News From Newsletter September 2014

Cruise season on the Costa Brava

Costa Brava Cruise Ports plays an active role at the Seatrade Med fair in Barcelona, establishing contacts with new cruise companies.

The cruise season in the ports of Palamós and Roses will close in mid-November. According to figures from Ports de Catalunya, they will have welcomed a total of 47 cruise stopovers and 38,800 passengers, generating approximately 3 million euros in tourist revenues. These figures mean Palamós is now Catalonia’s second port for cruise ships while the number of cruise stopovers in Roses was double that of the previous year.

From 16 to 19 September Barcelona hosted for the first time the Seatrade Med cruise industry trade show, at which the ports of Palamós and Roses were marketed together with the Costa Brava under the umbrella brand Costa Brava Cruise Ports.

A new promotional video aimed at cruise companies has also been produced, showcasing the two ports and the activities available for their passengers in the area. The video will be shown at key forums for the cruise sector, accompanied by catalogues and promotional literature.

Coinciding with the trade fair, the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board also organised two familiarisation trips for Windstar Cruises, Aida Cruises, Costa Cruceros and Saga Cruises. Following visits to the region by representatives of the cruise companies, new optional excursions for passengers will be programmed and the possibility of arranging stopovers for the German market will be studied.

The sector is upbeat about next year’s cruise season, with American and European cruise companies remaining notably loyal to Catalonia’s ports. Tui Cruises will be returning to Palamós while companies such as Oceania Cruises and Costa Cruceros will be visiting the Costa Brava for the first time.

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