The call on Sunday 10 May of Holland America Lines’ cruise ship Eurodam will provide a significant boost to the tourist industry of North Essex and the whole Eastern region.
Most cruise ships use Harwich as an embarkation/disembarkation point but the Eurodam is making a transit call at the port and the passengers will, therefore, have greater opportunities to visit local tourist attractions.
With capacity for over 2,000 passengers, and a crew of 929, the giant cruise ship will temporarily increase the population of Harwich by 3,000 people.
Commenting on the call, Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of Harwich International Port, said:
“The call of the Eurodam will provide a timely boost for the local economy. We have worked hard to attract a number of cruise line transit calls to Harwich in 2009, and the passengers and crew will come ashore to spend money in local shops, restaurants and at local attractions. The cruise industry represents an important element of Harwich International Port’s business base, and we will continue to invest, and to work with our partners, to ensure the East of England remains an attractive cruise ship destination”
Keith Brown, Chief Executive of East of England Tourism, said:
“East of England Tourism congratulates Holland America on the arrival of the Eurodam cruise ship into Harwich, one of the most important cruise ports in the UK. The positive message this sends to our businesses can only be beneficial to the region in the coming year.
“Along with our local businesses, East of England Tourism welcomes the ship and passengers to the region and we are proud to be able to demonstrate the diverse nature of our towns, villages and countryside to new visitors.”
The Eurodam is Holland America Line’s newest vessel. Built in 2008 at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard near Venice, she has a vast array of passenger facilities spread across 11 decks. These include a pan-Asian restaurant and bar, an African-theme to the Explorer's Lounge, an Italian specialty restaurant and a redesigned atrium and show lounge with theatre-style seating and a new photographic and imaging centre.
The first transit call comes just a week after the first cruise ship of the season, the Celebrity Constellation, called at the Essex port.
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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 subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 49 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies.