Valencia – All  year-round cruising

Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia perfectly combines tradition and modernity. It has managed to evolve without sacrificing its historical roots. The fusion of ancient history and innovation makes for a dynamic city that offers a wide variety of activities to suit everyone’s tastes.

The spirit of change has contributed to Valencia’s leading position in terms of urban tourism growth in Europe.

Cruise traffic at the Port of Valencia has grown 125% in number of passengers over the last 10 years. At the end of 2016, it closed the year with a total of more than 180 calls and over 400,000 cruise passengers.

While other Spanish ports registered a 5% decrease in traffic, Valencia has become a popular tourist destination in the Mediterranean, with an annual growth of over 9%.

Also, Norwegian Cruise Lines began recently their calls at the port. Being the third global cruise company, they are very focused on the English market specifically the luxury sector, which joins the long list of operators performing calls at the port of Valencia. With this incorporation, the four major worldwide cruises operators, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines are now operating at our port.

Currently, the Port of Valencia has four docks for cruise ships, with lengths ranging from 219 to 395 meters, and drafts of between 9 and 12 meters. The passenger terminal is opperated by  Acciona Trasmediterránea.

In 2013, the first phase of the new cruise dock located on the northern extension of the port of Valencia was operative. This infrastructure has two new alignments, with lengths of 430 and 440 meters respectively; the first was completed in late June, the second at the end of September of 2013. These two berths, together with a third one already set in the plans for the second stretch of the vertical dike in the port’s northern expansion, make up a platform equipped with the necessary features to provide optimum service for the most modern cruise vessels, allowing ships of up to 362 meters in length and 14 meters of draft to berth. The project also includes the construction of an esplanade of 4,350 m2 with a capacity for up to 30 buses and other vehicles to meet the transportation needs of the passengers.

These new facilities represent an investment of 21 million euros.

The next phases of the Cruise Master Plan of the Port Authority of Valencia, will be implemented, as needed, and may include up to 4 docks for cruise vessels with similar lengths and drafts.

The PAV forecasts for this kind of traffic at Valencia port are approximately 960,000 by 2020.

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