product, and in our capacity to handle some of the largest ships in the world. “Our steadfast political commitment to tourism shown over these past four years, has yielded many opportunities for economic growth. This has had a positive impact on other areas of the economy, securing benefits across the board particularly for the shipping, tourist, retail and leisure industries all of which make an important contribution to the Rock’s development and sustained prosperity.”