Based in getxo, the cruise facility is located beside a marina, a leisure área and a EU Flag Beach.
Bilbao city centre is only a twenty-minute drive away, as is the International Airport. Shuttle buses are available for the beach and nearby World Heritage Puente Bizkaia and for Bilbao city centre.
Balance for 2016 Season
There has been an important increase in cruise traffic arriving in Biscay through the Port of Bilbao. From 5 April when the first cruise vessel of the year docked until today with the arrival of the last, 51 vessels have called, which supposes 19% more than in 2015, bringing a total of 85,071 visitors on board, 21% up on the previous year.
A breakdown of passenger nationality shows that the British (58%) lead the way, followed by the Americans (14%).
This season eight cruise vessels have made first time calls: outstanding among these are Royal Caribbean’s Cruises Ltd (RCCL) Constellation, which remained in port overnight with 2,291 passengers; the three calls made by theNavigator of the Seas, also belonging to RCCL, the first of which was in August (on its maiden voyage),carrying on board 3,899 passengers of many nationalities, and which coincided with the Bilbao
Festival Week; the call of theCelebrity Silhouette,RCCL’s luxury cruise vesselwith 2,813 mainly American passengers on board; and the arrival on the same day, 4 October, of two vessels belonging to the British company, Fred Olsen.
Likewise, Pullmantur has opted for Bilbao as an embarkation/disembarkation port, with two calls from the Monarch; and it has also been the season when such important companies as P&O, Oceania, and TUI have consolidated their trust in Bilbao.
There were also calls by vessels from Hurtigruten, Princess, Du Ponant, SilverSea, Costa Cruceros Carnival, Crystal, Lindblad, Sea Cloud, Noble Caledonia, Holland and Grand Circle.
Nearly 60 cruise vessels in 2017
The Port of Bilbao inaugurates its new passenger terminal in a season, which is full of promise with regard to the number of calls and cruise companies. In 2017, 58 cruise calls are expected with nearly 94,000 passengers, which supposes 14% and 10% increases in the number of vessels and passengers respectively. Some of the calls are the direct consequence of the new terminal.
P&O’s Britannia, the company’s most significant vessel, will inaugurate the new station. This cruise ship, recently brought into service, berthed for the first time at Getxo on 25 May 2015 and made three calls that year. Last year, we received its visits another three times, and in 2017 it will make a further three calls. The vessel is 300 metres long, has the capacity for nearly 4000 passengers and employs some 1,400 crew.
The vessel focuses on family tourism and makes eight-day voyages. It departed from Southampton (UK) on 26 March and its route takes in A Coruña, Bilbao, La Rochelle (France), Cherbourg-Octeville (France), and on 2 April will conclude its route at Southampton, where it set out from.
Pier and berthing for cruises
|Length Getxo 1 south||366 m|
|Length Getxo 2 north||318 m|
|Common Surface area Getxo 1 south + Getxo 2 north||6,425 m²|
|Length New Getxo 3||355 m|
|Surface area||25,300 m²|
|Vessel equipments and services||