THE CRUISE terminal of the Port of Alicante is avidly preparing to break its record on Thursday May 4, as four cruise ships will dock on the same day, translating to 12,000 tourists, according to Francesco Balbi, responsible for the terminal.
The Zona Volva will welcome the Horizon – a classic Pullmantur vessel that has undergone a recent refit, the Ventura – a grand-class cruise ship of the British P&O fleet, the Marina – 2011 edition vessel from the American Oceania and the Jewel of the Seas – a radiance class Royal Caribbean gem.
On what will be a historic day, the tourism and hospitality sector of Alicante is expected to see €700,000 in revenue. Excursions are planned throughout the city and the rest of the province and there are already 40 chartered buses scheduled.
‘We are talking about a historic opportunity for the city – it is proven that cruise-goers who disembark in a city like to return on vacation,’ says Balbi.
According to research commissioned by Terminal Cruises, a tourist spends an average of €65 in destination and each crew member that go down to port spends an average of €25. Balbi said that ‘we are making preparations with the City Council so that everything goes smoothly.’
The cruise terminal of the Port of Alicante will welcome 52 cruises with more than one hundred thousand tourists over the course of this year. ‘Alicante is specialising in receiving bigger boats and we are especially looking forward to the Volvo Ocean Race this autumn.’ adds Balbi.