Cruises in France: Le Havre port is going to set a record
Le Havre, one of the largest ports on the La Manche channel, expects that the upcoming 2012/2013 cruise season will be one of the most successful in its history. Now, in accordance with the port schedule in 2012, it will receive 110 different cruise ships of 21 cruise companies.
Among the companies that will visit Le Havre most of all is Costa Cruises, which ships will 22 times enter the port this season. Among the leaders is also German AIDA with 21 visits, Princess and Celebrity with 12 visits, as well as Royal Caribbean, Cunard and P&O.
It should be noted that the cruise season in Le Havre was already open. Queen Elizabeth cruise ship started its world travel from this port on January 6, 2012.
The port of Le Havre is the "gateway to Paris" for the largest cruise ships of the world. However, despite the fact that many cruise lines position Havre as the "port of Paris", the French capital is located 2.5 hours from here. At the same time the port is famous not only as a portal to Paris, but also as an independent tourist center. The historic center of Le Havre, completely rebuilt after the World War II bombings, is included into the UNESCO list of world architectural heritage.
In 2012 Le Havre also expects to receive several ships in one day. Since May 30, 2012 at the same time in the port will be moored such ships as Costa Luminosa, Costa neoRomantica and Seabourn Pride. The newest ship Costa neoRomantica will perform cruises from and to Havre. Similar cruises from Le Havre will be offered on such cruise liners as the Brilliance of the Seas, Nautica and Wind Spirit.
Le Havre expects to receive in 2012 in total 215 thousand cruise ship passengers.
Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.
More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.
Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer â€“ â€śKids Sail Freeâ€ť. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children â€“ the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.