! Murcia Today – Cartagena Cruises towards a record autumn for maritime passengers welcoming 90,000 visitors

Publication date: 08/31/2022

A daily average of 1,000 cruise passengers will arrive in the port of the Region of Murcia between September and November

Cartagena is preparing for the best autumn in terms of cruise calls in its history, with the port city expected to welcome 90,000 marine visitors between September and November.
An average of 1,000 people are expected to descend on the city over the three-month period, according to Cartagena Mayor Noelia Arroyo, who visited the port on Wednesday August 31 to see first-hand the progress being made on a project to renovation of the port into Plaza Mayor “which will open at a historic moment for the port and cruise tourism”.
Cartagena sails to record fall for maritime passengers welcoming 90,000 visitors

Seventy-five cruise ships will stop in Cartagena this fall, 12 more than in 2019.

“This will be the best year yet for cruise arrivals to Cartagena, with figures of 89,000 cruise passengers and 62 port calls during this period,” Arroyo said.

“This follows a good August with 80% hotel occupancy in the city; 90% on the coast, and an 80% recovery in museum visits from the best year, which was also 2019,” she added.

Concretely, September will see 13 stopovers and 19,000 passengers; October will have 36 stopovers and 32,000 passengers; and November will record 26 stopovers.

“With these figures, October is shaping up to be the best month in terms of the number of calls, and November will be the most remarkable month in terms of the number of passengers, with more than 40,000, as well as three double calls and two triple calls,” explains the mayor.

The port of Cartagena will once again welcome the cruise ship Wonder of the Seas, owned by the Royal Caribbean company, considered the largest cruise ship in the world.

“Of the 40,000 passengers, 6,000 will arrive on this ship, benefiting our shops, hotels and museums. The autumn season is considered the peak season for cruise tourism, mainly due to the warm temperatures offered by Cartagena and from the wide range of tourist and cultural offers of all kinds that we offer,” said Arroyo.

Cartagena sails to record fall for maritime passengers welcoming 90,000 visitors

The first phase of the port’s waterfront renovation will be completed in mid-September, a project that aims to integrate the port with the city, and will offer a cultural and leisure program throughout the year.

The area will also have new restaurants that will open on September 8, as well as a new food market that will be located in the former headquarters of the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to repaving, overhead wiring was buried and work was carried out on the sewerage networks.

Cartagena sails to record fall for maritime passengers welcoming 90,000 visitors

“The new design of the Plaza Mayor allows the expansion of pedestrian spaces, while guaranteeing the fluidity of road traffic, in accordance with the municipal mobility plan, the urban agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” explained Mayor Arroyo.

Images: Council of Cartagena

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