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Cruise tourists arrive in Phuket

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew led a delegation of high-ranking officials to welcome ashore passengers from the ‘Spectrum of the Seas’ cruise liner as they made landfall in Patong this morning (Oct 24).

By The Phuket News

Monday 24 October 2022, 03:30PM

The ‘Spectrum of the Seas’ arrived in Patong Bay this morning, becoming the first cruise ship to visit Phuket since the COVID-19 tourism shutdown in 2020, Governor Narong noted.

Built in Germany, the “Quantum Ultra” class cruise ship is operated by Royal Caribbean International. The ship was delivered in April 2019 and is currently based out of Singapore.

“This is another good sign for tourism,” Governor Narong said. “The ship can accommodate up to 4,900 passengers, but this time around it is carrying around 4,500 people, which creates another way to stimulate the economy of Phuket. 

“And after this, there will be more cruise ships continuously arriving,” he added.

Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Phuket Office, noted that the 4,594 passengers on board comprised 55 nationalities from around the world.

“The top five [passengers on board the ship] are from Singapore, Malaysia, India, the Philippines and Indonesia,” Ms Nanthasiri said.

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“More than 800 people will come ashore on a ‘One Day Trip’, which will benefit Phuket and stimulate tourism travel greatly,” she added.

Ms Nanthasiri said people arriving in Phuket on ships and yachts were considered to be a tourism segment with high spending potential. 

In 2019, there were a total of 154 cruise ship visits to Phuket, altogether bringing a total of 485,598 passengers, she noted.

“Phuket is ready to welcome tourists traveling by cruise ships, especially the tourism service sector, such as spa attractions and shopping operators, which cater to the lifestyle aspects of this group of tourists,” Ms Nathasiri said.

“This will be an important opportunity to generate income for Phuket in another way [other than tourists arriving by flights,. and we are looking forward to more cruise ships arriving in the near future,” she added.

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Kamala Pete | 29 October 2022 - 15:00:39

Sorry - that should read Damen 2407, or google for electric ferries Bangkok. They also have some mono-hull which might be more comfortable in choppy conditions. 

Kamala Pete | 29 October 2022 - 12:24:44

Uncle - you have no idea who I am or what I know. Your character is obvious though. You'd better arrange for all tourist cruises to be cancelled immediately. The ferry to Kho Samui will have to go as well.  It seems that while some of us look for solutions, others bask in ignorance and cynicism.  Have a happy life!  ps. Kurt, check out the Damon products - the 2407 seems appropriate.

Uncle | 29 October 2022 - 02:37:29

Kamal Pete - you obviously have ZERO idea about wind, waves, currents, surges, etc. etc. - even less about sea, weather and wind conditions around Phuket.  May I suggest you totally refrain from commenting on matters you OBVIOUSLY have ZERO KNOWLEDGE OR UNDERSTANDING about !  Gees - what nonsense you can come up with !  Stick to matters that you know - at least - something about !

Kurt | 27 October 2022 - 20:56:21

@Kamala Pete, 1: building ferry terminals at by you named beaches would partly 'industrialize'/pollute/spoil these beaches. 2: Due to wet seasons ( SW Monsoon), half the year these shuttle services wouldn't be able operate, making it difficult to establish a business setting.

Capricornball | 27 October 2022 - 19:31:25

Also Pete, let's not neglect to mention the inevitable tragedies that would be expected with numerous new crews of uneducated and poorly trained boat "captains" racing to get tourists dumped off so they can jam back and get some more. I could almost guarantee that some tourists would die before they ever got to their hotels.

Capricornball | 27 October 2022 - 19:25:33

Sure Kamala Pete, just throw up a few jetties at every beach along the west coast. Don't worry about the coastal processes that will forever affect those beaches, including erosion and filth that comes with boats. I could also assure you that the boat cartels would be just another cash cow enterprise ruled by "special people" like those that control the other cartels. Bad idea.

Kamala Pete | 27 October 2022 - 12:23:28

On the subject of boats - If moderate sized jetties were built at Nai Haan, Surin, Kamala, Patong, Kata and perhaps Rawai then fast ferries could move tourists to and from the airport. More pleasant, safer and far less stressful than the current snatch-and-grab by taxi mafiosi.

Kamala Pete | 27 October 2022 - 12:14:03

A few days ago one of these mobile germ factories arrived in Perth, WA and started another mini wave of Covid. They should all be given an ATK test before being allowed ashore.

Kurt | 27 October 2022 - 10:48:52

Patong Bay Calls of cruise vessels are from early morning till 5-6 pm. Passengers have a dinner- and quality entertainment evening on board while ship sails for next port of call. Seems Patong doesn't want to invest in quality disembarkation facilities for cruise liners. Preserved backward image in that matter.

JohnC | 27 October 2022 - 09:16:51

Isn't it about time Patong built a more stable permanent disembarkation structure or pier for the tenders bringing passengers ashore? There has been no improvement since when I used to work on cruise ships visiting here in the late 90s.

agogohome | 27 October 2022 - 07:16:15

This 24 Hr stopover made a huge difference to local businesses in Patong and it's s great to hear it'll be a regular visitor. The usual negative comments from the resident troll are to be expected. I don't understand why he's allowed to post.

Kurt | 26 October 2022 - 01:25:46

Seems Patong Officialdom, entertainment areas, shops were 'dead' during passengers shore going. Totally not morning prepared to welcom a few thousand roaming around passengers. What a disgrace, what a lost. Is just 'night work' cover up for it? Hehehe.

Uncle | 25 October 2022 - 17:00:58

Old Guy - you seem not to understand how things works with cruise ships.

The listed 800's plan to join an organized excursion - many of the remaining passengers will simply come ashore and wander around on their own.
That's the way it works in cruise ports.

Prab | 25 October 2022 - 14:14:24

most of then disembarked, i saw them and seemed much more then just 800 to me.. from 8am to 11:30am constantly disembarking people.. beach front was busy early morning...sadly nothing was open at the time ..lol a part form a few massages... 

Old guy | 24 October 2022 - 16:29:52

4500 tourists on board. 800 actually visiting Thailand. Hardly a good sign when 80% don't feel that Thailand is worth getting off the ship. 
Why aren't officials asking why tourists would prefer to stay away. 


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