Málaga has become the first port in Spain’s mainland to host a cruise ship upon the restart of operations after a 15-month pause.
According to a press release, TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 2 arrived from the Canary Islands on June 16 at 6:15 a.m.
Carrying 1,275 passengers, she stayed in the port until 7 p.m. of the same day, when she departed for Palma de Mallorca to start domestic itineraries in Spain.
The Mein Schiff 2 will be visiting Málaga again on June 22 and July 6, according to the MedCruise Association.
To mark the special first sailing, representatives from the port and the destination have met with Tom Roth, the captain from Mein Schiff 2, and handed a commemorating plaque.
“Today is a very important day for Málaga, (which) proves how governmental bodies have worked together, and will keep working together, for Málaga, a cruise-friendly destination,” said the President of the Port Authority of Malaga Carlos Rubio.
The Mayor of Malaga Francisco De la Torre said that cruise tourism will help reactivate tourism in Málaga, which is an “essential cruise destination for cruise lines.”
Roth highlighted that “this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
According to the press release, TUI Cruises developed a “bubble” cruise experience, allowing only organized excursions, which guarantees that the anti-COVID-19 safety measures are respected, thus benefiting both the passenger and the crew, as well as the population of the destinations visited.
In Málaga, cruise passengers visited the city and other towns nearby in small groups, having chosen emblematic places of the historical city center of Málaga, as well as Ronda, Mijas or Marbella, among others, supporting the recovery of the economy.
The Mein Schiff 4 was also in the Málaga port on June 16, arriving at 3 p.m. for a technical stop with no passengers.