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South Wales Ports Promoted As Cruise Destinations

19th September 2018
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Saga Pearl II (with previous funnel livery) seen in Belfast Lough also called to ports on the island of Ireland in addition to the south Wales region this season. The small cruiseship at 18,000 tonnes has an intimate guest capacity of just 449 and is exclusively adults only. Saga Pearl II (with previous funnel livery) seen in Belfast Lough also called to ports on the island of Ireland in addition to the south Wales region this season. The small cruiseship at 18,000 tonnes has an intimate guest capacity of just 449 and is exclusively adults only. Photo: Belfast Harbour

#CruiseLiners - The 2018 season was successful at the ports of Swansea and Cardiff, according to port owner and operator ABP which is to further develop the cruise sector in the south Wales region throughout 2019 and beyond.

Representatives from ABP South Wales will be attending the annual SeaTrade Cruise Med event in Lisbon, Portugal starting today and tomorrow (20th September) to further promote the region's ports to the industry.

The Port of Cardiff already has several bookings for cruise vessel calls the 2019 and 2020 seasons, where passengers will either visit Wales as part of their cruise itineraries, or embark on their cruise voyages from the port.

Between May and September 2018, six cruise calls and over 4,000 passengers relied on the port facilities in Cardiff and Swansea provided by ABP South Wales.

As well as continuing to support day calls, ABP South Wales believes there is significant potential to increase the number of cruise holidays that embark in South Wales to provide greater accessibility and ease for passengers from Wales, the South West, and the Midlands.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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