Cruise liners cancel trips to THIS popular destination due to new tourist tax
Cruises: A new tourist tax in Amsterdam has meant cruise ships are changing their itineraries
CRUISES travelling through Amsterdam have been cancelled for passengers who book holidays with MSC Cruises or Cruise and Maritime Voyages due to a new tourist tax introduced in the city.
Earlier this year, MSC Cruises announced they will change their overnight calls from Amsterdam to Rotterdam.
Central Station in Amsterdam. photo credit Dave Jones
Gianluca Suprani, head of global port development and shore activities at MSC Cruises, warned Amsterdam could lose thousands of pounds of spending by the loss of passengers.
He told Seatrade Cruise: “We decided to pull our business in 2019 and as a result, Amsterdam city stands to lose between €50-100 per passenger in respect of potential spend.”
Cruise and Maritime Voyages has followed in their footsteps and announced their 2019 and 2020 port calls to Amsterdam will also now be at Rotterdam.
This means 37 of their cruises will make the move, with 30 Columbus ships and seven Magellan ships avoiding the city.
Costa Mediterranea in the Port of Amsterdam. photo credit Dave Jones
According to Seatrade Cruise, more than 50,000 passengers will be affected.
CMV CEO Christian Verhounig warned of the last minute changes for customers who will have already booked for 2019, advising 80 per cent had already been purchased.
“The local politicians have failed to acknowledge or understand that the cruise industry plans their budgets two to three years ahead and have been unwilling to look into a proper implementation schedule,” he warned.
“The late introduction of these new and un-phased charges are therefore not budgeted and simply cannot be absorbed.”
Passengers travelling with either cruise liner should check for any changes to their trips.
Holland America Line said its next ship due in 2018 will be named Nieuw Statendam.
HAL officials made the disclosure at the Rotterdam christening ceremony of its latest ship, Koningsdam. Nieuw Statendam will be a sister ship to the 2,650-passenger Koningsdam.
Last year, the 1,258-passenger Statendam was transferred to the fleet of P&O Cruises Australia and renamed the Pacific Eden.
Five previous ships in HAL history have carried the Statendam name.