The five star river cruise and hotel vessel Swiss Tiara, sailing under the Swiss flag, opened the season for North Sea Port on 9th March when it passed the series of locks in Terneuzen, The Netherlands, before mooring at 8 AM on the Rigakaai in the harbour area of Ghent in Belgium.
Passengers visit Zealand and Ghent
From now on there will be daily river cruises in the North Sea Port harbour area throughout the year. Twenty river cruises will be mooring in Terneuzen in 2018 and some are also expected in Vlissingen. In Ghent, where there is a tradition of inland cruises, there will be 280 moorings, bringing the total for North Sea Port to more than 300 inland cruises. Most of the vessels will be coming from Germany and Switzerland. The inland cruises carry more than 35,000 passengers to the cross-border region of North Sea Port. Lots of passengers visit Zealand or go out on the town in Ghent.
There were more than 200 inland cruises per year in Ghent in the last five years and the city set a new a new record in 2017 with 268.
As well as river cruises, North Sea Port also receives a number of sea cruises every year: a handful in Vlissingen and a couple in the harbour area of Ghent.