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Cruise Ship Calls at Port

Passengers disembark from the Seven Seas Navigator (NC State Ports Authority Photo)

WILMINGTON, NC – The Radisson Seven Seas Navigator, a 560-foot cruise ship with 490 passengers and 324 crewmembers, called at the Port of Wilmington on Sunday, May 2. Shore excursions allowed passengers to visit downtown Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and the Airlie Arts Festival. 
This port call represents a new trend in cruising – domestic cruises with short port calls along the U.S. coast. This was the first visit to Wilmington by a Radisson Seven Seas ship, and marked the midpoint in an itinerary from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to New York.
The economic impact of cruise ships is significant: it’s estimated that with a ship this size, passengers will

Radisson Seven Seas Navigator ties up at the Port of Wilmington (NC State Ports Authority Photo)

spend more than $75,000 during their three-plus hours in town. Research also shows that many first-time visitors who make a brief stop during a cruise port call return soon for vacations.

With cooperation from downtown merchants, nearly two dozen establishments in the Cotton Exchange, Chandler’s Wharf, the Old City Market and along Front, Market and Water Streets which are not usually open on Sunday mornings were open to welcome the passengers and their business. The weather didn't cooperate, however, and many passengers opted out of the shore excursions because of a steady rain.

For more on the ship, see the Radisson Seven Seas Cruises website at
http://www.rssc.com/ships/ship.jsp?code=NAV