Gibraltar is an UK cruise port and British Overseas Territory on Iberian Peninsula, at the entrance to Mediterranean Sea from Atlantic Ocean. Gibraltar is connected to mainland Spain (north) and close to Morocco (south, across Gibraltar Strait). British territory since 1704, Gibraltar as tourism travel destination is popular for its pubs, tax-free shops (on Main Street) and Irish Town. A cable-car offers scenic views of North Africa's coast. Popular tourist attractions are Tarik's Rock, St Michael's Cave, Siege Tunnels, Barbary macaques (Europe's only wild monkeys).
The Rock of Gibraltar and its counterpart in Northern Africa (Mt Abyla) were known in ancient times as "Pillars of Hercules". In 711 AD, the Moors (Arabs from North Africa) landed there and named the rock "Jebel al-Tarik". Spain conquered Gibraltar in 1462, but in 1704 (during Spanish Succession War / 1701-1714) it was taken by the British. In 1713, under the Treaty of Utrecht, this territory was officially assigned to Great Britain. Since then, territory's ownership is a matter for discussion (political tensions) between UK and Spain.
In 2017, Port Gibraltar handled a total of 257 cruise ship calls and 400,000+ passengers. These numbers showed an increase over 2016, when the cruise port was visited 225 times and by around 350,000 passengers.
On May 4, 2016, was officially opened the "Mid Harbour Marina". This is an outer jetty / wharf with over 500 m (1640 ft) of boat berthing space, minimum charted depth 6 m (20 ft) and fuelling points, making it perfect for super yachts. The new marina is inside the harbour (with sheltered locatio) and offers medium and long term yacht berthing. Pre-booking is also available.
In July 2016 Gorham’s Cave complex was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Shore excursions are planned to showcase the newest attraction. The cave is named after Captain A Gorham, who discovered it in 1907.
Gorham Cave is considered one of Neanderthals' last habitations of in Europe. The Europeans have up to 2,5% of their DNA.
In 2018, the cruise port had scheduled 254 ship calls (booked berthings) with estimated 400,000+ passengers. In 2017, ship calls were 235. In 2013, the port received 179 ship calls and 278,139 cruise tourists. Port Gibraltar is included in Western Mediterranean and Canaries cruise itineraries, as well as in many Transatlantic repositioning crossings between Europe and Florida. In 2019 were handled 203 cruise ship calls and ~300,000 passengers.
Gibraltar cruise terminal
Port Gibraltar has a dedicated cruise terminal with amenities like public phones, bar-restaurant (cafeteria), art-craft shops, event spaces, tourism info office. Cruise ships berth 1 mi (1,6 km) from downtown (at ~15 min walking distance).
Mini-van shuttle service (at extra cost) and taxis are available at the port. An international airport is located within 6 min drive from the passenger terminal.
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The world's largest privately-owned (residential) cruise ship - MS The World, is currently cruising from the Mediterranean en-route to Falmouth...May 23, 2020
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A total of 154 crew from two cruise liners remained berthed at Gibraltar UK after the chartered flight for their repatriation developed...May 19, 2020
A cruise ship arriving in the United Kingdom reported 89 cases of guests being struck down "with fever, vomiting, and diarrhea." Saga Cruises...February 12, 2020
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Minister Vijay Daryanani welcomed Sky Princess on her inaugural visit to Gibraltar. Sky Princess was on her maiden voyage, having been built in Italy...November 4, 2019
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