BENIDORM has welcomed the arrival of the first cruise ship to the town.
The MS Amadea, German-owned by Phoenix Reisen, anchored near Benidorm after arriving from Almeria, on Monday October 13 at around 6.30am with close to 1,000 tourists on board, most of them of German nationality.
From 8am passengers were shipped to shore on seven boats. About 280 of them toured different parts of the province including Alicante, Guadalest and Altea, with the rest spending the morning in Benidorm.
Benidorm Mayor Agustin Navarro and Tourism Councillor Gema Amor greeted the ship and organised a welcome breakfast in the harbour, hosting a reception at the City Hall for Alen Vugrin, the second-in-command who is responsible for the security on MS Amadea.
Mayor Navarro said the ship’s arrival was “important” to the city “because it means opening the door to a new tourism; the cruisers, which complements what we already have.”
Benidorm made a great first impression on the visitors. “It is a very beautiful place. I really liked the beaches with the skyline behind and, especially, the smile with which we were welcomed,” said Vugrin and added that Benidorm could have a good future as a destination for cruise ships.
Many people arrived at the port since the early hours of the morning to see the MS Amadea and a large number of stores and businesses were already open for business at 8am to contribute to Benidorm’s image as an open city. Local association Ociobal organised a fun programme with live music on Calle Santo Domingo and Paseo de la Playa de Levante to entertain the visitors.