27th March 2006
Harwich International Port is celebrating a record sixty-one cruise calls expected for 2006. It will be a busy year that will see returning customers, new customers, three maiden vessel calls and two transit calls. The increase in cruise calls will also bring record numbers of passengers through Harwich, numbers of which are likely to reach 110,000.
Since October 2005, a second berth has been made available at the Port, ensuring greater flexibility and increased options when accommodating a higher number of ships. Investment by the Port into new baggage handling equipment and a refurbished passenger gangway will facilitate the extra business generated by such an increase of cruise calls.
HIP will welcome back Thomson Cruises for a second year, following the success of the Thomson Celebration in 2005. The company will run five cruises from Harwich this season. The Jewel of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, will make eleven calls this year, in her third season at the Port, as will Discovery, operated by Voyages of Discovery, and the Ocean Majesty, operated by Page & Moy, who are also returning. These lines are specialists in cruises to the Baltic and the North Cape, as well as the traditional ‘around Britain’ cruises.
Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of Harwich International Port, said:
“Harwich International Port is one of the leading passenger ports in the UK, and is strategically placed as the most northerly cruise port on the East Coast. It is testimony to the excellent facilities and service that we have here in Harwich that major cruise operators choose to use us, and return to us year after year.”
Harwich International Port works closely in conjunction with the Haven Gateway Partnership’s ‘Haven Cruise’ initiative to promote the attractions of the Haven Gateway area to cruise passengers. The initiative seeks to maximise the benefit to local tourist industry from cruise liners calling in Harwich.
The new cruise season starts in earnest with the first call on April 29th 2006.
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Harwich International Port (HWH) is one of the UK’s leading multi-purpose freight and passenger ports with excellent road and rail links to the Midlands, London and the South East. It is ideally located for North Sea freight and passenger traffic to and from Scandinavia and the Benelux countries, offering first class ro-ro, ferry, container and bulk operations.
HWH is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 20 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 247 berths in 42 ports, together with a number of transportation-related service companies. With industry-recognised core competence in the effective and efficient management and operation of ports, the HPH Group handled 47.8 million TEU in 2004.