Polish ports are increasingly being visited by cruise ships. To promote the country and region, the ports of the Tricity jointly participated in Seatrade Cruise Global Miami.
The Seatrade Cruise Global annual fairs are the world’s largest gatherings for the cruise industry. They have been held in Miami for more than 30 years, and this year’s edition took place on 5-8 March. Alongside the fair, there is a conference and a series of business meetings. The location is not random, as the Caribbean generates the largest number of cruise ships worldwide. This is also where the largest ship owners are based. This event could not be missed by the ports of the Tricity, which came together to promote the attractions of Poland.
"Ports work for the country. Just as increases in transhipments drive the economy, so passenger connections allow tourism to flourish. More connections not only benefit the ports, but also cities like Gdynia and Gdańsk, as well as the whole of Pomerania," said Łukasz Greinke, President of the Port of Gdańsk Authority. Last year, the number of visits by cruise ship doubled. In 2017 32,000 people arrived in Gdańsk on board a total of 64 cruise ships.
The ports of Gdańsk and Gdynia presented Poland on a joint stand, under the slogan “Destination Poland (Cruise Poland)”. The initiative of these Polish ports generated significant interest among the visitors to the fair.
"The importance of Poland on the cruise ship world map is increasing continuously. As a destination it is becoming ever more attractive to tourists, and we want to take advantage of these trends. We offer comprehensive services for all types of cruise ship," said Adam Meller, President of the Port of Gdynia Authority. The Port of Gdynia is a destination for the largest cruise ships in the Baltic Sea. In 2017 the most impressive unit to visit the port of Gdynia was Norwegian Getaway, with a length of more than 325 m. Last year the Port of Gdynia hosted more than 88,000 ship passengers.