With some 1,500 passengers on board, the cruise ship Costa Romantica entered Port Victoria in the Seychelles to be welcomed by Alain St.Ange, the island’s Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture. Minister St.Ange was accompanied, as he boarded the cruise ship, by the CEO of the Seychelles Port Authority, Mr. Andre Ciseau, and by Mr. Gary Albert, his Deputy, and other members of the Seychelles Ports, and the Tourism Department’s team.
Captain Marco Derin of the Costa Romantica welcomed the Seychelles Ministers delegation, and on the bridge, the Ship’s Captain and the island’s Minister for Tourism exchanged gifts as Minister St.Ange said to Captain Marco Derin and his officers that Seychelles bids them a warm island welcome. “We all remain at your disposal should you need any advice on future trips and should you wish to discuss any points to enhance the stay of your passengers in our beautiful islands,” the Seychelles Minister said.
As the ship set sail a day later, one of the lounges of the ship had a coco de mer on display which was a gift offered to the ship’s Captain by Minister St.Ange along with a limited edition coffee table book on the Carnaval International de Victoria that is staged annually in Seychelles. The CEO of the Port Authority also presented the Ship’s Captain with a cap from the Seychelles Port Authority.
The Costa Romantica cruise ship is expected back in Port Victoria in the coming weeks on its way to Australia.
“A Creole welcome to spell out our country’s appreciation is always a worthwhile gesture. The Ministry of Tourism tries to do that when a Captain on board has never been to our islands. It is the minimum we can do to say thank you to these floating hotels entering our Port Victoria to get many a potential tourist to get a first glance of our islands,” Minister Alain St.Ange said.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP).