Cruise ship port calls to Naha increasing

According to the Naha Port Management Deputy Administrator Takefumi Tahara, Naha had 202 port calls by cruise ships between January and September this year that is 30 more than the same period in 2017.

While Naha saw an increase in cruise ship port calls, the trend at popular ports in mainland was the opposite. Hakata Port in Kyushu had 209 port calls that marks a decrease of 40 year-on-year, while Nagasaki Port had 70 port calls, 30 less than last year.

Tahara said, “We expect port calls in Naha is trending upwards, as we have already over 300 reservations for 2019.”

Tahara also says there has been very little problems regarding to illegal entry to Okinawa of cruise ship passengers. “In the past, there were no record of illegal entry, but there were three passengers who did not return and disappeared at the end of June 2018,” Tahara revealed.

The Naha Immigration Office says they have beefed up their efforts, including giving more advice to ship operators, and consulting police and related organizations to propel exposing people here illegally.