Aruba Cruise News Briefs

The Aruba Ports Authority will welcome 85 calls from Princess Cruises for the 2011/2012 season. Those 85 calls make Princess Aruba’s biggest cruise customer, representing 34 percent of business, according to the port.

Princess will account for 200,000 passengers and 80,000 crew members over the course of the season.

The Port Authority has also launched a new “client-focused” website, located at www.arubaports.com. The new site is designed to provide information about the port to both cruise lines and passengers.

A daily ship arrival schedule, up to the date cruise and cargo statistics, weather updates and more are also on the new portal.

OLA Cruises’ Ola Esmeralda, a 450-passenger vessel will make its first call in Aruba on August 23. The ship is the former Black Prince and was purchased by Servicios Acuaticos de Venezuela in 2009, and has mainly operated in Venezuelan waters.

A total of four calls are scheduled for the Ola Esmeralda through April.

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