Cruise lines participating in the 36th general assembly of the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (MedCruise) in Constantza, Romania, June 2 – 5, used the numbers usually presented on earnings calls to show how well the companies are doing to instead demonstrate how they are struggling and need fee and cost concessions from the ports. Cruise line executives also pointed out that established Mediterranean ports were at the saturation level and predicted that future growth will come in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Adriatic and the Black Sea.
The MedCruise conference, which was hosted by the Port Authority of Constantza, with support from local tourism authorities, was officially opened by the Romanian Secretary of State for Regional Development, Sorin Munteanu; Andreea Nistor, commercial manager of the port; Corina Martin, president of the Romanian Riviera and Danube Delta Promotion Port; and Giovanni Spadoni, president of MedCruise and technical and commercial director for Porto di Livorno. Participating cruise lines included Costa, MSC, Royal Caribbean, Princess and Thomson.
Canada New England
Canada New England must work to become better known for all the region has to offer before cruise traffic will grow significantly, according to cruise line executives who spoke at the recent 12th annual Canada New England Cruise Symposium hosted by the Saint John Port Authority in Saint John, New Brunswick, June 8 – 10.
While fall cruise traffic is strong, only a few ships sail regularly during the summer months, when there is a variety of attractions and activities that could attract families. The fall concentration of cruises also causes some congestion, with most ships sailing similar length voyages partially due to the need to be able to sell consistent products.
A keynote speaker was Rob Moore, Canadian minister of state (for small business and tourism), who articulated Canada’s support for the development of tourism products, including helping tourists from around the world reach Canada; streamlining of customs and border procedures; promoting Canada as a destination of choice; and enhancing the visitor experience through all facets of services and hospitality.
Shawn Graham, premier of New Brunswick, also spoke and expressed the province’s support of the cruise industry.
Participating cruise lines included Carnival, Fred. Olsen, Holland America, Norwegian, MSC, Princess and Royal Caribbean.