Andrey Mikhailovsky, Director of Infoflot Moscow, the general sales agent for the cruise, told the Kryminform News Agency that bookings for September–October had gone up dramatically.
“While the first cruises in June were 40–50% full, positive reviews have boosted demand sharply. September cruises are over 80% full, which is good, since it is the off-peak season, and this is mostly due to positive reviews from those who have already taken the cruise, and due to the excellent on-board service”, Mr. Mikhailovsky said.
He said that, in the next few weeks, next year’s cruises would go on sale at Infoflot Moscow. “The current demand level attests to the cruise’s popularity”, he stressed.
Previously, Alexey Chernyak, Head of the Resort and Wellness Tourist Committee at the State Council of Crimea, said that occupancy rate for the Knyaz Vladimir cruise liner was “increasing.” “It’s a wonderful route. And the ship herself is a work of art”, Mr. Chernyak said.
The Sochi–Novorossiysk–Yalta–Sevastopol–Sochi cruise route was designed on instructions from President of Russia Vladimir Putin. It takes the nine-decker Knyaz Vladimir, with a capacity of up to 800 passengers, over a week to travel along the route.
The cruise route is an example of economic collaboration between the Republic of Crimea, the city of Sevastopol and the Krasnodar Region, with the participation of Rosmosport FSUE. In April this year, on the sidelines of the 3rd Yalta International Economic Forum, Sergey Aksyonov, head of the Republic of Crimea, and Veniamin Kondratiev, Governor of the Krasnodar Region, signed an Activity Plan for Implementing the Cooperation Agreement between the Republic of Crimea and the Krasnodar Region.
At the meeting, Veniamin Kondratiev said that it was necessary to design a single tourist route that would take tourists along the coast of Russia from the Krasnodar Region to Crimea. In addition, Veniamin Kondratiev suggested developing a joint Development Strategy for the Krasnodar Region and Crimea. Sergey Aksyonov supported the proposal and proposed setting up a working group to develop such a strategy.