2017 was a record-breaking year for Portugal’s cruise ports, which welcomed more cruise ships (947) and passengers (1.3 million) than ever before. And if everything goes as expected, these numbers may even be exceeded in 2018.
Data revealed by Lisbon’s port authority shows that the country’s cruise ports saw passenger numbers increase 5% on the year before, while the number of stopovers surged 10 percentage points.
Most of the cruises stopped in Lisbon (330) while it was the Madeira archipelago, with cruise ports in Funchal and Porto Santo, which welcomed the most passengers (540,593).
There was a significant increase (+26%) in the number of stopovers in the Azores (121 to 152), with passenger numbers also growing from 125,904 to 135,783.
Leixões welcomed 100 cruises (14 more than in 2016) and over 95,000 passengers (+33%), while Portimão saw its cruise stopovers grow from 43 to 71, with passenger numbers also climbing from over 19,000 to nearly 30,000.
The administrations of all these ports are currently together at the Seatrade Cruise Global event in the USA, described as the cruise industry’s biggest international event. It comes to a close today (Thursday, March 8).