The Balearic ports registered 193,349 cruise passengers in the first quarter of the year, which is 10.6% more than those registered in the same period of 2018, and received 53 cruises, eight more than in that period of the previous year, according to the data published by Puertos del Estado.
Nationwide, Spanish ports registered 1.79 million cruise passengers, 8.95% more than the 1.64 million last year. In addition, 682 cruises landed, 30 less.
The cruise passengers accounted for 29% of the total number of passengers registered in the first three months of the year in all of the Spanish ports, which amounted to a total of 6.05 million, a total of 4 cruise passengers and in transit (shipments and landings). 76% more Of the total number of more than six million passengers, 4.2 million were regular lines.
The seasonality of the cruise industry causes a reduction in traffic in winter and an increase between June and September in the whole season with which the data show a positive trend. It has been precisely the increase of travelers on board cruises that has pulled the maritime traffic of travelers.
Thus, in March, 702,659 cruise passengers landed in Spanish ports, which represents an improvement of 13.9% over the same month last year, in which Holy Week fell.
LAS PALMAS, TO THE HEAD
In the accumulated period, the Port Authority of Las Palmas led the volume of arrivals of cruise passengers in the first three months, as is usual, with 667.2923 passengers, 12.28% more, and 210 cruises, 49 less than a year ago .
It was followed by the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with 423,923 passengers until March, an increase of 3.9%, with the arrival of 175 cruises in the first three months of the year, 40 less than a year ago.
For its part, the port of Barcelona received 304,619 cruise passengers in the first three months of the year, 1% more, after receiving 86 cruises, eight more than in the first quarter of 2018.
Behind the Balearic Islands, highlight the port of Malaga with 54,029 cruise passengers in the first quarter (-0.68%) and 34 ships (8 more); Bahía de Cádiz with 45,204 cruise passengers (-12.3%) and one vessel or the port of Valencia with 32,367 cruise passengers (+ 58%) and 22 ships, ten more than a year ago.