Costa Brava – Cruise Ports

Ocean Nova gets the 2013 cruise ship season off to a start in Roses port

Roses port is set to receive seven visits from cruise ships and welcome 1,300 passengers in 2013, a clear indication of growing cruise ship activity in the destination

This spring, the Ocean Nova is swapping polar waters for the Mediterranean, making the Bay of Roses a port of call
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The Secretary for Territory and Mobility of the Government of Catalonia, Ricard Font, accompanied by the Mayor of Roses, Carles Pàramo, and the Vice President of the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board, Miquel Calm, among other dignitaries, has presented the captain of the Ocean Nova with a commemorative plaque, on the occasion of the ship’s first visit to Roses as a port of call.

Roses port, a new player in the cruise travel sector

Roses port is becoming a gateway for cruise ship tourists looking for outstanding destinations. Last year marked the start of a new period for the destination as a regular port of call for cruise ships in the western Mediterranean.

For the second year running, Roses port has strengthened its position as the Costa Brava’s second busiest cruise port, receiving 7 visits from cruise ships and welcoming some 1,300 passengers over the course of six months. In comparison with the previous season, the destination will be a port of call for two more visits by cruise ships, welcoming a similar number of passengers.

2013 SEASON – ROSES PORT

CRUISE SHIPS

             DATE

             MONTH

Ocean Nova

14th

             April

Royal Clipper

13th

             May

Royal Clipper

15th

             May

Seabourn Legend

21st

             July

Seabourn Legend

10th

             August

Seabourn Legend

30th

             August

Seabourn Legend

19th

             September

The season begins earlier this year, with the first arrival in April, and ends in September. In total, three small ships will arrive with a capacity for 100 or 200 passengers, depending on the specific cruise ship.

Three ships will use Roses as a port of call on seven occasions in total: the Ocean Nova, which has arrived today, the Royal Clipper, which will visit the port twice in May and the Seabourn Legend, which will visit on four occasions over the course of July, August and September.

The luxury cruise ship company Seabourn Cruise Line visited the Bay of Roses last year with the Seabourn Quest and has become a loyal customer. The companies Nova Logistics Ltd. and Star Clippers have also now committed to the port.

From the polar seas to the Mediterranean

The Ocean Nova has docked for the first time in Roses port, marking the start of the 2013 season. The cruise ship, carrying 50 passengers and 31 crew members, has arrived today at 10 a.m. from Tarragona port and will depart for Marseilles (France) at 4 p.m. The Tourism Area of Roses Town Council has installed an information point on board to provide the visitors with information on local eating establishments, shops and points of interest to visit. The passengers have opted to visit Roses and Cadaqués, and to attend a wine tasting at the Martí Faixó wine cellar.

The Ocean Nova was built in 1992 in a Danish shipyard and was designed to sail the freezing waters of Greenland. For adventurous passengers, the ship, which specialises in polar sailing, currently offers expeditions to Antarctica, the Arctic, northern Europe and South America. Having researched outstanding destinations, Nova Logistics Ltd. has decided to offer its passengers a Mediterranean adventure this spring, with Roses as one of its ports of call.

The 11-day voyage began in Barcelona, followed by Tarragona and, today, Roses. The remaining ports of call are Marseilles, Porquerolles, Nice, Genoa, Portofino, Livorno, Bastia, Portoferraio and, finally, Civitavecchia (Rome).

As regards technical features, the ship has an overall length of 73 m, a beam of 11 m and a draught of 4 m. The Ocean Nova boasts a large panoramic viewing room, a restaurant with a wide culinary variety, a library and a fitness room, among other services.

Costa Brava Cruise Ports fly the flag for Roses and Palamós

Catalan institutions are playing an important role in promoting cruise ship traffic in Catalan ports thanks to the activity that they are carrying out in the main forums of the cruise ship industry all over the world. The Costa Brava Cruise Ports brand is the result of the efforts of Ports of the Catalan Government, the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board, the town councils of Roses and Palamós and the chambers of commerce of Girona and Palamós to promote Roses and Palamós ports and their tourist destinations in a sector that will experience growth in the Mediterranean.

As part of the initiative for boosting cruise ship activity, Palamós and Roses ports were jointly promoted last month at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami Beach (Florida, USA), the most important event on the international cruise sector calendar, under the brand name Costa Brava Cruise Ports. At the convention, meetings were held with the leading American cruise ship operators, shipping agencies, associations of the cruise ship sector and tour operators, and the ports of Roses and Palamós met with a very positive response at the event.

14th April 2013

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