Cruise tourism occupies a special place in the life of Primorye: every year the region hosts huge sea liners with thousands of foreign guests on board, who are in a hurry to get acquainted with the stronghold of European culture in Asia – Vladivostok. At the same time, the ships themselves are becoming an object of great interest from the locals – hundreds of Primorye come to look at the floating giants and make a memorable photo on their background.
According to the Vladivostok Sea Terminal, the new cruise season in the region promises to be very rich. It starts in March and lasts until the end of October. Liner Albatros, sailing under the flag of the Bahamas, will be the first to visit the region. In general, this year cruise ships will moor to the Primorye shores at least 16 times.
“We are expecting the arrival of both liners already known to Primorye and “newcomers”. For example, in April and May, the Costa NeoRomantica, well-known to our residents, will visit the region three times, and in May, September and October, CostaSerena will make five calls. We will again welcome the ships Ocean Dream and Diamond Princess. For the first time, the Dutch Maasdam and Westerdam will visit the region,” – Valery Nagorny, the terminal’s general director, said adding that Royal Caribbean’s large-capacity Spectrum of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas are also expected to be visit the region.
According to the terminal manager, it is especially important that this year Vladivostok will regain the status of the port of starting and ending cruises – local residents will be able to buy a ticket and go on a cruise trip directly from their hometown.
“On May, 30 Russian passengers will be able to take a cruise on Costa NeoRomantica liner from Vladivostok to the cities of Japan and the Republic of Korea. The route is designed to visit as many ports as possible: Tokyo, Hakodate, Kobe (Kyoto), Jeju, Kagoshima and Hakone-Fuji. Anyone can buy a ticket and become a passenger of the liner,” – he stressed, adding that the last time the Primorye had such an opportunity 10 years ago.
As the director of the Primorye Tourism Department Konstantin Shestakov emphasized, the increase in the number of ship calls and their quality is the result of the overall work of interested parties in promoting the tourist potential of the region and improving infrastructure. Thus, last year the department, together with the passenger terminal, presented the region at all Asian cruise forums, which, of course, made it possible to attract the attention of cruise operators to Primorye as a cruise destination and get new partners in future.
“Vladivostok is able to receive many tourists, it is interesting, and above all, it is a European city in Asia. This is our competitive advantage, and it will continue to be the basis of our promotion in the cruise markets,” – the head of the department shared.
According to him, in December last year, the main stage of work on bringing depths of the Vladivostok berths #1 and #2 to passport was completed. Thanks to this, in September this year the region plans to take ships of a large cruise operator Royal Caribbean.
In addition, the work to improve the quality of reception is constantly being done in Primorye. For example, now the Tourist Information Center together with tour operators, the Japanese Center and the Russian Geographical Society will regularly conduct educational courses for guide-interpreters who work with tourists from Japan, including cruise ones.
We remind that cruise tourism is one of the most promising areas for the development of the tourism industry in the Primorskiy Territory. Last year, the region was first visited by the largest liner Costa Serena with a record number of passengers on board (3021 people), MSC Splendida, and Costa Fortuna. 13.5 thousand foreign visitors got acquainted with the region.