The cruise season in the port of Olbia gets underway. After a month of physiological slowdown in the market and three years after the last double stop, the White Island simultaneously hosts the landing of the Nieuw Statendam of the Holland America Line and the inaugural stage - after that of Cagliari on 19 May - of the Valiant Lady , Virgin Voyages' adult-only ship.

About 2,400 cruise passengers disembarked from the two ships, mainly Americans those of the Valiant Lady, Dutch, British, Canadian and American those of the Nieuw Statendam. For the thousand aboard the new-born Virgin, company of Sir Richard Branson, who has included Olbia in the "French daze & Ibiza nights" program, departing from Barcelona and stops in Marseille, Cannes, Ibiza and returning to the Catalan port, excursions to the archipelago of La Maddalena, Porto Cervo, Cantine Surrau, visit to the archaeological sites of La Prisgiona and the Tombs of the Giants of Arzachena and Jeep Safari in the inland areas.

Tour to La Maddalena, Costa Smeralda and the Piero Mancini di Balajana vineyards, on the other hand, for 1,400 guests on the ship of the Carnival group. Finally, a good part of the large group will visit the center of Olbia for a shopping tour.

Today's are respectively the seventh and eighth of the 51 scheduled on the calendar .

If Holland America is the only call of the year, five more calls are planned for the Virgin ship: one a month, until 13 October.

According to Massimo Deiana , president of the Sardinian Port Authority, "after three years, we record the simultaneous presence of two ships on the White Island, a fact that brings us back to the optimism of the pre-pandemic period and to the large numbers of past seasons . It is a clear sign of how the Sardinia system maintains a very high level of competitiveness in the cruise market, allowing, thanks to the increasingly consolidated phenomenon of multi-port, important repercussions on the whole territory ".

(Unioneonline / vl)

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