Alicante Port promises to steady choppy passenger numbers

CRUISERS: Alicante Port hopes to double number of cruise passengers this year.

CRUISE traffic in the Port of Alicante sank by 17.38 per cent last year with the arrival of 34,583 passengers, according to data from State Ports.

But the company Costa Blanca Port, which has managed the cruise terminal since January last year, said figures from this year would show a turnaround.

CEO Carlos Almodovar said they had offered more commercial elements and 2015 promised to be a good year with more cruises already confirmed to dock in the city bringing around 87,500 tourists. P&O, one of the largest cruise companies in the world, is due to start docking in Alicante next month with its first ship bringing 4,372 passengers.

The Port of Cartagena, the main competitor to Alicante, continues to grow year after year and in 2014 saw 138,000 tourists arrive by ship, 2.8 per cent more than in 2013.

Nationally, last year 7,662,010 cruise passengers arrived at Spain’s state ports.

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