To commemorate the maiden call, Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) presented a plaque to the captain of the ship, Francesco Saverio in the presence of president of MSC Cruises, Spain, Emiliano González; and the president of the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV), Aurelio Martínez.
González highlighted the commitment that MSC Cruises has made to Valencia. ‘We have been operating continuously for twelve seasons in the port of Valencia and we intend to increase it in the coming years.’
In 2018, two ships will regularly visit this port, MSC Divina from March to September, and MSC Meraviglia in October and November, he indicated.
He confirmed this will result in over 40 calls in Valencia next year and a 20% increase in passengers. 'We believe that the possibilities of Valencia as a cruise port are endless and, therefore, we want to continue increasing our presence in this port,’ he added
Martínez emphasized the port’s safety aspects saying, ‘you can visit freely walking, or cycling which is very appreciated by tourists; It is not congested since the historical center is wide and there are many points of interest, and also, the tourist offer is really wide, very diverse and authentically Mediterranean.’
In the first 10 months of 2017, more than 350,000 passengers visited Valencia by cruise ship, 2.17% more than in the same period of 2016.
The port of Valencia has two quays for cruise ships up to 300mtr in length and two other quays available of 430mtr and 440mtr in length respectively with a draft of 14mtr.