FIVE HUNDRED German cruise passengers were required to disembark from their cruise ship in small boats due to the size and depth of the port at Dénia.
The Amadea cruise ship – with 600 retired Germans and Austrians on board – arrived at 8am without any fanfare or welcoming party, and the only indications that the vessel had arrived nearby were its bright lights gleaming out to sea and a fleet of eight buses in the harbour.
Amadea last arrived in Dénia back in 2014 but on that occasion its arrival was announced and promoted and was even greeted by the mayor at the time, Ana Kringe, who visited the port to welcome the visitors although only around 100 passengers chose to disembark.
This latest arrival, however, saw most of the passengers coming ashore and again they had to do it via boats. The Amadea – the first cruise ship ever to arrive in Dénia in 2005 – is 193m long, 25m wide and a draft of 6.2m and thus too big to get into port and needed to anchor offshore. In fact, Dénia doesn’t even have a draft for a ship three-quarters the size of this one.
Despite the average elderly age of the passengers and the fact that many of them had mobility issues, it didn’t stop 500 of the 600 taking advantage of their time in Dénia and went on previously arranged coach excursions to València, Alicante, Calpe and Javea.