Since the COVID-19 outbreak hit the entire world in March 2020, the Port of Tenerife has been the refuge for many cruise ships. First, working hand in hand with the cruise lines to repatriate passengers and crew. Then, offering its well-sheltered anchorage area to lay up the cruise ships once all cruise lines around the world stopped their operations, including services such as crew change or general maintenance. Around 30 cruise ships have been laid up in Tenerife, since March 2020.
On the other hand, the Port of Tenerife has been one of the first ports in the world to welcome cruise passengers after the global pandemic, by cooperating with national authorities, local health authorities and cruise lines, to welcome cruise passengers since the very beginning of the cruise lines activities resumption.
Specifically, so far and since last November, the Port of Tenerife has handled more than 70 cruise calls and has welcomed more than 108,000 cruise passengers, offering controlled excursions and monitored activities to visitors without losing interest, or the charm that the destination offers. Moreover, the Port of Tenerife is handling around 10 home port operations per month and many others transit calls, adapting the facilities to the requirements of the health protocols of each cruise line.
Despite the situation and thanks to the cruise line’s enhanced health and safety protocols, cruise passengers have the chance to enjoy the beauty of the Canary Islands safely when visiting the special destinations in the different islands, without any remarkable incidents or contagions.
Hence, some of the shipping companies that are currently successfully sailing on 7-day and 14-day voyages around the Canary Islands are going to extend Canary Islands season through July, as recently published by Aida Cruises.