SANTA BARBARA, CA – May 7, 2010
The City of Santa Barbara welcomes Captain Dino Sagani and passengers of the Princess Cruise Lines Sapphire Princess as the cruise ship makes a return visit to our city Sunday, May 9th. This is Sapphire’s fourth visit since 2005. The cruise ship is expected to arrive at approximately 7:00 a.m. and depart at 4:00 p.m. General public tours of the ship will not be available.
Santa Barbara Harbor has, on average, one or two cruise ship visits per year. Most cruise lines have a repositioning period for tours between the cold waters of Alaska and the warm climate of the Mexican Riviera, usually around May and September.
Waterfront Department works and plans months in advance with cruise ship representatives, local chamber of commerce groups, other City Departments, as well as vital security agencies to facilitate logistics of passengers arriving at the harbor.
The Sapphire Princess cruise ship measures about 950-feet-long and can carry a total of approximately 2,600 passengers and 1,000 crew members. The ship’s average speed exceeds a range of 21-23 knots and weighs in at nearly 110,000 tons. A rotation of 4-6 tenders allows passengers and crew to embark and debark from Sea Landing in Santa Barbara Harbor. Sea Landing is the designated security facility for Santa Barbara and Homeland Security measures will be in place.
There have been eleven cruise ship visits to Santa Barbara since 2002. As always, Santa Barbara hospitality volunteers offer up friendly faces to the crowds of passengers eager to explore Santa Barbara’s awaiting treasures and scenic vistas. Bus tours, trolley tours and MTD shuttles help move the visitors around the town. Maps, brochures and general information are provided by Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, Conference and Visitors Bureau, Santa Barbara Downtown Organization, Waterfront Department and Waterfront Merchants Associations.
Nearly 2,300 passengers and crew will come ashore for the Mother’s Day visit to enjoy our city and help stimulate our local economy. Cruise industry estimates show cruise ship passengers spend an average of $200 per couple in one port call. Shopping, gifts and activities are abundant in Santa Barbara as we begin the summer.
Continuing good relations between Santa Barbara and visiting cruise ships, the Captain of the Sapphire Princess will be hosting a VIP tour of the ship with a scheduled luncheon for representatives of the Santa Barbara Business community. City Councilmember Frank Hotchkiss will represent the City with a formal plaque exchange with the Captain.
The Princess Cruise Ship Sapphire Princess’ 8-day itinerary includes scheduled stops from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Astoria, Victoria and Vancouver. Cruise ship visits are typically infrequent in Santa Barbara, which currently hosts one to two a year. For information regarding the ship visit contact Waterfront Director John N. Bridley at 564-5519.
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