No­ord Natie de­vel­ops a new busi­ness niche – at­tracts cruise ships for Ventspils

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The first of the cruise ships at­tracted from SIA No­ord Natie Ventspils Ter­mi­nals will ar­rive at Ventspils port this week. NNVT stresses that de­vel­op­ment of cruise busi­ness as a new prod­uct will help de­velop tourism in the city and re­gion, as well as pro­vide a con­tri­bu­tion to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and raise recog­ni­tion of NNVT ter­mi­nal and the city.

NNVT rep­re­sen­ta­tives say that the cruise busi­ness so far has been in­ac­tive in Ventspils. This is be­cause there are no in­sti­tu­tions or busi­nesses that per­form at­trac­tion of cruise lines and co­or­di­na­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties among in­volved sides to en­sure their suc­cess in Ventspils. Ships of dif­fer­ent cruise or­ga­niz­ers did stop not far from Ventspils pier not long ago. How­ever, be­cause it is not fully com­pat­i­ble with such ships, NNVT com­menced a new ini­tia­tive for at­trac­tion of cruise ships a cou­ple of years ago.

«Two years ago we be­came fully-fledged mem­bers of Cruise Europe, which has pro­vided us with in­for­ma­tion cir­cu­la­tion and self­pro­mo­tion op­tions us­ing me­dia and ex­pos,» says NNVT Com­mer­cial Depart­ment man­ager Ar­tis Šenke­vics. The ter­mi­nal, to­gether with co­op­er­a­tion part­ners has per­formed talks with well-known cruise ship op­er­a­tors to out­line Ventspils port on their maps and use its ex­cel­lent ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion, in­fra­struc­ture and the com­pany’s rich ex­pe­ri­ence with pas­sen­ger ser­vices. The flow of tourists trav­el­ling to Swe­den via ferry ex­ceeds 130,000, the com­pany con­tin­ues.

«Cruise lines plan their routes and ports two to three years in ad­vance. As a re­sult of our ef­forts and re­sources we have put in, cruise ship cap­tains al­ready use our ter­mi­nal for the ad­van­tages it of­fers in pas­sen­ger ser­vices. In ad­di­tion to pier pa­ram­e­ters, our in­fra­struc­ture is com­pat­i­ble with ships with a length 240 m and deep draft of 14.2 m. For­eign tourists visit pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, travel to the city’s beaches and visit Europe’s widest water­fall in Kuldiga. We have out­lined ar­rivals of eight such ships in Ventspils in our cal­en­dar,» says Šenke­vics.

The first to en­ter Ventspils port will be Anadea cruise ship owned by pop­u­lar Ger­man Phoenix Reisen. It will be ar­riv­ing in Ventspils around af­ter­noon on 18 Au­gust.

Noble Cale­do­nia will send its small and unique Serenis­sima cruise ship on 20 Au­gust. The ship is sched­uled for ar­rival in the morn­ing at around 08:00.

Se­abour Va­tion – a float­ing five-star ho­tel – will be ar­riv­ing at NNVT pier at 09:00 in the morn­ing on 24 Au­gust. This is a brand new ship. It was com­mis­sioned in May 2018. It will carry 600 pas­sen­gers from Bri­tain to Ventspils, NNVT rep­re­sen­ta­tives say.

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