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Sandra Diane Bratland to become Bergen’s cruise marketing manager

From September 1, Sandra Diane Bratland, currently director of Cruise Norway, will take on the role of cruise marketing manager at Port of Bergen.Sandra Diana Bratland started her career in tourism working both as shore excursions agent and as ships agent for cruise ships visiting Norway.

With around 20 years of operational experience from the cruise industry as an incoming agent, her background is mainly from developing, producing and operating shore excursions in all of Norways cruise ports.

The last 5 years with European Cruise Service Sandra held the position of Director of Shore Excursions, and as of January 1st 2014, she became Managing Director of Cruise Norway. Working with Norways around 40 cruise ports for a lifetime has given her extensive knowledge of the ports and land products, as well as valuable insight in how the cruise industry works. 

“I am thrilled to assume the position of Marketing Manager Cruise with Port of Bergen. Bergen is Norways largest cruise port, and also my home town, and I look very much forward to be working closely together with the cruise lines and local stakeholders to ensure that Bergen is the number one port of choice also in the future. A cruise ship call to Bergen shall be the highlight of the cruise and a positive experience for the guests, cruise lines and locals alike.”


Bantry Bay Port Company welcomes first cruise ship to Bantry Bay

Holland America Line's Prinsendam made her maiden call to Bantry Bay Harbour today on what was to be the first visit of a cruise liner to Bantry in almost 30 years. Carrying over 800 passengers, Prinsendam arrived in the early hours of the morning and will stay until evening ensuring their passengers get every opportunity to explore the region.

Speaking about the arrival of Prinsendam to Bantry, Bantry Bay Port Company Harbour Master Captain Paul O’Regan said: ‘We are very encouraged by Holland American Lines commitment to call to Bantry. This is an exciting time for the whole of West Cork as we aim to grow this cruise business considerably over the next few years."

He continued: ‘We have the experience and professionalism within the Port of Cork of what needs to be achieved to grow the cruise business here, and Bantry Bay Port Company is fully committed. The unique selling point with Bantry is to attract the smaller boutique cruises or expedition cruises which can access smaller ports and harbour, meaning their passengers can benefit from a richer experience onshore."

In August 2017 Bantry Bay Port Company will officially open the new inner harbour development which has seen an investment of €9.5 million over the last year. This facility will greatly enhance the marine tourism activity in the area and will also aid in accommodating future cruise calls.

Port Everglades to invest over $100 million to renovate Cruise Terminal 25 as part of new Royal Caribbean agreement

Broward County's Port Everglades will be investing more than $100 million for a complete makeover of Cruise Terminal 25, which will continue to be a preferential berth for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (RCCL) as part of a new long-term agreement approved unanimously by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.

The new agreement replaces the current RCCL agreement, which expires at the end of 2017, and continues through September 30, 2026, with options to extend the terms for an additional four years, followed by an additional five years. RCCL owns both Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises cruise lines, both of which sail from Port Everglades.

"Renovating Cruise Terminal 25 was already part of our Master/Vision Plan, and was scheduled to begin this year," said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak. "Giving preferential berthing rights to Royal Caribbean allows us to build a facility that meets their expectations for the new generations of larger cruise ships and for the new Celebrity Edge, which is scheduled to homeport at Port Everglades beginning in December 2018."

Cruise Terminal 25 was originally built in 1992. A section to provide an additional elevator was completed in 2004.

RCCL also has preferential berthing rights at Cruise Terminal 18, which was completed in 2009 to welcome Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and her sister ships Allure of the Seas in 2010 and Harmony of the Seas in 2016. All three sister ships are part of the Oasis-class of ships, which are considered the largest and most innovative cruise ships in the world. The newer Harmony of the Seas replaced Oasis of the Seas to sail year-round every Saturday from Port Everglades. Allure of the Seas sails every Sunday year-round.

Beginning December 2018, Celebrity Edge, the first ship in Celebrity Cruises' new class of ships, will also be sailing out of Port Everglades. Designed in 3-D, and featuring the work of A-list global architects and designers, the 2,918-guest Celebrity Edge was designed to bring the outside in and aims to make discerning global travelers redefine how they experience the world and how intimate a vacation can be.

The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County, Florida government with operating revenues of more than $163 million in Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations.

Port Everglades is consistently ranked as one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world with more than 3.8 million passengers in fiscal year 2016 (Oct. 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016). Eleven cruise lines, one ferry service and more than 40 cruise ships sail from the Port Everglades including: Balearia's Bahamas Express (ferry), Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Pearl Seas Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn and Silversea Cruises.

First cruise ship berths at Lerwick's new pier

Lerwick Harbour's latest facilities for cruise ships have welcomed their first vessel, with Viking Star berthing at the recently-named Mair’s Pier today, Monday, 12 June.

She arrived from Svolvaer, northern Norway, with around 900 passengers on board and tied up at the £16.5 million multi-purpose pier, completed in late 2016. The outside arm of the pier is being used initially by cruise ships up to 230 metres in length. A number of Viking Cruise ships will be among vessels scheduled to berth at the pier this season.

Viking Star passengers are the first to use a new meet-and-greet station and information point, commissioned by Lerwick Port Authority and accommodating the harbour’s welcoming team. The mobile unit will also be used elsewhere in the port which expects 75 vessels and a 21% increase in passengers to a record of almost 62,000 this season.

Victor Sandison, Senior Commercial Executive, Lerwick Port Authority, said: “The additional berthing and improved visitor arrival experience are part of our ongoing programme to attract and service the cruise industry which makes an important contribution to the Shetland economy.”

Almost 90 vessels are already booked for 2018, bringing around 93,000 passengers – both records.

MedCruise guidelines for a sustainable ‘Berth Booking Process’ at Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum 2017

MedCruise had a leading role at the 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum held at Megaron Athens International Conference Centre, in Athens, Greece, 23-24 May 2017. During the two-day event, cruise industry decision makers and stakeholders came together in an effort to “Reinvent Cruising in the East Mediterranean”.

MedCruise President Kristijan Pavic was among the keynote speakers at the opening session of the Forum, discussing the "State of the Industry: The Mediterranean in the Global Picture". During his intervention, MedCruise President presented the current state of the industry, while he also supported the view that cruise ports in the East Med will remain active in all fronts, allowing cruise lines to further trust and deploy their vessels in one of the most magnificent cruise regions in the world.

MedCruise also led discussions during a special session on “Berth Allocation - A Solution for Large and Small Ports”, where expert speakers addressed the main challenges and debated possible strategies and solutions. MedCruise Secretary General Thanos Pallis presented to cruise lines, ports, and stakeholders the guidelines that have been developed by MedCruise members and if endorsed could provide a sustainable Mediterranean Berth Booking Process applied by ports in the Med and its adjoining seas.

“This process has agreed by more than 100 ports in the Med and its adjoining seas, and its principles apply in several ports. If endorsed it can provide satisfactory to cruise lines, stakeholders and ports. MedCruise ports developed collectively a framework that is not restricting anybody yet provides some structured guidelines that resolve a number of misunderstandings that currently exist” says MedCruise Secretary General Thanos Pallis about the proposal communicated to the cruise world, concluding that “Our member ports and associates look forward to work with cruise lines, and their association, towards a conclusion of such berth allocation principles that will facilitate the work of all.”