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Klaipeda port welcomes three cruise ships bringing over 2,500 passengers

Danuta Pavilenene, BC, Vilnius, 03.07.2012.Print version
On Monday, three cruise ships with approximately 2,500 passengers visited Klaipeda port which is quite many for the Lithuanian port, Lietuvos Rytas reports. The majority of tourists – almost 1,400 – came by the biggest of three cruise vessels – 218 meters long "Balmoral".

198 meters long "Europe" and 162-meters long "Princess Daphne" moored at waterfront cruise ship terminal, writes LETA.


About a half of the cruise tourists used the opportunity to go to excursions from Klaipeda: to Palanga, Neringa, Lapiu village where they got acquainted with the countryside traditions. Some tourists stayed in Klaipeda and took a walk around the Old town, or traveled to nearby Smiltyne.


"It is not that easy to host three cruise ships, and both tourism agencies and the port have faced this challenge successfully. The only difficulty was that the city's museums are closed on Monday," said Director of Klaipeda Tourism and Culture Information Center – Romena Savickiene.


Foreigners would be interested in Lithuanian Sea Museum, Clocks and Small Lithuanian History Museum; however, management of the museums stated that there would not be much tourists willing to visit this museums.


The tourists from cruise ships were greeted by the folk musicians – singing, dancing, and entertaining the audience. Foreign passengers watched the show and acquired souvenirs costing from five to ten euros, and some of them chose amber. Thus, arriving cruise ships are beneficial both for the port authority and local entrepreneurs, the owners of restaurants, cafes. As statistics show, one traveler gives away approximately 50 euros a day when visiting a city.

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