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    Carnival Cruise line is back in Aruba!!

    Aruba Welcomes Back Carnival Cruise Lines

    Cruise News November 2nd, 2010
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    The aptly named Carnival Miracle cruised into Oranjestad Harbor on October 22 at precisely 11:30 a.m. to receive a royal welcome as the island was re-established on the Carnival itinerary after nearly four years absence. Waiting at the terminal to greet the ship that carries 2,400 passengers and 900 crewmembers was a contingent of local dignitaries and tourism stakeholders led by Prime Minister Mike Eman and Minister of Tourism, Transport and Labor, Otmar Oduber.
    The Prime Minster and Minister Oduber were joined by Carnival Vice President of Port Operations, Domenico Tringale in marking this auspicious occasion. Captain Rocco Lubrano, who commands the ship, joined them in the terminal after the docking, with APA Director Alfonso Boekhoudt, for an exchanging of gifts during this inaugural visit.
    Minister Oduber reported this will be the first of 17 stops in Aruba by the Carnival Miracle over the season, delivering an expected 40,000 visitors and revenues of approximately $6 million to island vendors. Carnival removed Aruba from their itinerary in January of 2007 due to rising fuel prices and the fact it was no longer cost effective to travel to the farthest southern reaches of the Caribbean. It now joins 311 cruise ships which include Aruba as a port of call.
    Since this administration took office nearly a year ago, Minister Oduber campaigned vigorously for Carnival’s return.
    “As Minister of Tourism, I am determined to attract and increase the amount of cruise visitors to the island,” he told the gathering. “I know this industry is critical to the well-being of the Oranjestad business community as well as many others. To accomplish this we have also made a commitment to enhance the experience of our cruise visitors from the moment they get off the ship.”
    Carnival was convinced by Minister Oduber there would be enough interest in Aruba as a cruise destination that customers would be willing to pay the extra cost for coming to the Southern Caribbean. Captain Lubrano confirmed the excited anticipation of his passengers as they approached their destination; one of the first groups off the boat, the Fruharty family of Maryland, also confirmed they selected the Carnival Miracle specifically because Aruba was one of its destinations. “It was higher priced, but we consider it well worth it.”
    Aruba Port Authority offered Carnival Miracle passengers a warm welcome of steelpan music, carnival dancers and a welcome gift. The passengers report it was the first elaborate greeting they had received on their itinerary so far, which includes Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, and Curacao. Many enjoyed this immersion into island culture and began dancing their way through the terminal on their way to exploring Oranjestad.
    Story by Rosalie Klein

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    I hope it helps the shops downtown.
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    gosh, me too.
    so depressing...........few cruise ships....crummy economy....new malls at palm beach make for a very quiet o'stad. :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle Beach Boy View Post
    I hope it helps the shops downtown.
    Unfortunately I think for that to happen there would need to be more ship calls during the summer. July and August (2011) there is only one ship which calls every OTHER week.

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    Thanks to the new Minister of tourism, they are working for the island.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxidriver View Post
    Thanks to the new Minister of tourism, they are working for the island.
    Good to hear. Any word on the Tram on Wllhemina Straat?
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    The downtown area is losing alot of business because of the parking problems. We used to go to town all the time (at least every other day) for shopping, casino, and meals. Now we NEVER go. Last month we arrived in Oranjestad by cruise ship. My "excursion" was personal - I wanted to walk around Oranjestad to see what it looks like now. That's sad since I go to Aruba all the time (I stopped counting how many times when my count reached 50 times).

    Give them easy access and easy parking and they will come!

    By the way, I found coming into the Aruba harbour by cruise ship to be wonderful and I hope the cruise ship business does pick up. I wonder if the government taxes the cruiseline heavily the way it taxes the hotel guests.
    Last edited by NYLady; 11-19-2010 at 06:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYLady View Post
    Give them easy access and easy parking and they will come!
    For this reason, we finally found it easier to take a taxi to Oranjestad. When were ready to head back to our hotel we would catch one at the lobby of the Renaissance.

    I wonder if the government taxes the cruiseline heavily the way it taxes the hotel guests.
    Judging by port charges cruise passengers pay, even if there is only a charge of $10-$25 pp (St. Thomas last I heard was $13.25), last year, IF Aruba charged say $20 pp (again, a random number), it would have added up to $12,135,36. This does not take into account the sales tax paid by the volume of passengers that otherwise would not have been shopping on the island.

    From Celebrity's Galaxy while docked in Oranjestad

    A rainy morning sunrise

    Sunset sailing of the Prinsendam on New Years Eve

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    Keep downtown alive it has a unique beauty to it ....build a paking garage ...give insentives for businesses to stay or come back.

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