The 116 passengers and 151 crew arrived in the morning at the Raos 2 dock from Cherbourg, France and left that afternoon for Leixoes, Portugal.
Also attending the welcome ceremony were Director General of Tourism Marta Barca, Councillor for Social Revitalisation of Santander City Council Lorena Gutiérrez, President of Santander Port Authority Francisco Martín and Director of the Port Authority Santiago Díaz Fraile.
‘A symptom of recovery’
Hanseatic Nature's arrival is ‘a symptom of the recovery of cruise tourism, an industry with high purchasing power that contributes to the “deseasonalization of tourism,' commented Martín, adding, ‘in such a complicated year due to the pandemic, it is magnificent news that we have new clients who have decided to call at our port.’
More cruise calls
Government of Cantabria Minister of Industry, Tourism, Innovation, Transport and Trade Javier López Marcano previously highlighted that efforts are being made ‘to try to capture a good part of the annual cruises that sail through the Bay of Biscay, mostly with [their] origin or destination at the port of Southampton, UK.’