Spokesperson of the Constanta Maritime Harbours Administration National Company(CNAPMC) Monica Velicu told that, according to the initial notifications submitted by the big naval companies that organise cruises on the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and on the Danube, an increase by 5 to 10 percent in the number of tourists on cruiseliners is estimated for this year, compared with 2009, when only 15,000 tourists were recorded.
“The cruising season will start on April 3, when the Viking Primadona river ship arrives in Constanta, the first of ten river passenger ships that will dock in the harbour during the new cruising season, after their 2009 suspension due to the global downturn,” Velicu said.
In his turn, CNAPMC General Manager Ion Balan said that starting this year the Costa Crociere company, one of world’s most important companies, will become a constant client of the Constanta Harbour, as no less than 3 stopovers of their cruiseliners have been announced. Such ships have a capacity of over 2,500 tourists, as well as state-of-the-art facilities.
Among the passenger ships that will return to Constanta Harbour in 2010 are the Kristina Regina, Le Levant, the Taras Schevchenko, the Nautica, the Spirit of Adventure, the Discovery, the Albatros, and the Seven Seas Navigator. The cruising season will close in mid-November. The Constanta Maritime Harbours Administration National Company will host, 2-5 June, the works of the General Assembly of the MedCruise Organization, Europe’s most important cruise travel association, where the new Mediterranean and Black Sea tourist routes will be determined.