Following the “Costa Classica” which called at the port last Tuesday with over 800 passengers on board, today it was the “Pacific Princess’” turn to stop off at Ravenna carrying 700 American tourists.
Both Costa and Pacific are handled by Manlio Cirilli’s Navenna Maritime Agency.
Ravenna is seriously being added to the cruise market. There are about 20 calls forecasted for next year and there are already bookings for 2010.
Whilst most of the cruisers chose to visit Ravenna’s city of Art, some went on organised excursions as far as Ferrari and Lamborghini. The retailer’s collaboration was very important.
“The Port Authority – said its President Giuseppe Parrello – would like to express its satisfaction for the positive and wide response – thanks to the work carried out by the Trade Associations – of many commercial and handicraft shops which remained open, Ascom, Confesercenti and the handicraft Associations for their demonstrated sensibility and their lavish commitment in this experimental phase and in preparation for the start up of the Cruise business in Ravenna scheduled for 2010, year in which the cruise terminal in Porto Corsini will best express its potential in terms of hosting cruise traffic”.
In the afternoon, the ship departed for Venice which is its last stop on this cruise. On Saturday, the Pacific Princess will once again call at Ravenna, second destination port in its next Mediterranean voyage.