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City set to welcome German cruise ship

A CRUISE ship carrying up to 620 German passengers will be docking in Swansea next month.

MS Amadea

The 193-metre long MS Amadea is set to visit the city on July 20 during a two week cruise around the British Isles

Swansea Council has worked with Cruise Wales and Associated British Ports to attract and arrange the visit.

Once in Swansea, opportunities will be made available for the German holidaymakers to visit Swansea city centre, Mumbles and Gower or to head further afield to some of Wales' other key attractions.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Innovation, Regeneration and Tourism said: "Recent figures show tourism was worth £417.85m to our area last year which was an increase of 1.7% on 2016.

"Visitors to Swansea come from all corners of the globe but we are particularly pleased to be receiving the passengers who will be sailing on the MS Amadea and we hope to welcome many more cruise ships in the future.

"Hopefully the sun will be out and they will enjoy an excursion to Mumbles and Gower or some may just elect to browse around the city centre. We are lucky to have such fantastic scenery right on our doorstep and I'm sure our visitors will leave with a favourable impression that they will share with their friends and family and encourage future visits as a result.

"This visit hasn't come about by chance. It's the result of the work our tourism team has been carrying out behind the scenes with partners including Cruise Wales and Associated British Ports."

Richard Butler, Commercial Manager, ABP South Wales, said: "We are looking forward to welcoming the MS Amadea to Swansea in July and are sure that her passengers will enjoy all that Swansea and its hinterland has to offer.

"It can be difficult to attract cruise customers without a dedicated cruise terminal which is why we're working with Welsh Government to develop and construct  a terminal building at the port of Swansea.

"We are also in active discussions with several cruise operators and are working to secure further cruise calls to Swansea for the 2019, and 2020 cruise seasons."

Tourism Minister, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: "Germany is one of Wales' key target markets and it's great news that the MS Amadea will be Swansea's first call of the season - I'm sure the passengers will have an excellent time exploring the variety and quality of what Wales has to offer.

"The Cruise industry in Wales has seen excellent growth and is up year on year and we look forward to welcoming more than 100 ships to Wales during 2018."

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