In the past year, the port of Leixões received 84 cruise ships and 71.799 passengers, accounting for over seven scales, the inaugural and a new company.
Numbers that translate into a decrease of 1% in the number of cruises and of 9% in passengers compared to the year earlier. A break “justified by the smaller size of the ships received”, explains the Administration of the Ports of Douro, Leixões and Viana do Castelo (APDL), in a statement.
new Year, business in high. For 2017, Leixões has already confirmed 107 scales of cruise ships, which will represent a growth in the order of 27%, and is estimated to receive about $ 105 thousand passengers, symbolizing an increase of 46% compared to the previous year and a further 33% of that in the best year of activity of cruise ships, registered in 2015.
“This will be a great year for the activity of the cruises of the port of Leixões, which has been showing increasingly in the sector, as a result of the investments made and the investment made by the port authority in the promotion of the port along the main cruise ship companies”, emphasizes the APDL.
The port authority of Leixões advances that the cruise terminal will receive, this year, the visit of 14 new ships and two new companies, with a highlight for the Royal Caribbean International – “one of the most important and the largest cruise companies in the world, with a fleet of extensive of the big ships” –, that will make 10 stops in the port, “noting, still, two new ships, the prestigious German company Aida Cruises, and two of the Viking Ocean Cruises”.
cruise Terminal nominated for “Building of the Year 2017″
The cruise terminal of port of Leixões, which cost about 50 million euros, has just been nominated for a prestigious international distinction, such as “Building of the Year 2017″, in the category of best public building awards ArchDaily, in an initiative promoted by the “site architecture most visited in the world,” says the APDL.
The prize “Building of the Year 2017″ is taking place for eight consecutive years and aims to distinguish the best architectural projects in the world.
according To the APDL, the vote voting works in two phases: they are selected three thousand buildings in 16 categories, which will be the votes until 30 January and, later, the five who received the most votes from each category will be in the game from day 31 to 6 February, and the winners will be announced on the 7th of February.
The cruise ship terminal of Leixões, by Luís Pedro Silva, has been getting recognition, since the title of “Best Port of the Year” by the Seatrade Awards 2015, or, even, the distinction of the “AZAwards”, the prestigious competition of the canadian, which every year elects the best in the world of architecture and contemporary design.