Of that number, 22 ships were new to Porto, six turnarounds operations were carried out plus Disney Cruise Line made its debut at the port.
2018: still the best year for passenger numbers
Due to ships sailing at lower occupancy levels at the start of 2022, the number of cruise passengers failed to record a new high. 108,626 visited Porto and the North of Portugal last year, overtaking 2019 by 22.5%. However, this did not surpass 2018, its best year for cruise passenger numbers, which brought in 7% more passengers than last year.
Larger cruise ships arriving
The two cruise terminals welcomed an increased number of larger cruise ships in 2022. Gross tonnage when combined exceeded six million - 56% and 33% more compared to 2019 and 2018, respectively.
Porto Cruise Terminal, a MedCruise member, says it is on track to beat these records again in 2023, with 140 cruise calls currently expected which would bring in almost 180,000 passengers.