Figures just announced for 2004 show a 39% rise in calls to 178, compared with 128 in 2003. Of these 45 were turnarounds. Passenger numbers are also up this year at 115,500, compared to 80,000 in 2003, an increase of 44%. Cruise tourist spend generated EUR19m.
New callers included Oceania Cruises' Insignia, P&O's Adonia, HAL's Prinsendam, Rotterdam and Westerdam, Silversea's Silver Whisper, Orient Lines' Marco Polo and Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony.
Forecasts for 2005 are even better, with 311 calls scheduled, a dramatic increase of 75% compared to 2004. Of these 66 are turnarounds. 247,500 passengers will call, around half will be from North America.