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Wednesday, 19.06.2013, 01:10
Hamburg and Nautica call the port of Riga for the first time
Hamburg brought to Riga 421 passengers mainly from Germany. The ship was 144 meters long with the carrying capacity 14.9 thous GT. The vessel was built in the 1996, however in the fleet of Plantours & Partner Hamburg sails only since May this year. Beforehand ship was owned by Hapag Lloyd Cruises and was called Columbus. After the change of ownership, cruise operator and crew, the ship begun a new life. Hence, the plaque of the Port of Riga will be among the first memorial signs to decorate ship’s wall of plaques in order to remind all the ports the ship has called.
With the representatives of Freeport of Riga Authority met Captain Thorbjörn Svensson. Captain has been in Riga for several times, but never yet did he experience a sunny weather in Riga. Noteworthy that after Captain said these words out loud, the weather in the city improved significantly. We take it as a sign of a successful collaboration in the future and we hope to welcome Hamburg at the port of Riga further on.
Vessel Nautica itself was built in the 1998, but in 2010 it was fully restored. As all cruise ships of Oceania Cruises fleet, Nautica is well known for its elegance. Vessel is decorated tastefully, it has restaurants for different tastes, an extensive library and rich evening entertainment program. However the title of luxury class the ship has deserved due to high-class service offered to its passengers. Fine medical care is also among privileges – especially since the average age on board is 65plus. Within the framework of Baltic Sea Region cruise, mainly American tourists arrived to Riga. Cruise vessel can accommodate 684 passengers and on her way to Riga Nautica was fully booked.
For plaque exchange ceremony with the Captain and crew members of Nautica met Cruise Ships and Passengers Division of the Freeport of Riga Authority.
To sum up, 33 calls have been received until the end of June, but we are not in the half way yet. According to the Cruise Schedule 2012 nearly twice as much – 95 calls in total – are expected. Upon now 25 000 cruise passengers have been served at the port of Riga. According to the statistical data, the most passionate cruisers at the Baltic Sea Region are Germans, Russians, Spanish, American and British tourists.