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Schengen visas can make or break a port call

The Schengen visa is a document allowing visitors to travel freely within Europe but the UK is not included and this is causing some major headaches for cruiselines on certain itineraries. It is a subject that Adam Sharp, manager port operations & guest port services UK, Northern Europe and Middle East Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), knows...Read more

Cruise Europe at the International Cruise Summit

Chairman Captain Michael McCarthy attended the International Cruise Summit 2014 in Madrid in November and came away with the following points: *The economic challenges facing the cruiselines, ports and passengers has not gone away with many ports reluctant to invest. It was clearly emphasised that a port is primarily only a vehicle of entry to a...Read more

Orderbook is a source for optimism

After many years of growth both in the number of calls and visiting passengers a number of our member ports report a slight dip in the number of cruise calls for 2014, with a similar outlook for 2015. Due to the increasing number of larger vessels now positioned in our region the number of passengers has increased for most of the ports or remained...Read more

Flying into Santander for the CEC in April

Next year Santander is hosting the Cruise Europe conference from 28 to 30 April in the historical Magdalena Palace. Moderator Nigel Lingard and Jens Skrede are working on another interesting programme with Justin Poulsen of Holland America Line already confirmed as a speaker. There will be plenty of networking opportunities and there are some...Read more

Milestone year for Cruise Europe

This year has been another good year for Cruise Europe (CE) as an association with a growing membership, a new pavilion in Miami and a very successful conference and annual general meeting (AGM) in Riga. In September we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) together with three other port...Read more

Vigo handles Oasis and triple calls without a glitch

September and October have been extraordinary months for Vigo with calls reaching 19 and 15 respectively, passenger numbers 40,000 and 42,500 and crew numbers 15,700 and 17,000. On September 10 and 11 there were consecutive triple calls with the port handling 16,500 visitors from Costa Pacifica, Celebrity Constellation, Wind Surf, MSC Opera, MSC...Read more

Copenhagen introduces problem-free check in

Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) has introduced a system whereby passengers can check in for a flight before disembarking the Danish capital. The system will be extended to more shipping lines and more ships in the 2015 season. ”We are the frontrunners with this system, and it is a win-win situation, both for us and the passengers,” said Arnt Moller...Read more

Bilbao inaugurates third berth in record time

Bilbao’s third berth went into operation at the end of May. At 355m in length, 12m draught and covering 25,300m2 it represents a E16.5m investment for the Port Authority of Bilbao. Plans are now underway for a terminal at the quay along the lines of the facility that came into service in February 2006. This has two berths, a land area of 6,750m2...Read more

Oasis departs Rotterdam shortly after market hall painting completed

After a two weeks’ maintenance programme at Keppel Verolme, Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas departed Rotterdam cruise for Fort Lauderdale on October 14. Two weeks earlier the Rotterdam Market Hall opened its doors to show off the biggest artwork in the world. Entitled Horn of Plenty, the gigantic, brightly colored painting...Read more

Cruise tourism sets a new record in Gothenburg

From April to October 73 cruiseships visited Gothenburg carrying 110,000 visitors and generating about SEK60m (E6.5m) in tourist revenue for the city. Jill Soderwall, head of cruise operations Port of Gothenburg, said: "This is an all-time high. Never before have we had so many calls. The peak was in May when we had seven calls and 12,500 guests...Read more