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Mein Schiff 2 Restarts Cruise Activity In The Port Of València

Mein Schiff 2 restarts cruise activity in the Port of València

Source: PortSEurope
València, June 27, 2021 – Early in the morning at the North entrance of the Port of València it made its entrance, escorted and received by arcs of water from two tugboats of Boluda Towage Spain, the Mein Schiff 2, the first cruise that arrives at Cap i Casal after a 15-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 800 tourists, of German nationality, have been
received with Valencian music such as “Paquito El Chocolatero” or songs of paso doble. With the arrival of the TUI shipping company, the Valencian port area restarts cruise activity. It is a cruise that makes a peninsular itinerary with stops only in Spanish ports that arrives from Alicante and that will depart in the late afternoon from the Cruceros 1 dock to its next destination. The health security protocols for the COVID-19 force to maintain a very controlled activity of the movements and interactions of the passengers who, from first thing in the morning, are disembarking in a staggered way to make any of the previously contracted excursions. The person in charge of cruises of the Port Authority of Valencia (APV), Francesca Antonelli, has explained that “the safety, both of citizens and tourists, is right now the priority of these excursions that the passengers of this first cruise will take that arrives in Valencia. All the agents involved have to assess these first pilot experiences, ensuring the traceability of tourists in these bubble groups in concerted excursions to comply with all the health security protocols required by COVID-19, without the passenger’s ability to go down to their destination on their own. As the pandemic evolves positively, the situation will improve and return to normal. “ After the disembarkation enlivened with music, the cruise passengers have moved by groups in buses (with half the capacity) to their excursions through the city and its surroundings. Visits previously arranged, accompanied at all times by your guide and with a plan for compliance with security measures. And it is that, currently it is not allowed that passengers go down to their destination on their own. In this first stopover of a cruise after the COVID-19 stoppage, cruise passengers have visited several places of interest in the city of Valencia (historic center, river parks and nurseries, as well as City of Arts and Sciences) , but there are also groups that have toured the Albufera, enjoyed the “adventure” in Chulilla or known the Coves de Sant Josep in La Vall d’Uixó. Prioritize safety and outdoor excursions The person in charge of cruises of the PAV has recalled that prior to the arrival of the Mein Shciff 2, the TUI shipping company complies with the safety and prevention measures contained in the “COVID-19 Control and Prevention Protocol for passenger ship cruises with berthing in ports of the Valencian Community ”established by the Conselleria de Sanitat. In addition, for this cruise operation, all the companies involved (the Port Authority, the consignees Intercruises and Erhardt in Valencia, the Trasmediterránea terminal, and the Intercruises tour operator), the Ministry of Health and the tourism promotion entities have worked hard to guarantee safety. For this reason, a varied tourist offer has been developed within the city and its surroundings with “bubble” excursions. They are guided excursions, in small groups and promoting outdoor experiences. At all times, until the epidemiological situation improves and the health protocols so indicate, the priority is to limit interaction with the local population to minimize the risks of contagion. Hence, these first passengers who arrive in Valencia will have their itineraries limited to the plans designed by the companies in collaboration with the PAV. The opening of the cruise sector was long-awaited news for the entire sector that participates in this activity, which is expected to advance positively in the coming months. From the PAV it is expected that in July international cruises will be able to resume in the port of Valencia. Right now shipping companies are reorganizing their routes and presenting health protocols to destinations. For now, the Port of València will once again receive the Mein Shiff 2 on July 11. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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