AIDA STAKEHOLDERS MEETING
Pleased to share with you a glimpse of AIDAblu Cruise ship Stakeholders Meeting.
Held this Monday in the presence of Honourable Georges Pierre Lesjongard Minister of Tourism, at Port Louis Cruise Terminal.
The cruise terminal operations to be launched in 2021
The cruise terminal currently under construction in Port Louis harbour should be starting its operations at the beginning of 2021, said the minister of Tourism, Georges Pierre Lesjongard during a visit on the Germain cruise boat AIDAblu, on Monday. Cruises represent an important segment of the tourism industry aiming at attracting more tourists to Mauritius, he added.
According to Mr. Lesjongard, the cruise sector contributes positively in boosting the activities of the tourism industry. This is why the Mauritius Ports Authority has launched the project of a new cruise terminal to make of Port Louis an attractive stopover for cruise ships. He stressed on the fact that the project will supply for the necessary infrastructures to welcome the vessels in the Mauritian way. The terminal will also feature commercial facilities such as duty-free shops.
The minister however said that there is hard competition in this sector and Mauritius will enhance its visibility on cruise exhibitions this year to have a better positioning compared to other destinations, mainly the islands.
AIDAblu is the seventh boat operated by AIDA Cruises, as explained by the Captain, Tönnies Kohrs. The boat can accommodate up to 2600 persons, with some 630 crew members from 20 nationalities, including Filipinos and Indians. The ship operates in the Indian Ocean on a route encompassing Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Reunion Island during the season. The AIDAblu is of 251.89 metres long and 32.20 metres wide, with a draught of 7.20 metres. There are eight restaurants, four saunas, a fitness centre, and 14 decks on board. AIDAblu is represented in Mauritius by Coquille Bonheur.
Reference: Travel Iles