Cruising numbers picking up

Cruise tourism is shaping up to be very busy for the next three months, following on from the slowest part of the year.

The total potential number of passengers for December is a quarter of a million (255,263) with 46 ships and 103 calls.

The busiest day for the rest of 2006, Tuesday, 26 December (Boxing Day) sees no less than 10 cruise ships in port. If ships are at maximum capacity this could mean 24,174 passengers coming into George Town on that day.

A busy cruise day in George Town.

It was a busy cruise day in George Town yesterday with four ships in port: Imagination, Inspiration, Caribbean Princess and the largest cruise ship in the world Freedom of the Seas. Cruise ship visits will pick up as high season hits the Cayman Islands. Photo: Cliodhna McGowan

Included in the day’s arrivals is the famous luxurious liner, the Queen Mary 2 which will be arriving at the new Royal Watler Cruise Terminal.

The second busiest day is set to be Wednesday, 20 December, with eight ships including the world’s largest cruise ship Freedom of the Seas, just in time for Christmas shopping.

If at maximum capacity, these eight ships combined can bring as many as 25,457 passengers into port.

Tuesday, 12 December is another busy day in port, with seven ships and the potential for 18,656 passengers.

Wednesday, 6 December also sees seven ships in port, with a potential capacity for 23,060 passengers.

In November cruise tourism should be a little quieter but busy nonetheless.

A total of 88 calls from 35 ships could see a maximum of 225,137 passengers in port if ships are full.

For three days during the month there are seven ships in port: Thursday, 9 November, Thursday, 23 November and Tuesday, 28 November.

This gives a potential for an average of 18,075 passengers for these days.

For October cruise tourism has the potential to be busier than September, with 52 calls from 18 ships and 149,087 passengers if ships are full.

The busiest days for October have five ships in port on three occasions: Wednesday, 11 October, Wednesday, 25 October and Thursday, 26 October.

This gives an average of 14,022 passengers on each of these days if ships are at full capacity.

Cruise Schedule

October

Mon, Oct 2 Inspiration, Imagination;

Tue, Oct 3 Carnival Miracle, Carnival Valor, Enchantment of the Seas;

Wed, Oct 4 Carnival Triumph, Navigator of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas;

Thu, Oct 5 Carnival Conquest, Rhapsody of the Seas, Holiday Dream;

Tue, Oct 10 Disney Magic, Carnival Miracle;

Wed, Oct 11 Caribbean Princess, Inspiration, Imagination, Holiday Dream, Freedom of the Seas;

Thu, Oct 12 Carnival Conquest, Rhapsody of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas;

Mon, Oct 16 Inspiration, Imagination;

Tue, Oct 17 Carnival Miracle, Carnival Valor, Enchantment of the Seas;

Wed, Oct 18 Carnival Triumph, Navigator of the Seas, Holiday Dream, Freedom of the Seas;

Thu, Oct 19 Carnival Conquest, Rhapsody of the Seas;

Fri, Oct 20 Coral Princess;

Mon, Oct 23 Crown Princess;

Tue, Oct 24 Disney Magic, Carnival Miracle;

Wed, Oct 25 Caribbean Princess, Inspiration, Imagination, Radiance of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas;

Thu, Oct 26 Carnival Conquest, Rhapsody of the Seas, Westerdam, Mariner of the Seas, Holiday Dream;

Mon, Oct 30 Coral Princess, Inspiration, Imagination;

Tue, Oct 31 Carnival Miracle, Carnival Valor, Enchantment of the Seas.

November

Wed, Nov 1 Carnival Triumph, Navigator of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas;

Thu, Nov 2 Constellation, Carnival Conquest, Rhapsody of the Seas, Holiday Dream;

Sun, Nov 5 Zenith;

Mon, Nov 6 Veendam, Legend of the Seas;

Tue, Nov 7 Disney Magic, Carnival Miracle;

Wed, Nov 8 Inspiration, Imagination, Radiance of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas;

Thu, Nov 9 Coral Princess, Carnival Conquest, Rhapsody of the Seas, Carnival Victory, Westerdam, Mariner of the Seas, Holiday Dream;

Sat, Nov 11 Braemar;

Mon, Nov 13 Veendam, Constellation, Imagination, Inspiration, Legend of the Seas;

Tue, Nov 14 Star Princess, Carnival Miracle, Enchantment of the Seas, Carnival Valor;

Wed, Nov 15 Carnival Triumph, Navigator of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas;

Thu, Nov 16 Century, Carnival Conquest, Rhapsody of the Seas, Holiday Dream, Silver Shadow, Jewel of the Seas;

Sun, Nov 19 Coral Princess, Zenith;

Mon, Nov 20 Veendam, Legend of the Seas;

Tue, Nov 21 Disney Magic, Century, Carnival Miracle, Norwegian Majesty, Star Princess;

Wed, Nov 22 Carnival Liberty, Inspiration, Imagination, Radiance of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Costa Magica;

Thu, Nov 23 Carnival Conquest, Constellation, Rhapsody of the Seas, Carnival Victory, Westerdam, Holiday Dream, Mariner of the Seas;

Fri, Nov 24 AIDAaura, Explorer of the Seas;

Sat, Nov 25 Coral Princess, Arcadia;

Mon, Nov 27 Inspiration, Imagination, Legend of the Seas;

Tue, Nov 28 Carnival Miracle, Norwegian Majesty, Star Princess, Enchantment of the Seas, Carnival Valor, Queen Mary 2, Oceana;

Wed, Nov 29 Constellation, Carnival Triumph, Navigator of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas;

Thu, Nov 30 Century, Carnival Conquest, Rhapsody of the Seas, Holiday Dream, Jewel of the Seas.

December

Fri, Dec 1 Crystal Symphony;

Sun, Dec 3 Norwegian Dawn;

Mon, Dec 4 Veendam, Legend of the Seas;

Tue, Dec 5 Disney Magic, Century, Carnival Miracle, Star Princess, Norwegian Majesty, Grandeur of the Seas;

Wed, Dec 6 Carnival Liberty, Inspiration, Imagination, Radiance of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Costa Magica;

Thu, Dec 7 Carnival Conquest, Rhapsody of the Seas, Carnival Victory, Westerdam, Mariner of the Seas, Holiday Dream;

Fri, Dec 8 AIDAaura, Explorer of the Seas, Crystal Symphony;

Sat, Dec 9 Brilliance of the Seas, Coral Princess, Minerva II;

Sun, Dec 10 Zenith;

Mon, Dec 11 Inspiration, Imagination, Legend of the Seas;

Tue, Dec 12 Queen Mary 2, Star Princess, Carnival Miracle, Norwegian Majesty, Enchantment of the Seas, Carnival Valor, Grandeur of the Seas;

Wed, Dec 13 Carnival Triumph, Navigator of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas;

Thu, Dec 14 Century, Carnival Conquest, Rhapsody of the Seas, Holiday Dream, Jewel of the Seas;

Fri, Dec 15 Coral Princess;

Mon, Dec 18 Veendam, Crystal Serenity, Legend of the Seas;

Tue, Dec 19 Century, Carnival Miracle, Star Princess, Norwegian Majesty, Grandeur of the Seas, Europa;

Wed, Dec 20 Constellation, Golden Princess, Carnival Liberty, Imagination, Inspiration, Voyager of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas;

Thu, Dec 21 Carnival Conquest, Rhapsody of the Seas, Carnival Victory, Westerdam, Mariner of the Seas, Holiday Dream;

Fri, Dec 22 AIDAaura, Explorer of the Seas;

Sat, Dec 23 Silver Shadow;

Sun, Dec 24 Brilliance of the Seas, Century, Norwegian Dawn;

Tue, Dec 26 Star Princess, Queen Mary 2, Imagination, Carnival Miracle, Grandeur Of The Seas, Enchantment Of The Seas, Norwegian Majesty, Costa Mediterranea, Oceana, Inspiration;

Wed, Dec 27 Golden Princess, Carnival Triumph, Navigator of the Seas, Ryndam, Freedom of the Seas, MSC Lirica;

Thu, Dec 28 Carnival Conquest, Rhapsody of the Seas, Holiday Dream, Carnival Valor, Jewel of the Seas; Fri, Dec 29 Amsterdam; Sat, Dec 30 Volendam; Sun, Dec 31 Zenith, Enchantment of the Seas.

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