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PortCastelló welcomes “Seven Seas Splendor” putting Castellón on the luxury cruise ship map

15 April 2024

default15-04-2024. The port of Castellón today welcomed the first cruise ship of the year, the 224-metre-long luxury liner ‘Seven Seas Splendor’, belonging to the American shipping company Regent Seven Seas and operated by the shipping company Marmedsa.

With capacity for 750 passengers and 542 crew members, ‘Seven Seas Splendor’, docked at eight o’clock in the morning at the cruise pier and is the first of the four ships that are expected to stop over in Castellón in 2024, making a total of eleven stopovers scheduled for the next two years, which will allow more than 8,000 cruise passengers to discover our unique region.

The president of the Port Authority, Rubén Ibáñez, celebrated the fact that “Castellón is becoming a destination on the cruise ship map, which is very important for the interaction between the port and the city and for the knock-on effect and economic impact of the cruise industry for the province as a whole”.

In this regard, the Port Authority’s president emphasised that “Castellón’s specialisation in the world of luxury cruises and its good positioning worldwide in this sector is attracting the attention of many tour operators”.

Ibañez explained that “a new era is beginning in which Castellón will be the focus of attention for a specific type of cruise, a medium-sized luxury cruise, where passengers, far from the overcrowding of large cruise ships, want to enjoy experiences such as the twenty excursions planned for today to different towns in the province”.

Finally, the head of PortCastelló celebrated the fact that “today we are reaping the fruits of months of work”, thanking the PortCastelló Foundation for its hard work. “Castellón and the province are ready to welcome people who want to visit, who want to discover us and who will surely want to remember this experience for years to come,” concluded Ibáñez.

Rubén Ibáñez highlighted the economic impact of the cruise ship which is calling at the port today. He made these statements before participating along with the Deputy Mayor of Grao, Ester Giner, the Councillor for Tourism, Arantxa Miralles, the Provincial Deputy, Andrés Martínez and the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Lola Guillamón, in the presentation of plaques to the captain of the ship, Felice Patruno and the shipping executive, Óscar Martínez.

 Reception and presentation of plaques

During the reception and on behalf of Castellón City Council, the Deputy Mayor of Grao, Ester Giner, and the Councillor for Tourism, Arantxa Miralles, presented the captain with a miniature ceramic Gaiata lamp. A gift laden with symbolism, as it is the unique and distinguishing emblem of the original fiestas of the city, also made using the material from the province’s main industry.

For her part, the deputy mayor of Grao, Ester Giner, welcomed the cruise passengers and wished them “a happy stay, enjoying the wide range of activities that have been prepared exclusively for them”.

In addition, the councillor for Tourism, Arantxa Miralles, highlighted the shuttle buses with tour guides to “discover our beaches with their attractive beach bars, thanks to the fact that after many years they have been open since Easter; there are also guided tours scheduled and this Monday, the Fadrí bell tower will also be opened especially for them. All so that they can get to know our city, without forgetting to visit the maritime district, try our cuisine and visit the commercial and fishing port”.

Twenty scheduled excursions in the province

 The programme of activities includes a total of twenty excursions to different towns in the province such as Morella, Peñiscola, Vall d’Uixó, including a tour of the caves of San José, Vila-Real, la Ruta de la Naranja orange orchard tour, a visit to the museum in Vilafamés, which has opened its doors today especially to welcome cruise passengers, or taking part in a paella masterclass at the Mas Dels Doblons restaurant in Almassora”.

Starting from Barcelona and with its final stop in Civitavecchia, this luxury ship, which has a total of 353 rooms, will stay all day until leaving for the port of Alicante.

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