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Porto Cruise Terminal bags record number of passengers

AIDAmar at Porto Cruise Terminal; in 2023, the destination saw a 37% rise in the number of passengers compared to 2022
Porto Cruise Terminal at the Port of Leixões racked up 148,889 passengers last year - 27% more than its former record in 2018. 

The figure arose from 116 cruise calls – 14 by ships new to the port – and four turnarounds.  

It represents a 37% growth in passenger numbers since 2022. 


Nonetheless, some seasonality around cruise activity on the Atlantic Coast continues. As in prior years, the strongest months were May (27,373 passengers,) September (24,932 passengers) and October (29,219 passengers.) The latter is Port of Leixões’ most successful month for cruising, and in 2023, was the best month ever for passenger numbers. 


The majority of passengers visiting the destination were from the UK (44.1%,) USA (23.2%,) Germany (17.9%,) Canada (5%) and Australia (1.6%.)

Mightier vessels 

Ships' combined gross tonnage was more than encountered in former years, reaching 6.9m - up 12% on 2022. The average ship length was 224 mtr compared to 219 mtr seen in the previous year.