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Cruise Ships Return To Port Of Cartagena

Cruise ships return to Port of Cartagena

Cartagena, June 19, 2021.- After a 15-month break, the cruise ships return to the Port of Cartagena. The ‘Mein Schiff 2’ of the German shipping company Tui, from Palma de Mallorca, has docked in the port early in the morning, to make a stopover in the city before heading to Cádiz and Malaga this afternoon. It is the first cruise with international passengers, but with stops only in Spanish
ports, which calls from confinement and mobility restrictions caused by COVID-19 that paralyzed the tourism sector in March last year. The president of the Port Authority, Yolanda Muñoz stressed that “today is a very important day for Cartagena and it is observed in the institutional support of both the mayor, Noelia Arroyo, and the Regional Government shown to make the arrival of this cruise possible.” He also added that “we have been working, from the port authority with the health authorities to be prepared for this day and that the cruise passengers who visit us enjoy their stay safely. We will continue working to welcome shipping companies in the near future, since Cartagena has shown that it is a safe and attractive destination for cruise passengers ”. The health situation forces to maintain a very controlled activity of the movements and interactions of the 900 passengers who, from early in the morning are leaving the ship in a staggered way to visit the city in 26 buses. Tourists, the majority of German nationality but also Austrian and Swiss, organized in bubble groups of 10 people indoors and 40 outdoors and accompanied by a guide will visit the Roman Theater, the Forum, Decumano, the Castle of the Conception and the elevator. . The mayor, Noelia Arroyo, highlighted “Cartagena has a great cultural, sports and gastronomic heritage and we have worked so that today the tourists who have arrived at the Mein Schiff can enjoy it safely”. He had words of gratitude to the Port Authority for the work done to make the arrival of cruise ships a reality. For his part, the general director of Tourist Competitiveness and Quality, Carlos Peñafiel, has encouraged the shipping company to learn about the region’s tourist wealth. Destinations are varied and each bus has a different itinerary. Some visitors will go on a tapas route and also take the panoramic tour by bus or on the tourist train. “The objective is to minimize interaction with the local population and keep social groups defined to minimize the risk of contagion. These first passengers will visit the city maintaining a strict security protocol, limiting their movement to excursions and itineraries designed by the company, which will be relaxed as vaccination rates increase and the epidemiological situation improves, so that future visitors enjoy total freedom of movement during your trip ”, said the president, Yolanda Muñoz. Cruise ships must maintain strict safety standards , including a 60-70% reduction in vessel capacity, the requirement for cruise passengers to have a negative PCR and up to three negative serological tests in the case of the crew, in addition to a period of isolation. The president of the Port Authority was accompanied by the mayor of the municipality, Noelia Arroyo, the general director of Tourist Competitiveness and Quality, Carlos Peñafiel, the deputy mayor, Manuel Padin, and the representative of the consignee Agencia Marítima Blázquez, Javier Sánchez, who They handed over a commemorative plaque to the captain of the ship, Tom Roth, who congratulated the local, regional and port authorities for solving the difficulties of the ship’s arrival, “all the port personnel have facilitated the work of docking this morning. And we were surprised by the richness of colors at the entrance to the dock ”. “The Port has done its homework during this more than a year of pandemic they have their reward today, with the first cruise of 10 nationals that we have confirmed from today until October and with the request of 30 international cruises that are scheduled to begin in September” the president remarked. “Today we gather the fruits of a job well done that is only possible with the coordination and collaboration of the administrations. The City Council, the Autonomous Community and the Port Authority are working together and in coordination to reactivate the economy of Cartagena, its region and the region ”, concluded Yolanda Muñoz. This operation has been understood as the beginning of the economic recovery of a sector that in 2019 brought more than 257,000 passengers to Cartagena. After the docking of the “Mein Schiff 2”, 30 more stopovers have been confirmed for the remainder of the year , although the Port Authority forecasts that it will exceed fifty cruise ships. “The contacts we have now with the shipping companies tell us that we will probably have a good year despite the circumstances,” explained the president. The Mein Schiff2 ship will return on July 3. And, as of July 14, 8 cruises with capacity for 4,000 passengers from the Aida shipping company are scheduled to call every Wednesday alternate until October with departure from Palma de Mallorca to Cádiz, Malaga, Cartagena and Barcelona. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Cartagena (APC – Port Authority of Cartagena)

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