The Isle of Wight’s up-and-coming cruise destination port Cowes Harbour welcomes the maiden call of cruise ship HANSEATIC Nature.

receiving a plaque onboard the Hanseatic Nature

Cowes Harbour Commission held a plaque exchange onboard the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises new ship HANSEATIC Nature to welcome the ship to Cowes on Monday (27 May). Attending the plaque presentation were the HANSEATIC Nature’s Staff Captain Christoph Kunz, Cowes Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh, Cowes Mayor Lora Peacey Wilcox, and Chairman of Visit Isle of Wight Ian Griffiths.

Cowes Harbour Commission is working proactively with the Island’s tourism organisation Visit Isle of Wight and other local stakeholders to promote Cowes as a unique destination port-of-call, encouraged by the rising demand in the cruise ship market, including growth in the Northern European luxury cruise market. 

Jane Richter is from Isle of Wight Guided Tours (, just one of the Isle of Wight businesses who have seen a boost from the arrival of the cruise ships:

I am delighted to be working together with ‘Excursions’ and ‘Intercruises’ this summer, and to have also made a good connection with Louisa Mamakou at the Cowes Harbour Commission.

It is truly exciting to see that the number of cruise ships coming into Cowes has significantly increased this year.

Isle of Wight Guided Tours is incredibly proud to be part of the Island team in this newly emerging market – especially as I personally am currently the only Island-based guide to be involved.

This turn of events, which happened to coincide with me, together with a colleague, developing ‘Royalty, Racing & Rigging’, my company’s very own Cowes Historic Walking Tour, has meant that as a tour planning and guiding business, we are spending a lot more time in Cowes this year than in previous ones. Both of the above cruise ship companies have also booked the Walking Tour with me for their passengers arriving later in the summer. A lot of our clients tend to come to us from cruise ships, along with coach companies and independent travellers. Usually docked in Southampton, it makes a wonderful change for these vessels to be coming right to our door, thus allowing the passengers more time on the Island and thereby affording them more opportunity to help boost our local economy.

Jane Richter, Isle of Wight Guided Tours

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Hanseatic Nature cruise ship on maiden voyage off Cowes Isle of Wight