The Port of Valencia expects to close 2018 with 443,500 cruise passengers, 6.3% more than the previous year

The Roman ruins of Sagunt, the vineyards of Requena or the routes of the Borja in Xàtiva, among the excursions offered by the shipping companies

The Port of Valencia expects to close the year almost 200 cruise scales and around 443,500 passengers, 6.3% more than in 2017, when 416,938 were registered, according to the progress made Monday by Valenciaport in a press release.

These figures indicate a “sustainable growth” of the sector, which has allowed the port entity, together with the province and the city, to adapt the offer at the rate that increases the demand of cruise passengers.

As the latest article in the magazine Cruises News points out, the cruise industry faces the “need to innovate and enrich the offer”, both to maintain the attractiveness of the destination in the repeating passengers, and to adapt to the new profiles of cruise passengers.

In this sense, the Port of Valencia has adapted its offer to make known to cruise passengers the wide range of excursions that can be made beyond the city of Valencia.

Specifically, the article of Cruises News – sponsored by the Port Authority of Valencia (APV) with the collaboration of Diputació Turisme València that provides content – reflects that “the capital of the Turia is on its way to becoming a port of reference of the premium shipping companies “, those who visit the port for several days, thanks to the wide range of excursions, plans and experiences offered; and that various municipalities of the province begin to offer cultural alternatives for this type of visitors.

THE NEW CRUISER PROFILE, TOWARD “SINGULAR” ENCLAVES

The new technologies, the search for different experiences, or the rejection of saturations has recently led to an important change in the demand of cruise passengers. The new cruise profile “seeks independence, is more demanding and has the capacity to manage and organize its own routes, outside the established circuit”. The new generations mainly try to know first-hand the uniqueness of the area they visit through innovative plans and different experiences.

In this sense, Valencia, with its unique enclaves, its climate, its heritage or its traditions, has been able to take advantage of this change of trend in the cruise sector and adapt its offer. Thus, in addition to the wide range of excursions and visits in the capital, a wide range of plans has been set up for the cruiser that extends throughout the province based on history, nature, caves, or Valencian gastronomy.

All this through visits, routes or plans located in the Albufera, in the ruins of Sagunt, in Xàtiva, through the routes of the Borja, the golf courses, the wine offer of Requena or the options offered by Gandia, that beyond its beach destinations, offers one of the best palaces in the whole Valencian Community, the Ducal Palace, residence of the Borgia. Along with the tour of the main enclaves, Cruises News also collects the data of the shipping companies that offer these excursions.

CHARACTERISTIC OFFER IN THE CITY OF VALENCIA

The cruise offer of the city of Valencia is wide, varied and characterized by its security. In 2017, new routes were added to the traditional routes through the Albufera, the historic center or the City of Arts and Sciences.

They include the Religious Art Route, which includes a stop at the Cathedral and other churches such as the recently restored San Nicolás; the Silk Road that allows to know the historical legacy of this industry in Valencia with visits to the Lonja de la Seda, the newly restored Silk Museum and the Velluters neighborhood; or the Valencia and Fallas Route that allows tourists to enter the main points of these festivals declared World Heritage.