Cruise season to get underway this week: O’Keefe

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The visit of the MV Silver Whisper of Silversea Cruises on Wednesday will mark the start of the cruise ship season in St. John’s, Mayor Dennis O’Keefe said today in a news release.

“The number of cruise visitors continues to strengthen each year and 2013 promises to be another great season as Cruise St. John’s will host almost 26,000 visitors who are expected to arrive on 15 cruise ships, which represents a 25 per cent increase in passengers from last year,” O’Keefe said.

“Vessels from Holland America, Crystal, and Princess Cruise lines will make return visits to St. John’s again this year, while the MS Delphin, National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions and the brand new AIDAbella will make inaugural visits.”

The Silver Whisper is expected to arrive in port on Wednesday at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to visit until 5 p.m.

The second cruise ship of the season will follow on Thursday, May 30, as the Crystal Symphony is scheduled to arrive 8 a.m. and leave 2 p.m.

The Silver Whisper, with 382 passengers, is on a transatlantic New York City to Southampton itinerary which began in New York on May 4. The Crystal Symphony, with 940 passengers, is on a New York to Reykjavik, Iceland, itinerary that begins on May 23.

The season will conclude on Oct. 7 with the Carnival Legend visiting St. John’s.

Organizations: National Geographic

Geographic location: New York City, Holland America, Reykjavik Iceland

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  • bern
    May 07, 2013 - 21:35

    does o'keefe really believe that the tax payers are nieve enough to believe the cheap propaganda that he portrays re- the economic benefits that a few cruise ships visiting our humble port receives

  • Luke Callanan
    May 07, 2013 - 14:52

    Here are a couple of studies that claim cruise-ships are not so good to port-of-call cities: Victoria, BC - Conclusion: "...cruise ship tourism in Victoria, British Columbia, has a zero or negative net socio-economic impact... Estimated economic benefits amount to at most $24 M, while estimated costs are at least $28 M. http://www.jbna.org/2011_cruise_ships_synopsis_april.pdf And according to this ABC article, we have an expert on such matters in our midst! Sociologist Ross Klein, professor at Memorial University. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/cruise-ship-terminals-port-cities-battle-costs-benefits/story?id=18550493#.UYlMK6JwrFk

  • Political Watcher
    May 07, 2013 - 13:41

    Doc, are you sure they can come in port as the new "security" fence is not erected? Cruise visits are the biggest red-herring of them all: they do not generate the economic benefits that Doc lovs to speak of. The only benefit is that Doc get to make several vitis to the sunny south during the heights of our winters

  • Jay
    May 07, 2013 - 13:22

    Doc is in his glory now waiting for all of the cruisers to buy their cheap little trinkets. I really wish somebody would complete a fact-based, accurate cost-benefit analysis of this industry

  • Brian
    May 07, 2013 - 12:41

    Good for Doc. This is a significant announcement for the taxpayers . I guess that our taxes will be reduced because of the revenue realized from the cruise ship season . I don't believe that the ships bring much business to the city but the city people get their trips to the cruise ship conventions . Doc was/is really good at attending them.

  • david
    May 07, 2013 - 12:40

    Cruise season...aka, the big, splashy economic lie. Everyone get out and enjoy the "free" show...it's not cheap!