The PortCastelló Foundation is attending this year’s event with a new brand name: Castelló Cruise Club
PortCastelló is attending the International Fair of Tourism, FITUR, in Madrid, through the State Ports organisation, and the manager of the Foundation, Miguel Rojo, and the person responsible for cruise ship traffic, Susana Soria. They are meeting with representatives from the cruise ship sector. The PortCastelló foundation is attending this years event with a new brand name – Castelló Cruise Club.
It is essential for the PortCastelló Foundation to attend FITUR in order to publicise the potential of the port of Castellón as a cruise ship destination. Migule Rojo stated that, “We are working towards establishing Castellón as a primary cruise ship destination in the Mediterranean and in this way to contribute to the economy of the province of Castellón and to create new jobs.”
It should be remembered that the port of Castellón shares this strategy with the Town Council of Castellón, the Valencian Tourism Agency, the Provincial Council of Castellón, the Chamber of Commerce, the Jaume I University and the Airport of Castellón through the Cruise Ship Committee in order to increase the number of cruise ships visiting Castellón. This strategy is already producing positive results: five ships will stop at Castellón in 2019, a considerable increase compared to current figures. .
Four of these cruise ships are from Marella – formally Thomson Dream – the first of the larger cruise ship companies which has scheduled stops at the port of Castellón for June, July, August and October with the vessel Marella Dream with a capacity for 1,500 passengers. This makes it the biggest cruise vessel ever to visit Castellón. The company has announced that it will bring more cruise ship to Castellón if results are positive.
To these stops by Marella can be added the visit by the vessel ‘Sirena’ in June 2019 from the Oceania Cruises shipping company, with 684 passengers.