Anogher record-breaking year is expected to 2023
Cruise activity at Porto Cruise Terminal increased 88% in the number of passengers and 12% in the number of cruises compared to the same period of 2022. In the first six months of the year, the port welcomed 56 cruise ships (seven of them were new to the port) and 68.203 passengers, which means this was the best 1st half ever for cruise activity at the port.
Compared to the 1st half of 2018, which was the best year ever in the number of cruise passengers, our Porto Cruise Terminal activity grew 21% and 42% compared to 2019, the last pre-pandemic year. There was also an 8% growth in the number of cruise ships, both compared to 2018 and 2019.
The majority of the passengers visiting the Porto Cruise Terminal and the Porto & the North of Portugal Region were from the United Kingdom (41%), followed by Germans (26%) and those from the USA (20%).
The size of ships calling the port has also been increasing. The average length of ships was 218.5 meters, which means a growth of 3.1% compared to 2022. Over 2018 and 2019, growth was 6.6% and 10.3% respectively. The total GT in these first six months recorded a growth of 29.4% compared to 2022 and a growth of 36% and 26.1% compared to the pre-pandemic years of 2018 and 2019 respectively.
2023 will be another record year for the Porto Cruise Terminal as 127 cruise ship calls are already planned and end year numbers are expected to be above 150.000 passengers visiting Porto and North of Portugal Destination.