02 Nov October breaks cruise ship record with 53 calls
The recovery of the sector after the pandemic is consolidated in the Port of Cadiz with a new record in the number of vessels per month. The Port of Cadiz has registered in the month of October a new monthly record in the number of cruise ship calls with 53 vessels. The best record to date was the 48 calls recorded in the month of May 2019.
With regard to the number of passengers, the provisional balance for October totals 51,128 cruise passengers, which would be added to the 30,548 recorded up to September this year. It should be remembered that cruise traffic has been reactivated after the pandemic last May and that the Port of Cadiz occupies fifth place nationally in terms of the number of stopovers, surpassed only by the islands (Balearic and Canary Islands) and Barcelona.
It is worth remembering the important economic impact that cruise ships have on the surrounding area and that, according to the latest study carried out by the Andalusian Regional Government on cruise tourism in the region, the average expenditure per cruise passenger per day in the port of call is 40.6 euros.
Another important contribution of the cruise sector from an economic and social point of view is the cruise ship repair activity carried out by Navantia, which not only generates direct and indirect jobs in the factory and auxiliary industry, but also in the restaurants and shops of Cadiz, which cater for the crew members and workers who live in the city while the repair work is being carried out. The recovery of the sector after the pandemic is thus consolidated, with a new record in the number of stopovers received in a single month. If the forecasts are fulfilled, in the last quarter the port of Cadiz will receive more than a hundred ships, returning to similar figures prior to the COVID 19 health crisis.