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Valencia Welcomes Cruises Again

Valencia welcomes cruises again

Source: PortSEurope
València, May 31, 2021 – On June 27, the ship Mein Schiff 2 of the TUI Cruises company will make a stopover at the Port of València. It will be the first cruise ship to dock in the Valencian compound since the central government decreed the State of Alarm and prohibited this activity, 15 months ago. It is a cruise with a peninsular itinerary (coastal cruise) and will
dock at Cruise Ship Pier 1 on June 27 and make a second stop on July 11. This was announced by the person in charge of cruises of the Port Authority of Valencia (APV), Francesca Antonelli, who has highlighted “the illusion for a fact that the sector was waiting with great urgency”. Specifically, the Mein Shciff 2 is a cruise that travels through Spain and will dock in Valencia from Alicante and later on to Barcelona. “It is important to highlight that this first ship that visits us makes a peninsular itinerary, it is not an international cruise. Right now the shipping companies have to redo their routes, reposition their ships, hire the crew and, of course, put the cabins up for sale. This will take them a few weeks and we anticipate that the first international cruise ships will arrive in the Port of València by July ”, Antonelli assured. And it is that the BOE published this Saturday the Resolution of the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine by which as of June 7 the ban on the arrival of international cruise ships to Spanish ports is lifted. Cruise ships docking in Valencia will be carried out in accordance with a series of sanitary security measures, following the guidelines agreed between the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and the Ministry of Health. “The cruise ships that arrived in Spain made the route with France and Italy. Now, after lifting the ban both in all these countries there is already a green light to resume activity. Shipping companies are already working on repositioning their ships to return to serving the international cruise ships that carry out this itinerary ”, Francesca Antonelli stressed. Maximum security for visitors and citizens During her speech, the person in charge of cruises explained that the TIU shipping company complies with the safety and prevention measures included in the “Protocol for the control and Prevention of COVID-19 for cruise ships on passenger ships with berth in ports of the Valencian Community ”Established by the Ministry of Health. In addition, the operator has also established specific measures to manage COVID-19 and Contingency Plans where they inform the port areas and destinations of the procedures and preventive actions. “The protocols are exhaustive. They collect antigen tests and PCR prior to boarding for the entire passenger and crew, flow separation protocols, social distancing, health status control in transit operations such as those that will be carried out in Valencia and what is very important for citizens will visit the city on bubble excursions, not allowing free visits by passengers ”, said Francesca Antonelli, who highlighted the responsibility and awareness of shipping companies. In fact, the Mein Schiff 2, 316 meters long and built in 2019, is a fully sustainable next-generation ship, arriving with a maximum of 655 crew members and 60% of its passenger capacity, specifically 1,879. What’s more, The person in charge of cruises of the PAV has explained that “during these months all the companies involved (Port Authority, consignees, terminal, tour operators,…), Ministry of Health, Tourism of the Generalitat or València Turisme have worked intensively to guarantee everything moment the safety of the cruise passengers, workers of the port and of the Valencia destination ”. “It is about safe tourism -he continued- with strict security protocols and new routes that diversify the offer of excursions for ships docked in Valencia prepared for the new normal.” Thus, in accordance with the demanding protocols established by the shipping companies to increase the safety of the destination, passengers and crew, the PAV and the cruise community have developed a varied tourist offer within the city and its surroundings with “bubble” excursions. Exclusively guided tours will be carried out, without the passenger being able to go down to the destination on their own, more destinations of interest, small groups and more outdoor experiences. And it is that in addition to visiting the city with panoramic excursions by bus, or outdoor routes through Albufera or L’Horta, there are also offers in destinations such as Requena, Sagunto or Vall d’Uixó, among others. Long-awaited news La apertura del sector crucerista era una noticia muy esperada para todo el sector que participa en esta actividad: empresas implicadas, comercio, hosteleria, guías turísticos, transporte, servicios culturales o alimentación, entre otros.  Y es que los 15 meses de inactividad del turismo de cruceros en València ha supuesto que la ciudad y sus alrededores hayan dejado de ingresar unos 70 millones de euros (desembolso inicial más facturación en los sectores económicos de la ciudad), según se desprende de un estudio elaborado por la Fundación Valenciaport en colaboración con la Universitat Politècnica de València. The city of Valencia is a medium and sustainable destination for cruises, with annual growth of 2%, some 400,000 visitors and 200 stopovers / year. Thus, the PAV forecast in a normal year before COVID-19 was about 450,000 tourists for this year. “Forecasts that we now do not know because shipping companies have to re-organize their itineraries and stops. What we do know is that the cruise ship world really wants to return to normality”, has clarified Francesca Antonelli. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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