The Port Authority manages a total of 5 cruise ports on 4 islands in the canaries, with one of them being Port Santa Cruz de La Palma - on the La Palma island affected by the volcano eruption in September 2021 and officially declared over on December 13, 2021, by Instituto Geografico Nacional (Spain's National Observatory).
The port activities were not affected by the accident and tourists kept visiting the island.
The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is committed to traffic in all cruise ports and invests in improving facilities. New bollards were being placed in different ports and some facilities were improved for a better guest experience.
All ports managed by the Port Authority and the local companies operating in Tenerife Ports are currently following the sanitary protocols according to the required measures as well as implementing procedures to guarantee passengers' health and safety.
The promotional campaign includes all ports managed by the Port Authority, but with emphasis on the smaller ports on the islands El Hierro, La Palma, and La Gomera, as well as Port Los Cristianos (Tenerife), mainly focused on luxury and expedition cruise companies, due to the size of the vessels and the exclusivity of the destinations.
Statistics show that cruise companies keep having Tenerife Ports among favorite destinations. For instance, the port of San Sebastian de la Gomera welcomed 87 cruise calls last year, 36 more than in 2019. El Hierro (Puerto de la Estaca) managed 33 cruise ships in 2021, 3 times the figures in 2019. Santa Cruz de la Palma handled 90 calls last year, a bit less than in 2019, but reservations for this current year increased notably along with the number of cruise companies visiting the island.
It is expected to receive ships from a total of 23 cruise brands in 2022, which means the new cruise lines are interested in taking their guests to enjoy La Palma.