World Cruise makes stop in Savannah

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – The World Cruise is making a port of call for the first time in more than a decade in Savannah.

The ship is set up at Savannah's Ocean terminal. The captain of the ship is meeting with members of Visit Savannah on Wednesday afternoon.

The luxury liner allows passengers to buy short-term or long-term apartments onboard so they can travel the world. Some owners have stayed with the ship for two to three years.

More than 90 people were aboard for the port of call in Savannah. They immediately ventured out to take in the sights of the Hostess City.

"The fact that they chose Savannah as a destination is very exciting for us. These are the kinds of folks who will come back in the future and tell their friends. So they are the right kind of people to have in town because they will affect future business," said Joe Marinelli of Visit Savannah.

The World Cruise liner will remain in Savannah until midnight Thursday.

Miami-based consultants are working on a feasibility study for the city on bringing cruise ships to Savannah. Their initial assessment is good to great.

Alderman Tony Thomas, who's spearheading the effort to bring cruise ships to Savannah, said the fact that the World Cruise is in Savannah makes the idea that something like this can happen here.

He said that the talk of Savannah possibly getting cruise ships has already begun in Atlanta, Charleston and Miami. He said there definitely is interest and that the next step is to get the feasibility study back and by year's end, move on to phase two, to work out a plan.

He added that Savannah's Ocean terminal, where the World Cruise is docked, is not the terminal they're looking at for cruise ships to use if they were brought to Savannah.

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