Spain Received 6.35 Million Cruise Ship Passengers to October
December 31st, 2013
Spain received more than 6.35 million cruise passengers in the first ten months of the year, which is 1.51% less than in the same period of 2012, but an increase of 1.48% in the number of cruise ships which docked in Spanish ports, according to the Spanish Ports Authority.
In October, the number of cruise passengers fell by 6.4% over the same month of last year, with a little more than a million passengers, compared with the 1.07 million travellers registered in the same month of 2012.
The number of cruise ships which docked in Spanish ports from January to October totalled 3,087, which is 45 ships more than a year ago. 497 cruise ships docked in October, representing a drop of 6.4% and 34 ships less.
Of the total cruise passengers between January and October, the ports of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas accounted for 539,558 and 511,936, respectively, although showing decreases of 11% and 15.7%.
The port of Barcelona showed a 6.15% increase in the number of cruise passengers in the first ten months of 2013, reaching 2.29 million, thanks to a 6.2% increase in the number of vessels received, which totalled 719.
In October, the number of cruise passengers who passed through the port of Barcelona fell by 1.7% to 306,556, with 103 ships.
The number of cruise passengers received in the Balearic Islands increased by 19.84% through to October reaching 1.4 million, compared with 1.17 million passengers registered in the same period of 2012, and in October, they received 12.8% more cruise passengers, totalling 480,797.
The port of Valencia recorded a 9.65% decrease in the number of cruise passengers in the first ten months of the year, to 401,768, with 178 ships, which is 1.66% less. In October, Valencia received more than 22,411 cruise passengers, and 46 ships, 12 more.
The port of Malaga received 323,651 cruise passengers to October, representing a decline of 41.4% and the number of cruise ships docking in Malaga fell by 16.53% to 202 (40 less). In October Malaga received 46 ships (12 less).
Spanish ports received a total of 23.3 million cruise passengers from January to October, representing a 6.56% increase over the same period of last year, while in October the number of cruise passengers exceeded 2.47 million, an increase of 0.9%.
In 2012, the Spanish ports received 7.5 million cruise passengers and 3,725 ships, so that of the 58 million tourists who visited Spain, about 4.7 million were cruise passengers, representing a turnover of about 15 million euros.
According to Cinco Dias, Spanish ports estimate that the increase in the number of cruise ship passengers in 2014 could exceed the bookings made in 2012 by 20%, and could thus surpass the 2011 record, when eight million cruise passengers stopped off in Spain.