German tourists cruise through Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - More than 1,000 visitors toured the Port City as a cruise ship docked in Wilmington Monday morning.  For the second year in a row, the German cruise ship "Aida-Aura" made a stop at the Wilmington Ports.

"When they come here [Wilmington] they bring about 1,300 passengers and more than 400 crew workers," said Connie Nelson with the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Nelson said that according to Cruise Lines International Association, each of those passengers will spend about $123, boosting the local economy.

Tourists came to the area to experience the beach or try their luck golfing.

"We want to go to the golf course, Magnolia Greens," said tourist Florann Apfelbach.  "We want it to be a good day.  So hopefully, we don't get showered by the rain."

It is estimated the passengers on the Aida-Aura will spend a total of $450,000 in the Wilmington area.  People with the Wilmington Cape Fear Convention Visitor's Bureau said they hope visitors will share good memories when they return to Germany.

"Internationally, Wilmington may not be the first destination that comes to mind when someone in Germany thinks about," said Nelson.  "But if the passengers enjoy themselves they're going to go back tell all their friends in Germany about the great time they had."

Crew members hope to bring a larger ship to the area next year.

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