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.
In 2017, the Port of Bilbao received 61 cruise vessels with 83,674 passengers on board. This season, although estimates can vary, the Port Authority is expecting a similar number “which will be positive for the tourist sector for both Biscay and the Basque Country, as well as for the local economy, since it is complicated to maintain such similar positive figures for two consecutive years”.
“The intensive commercial work and the new passenger terminal – OLATUA, inaugurated in March 2017- still remain decisive”.
In this sense, in March, the Port Authority will again promote the Basque Country as a cruise destiny at Seatrade 2018 Miami/Fort Lauderdale – the most important on the international circuit.
Cruise companies such as Azamara, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard
Line, Crystal, Fred Olsen, Hapag Lloyd, Hurtigruten, Majestic International, Marella Cr., MSC, Noble Caledonia, Norwegian, Oceania, Ponant, Pullmantur, Princess Cruises, P&O, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), Saga Cruises, Seabourn, Sea Cloud, SilverSea Cruises, TUI Cruises and Wind Star continue to commit themselves to Bilbao as a cruise destination.
In addition, this season will see a dozen emblematic cruise vessels berthing for the first time, and again, two, and even three, vessels will coincide. Special mention must also be made of Pullmantur for offering the possibility to embark on cruises from the Port of Bilbao’s Getxo facility.
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||