Bilbao sits on Spain's northern coast in the Basque region near the border with France. It is the most important port in Spain. In 2016, Bilbao cruise port reported a 19% increase in ship calls over 2015 (51 calls) and a total of 85071 cruise passengers (increase of 21% over 2015).
Bilbao is home to the new Guggenheim Museum, probably the most important architectural statement made during the last half-century, which stands above the banks of Nervian River, with curves of gleaming titanium shining in the sun. This amazing artwork houses some of the greatest modern art, including important works by Miro, Matisse, Chagall and Picasso. Also worth seeing is the Museum of Fine Arts to complement the experience at Guggenheim. The city of Bilbao has taken care to preserve the colourful Basque heritage. 16th century may be explored in the Gothic Barrio. The notable landmarks of the old city include the 14th century Gothic-style Cathedral of Santiago, Plaza Nueva (19th century), and Renaissance-style churches of San Nicholas, San Antonio and Santos Juanes.
Established as a settlement of ironworkers and mariners, the city prospered in textile trade in the 16th century and in trading with the American colonies of Spain in the 18th century. It was besieged 4 times during Carlist Wars.
- Port's cruising season runs between early April through early November.
- During season 2016, the cruise port was visited 51 times (an increase of 19% over 2015) and handled a total of 85,071 passengers (an increase of 21% over 2015). Statistics also showed that of all cruise ship tourists, around 58% were from UK and around 14% from USA.
- In 2015, the port's cruising sector estimated impact on the region was around EUR 7,27 million, also generating EUR 0,81 million fiscal return.
- On June 29, 2017, at the port's new cruise ship terminal was hosted the "Bilbao Bizkaia Cruise Forum". The event was aimed at worldwide audience of professionals within cruise port sector, travel agencies, auxiliary industry, tourism related institutions, tour guides, managers of hotels, restaurants, museums, shops and all other local businesses that benefit from the Port Bilbao's cruise shipping services.
Highlights: Guggenheim Museum, Gothic Barrio
Bilbao cruise terminal
On December 23, 2016, started interior works on the new cruise terminal building, following the structure's completion in November 2016. The new facility is located at cruise ship pier 3, This is the port's 3rd berth in Getxo.
- The winning bidder for the construction works was a temporary consortium working with EUR 4,6 million budget.
- In summer 2016 (April through June) was built the reinforced concrete structure. Works included foundation and forging of the terminal building's mezzanine and first floor.
- Between July-October 2016 was completed the facility's metal structure, serving as support for the roof. Followed works on the building's air-conditioning, electricity, flooring, painting.
- On the quay was constructed an outside gangway bridge for passenger embarkation / disembarkation (to and from the building). These works alone cost approx EUR 1 million.
- Terminal building's height is 15 m (50 ft) high, with covered area of 3200 m2 (34500 ft2). It is designed as a rectangular glass container and consists of 2 main floors (mezzanine in between). The lower floor has tourist information desk, reception and check-in counters (for embarking passengers). Here are also the luggage collection area (for disembarking passengers) and the waiting hall. On the mezzanine level is the terminal's VIP Lounge plus offices.
- Bilbao's new cruise terminal project also included upgrading the existing pier with a long-stay parking (capacity 222 cars). The parking can also be used by Bilbao residents in no-ship days (when there are no docked cruise ships).
- Additional 31 car lots were created for the terminal's staff, plus 10 lots for taxis and 40 lots for tourist coaches.
The Bilbao cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Bilbao, Spain.
If you lose the Bilbao location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Bilbao cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Bilbao, Spain. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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25 February, 2018