From the 27th to 29th November, the Port Authority of Bilbao will take part in the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention, the most important European cruise fair, which will be held at Marseille this year. From its own stand, number 512, the Port Authority representatives will provide information about the infrastructures and services the Port of Bilbao offers cruise traffic, as well as the wide range of tourist opportunities to be enjoyed in the Basque Country.
This year, the Port of Bilbao will overcome the 50-call mark in a season in which three companies – MSC Cruceros with MSC Opera (eight calls), Ibercruceros with Grand Mistral(two) and Pullmantur with The Empress (two) – have pledged their commitment to Bilbao as a passenger embarkation and disembarkation point.
In addition, mention must be made of the seven overnight calls to be made by Celebrity Cruises’ M/V Celebrity Constellation, belonging to Royal Caribbean, which offers thematic cruises featuring wine as the main attraction.
New Cruise Berth
The Basque Country’s rise as a tourist attraction, the international growth in the cruise sector together with the commitment shown by the great shipowners’ to Bilbao both as a port of call on the Atlantic routes as well as a cruise starting and ending point have all led the Port Authority of Bilbao to undertake the building of its second cruise terminal.
Thus, 13.8 million euros will be invested on the new terminal, which like the present one will be located at Getxo, and which will have an area of 27,400m², 355 metres berthing and a 12-metre draught.