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PortCastelló receives the first cruise after the coronavirus

28 September 2021

Crucero Bolette

28-09-2021. The luxury cruise ship “Bolette” of the Norwegian company Fred Olsen Cruise Line has called today in Castellón with 500 tourists on board, the majority of British nationality. It is the first cruise ship to dock in Castellón after the cruise activity stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ship entered the port area early in the morning and docked from Dover (England) at the PortCastelló cruise dock. It is 237 meters long, has a total capacity of 1,338 passengers and 615 crew members, although complying with the passenger reduction protocol to better control the traceability of the virus, it travels at 60% of its capacity, with all its passengers vaccinated with the full schedule. , as well as its crew.

The Castellón Port Authority and all the entities involved have followed all the indications and safety and prevention measures contained in the Covid-19 Prevention and Control Protocol to attend to cruise ships in times of pandemic. Among them, maintaining a safe distance, reducing people’s physical contact, reinforcing cleaning and disinfection measures and facilitating possible actions related to disembarkment.

In addition, a space has been provided for isolating and guarding any suspected virus cases.

The excursions offered are “Castellón walking tour” that runs through different places of interest in the city, such as Ribalta park, central market, Plaza Mayor and Basilica de Lledó. The Castelló Town Hall has offered two free shuttle buses with a frequency of half an hour and with capacity for 50 passengers each, although their capacity has been limited to half.

In addition, tourists have been able to opt for excursions to the Desert de les Palmes, the coast of Benicàssim, Peñíscola and Valencia. It must be remembered that health security protocols require a very controlled activity of movements and interactions of passengers who, from early in the morning, are disembarking in a staggered manner.

The president of the Castellón Port Authority, Rafa Simó, accompanied by the director of PortCastelló, José María Gómez, and the Councilor for Tourism, Pilar Escuder, has handed over a metope to the ship’s captain as a souvenir of his first stop in the port of Castellón.

The ‘Bolette’ cruise is the first of two cruises planned for this year. The second of them is the Phoenix Reisen ‘Amera’ and is scheduled to dock on November 9.


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