Barcelona, the second-largest city in Spain, broke its record for cruise-ship guest arrivals, welcoming 26,770 travelers aboard 4 ships in a single day.
On Sunday, September 13, four large cruise ships reached the Port of Barcelona: Norwegian Epic, Nieuw Amsterdam, Vision of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the biggest of its kind in the world, with an overall length of nearly 1,200 feet (362 metres), able to accommodate 6,318 passengers.
A study released earlier this month, showed that cruise operations in the capital of Catalonia generate revenues of EUR 796 million (US$ 900 million) and add EUR 413 million (US$ 467 million) annually to the GDP of the northeastern Spanish region.
Cruise industry supports 6,760 jobs and generates EUR 152 million (nearly US$ 172 million) in taxes at all government levels.
Each cruise ship calling at the Port of Barcelona produces EUR 1 million (US$ 1.13 million) average sales, contributing EUR 500,000 (US$ 565,417) to the GDP of Catalonia and generating EUR 200,000 (US$ 226,131) in taxes.