By John Smith • 04 September 2016 • 14:54
Seven Seas Explorer in Gibraltar
AN Explorer-class luxury American cruise ship Seven Seas Explorer paid its inaugural call to the port of Gibraltar on Friday September 2.
The vessel built by Fincantieri of Italy for the cruise firm Regent Seven Seas Cruises, entered service in July 2016, and features all balcony suite accommodation. It has a gross tonnage of 54,000 tonnes, a length of 223 metres and capacity for 750 passengers and 552 crew.
Minister for Tourism, Samantha Sacramento MP, welcomed the vessel’s arrival as continuing evidence of the Rock’s leading position as a regional hub for the cruise industry in the western Mediterranean.
Minister Sacramento said: “We are delighted at this new inaugural visit, yet again highlighting the Rock’s strong performance as a port of call this summer and during these past few years. We look forward to the rest of the current summer season, confident that Gibraltar’s position as a cruise port of call will be further strengthened and that many more thousands of tourists will be visiting the Rock and a memorable experience.”
“We continue to work tirelessly to attract more and more visitors to the Rock by sea, land and air and ensure that a vital contributor to our overall economic prosperity remains in such good health. We want to ensure this is the case not just this year, but in the years to come too. That remains our overriding objective as an administration.”
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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