After years of effort, the tiny Spanish port of Tarragona succeeded in attracting the attention of one of the major cruise lines: Costa Cruises will base its 1,727-passenger Costa neoRiviera in Tarragona from June 2 to September 22, 2017 for one of its key Mediterranean operations.
This welcoming news is a result of a meaningful cooperation and dialogue between the port and the cruise line. The proximity to Barcelona and the myriad of attractions in and around Tarragona make the port an ideal choice for Costa. It is estimated that the weekly departure plus two additional calls by one of the company’s much bigger ships, the 3,780-guest Costa Favolosa, will bring an additional 32,000 visitors to the port in the coming season. This will make a tremendous difference to the port’s cruise traffic, as without them the port would only expect 15,000 cruise passengers this year.
Departing Tarragona every Friday, the ship will call at Savona, Porto Torres (Sardinia), Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and Palma before returning to the point of departure.
According to a statement released by the port, this move will be an essential stepping-stone in positioning Tarragona and the entire Costa Dourada region as a tourist and cruise destination of international importance.
“This is the first time we are a base port of a regular cruise line,” said Josep Andreu, Chairman of the Port of Tarragona.
"The commitment shown by Costa Cruises for Tarragona and the Costa Daurada is a landmark in the consolidation of our project and it means a great boost for Tarragona Cruise Port Costa Daurada.”
"We in Costa Cruises always offer the best travel proposal to our customers in our drive to strengthen our leadership in a highly competitive sector,” said Raffaelle D'Ambrosio, company's General Manager Spain and Portugal.
“We want to offer the most appealing destinations in order to provide a unique, unforgettable vacation experience.”
Source: Costa Cruises