Volvo Ocean Race gets cruise boost

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Volvo Ocean Race gets cruise boost
DOCKING: Three cruise ships in port during sailing spectacular. Photo credit: Wikimedia

CRUISE ships docking in the port of Alicante will be bringing thousands of extra visitors to coincide with the Volvo Ocean Race.

An estimated total of 5,400 passengers will be able to disembark from ships from Livorno, Barcelona and Nice that are making stopovers in Alicante when the Race Village is open.  Those wanting to spend some time in the dedicated zones will only have a few metres to walk to enjoy the facilities and the activities on offer.

The first ship to arrive on October 13 will be the Mein Schiff cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon, carrying 2,500 passengers.  The following day, two ships are due in port at the same time with the docking of the Horizon – from Livorno and bound for Malaga with 1,400 onboard seafarers; and the Sea Dream, from Nice to Malaga, with 110 visitors.

According to the authorities, all the cruise ships are due to arrive in port at 7am and leave at around 5pm which is perfect timing for the programme in the Race Village that are taking place throughout the day from 10am.

In this way, the cruisers will be able to enjoy the activities programmed in the Race Village, since they are celebrated throughout the day from ten in the morning.

The Director of Cruise Operations in Alicante, Francesco Balbi, said that the Volvo Ocean Race is “a great attraction, with a perfect location so the cruise passengers will be able to enjoy not only the charms of the city of Alicante but of the Race Village close by.”

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