The Spanish ports recorded 1.64 million cruise passengers in the two three months of the year, which is 51.4% more compared to 1.08 million posted in the same period of 2017, according to data published by Puertos del Estado , which reveal that 709 cruise ships landed, 185 more ships, compared to a year ago.
The cruise passengers accounted for 28.6% of the total number of passengers registered in the first three months of the year in the group of Spanish ports, which amounted to 5.74 million, an increase of 16.72%.
The seasonality of the cruise industry causes a reduction in traffic in winter and an increase between June and September in the whole season.
Thus, in March, 616,620 cruise passengers landed in our ports, 53.03% more, aboard 284 cruises, 85 vessels more than in March 2017.
LAS PALMAS, TO THE HEAD
In the accumulated period, Las Palmas led the volume of arrivals of cruise passengers in the first three months, as usual, with 591,133 passengers, 52.38% more, and 258 cruise ships, 45% more compared to the 178 posted in the same period of 2017.
It was followed by the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with 408,027 passengers (+ 45.27%) until March, with the arrival of 215 cruises in the first three months of the year, 42 more than a year ago.
For its part, the port of Barcelona received 301,574 cruise passengers in the first three months of the year, 33.12% more, after receiving 78 cruises, 15 more than in 2017.
From January to March, the Balearic Islands added 174,756 cruise passengers, which is 134.5% more compared to the same period in 2017, when it received 45 cruises, 20 more than in that period of the previous year.