Tuesday, February 12, 2019

New Cruise Lines for San Diego

By Karen Robes Meeks

Last week, the Port of San Diego welcomed two European cruise lines that made their inaugural calls to the port, a sign that the “cruise business is bouncing back,” the port announced.

The 964-foot-long, 3,000-passenger MSC Magnifica arrived Feb. 5 as part of a 118-day global cruise visiting two dozen countries. On Feb. 8, German Cruise Line Phoenix Reisen’s 757-foot-long, 1,260-passenger Artania stopped in San Diego during its 116-day global cruise. Both trips started in Genoa, Italy, and are making their way along the California coast.

“The Port of San Diego is proud to welcome MSC Magnifica and the Phoenix Reisen Artania on their inaugural visits,” said Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “These Port calls highlight the diversity of our cruise line customers and strengthen San Diego’s reputation as a world-class destination for vacations.”

The port expects about 92 cruise calls and nearly 300,000 passengers in fiscal year 2019-2020.