The cruise ship docks at Cap i Casal Terminal.
Cruise activity was paralyzed in Spain on March 13, 2020, and resumed on May 6, 2021 (for domestic cruises), and June 7, 2021 (for international cruises). In the Port of Valencia, the first call by a coastal cruise ship took place on June 27 with the arrival of TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 2, and on July 8 the first international cruise ship docked with AIDA Cruises' AIDAperla.
It is estimated that during the current cruise season, still marked by the COVID crisis, 100+ cruise ships might arrive at Cap i Casal.
Valencia is a medium-sized sustainable cruise destination, with annual growth of ~2%, ~400,000 visitors, ~200 stopovers per year. In 2019 Valencia registered a total of 203 cruise ship stopovers and ~435,000 cruise passengers, 16% of which embarked/disembarked in Valencia using the port city as a base.
The shore excursions made by tourists on MSC Grandiosa will be in "bubble groups" and following safety protocols established by the shipping company and the administrations.
The 6,000-passenger MSC Grandiosa reduced its occupancy to 70%, with an isolation area. After visiting Valencia, the vessel will make a route through Barcelona Spain,Genoa (Milan) Italy, La Spezia Italy, and Civitavecchia (Rome, Italy).