Royal Caribbean to complete designs for new Batumi port in September


The port of Batumi in the Republic of Georgia will see 14 cruise ships visit it this year, with 8 confirmed and the other 6 in the negotiations.  All the cruises will visit the brand new cruise terminal that Royal Caribbean has been designing.

The Deputy  Head of the Department of Tourism and Resorts of Adjara A.R, Sophio Lazishvili, commented on the work, "“In September 2012 the cruise company Royal Caribbean will complete the design works for the new port. Actual construction will begin in October 2012."

The new cruise terminal has hopes it will draw more cruise ships to the port.  Representatives of travel agencies say they do not offer cruises to Georgians because of the sheer lack of demand.

Royal Caribbean struck a deal with the port of Batumi back in June of 2011 to help develop the port for cruise ship traffic.

Royal Caribbean agrees to help develop Batumi port in Republic of Georgia


Royal Caribbean Vice President of Commercial Development John Tercek and Chairman of Adjara's government Levan Varshalomidze signed a memorandum of cooperation in the development of the Batumi port to allow the port to accomodate large cruise ships.

Batumi is a seaside city on the Black Sea coast and capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia.

Varshalomidze told reporters that together with Royal Caribbean International will do everything to Batumi became more attractive for passengers of cruise ships.

"We will work together to build this port city to international standards and will return the old traditions. Together we are working on putting Batumi in the Black Sea region as the most attractive city for cruise ships," - said President of the Government of Adjara.

According to John Tercek, they familiarized themselves with the tourism potential of the city and the pace of development. "The memorandum creates the possibility of launching the first phase of work. We fully explore the perimeter of the port, the arrangement will provide the infrastructure. We will hold talks with the major cruise companies, to one of the stops of their ships was Batumi," - said a representative of Royal Caribbean International.

This spring, a delegation of Government of Adjara participated in the largest travel trade show in Miami, where they had preliminary discussions.