With almost a dozen cruise ships set to visit this year, Port Authority of Guam officials said earlier this month that they’re expecting thousands of visitors and bustling tourism activity to the island.
The first cruise ship to visit was the MSC Bellissima, a 1,033-foot-long vessel with 19 decks, four main dining rooms, 12 dining venues, various bars and food places, water park, sportsplex, bowling alley, numerous pools, duty free and specialty boutiques and other amenities, according to the port.
The vessel was on a multi-day cruise that began in Japan, the port said.
“The influx of passengers aboard the MSC Bellissima, which arrived Jan. 3 with 5,700 passengers and crew members, was a boost to Guam’s tourism industry, and highlights Guam as a premiere luxury cruise destination,” port General Manager Rory J. Respicio said.
Also set to visit Guam this year are the MS Zuiderdam and MV Artania in February; MS Asuka II and MS Queen Elizabeth in March; Carnival in April; Seabourn in May and September; Le Soleal and Carnival in October; and MS Asuka II in December.