The company MSC Cruises is once again the olive city as a port of embarkation and disembarkation of passengers with a total of four scales
The President of the Port Authority of Vigo, Ignacio Lopez-Chaves, today hosted the launch Friday of the season, the company MSC Cruises made to travel agencies in the city, exposing the program and routes planned shipments from the Port Vigo 2012.
In his speech, Lopez-Chaves stressed the importance of this traffic to the economic fabric of the city and its area while recalling that MSC Crucueros was the first company to bet on Vigo harbor cruise, performing in July 2009, shipping more than 2,000 people aboard the Splendida, in his pre-inaugural voyage from Nantes, where it was built, to Barcelona, where he was amadrinado by actress Sophia Loren.
For its part, the Director General of MSC Cruises in Spain, Emiliano González Delgado announced the plans Crcueros MSC operations carried out in Vigo next year and will be developed in the MSC Opera (2004), Lyrical class, with capacity for 2,000 passengers.
Among the planned operations highlighted the scale of the MSC Opera, which will depart from Buenos Aires to Vigo on April 16, where all passengers disembark on 30 April. Furthermore, the same day will start a mini cruise from Vigo to Southampton, calling at Cherbourg, and a day of travel before arriving in the UK.
Furthermore, the final circular cruise from A Coruña to the north of Europe, will leave this city on August 31 and finish in Vigo on September 8, with the unloading of all passengers in the terminal oil. Then embark on a cruise passage 8 nights / 9 days from Vigo to Venice (Saturday to following Sunday).
However, MSC Cruises not only keeps the scales of 2011, which have been 4 in total, but a further increase, adding to the MSC Opera and MSC Poesia, MSC Magnificent, the most modern cruise fleet of MSC Cruises .
The port of Vigo received in 2011 the scale of 117 cruises and approximately 250,000 passengers, which must be added almost 90,000 crewmen. In addition, we have counted more than 10,000 people who have embarked and disembarked at Vigo between spring and summer of this year.
Similarly, a total of 19 days the port of Vigo was the scale of more than a cruise simultaneously, with up to 4 big ships docked on the same day. The last one will be held on December 23.
The economic impact that this has increased traffic in the city, was valued last year in a study by the University of Vigo, which concluded that the 115 cruise docked in Vigo in 2010 left in the city of 15.2 million euros. This study argues that every traveler in the city spent an average of 62 euros, which must be added to consume the 40 crew members. More recently, a study of media group specializing in cruises, Cruises News Mediagroup, stood at EUR 6.6 million direct spending cruisers left in Vigo only in the first 6 months of 2011.
However, the direct cost if embarkation or disembarkation port is increased to 95 euros, according to those studies and the European Cruise Council itself, hence the great importance of an assembly plant in Vigo cruise bet, as is for MSC Cruises