With no fewer than 26 scheduled cruise arrivals to its ports, May promises to be an exceedingly festive month for the Amsterdam region. This month alone, six cruise ships will be making their maiden call. Felison Cruise Terminal in IJmuiden will be playing host to two cruise liners, while Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is eagerly anticipating the arrival of four.
In the first weekend of May alone, Amsterdam will be playing host to three cruise vessels, two of which are making their maiden call. These are Celebrity Silhouette, sailing under the banner of Celebrity Cruises, and MSC Splendida of MSC Cruises. Compared to previous years, both shipping companies are deploying bigger ships, allowing them to carry more passengers. Clocking in at an impressive 333 meters, MSC Splendida can be admired for the very first time in Amsterdam on 3 May 2015, along with Celebrity Silhouette. The National Geographic Explorer complements the duo. Combined, the three cruise liners boast a maximum capacity of 7,397 passengers.
13 maiden calls for the region in 2015
Thursday 21 May promises to be yet another wonderful Cruise Day. Felison Cruise Terminal in IJmuiden will be welcoming the Empress, operated by Pullmantur Cruises, as well as the Saga Sapphire of Saga Cruises. Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, meanwhile, will be playing host to the Ventura of P&O Cruises and AIDAbella, operated by AIDA. Other noteworthy cruise liners that are making their voyage to Amsterdam in May are the Norwegian Star, AIDAsol and the Sea Spirit. The total number of maiden calls this year is expected to total thirteen. In addition, the Amsterdam region is expected to welcome 184 cruise liners, 142 in Amsterdam and 42 in IJmuiden respectively. The cruise industry is growing, as are the numbers of guests and the destinations. This upward trend is expected to continue in the years ahead.
Tourism boosts the local economy
Tourism is an important economic driver for the Amsterdam region. Each year, millions of tourists head to Amsterdam, including no fewer than 800,000 cruise passengers. Tourism is therefore an important income generator for the city and the region. Each year, the shipping companies and their passengers contribute around € 90 million to the local economy, and create around 1,100 jobs for the Amsterdam region.