2015 cruise season sets sail from Harwich
2 April 2015
2015 Cruise Season Sets Sail from Harwich
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 929-guest ship, Braemar, kicks-off another busy cruise season at Harwich International Port on Saturday 4 April. The seven-night ‘Easter City Getaway’ cruise is the first of five cruises being offered by Fred. Olsen from the Essex port this year.
In addition, 2015 sees the return of Holland America Line for 15 cruises from the port as well as regular calls by Royal Caribbean, Voyages of Discovery, Transocean Tours and Costa Cruises.
Commenting on the start of the season, Mark Seaman, Finance Director of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of Harwich International Port, said:
“Harwich International Port is firmly established as one of the UK’s leading cruise ports. With a railway station on site, convenient parking adjacent to the terminal and within easy reach of millions of consumers, it has numerous attractions for both passengers and vessel operators. Although many operators choose to start and finish cruises at Harwich, the proximity to London, Cambridge and Constable Country has also made it attractive as a transit port for cruises beginning elsewhere.”
Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, added:
“Braemar’s cruise season from Harwich builds upon Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ already-close relationship with this convenient, regional port. Braemar enjoyed a successful cruise season from here for the first time last year, which is why we have increased our cruise calls from three to five for 2015.”
Harwich International Port has invested heavily in its cruise facilities. As well as a modern cruise building, the port is able to berth ships over 300 metres long and has a state-of-the-art air-conditioned passenger boarding bridge.
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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. Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator. The HPH network of port operations comprises 319 berths in 52 ports, spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, HPH has expanded internationally into other logistics, transportation-related and hotel businesses. These include cruise ship terminals, airport and hotel operations, distribution centres, rail services, and ship repair facilities. In 2014, the HPH port network handled a combined throughput of 82.9 million TEU worldwide.