Cruise-ships “Voyager of the Seas” and “Zenith” called yesterday at the Porto Corsini Terminal with almost 6.000 cruise passengers on board, mainly Americans and Spanish. Described also as a “show within a show” at Porto Corsini, what took place yesterday was a large organisational machine, put into motion in order to transfer at least 4 thousand people toward the various excursion destinations chosen. It is estimated that almost 2 thousand opted for Ravenna’s historic city centre and in part, for the beaches of Porto Corsini and Marina di Ravenna. Others, chose San Marino, Ferrara, Bologna and Ferrari in Maranello. Ten coaches were used for the non-stop shuttle service linking the terminal with the city centre, while it was practically impossible to find a taxi and car rentals with a private driver were also booked out. In the historic city centre, one would hear English being widely spoken (mainly due to the Voyager’s American cruiser) and Spanish thanks to Zenith’s home-porting operations with tourists coming mainly from Barcelona by air. A godsend for the bars and restaurants which cruisers made a rush for during several hours. A continuous coming and going of cruisers was also reported at the Mosaics Laboratory.
Monday 13th of June, in addition to the Voyager and Zenith, a third cruise ship is expected contemporaneously to call at the port, the Pacific Princess (handled by Navenna Maritime Agency) with 800 passengers on board.
The Voyager, which is looked after in Ravenna by Turchi Maritime Agency, had been deployed for the last ten years in the Caribbean. This year it shall be calling at the ports of Venice, Koper, Ravenna, Bari and Dubrovnik. On the basis of the agreement made with the cruise line, this year the Voyager will be making 20 calls at the port of Ravenna. Yesterday morning, the Voyager was visited by the Prefect Mr Bruno Corda, accompanied by Mr Natalino Gigante, President of the company running the new cruise terminal, by Mr Giuseppe Parrello, President of the Port Authority, by Mr Roberto Rufini, Harbour Master and by the representatives of the various law enforcement bodies, Customs and nautical services. This was a courtesy visit to the ship’s 14th floor, with its array of bars, restaurants, pools, shops and wellness centres.
The Zenith instead, which is looked after by Archibugi Maritime Agency, is the cruise-ship belonging to Pullmantur Cruises which chose Ravenna as a home-port for cruises departing to Venice, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Katakolon, Santorini and Mykonos.