By Camila O'Reilly • 03 December 2019 • 20:15
FINALE: AIDAmar will be the last cruise ship of 2019
A slow December for cruising is predicted in Málaga, as the port will receive only nine tourist ships throughout the month. If there are no changes, the Málaga Port Authority has announced the last month of 2019 will be in the penultimate position of tourist ship berths of the last decade. Last on the ranking is December in 2014 with only eight cruises arriving in the port.
Although the winter and summer seasons see a historical descent in cruising, this year, the December figures fall short. With three ships having already set sail, the rest of the month will see just six stopovers.
On December 3, a transatlantic cruise destined to Jamaica started its voyage in Málaga. Other ships that will stopover during the festive season are Costa Magica, Viking Sky, Arcadia and Aidamar.
The reason for the low figures is mostly down to the winter season kicking in. However, the withdrawal of Norwegian Cruise Line from Málaga port is also taking its toll.
This year, the number of tourist ships that have docked is eleven less than in 2018 and port authorities hope that the International Seatrade Cruise Med Fair will make 2020 a good year.
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