Record 100,000 passengers this month
The port of Funchal was yesterday host to three cruise ships that in total carried 10,000 passengers and crew. AIDAstella, Koningsdam and Marella Explorer 2, with the last two making their first stop at this destination, brought the usual mobilization of tourists into Funchal.
According to the port authority, APRAM, two of these ships, Koningsdam and Marella Explorer are on transatlantic voyages. AIDAstella has returned to her usual Atlantic Islands route, coming from Las Palma, with 2216 passengers and 600 crew and leaving this morning at 8:00, bound for Lanzarote.
The adult-only Koningsdam has arrived from Malaga with 3000 passengers and 1500 crew. It departed in the afternoon to Fort Lauderdale, USA. The Marella Explorer 2 came from Gibraltar with 1710 passengers and 763 crew. At 6:00 pm, the journey continued to Saint John’s in the Caribbean.
The port of Funchal records, in November, a record in the monthly movement of passengers that is estimated to exceed 100,000 people, with a total of 54 cruise ship visiting, according to the Port Administration website.
The Ports of Madeira (Funchal and Porto Santo) are expected to total over 590,000 passengers and 297 ships this year, representing 4% and 1% growth respectively compared to last year.
The port of Funchal grew from January to August almost 3% in the number of cruise ships and 15% in passengers, maintaining the upward trend that began early in the year.
In these eight months, the port of Funchal received 153 ships, four more than in the same period last year, and 328,030 passengers, 41,628 passengers more than in the same months of 2018.
Looking at the chart from the APRAM website, with the exception of June and September, all other months had passenger growth.
First photo: FN