In a small ceremony in one of the upper lounges of the Queen Victoria cruise ship, Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St.Ange welcomed the ship’s Commodore and his senior team saying that he valued their call to Port Victoria.
The grand Queen Victoria cruise ship from the CUNARD Group today docked at Port Victoria in the Seychelles. This 293-meter-long luxury cruise ship is on a world tour and arrived in the Seychelles with just under 2,000 passengers on board and about 900 crew. Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, accompanied by Colonel Andre Ciseau, the CEO of the Seychelles Ports Authority; Anne Lafortune, the PS for Tourism; Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board; and Joe Morin from Mahe Shipping went on the Queen Victoria Cruise Ship soon after it docked and were welcomed onboard by Christopher Rynd, the Commodore of the ship.
The Minister said as he presented Commodore Rynd with a framed picture of Seychelles with words marking the arrival of the ship in Port Victoria that the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the Seychelles Ports Authority, and the Seychelles Tourism Board are working jointly to ensure that each cruise ship feels welcomed in Port Victoria. “We value your port call and hope that you will find time to get ashore and see a bit of Seychelles. Your passengers are on excursions, and it is important for us that you also discover our Seychelles,” said Minister St.Ange.
When he was questioned by the press about the value to Seychelles of such a large ship in Port Victoria, Minister St.Ange said that 2,000 passengers and 900 crew would today see Seychelles. “This is like a tourism trade fair. Instead of giving our brochure, these visitors are seeing first-hand the beauty of Seychelles. They can then tell their family, friends, and acquaintances about Seychelles as a holiday destination. This increases the visibility of our islands and ensures we remain relevant in the world of tourism. Secondly, the excursions sold and the sales by local artisans are all business taking place when such a ship is in Port Victoria,” said Minister St.Ange.
Excursions for about 50 percent of the passengers was pre-booked and organized by the local DMCs, whereas the other passengers strolled into Victoria of took taxis and used local guides for personalized tours. Cat Cocos’ speed ferry also took passengers to Praslin on excursions.
Inside the port itself, a kiosk had been erected and a local band was playing music as passengers disembarked. A small artisanal village was also set up around the port offices.
The Queen Victoria is scheduled to leave Port Victoria at 4:30 pm this afternoon.
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