The Port Authority of Valencia (APV) is currently working in coordination with all agents in the cruise sector in order to prepare for the "new normality" and receive the thousands of cruisers who arrive in Valencia’s waters when the different Administrations give the authorization for the operations, the company recently announced in its release.
Spain's Valencia Port organized a digital workshop “Preparing the Port and the destination in a coordinated way for the arrival of cruises”, via collaboration with Cruises News Media Group, in which topics like the issuing markets, the calendar for returning to operations, the key factors for the return of cruises, the recommendations of the Ministry of Transport for the ports and their application or the trends in the destination of post-COVID cruises among others were addressed.
The experts agree that the situation after the pandemic would bring with it differentiated business opportunities in which those specialized destinations would stand out, not overcrowded, and focused on the offer of new experiences like the alternatives offered by Valencia and its province.
The speakers transferred from their perspectives, the situation of the industry, the keys to the recovery of the sector, the reactivation of cruise operations that are taking place in other countries, the measures that are being implemented, and those that the cruise companies are presenting to the authorities.
The professionals agreed that despite the fact the Spanish authorities had not presented the definitive regulations, there were many protocols that were already known to be essential, so it was time to address them and thus be able to be in line when the ships are allowed to dock in Spain.
It was also the time to prepare proposals for the cruise ships, based on gastronomy, culture, or visits to unique enclaves where they could live experiences to remember.