Santander (Spain Cantabria)

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Santander cruise port

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Local Time
2024-07-16 16:42

min: 55 °F (13 °C) / max: 67 °F (20 °C) 66°F
Wind: 312°/ 3.2 m/s  Gust: 3 m/sWind: 312°/ 3.2 m/s  Gust: 3 m/sLight breeze
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Min / Max Temperature67 °F / 20 °C
55 °F / 13 °C
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Port Santander 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 Santander, Spain Cantabria. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

1 July, 2024
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Santander is a ferry port and capital city of Cantabria (autonomous state) located on Spain's northern coast. The city is west of Bilbao and east of Gijon (France) and has population around 180,000. The Port has locode ESSDR.

As a service center at regional level, the city contains major public institutions as well as private organizations with many employees, including the University of Cantabria, Grupo Santander, Marquis de Valdecilla University Hospital. Activities related to leisure, tourism and culture are an important part of its economy, and the municipal and regional authorities look to increase the summer tourist trade via additional offerings, such as conferences, conventions, cultural festivals and cruises.

On June 29, 2005, the city celebrated its 250th anniversary. UIMP (Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo, 1908-founded) is a summer university that organizes large-scale international music festivals - including FIS (Festival Internacional de Santander), FiMOC (Festival Internacional de Musica de Organo), Paloma O'Shea (International Piano Competition) and Encuentro de Musica y Academia.

Currently, the rise in port activity, growing value-added traffic (containers and vehicles of mostly solids and liquids) for storage that requires a lot of already scarce ground, as well as insufficient depth for larger ships, is forcing Port Authority to think over the long-term construction of new port outside the bay.

In 2018, the cruise port handled just 7 ship calls, while for 2019 were scheduled 23 calls. That cruise berth (at Ferry Port Santander / Almirante Quay) is mainly used by ferries. In times with scheduled ferries, cruise ships berth at another pier, from where the port offers free shuttle buses to the city. There are plans for building a new (dedicated) cruise pier. The ferry terminal was extensively refurbished and modernized in 2018.

For 2 years (April 2018 through January 2020), Port Santander was directly linked with Ireland (Port Cobh-Cork). The passenger shipping service (provided by BRITTANY FERRIES via Connemara cruiseferry) offered 2 weekly return-crossings (cruising time ~26 hours). The service was terminated as BRITTANY FERRIES customers preferred the alternative Ireland-Spain route Rosslare-Bilbao.

On February 21, 2022, Boluda Corporacion Maritima (subsidiary of Boluda Shipping Group) started construction works on the new container terminal "Boluda Maritime Terminals Santander" in Raos' north pier. With inauguration scheduled for January 2023, the terminal is operated by Boluda under a 40-year concession (thru 2063). The facility (occupying land area ~0,67 km2 / 0,26 mi2) has berth length 472 m (1549 ft) that allows docking to the largest container ships, minimum annual capacity 35000 TEU-containers, max capacity ~45000 TEUs, and cost the investor/concessor ~EUR 20 million.

Santander cruise terminal

The French company BRITTANY FERRIES runs cruiseferries to Santander with regularly scheduled departures from England UK (Portsmouth and Plymouth). Ferry Port Santander is located right in downtown, within easy walking distance from city's best known shops and tourist attractions, including Old Town's restaurants and bars and El Sardinero beach.

Ferry terminal's check-in usually opens several hours prior departure. passengers are required to return their vehicles on the ferry approx 2 hours prior departure.

Port Santander's Ferry and Cruise quays are part of the Passenger Terminal Muelle Almirante (aka Almirante Quay). Smaller ships and mega-yachts may alternatively use Marina de Molnedo, Club Amigos de Puertochico and Real Club Marítimo de Santander.

Port's Passenger (ferry) Terminal has a small cafeteria/shop, a tourist office, an exhibition room, and public toilets (located after the vehicle check-in area).

The Terminal's cafe restaurant (on the building's ground floor) is open during summer (high season) only. At the ferry terminal, there are also payphones, a ramp (for disabled passengers), tourist info desk and Brittany Ferries info desk (ground floor), disabled toilets (ground floor and close to the check-in counters), escalator (for foot passengers via the building's first floor to the ferry's gangway/bridge). The next photo shows the new Centro Botin Santander (adjacent to the cruise terminal).

Car parking is at approx 15 min easy walking distance from the passenger terminal.

The terminal provides wheelchairs in cases of emergency. 

Dogs are allowed in the port's all areas, but they must be leashed and muzzled.

The train station is ~10 min away from the ferry terminal. Trains connect Santander directly with Madrid, Bilbao, Alicante and Oviedo.