Beyond Europe, the Middle East is firmly established as a winter cruising arena and the Caribbean and Asia are also year-round destinations.
However, the concept is not without challenges; comprehensive itinerary planning and in some regions, weatherproof shorex options are essential, but as more ports and destinations expand their winter product offering and more ships are deployed year-round regionally, there is scope for further growth.
The 3rd Seatrade Winter Cruising Forum, taking place in Cartagena, Spain January 21-22, 2015 will bring together ports, tourism authorities and other cruise industry stakeholders for an informative conference to discuss strategies for additional deployment of cruise vessels to the region as well as further afield and lessons learnt so far.
The forum will feature tailored conference sessions as well as a workshop giving destinations an opportunity to present their winter cruising product and services to the cruise lines in one-on-one pre-scheduled meetings.
Antonio Sevilla, president of the event's host Port Authority of Cartagena, commented, ‘the Port of Cartagena is increasing its cruise business, attracting 115 ships and more than 134,000 passengers last year. Our next challenge is to expand the seasonality of cruise ship visits in Cartagena in order to generate more benefits from this tourist activity.’