By Ron Howells • 01 June 2021 • 7:25
Valencia Port On The Costa Blanca To Welcome Back The First Cruise Ship For 15 Months In June
Valencia Port On The Costa Blanca To Welcome Back The First Cruise Ship For 15 Months In June.
It is estimated that Cruise ship tourism in Valencia city on the Costa Blanca lost an estimated €70 million since a ban on cruise ships was imposed on June 23, 2020, due to the pandemic.
The Spanish government has now lifted the ban on cruise ships starting June 7 in line with a relaxation of travel restrictions, allowing the important international tourism sector to resume activity.
According to the Port Authority of Valencia (APV), TUI Cruises ship, Mein Shiff 2 will arrive from Alicante Port before then setting sail from Valencia to Barcelona.
This is very good news for the port, which had 205 stopovers and welcomed 420,000 travellers back in 2019, and hopes to reach at least 500,000 tourists by 2023.
However, the APV has warned the lifting of the ban will not see the sudden return of cruise liners as shipping companies will first have to reset their itineraries, hire staff, stock up on supplies and, finally and probably the most important part, sell the cabin reservations.
The APV also explained that the ships have to be repositioned since most of them are docked in Israel, so they still have to return to the western Mediterranean, although “the intentions of the shipping companies are to return to a return to normality as soon as possible”.
“It will take the ships a few weeks to reach Valencia again,” said the port authority, adding that their “imminent return” is vital as the absence of the liners has cost the sector tens of millions of euros.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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