Port Of a Coruña announced that it broke its own cruise traffic record in 2022 with a total of 222,723 passengers arriving onboard 136 ships, according to a statement.
This surpasses the existing record of 184,069 passengers and 121 calls from 2017.
The port received 20 double calls and three triple calls in 2022 demonstrating its capacity to host large ships.
The Port Of a Coruña also received a number of inaugural calls in 2022 including Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic, Virgin Voyages’ Valiant Lady and Carnival’s Carnival Celebration.
Another cruise ship that made its first-time call at the Port Of a Coruña was P&O’s Iona.
October was the busiest month for the port with a total of 24 calls, a record monthly figure for the Port of A Coruña. In September, the port welcomed a total of 21 calls while the spring of 2022 was also busy with 19 calls in April and 18 in May.
The President of the Port Authority, Martín Fernández Prado, emphasized the economic impact this large number of visitors has on the city, estimated to bring more than 20 million euros.
Prado said that these figures are “the excellent results of the intense commercial activity aimed at attracting business, with the invaluable help of tour operators and agents, whilst at the same time consolidating the loyalty of existing clients thanks to our excellent standards of service and ongoing improvements to our facilities”.
“2022 was decisive in analyzing the muscle of cruise ship destinations and their capacity for post-pandemic recovery, and it is clear that the Port of A Coruña passed with flying colors,” added Prado.
Prado predicted new record figures for the 2023 season, expecting more than 140 calls. The port will also welcome several inaugural calls including P&O’s Arvia, accommodating 5,000 passengers.