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Super special offers September 24 Holland America Cruise Ship and Trails&Sails

How exciting that  Holland America  and Trails and Sails are coming to Gloucester and Cape Ann this weekend! There are many special offers and events to help welcome visitors. This will be the second of three big cruise ships coming into port this month to Cruiseport Gloucester. It won’t leave Gloucester harbor till 11PM.  Last time I expected sight seeing, museum visits and shopping as reasons passengers disembarked. They did that. If you go by the clicker counter, 844 (give or take another hundred), plus 650 who pre-booked excursions, came ashore.

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photo caption: Elizabeth Carey Discover Gloucester greeted and clicked. Peter Webber Cape Ann Chamber photograph.

I was surprised by how many passengers from a seemingly all inclusive cruise opted to take a whale watch trip and dine out. They did that, too. I’ll report back fun facts, but today I wanted to post about the special offers and events.

Working TOGETHER to welcome everyone is a beautiful thing. Thanks to the organizers (with a big shout out to Jeanne Hennessey, Joe Ciolino, Kathie Gilson, Peter Webber, Lorre Anderson, Bob Ryan and Elizabeth Carey):

 

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photo caption: Bob Ryan/CATA, Jeanne Hennessey, Paul Talbot at Cruiseport planning out logistics for Saturday September 24, 2016

CATA created a special map for continuous downtown trolley loops (“frequency is key”) and to Rocky Neck and Rockport. The special pass covers their bus routes. What an incredible deal! They are extending operations until 10PM.  A new addition: Beauport Ambulance Services will be offering a shuttle bus for an Essex/Manchester/Cruiseport route. Kathie Gilson prepared and made hundreds of copies of a lobster roll list (a big common request), special events, and the Gimme Sound music schedule. Kudos to the volunteers, organizations and businesses for their hard work and creativity.

And now for Gloucester downtown Special events and offers. You can click logos to follow links.

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Live blogging- passengers come ashore in Gloucester from Holland America cruise ship Zuiderdam.

Happy travelers are such a joy! Meet Dean and Cathy King from Adelaide. They went to Washington and New York where they caught this Holland America cruise to Canada. They said the entertainment director outlined the demographics: 110 Aussies, 700 or so Canadians, 700 or so Americans, many countries represented by 10+ passengers and 13 New Zealanders, “to be precise.” They were squaring away their plans in Cruiseport until an 11:45AM tour to Rockport, and later walking downtown Gloucester. Their friends signed up for an 8AM tour. I spent time in Adelaide and loved it. I hope they have as great a time here, and memorable trip all around.

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Before reaching Cruiseport, passengers like the Kings are shuttled ashore by tender boats.

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The tenders hold more people than you think!

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As they came ashore they were greeted with soaring vocals of Three Sheets to the Wind.

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What a reception! Many visitors stopped to take their photo.

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Passengers stream upstairs to happy greeters.

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The lines ebb and flow with every tender.

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Maps and brochures are selected as passengers head outside to enjoy a day in Gloucester and Cape Ann.

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Volunteers like Peter Webber, Kathie Gilson, Lorre Anderson,  Charlene, Linn, Jeanne, and Elizabeth helping passengers

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CATA trolley route

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HarborWalk map is popular

Happy helpful greeting at the CATA table. How could it be otherwise–Heidi Dallin!

 

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Passengers heading downtown on the CATA trolley while others stand waiting for a CATA scenic bus.

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Unidentified American artist, “It’s good to be on a well-run ship, Holland America Line,” mid 20th century, ink on paper, gift of Stephen S Lash, 2010, collection of Peabody Essex Museum. The museum is featuring the art of Ocean Liners: glamour, speed, and style on view May-October 2017

 

special Gloucester offers for 3 ships cruising for fall foliage Sept 9, 24 and 29! See the welcome poster to print and hang for Holland America cruise ship Zuiderdam

Here’s the current list of Gloucester stores, museums, and organizations with special offers for the Zuiderdam passengers coming this Friday September 9th!

Peter Webber and Ken Riehl of the Cape Ann Chamber will be walking down Main Street in Gloucester tomorrow to hand out these festive welcome flyers for Holland America passengers. If you don’t see Peter or Ken, please print them out from the photo and display on doors and windows, or contact them and they can email you a PDF.

Ships arrive Friday September 9, Saturday September 24th–which is also a big Essex Heritage  Trails & Sails day in Gloucester and Cape Ann– and Thursday September 29th as part of fall foliage cruising.

Three Sheets to the Wind will perform from the Cruiseport deck. CATA will be making bus stop locations and selling all day passes for $3. Some passengers remain on ship and 40% have pre-arranged day trips. After processing through security, 1000 remaining passengers or so will be guided to CATA’s special trolley downtown (including one stop at Western Ave and Middle Street for walking over to Stacy Boulevard) and regular routes to Rocky Neck and downtown Rockport. CATA doesn’t loop to Stage Fort. Steve Douglass runs water shuttle service to Rocky Neck. Local taxi and car services have been alerted. Please reach out to Peter@capeannchamber.com for details. Crew come ashore and in the past have numbered in the hundreds.

If you are ever interested in volunteering contact Lorre Anderson at welcomecruisers@gmail.com to sign up for welcome cruisers, the visitor center, and/or the Chamber. Lorre has managed the cruiseship volunteer brigade for the Chamber for years and is fabulous.

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10-day fall color route from Holland America

Gloucester’s Downtown Welcomes Holland America Zuiderdam passengers! Enjoy these special offers:

  • DIVA; 161 Main St.: 12% off all purchases. Vintage and curated jewelry

 

  • Cape Ann Museum; 27 Pleasant St.: $2 discount on our regular admission (currently admission is $10 for adult and $8 for seniors so admission for cruise ships would be $8 and $6 respectively) contemporary exhibits and permanent collection with world class holdings including Marsden Hartley, Fitz Henry Lane, Stuart Davis, Umberto Romano, Paul Manship, John Sloan, Katharine Weems, Viginia Lee Burton, Milton Avery, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and many more.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Harbor Loop Gift/ Building Center; 1 Harbor Loop; 10% off all nautical merchandise for the Cruise ship arrivals

 

  • Kids Unlimited; 123 Main St: Take an additional 10% off all summer & winter clearance, already 50%-80% off

 

 

  • The Brass Monkey; 85 Main St.: for a “TASTE OF NEW ENGLAND”.  Sample a wide variety of New England specialty foods and explore our two floors of unique gifts, antiquities, clothing, jewelry and much more.

 

 

  • Trident Gallery; 189 Main St.: free exhibition poster ($25 value) to first 50 visitors

 

  • Weathervane; 153 Main St.: 25% off sweats (excludes Cape Pond Ice)

 

Please note: Additional specials may be available at other businesses. Passengers are encouraged to ask merchants for details.  City Hall tower tours may be available September 9th and definitely offered on Sept 24th and 29th. 

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flashback to 2014 prep

Cruiseship coming May 4th: let’s roll out a welcome downtown THIS ONE

Cat Ryan submits-

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Hi Joey,

A cruiseship is coming! A cruiseship is coming! Sunday, May 4, 2014, Holland America will be arriving at Cruiseport

Calling all Main Street, downtown, shops, restaurants, cultural districts, Rocky Neck:

v Open up if you can on Sunday May 4, and maybe at an earlier time (see flyer)

v Print out and hang up a welcome sign that’s being created for this day (coming soon!)

v By April 30th, email Carol Thistle  if you will be open, cthistle@gloucester-ma.gov

v By April 30th, email Carol Thistle if you can offer a special discount or have a creative theme you would like to share.

o Gloucester doesn’t need too much help in that department but if you’re needing last minute oomph ideas, search GMG and see what Toodeloos and Pop Gallery and so many others come up with for holidays and block parties!

v Some of downtown is open Sundays anyhow (Island Art & Hobby); it would be good for all of us to know who is open on Sundays

v Passengers won’t be able to visit everywhere, of course. Residents: this might be a fun day to come together to support downtown, your favorite store, restaurant, gallery– and some great people watching!

Gloucester is one port of call. Hundreds of passengers have pre-booked, arranged itineraries– day or ½ day trips that will depart directly from Cruiseport.  Some  passengers remain on board. Many passengers specifically selected disembarking and exploring Gloucester.

Stage Fort Visitor Center will be open. Maritime Gloucester will be open. Cape Ann Museum is closed for renovation. How about you?

Holland America Cruise Ship Eurodam Coming to Cruiseport Sunday, September 16

Peter Webber writes-

Good day. I am writing today to remind everyone that the next major cruise ship of the season will be arriving in Gloucester Harbor on this coming Sunday, September 16: Holland America’s cruise ship the ms Eurodam, with a capacity of 2104 passengers. Once again the Chamber will be working together with the city of Gloucester’s volunteer welcoming committee and CATA to welcome and guide Eurodam’s passengers as they disembark and arrive at the Cruiseport terminal. The first tenders carrying passengers from the ship are expected to arrive at Cruiseport at approximately 9:00 am Sunday.  Many will board motor coaches for planned excursions to various locations, while many others will be guided to CATA trolleys and buses for transportation to downtown Gloucester and Rockport. 

Please note the attached “Welcome Eurodam Passengers” flyer, which we encourage you to print and post at your place of business to help give the Eurodam passengers a hearty Cape Ann welcome.  I have also attached a flyer featuring several upcoming Chamber and community events scheduled for September and October, including next Tuesday’s (September 18) sales seminar with author Marc Wayshak at the Elks at Bass Rocks, beginning with check-in at 7:30 am.  Please contact the Chamber today to reserve your place.  Best regards. Peter

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Cruise Ship Eurodam Holland America Lines – Visits Gloucester – Slide_Show

It was a great photo day with the Holland America in the middle of the harbor.

 Bob Hastings President of the Chamber of Commerce was down at Cruiseport along with so many volunteers welcoming the passengers.

 Many Gloucester residents became the best ambassadors for the City of Gloucester.

 I took photos from both sides of the harbor, the backshore and some shots of the ship passing the Twin Light houses as it left the safe waters of Cape Ann.

 Click on photo below and  enjoy the slide_ show.

Click on Photo for Slide_Show (Idaho Couples enjoyed Gloucester)

Holland America’s Eurodam To Hit Gloucester Wednesday September 8th

Linn Parisi Alerts Us To The Latest Cruise Ship To Come To Port-

Hi Joey,
Good to chat with you this morning as always!
Thought readers would like to know that Holland America’s Eurodam will be in port
this Wednesday, September 8.
It will anchor in the outer harbor.
Passengers will be tendered to Cruise Port between 9AM and 6PM.
Carrying up to 2104 passengers and 929 crew, the Eurodam will be hard not to notice in the harbor.
Area retailers, restaurants and attractions will notice an uptick as passengers come ashore for shopping, sightseeing and seafood.
The Eurodam will also make port of call in Gloucester on September 24, September 28 and October 13.
I hope you take Labor Day off, Joey- you deserve it!
Linn

For a Visual Tour Of the Eurodam click on the picture below-

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Here is an interesting video showing the Eurodam being built-

Should be quite a boost to our local merchants.
If any of our retailers or restaurant folks that read GMG notices a big impact could you send in a report?