The port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife registered this past January the movement of 44,000 cruise passengers on board 39 ships, which represented a significant increase compared to 2019 despite being still far from the figures recorded in the years prior to COVID when in the first thirty of the year, up to 89 thousand cruise passengers came to pass through the facility.
However, and if the forecasts are maintained, 2022 could also be the year of recovery of cruise traffic, with a number of calls that in the capital port could reach 360 and that in the global ports it would reach 667.
The forecasts currently handled by the Commercial Unit of the Ports of Tenerife also show 171 cruise calls for the port of La Palma; 100 for La Gomera; 30 in La Estaca and six in Los Cristianos. The capacity registered at any time by these ships, which currently operate far from occupying their full capacity, will mark a greater or lesser number of cruise passengers, so for now it is not feasible to advance a number for the end of the year.
Undoubtedly, this 2022 will once again bring first-call ships that opt for the ports of Tenerife as facilities from which to visit the archipelago.
The Seabourn Encore is already the first on the list, having docked yesterday morning at the South Pier from the port of La Palma and remained docked until eleven o’clock at night. With a Nassau flag and a total capacity for 600 passengers, it has brought 465 cruise passengers and 424 crew members to the island, this proportion of service being what defines it as a luxury unit.
The ship already visited the port of Santa Cruz de La Palma on Wednesday as a stopover for a journey that, starting and ending in the port of Lisbon, has already taken it to Funchal and, later, to the ports of Arrecife de Lanzarote and Las Palmas.
It should be remembered that the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife closed the year 2021 as the second in the national port system in total passenger traffic, including passengers in the transport regime and cruise passengers. Thus, only the Balearic Islands Port Authority surpassed it, with six million passengers compared to the 4.5 million of the global ports of Tenerife.