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Aurora, longest cruise ship to berth at Mahé quay

Post  Sirop14 on Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:39 am

Aurora, longest cruise ship to berth at Mahé quay


29-March-2016
Aurora cruise ship has landed a place in the Seychelles Ports Authority’s book of records as the longest ship of its kind to ever berth at the Mahé quay.

Launched in 2001, Aurora is one of the largest ships in the P&O Cruises fleet with an overall length of 273 metres.
Aurora is a classic ocean going vessel with an elegant tiered stern and long bow with a range of facilities including numerous bars for all tastes, public rooms and entertainment venues.
Passengers can also enjoy a cinema, a theatre, a nightclub, a casino, a spa, a gym, three swimming pools and outside passengers have access to traditional deck games such as shuffleboard and deck quoits, a tennis court and golf simulator.

Dining highlights include famous chefs such as Atul Kochhar’s.

The ship can accommodate up to 1,878 passengers in 939 cabins, with a maximum crew complement of 936.
It currently has 1,771 passengers and 829 crew members.

To mark the occasion, Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St Ange and Seychelles Ports Authority (SPA) chief executive Colonel Andre Ciseau paid a courtesy visit to the ship’s captain Peter Philpott.

Accompanying the minister was also the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) chief executive Sherin Naiken, STB and SPA staff members.
Last year a record 26 cruise ships visited Seychelles with 19,806 transit visitors.

Aurora is the 13th cruise ship to visit Seychelles since January 2016 and in total they have brought in 13,876 transit visitors during the first three months of this year and the number is expected to exceed that of last year by the end of the cruise ship season which starts in September.

Aurora left Seychelles at 6pm yesterday for Port Louis, Mauritius as part of its world tour cruise.

Measuring 261 metres long, Sun Princess was until yesterday holding the record for the longest cruise ship to moor in Seychelles waters after her visit in February 2016.

This new record set by Aurora is expected to be broken next month with the arrival of MS Queen Victoria at 294m long.
However, whether or not it will berth at the Mahé quay is still indecisive.

According to Minister St Ange cruise ships bring major benefits to Seychelles.

Firstly, the passengers add to the country’s economy as they buy our services such as excursions, and products such as arts and crafts.
Secondly, cruise ship passengers are able to come back and enjoy Seychelles for a holiday or they recommend friends and family to come for a visit and this helps with marketing and to get Seychelles discovered.

“The STB with the port authority have been working hard to bring cruise ships back to our islands. This is today working and the proof of it is that this year we’ve had more cruise ships coming back to our islands than we’ve had for many years, but it is important to break the perception that cruise ship passengers are counted as visitor arrivals in this country. They are not counted as visitor arrivals. There is a section in the statistic that deals only with cruise ships and they are not counted as tourists who landed in Seychelles,” said the minister.
Colonel Ciseau said this upshot is a result of the joint efforts of various stakeholders and partners.

“The developed capacity of our staff is now providing good results and the new marketing strategy brought about with regional countries, other national authorities and private partners is also the reason behind this end result,” said Colonel Ciseau.

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Les bons résultats de la croisière

Post  Sirop14 on Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:07 pm

Les bons résultats de la croisière

08-October-2016


A quelques jours du démarrage de la nouvelle saison des croisières, Xavier-Luc Duval, Premier Ministre adjoint, Ministre du tourisme de l’île Maurice et président des îles vanille, a fait un point d’étape en présence d’Alain St Ange, le Ministre du Tourisme des Seychelles, de Kevin Ramkaloan, le Directeur de la Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, et de Pascal Viroleau, le Directeur de l’association des îles Vanille.
Les arrivées sont passées de 14 000 croisiéristes pour la saison 2014/2015 à 29 000 pour la saison 2015/2016, ce qui représente une augmentation de 100% !
Les prévisions pour la nouvelle saison sont d’ores et déjà très encourageantes.
Les îles recevront de très nombreuses visites de navires de croisières, au premier rang desquels le Costa NeoRomantica, avec ses 12 rotations, fait figure de leader.
Nous enregistrerons également les escales de plus d’une douzaine de navires différents : MS AMADEA, MS ARTANIA, MS ASTOR, MS EUROPA, MS EUROPA 2, MV ISLAND SKY, MSC SINFONIA (2 rotations), OCEAN DREAM (Peace Boat), QUEEN ELIZABETH, QUEEN MARY, SILVER DISCOVERER, VOYAGER et WORLD ODYSSEY.
Les compagnies Fred Olsen et Aida ont programmé des navires pour la saison 2017/2018, ce qui laisse augurer d’un maintien à moyen terme de la croissance du secteur.
« Les îles vanille négocient avec de nouvelles compagnies et nous annoncerons de nouvelles arrivées dans les mois qui viennent », a déclaré Xavier-Luc Duval.
Les Iles Vanille sont un regroupement de promotion des îles de l'océan indien Comores, Madagascar, Maurice, Mayotte, La Réunion et les Seychelles.
http://www.vanilla-islands.org

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Passage du ‘Costa Romantica’ à Victoria

Post  Sirop14 on Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:32 am

Passage du ‘Costa Romantica’ à Victoria

11-October-2016
« Les croisières sont une part importante du marché touristique »

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