Holyhead: 30 Percent Traffic Increase Set For 2020

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“2019 will be on par with 2018 for passenger numbers and calls,” said a spokesperson for Cruise Wales, discussing the cruise traffic in Holyhead.

Next year is better, showing a 30 per cent increase in passenger numbers thanks to larger vessels, the spokesperson said.

“Cruise Wales works closely with local authorities, port services, and tourism businesses to meet expectations to ensure passengers are immersed in our wonderful culture and heritage so they will return again and again,” they said. “We are also working on digital language translation and an ambassador program.”

Berth bookings for Holyhead Port are being taken out through 2022.

Through the Tourism Investment Support Scheme, the Welsh government has invested in a pontoon at Fishguard allowing larger cruise vessels to call, and the Port of Holyhead is also to undergo change, with a new multi-use berth development with 340 meters of dock space coming soon.

P&O Cruises raises daily service charge

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P&O Cruises is raising its recommended daily gratuity from £6 to £7 per passenger from next month.

The increase applies to cruises departing after March 23 and comes just 12 months after gratuities were raised from £5 to £6 per passenger per day.

It applies to all passengers aged over 12.

The new recommended daily rate means couples will be charged almost £200 extra for a two-week cruise to cover tips.

However, the cruise line pointed out that the charge is discretionary.

“The service charge is reviewed periodically and is given directly to reward the waiters, cabin stewards and other staff on board for the exceptional service they provide to guests. It is a discretionary charge,” P&O Cruises said.

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises increased their rates in January and now charge between $14.50 and $18, depending on the cabin grade.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is raising its daily “voluntary” gratuity charge from £4 to £5 from March 7.

Disney surges on new cruise ship, higher park attendance

Disney surges on new cruise ship, higher park attendance

By Michelle Baran
Operating income and revenue at Walt Disney Co.’s Parks and Resorts division continued to grow in the company’s fiscal second quarter, due in large part to the Disney Fantasy cruise ship and increased spending at the domestic parks.

Operating income for Parks and Resorts increased 73% to $383 million, and revenue grew 14% to $3.3 billion, Disney reported.

Disney said that higher operating income for domestic operations was primarily due to increased guest spending and attendance at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California, as well as the Disney Fantasy cruise ship, which launched in March 2012.

During the second-quarter earnings call on Tuesday, Disney executives continued to tout investments recently made in the domestic parks, most notably the multibillion-dollar overhaul of Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, as driving returns.

Additionally, the company reported higher guest spending at Disneyland Paris and increased attendance at Hong Kong Disneyland.

For the entire company, net income for the quarter increased 32% to $1.5 billion. Revenue grew 10% to $10.55 billion.