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ODESA SEA PORT: in 2021 and 2022, apart from the scheduled ship calls, additional cruise vessels are expected in the port

On 11-13 of September, Seatrade Europe 2019, the annual international exhibition of the cruise industry was held in Hamburg (Germany). Odesa Sea Port Authority was represented at this status event by Igor Panchenko, head of the cruise infrastructure and external relations service and Julia Strikh, head of tourism and European integration department, as well as Ekaterina Leshcheva, head of the Tourist Information Center of Odesa.


Thanks to the joint participation in the exhibition of employees of the State Enterprise ‘USPA’ and the head of the city institute, it was possible to provide representatives of cruise companies with comprehensive information about the security situation in the Black Sea region and Odesa. Potential partners were interested in the technical characteristics of the passenger terminals of Odesa, Constanta, Varna, Burgas and coastal tourism services, the amount of port charges and other issues.


- Each participation of Odesa Sea Port Authority in the events of the cruise industry is another step on the difficult path of restoring cruise shipping in the Black Sea region and, in particular, to the Odesa port. And this intense and consistent work is producing results. This time, the outcome of the talks in Hamburg exceeded all expectations. The Odesa delegates held about 12 meetings with representatives of various departments of the following cruise lines: Costa Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Holland America Line, Silversea Cruises, Noble Caledonia, and others. The negotiations made it possible for us to expect additional 6 ship calls besides the announced 11 calls in 2021, and 2 additional calls in 2022, - Igor Tkachuk, General Manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority commented the Odesa delegates visiting the Seatrade Europe 2019 exhibition.


According to the talks, the forecasts for the coming years are favorable. Many world-famous companies announced their return to the Black Sea region, in particular to Odesa, in 2021 and 2022. For example, Silversea Cruises are going to return to Odesa in 2021 (the vessel Silver Shadow). Christopher Allan, Royal Caribbean's Itinerary Planning Director said that apart from four (2 in 2020 and 2 in 2021) announced ship calls, another 3 additional Azamara Cruises were expected in 2021, as well as a possible call of Celebrity Cruises in 2022. James Buchanan, head of ground operations of Noble Caledonia announced the company’s return to the Black Sea region since 2021 (Caledonian Sky liner).


The companies that are not planning to call at the port of Odesa (Holland America Line, Celestyal Cruises) during the next 2 years were provided with all the information of interest, including discounts on port charges and the tourist potential of Odesa.


The representatives of the port Authority admit interest of the cruise companies in returning to the Black Sea region and the Odesa port, in particular, as well as the positive tendency of the increasing demand of cruise passengers on visiting the Black Sea ports.


Press Service of Odesa Sea Port Authority