Newsletter - October 2012 CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION MAKES SEVEN OVERNIGHT CALLS AT BILBAO ON ITS “WINE ROUTE” A new cruise facility will be built by the Port Authority Year after year, the Port of Bilbao, thanks to its infrastructure and the tourist attractions in the Basque Country, has been consolidating cruise trafﬁc while welcoming new vessels and a greater number of cruise passengers. At the Port of Bilbao, tourists can begin their vacation on board cruise vessels offering routes from ﬁve to nine days mainly to the north of Europe or include Bilbao as a port of call, and even stay a day and a half berthed at the cruise terminal in the town of Getxo. BILBAO, YOUR CRUISE PORT www.bilbaoport.es
YOUR CRUISE PORT October 2012Bilbao; port of embarkationOnce more this year, three companies have chosen Bilbaoas a passenger embarkation / disembarkation port: MSCCruises with their vessel MSC Ópera will have dockedeight times; Iberocruceros with El Grand Mistral, twice,and Pullmantur with the Empress, also twice.
YOUR CRUISE PORT October 2012 They then visited Biscay Bridge, the ﬁrst suspension bridge with a transporter carriage in the world, and one of the few still in operation In commemoration of the Constellation’s ﬁrst call, the Getxo Town Council, and the Port Authority of Bilbao welcomed passengers and crew sampling Txakoli wine and typical Basque pintxos
YOUR CRUISE PORT October 2012 Celebrity Constelation This season the outstanding achievement is Celebrity Cruises / Royal Caribbean’s commitment to the Port of Bilbao with the inclusion of seven overnight calls to be made by the M/V Celebrity Constellation, offering wine routes.New New Cruise TerminalTerminal The present cruise terminal is ideally located in Getxo, in a privileged environment next to promenades, a marina, a certiﬁed Blue Flag beach, a UNESCO-declared World Heritage site transporter bridge. In addition, there are To this must be added other cruisers that have also several hotel and catering establishments including a opted for Bilbao, some on more than one occasion, restaurant managed by a one-star Michelin chef. as a preferred port of call on their routes. In all, the Getxo Terminal, situated only 15 minutes from Bilbao Given the growth of the Basque Country as a tourist and from its airport, will receive over 50 calls in the attraction and the international increase in cruise tourism, 2012 season. the Port Authority of Bilbao will build a second cruise terminal beside the existing one with the works due to commence in November. The Port Authority will invest
YOUR CRUISE PORT October 201213.8 million euros in this facility which will have a surface ones.area of 27,400m², 355 metres berthing and a 12-metre Visit to Biscay Bridgedraught.Meet us at Marseille Visitors have an ample range of visits and trips at their disposal to be made by coach, private car and even by the undergroundFrom 27 to 29 November, the Port Authority of Bilbao or on foot.will take part in theSeatrade Med Cruise One of the outstanding visits is to Getxo itself, the home ofConvention, the most the terminal and where Biscay Bridge, popularly known asimportant cruise the “Hanging Bridge” is located. This is a transporter bridgegathering in Europe, built 119 years ago just 5 minutes by road from the cruisewhich will take place terminal. It is one of the most outstanding constructionsin Marseille this year. of the European Industrial Revolution and represents oneFrom its own stand – of the greatest engineering achievements of the late XIXnumber 512 – the Port century. In 2006, it wasAuthority will promote declared a UNESCOits infrastructure and services for the cruise industry as World Heritage Site.well as the Basque Country’s extensive tourist offer. The bridge’s basicThe Basque Country, a must on your route structure consists of four 61-metre highUp to August, the Basque Country welcomed 1.5 million iron towers, raised invisitors. This is 18% more tourists compared to the three pairs on both Banks of the Bilbao River, and connected byprevious years; with regards to overseas visitors, the a crossbeam 160 metres long that constitute the pillars ofincrease is 33%. the Bridge, situated 45 metres above the water at high tide. Passengers and vehicles are transported via the carriageThe number of passengers at Bilbao’s International Airport hanging from a 25-metre long gondola with 36 wheelsgrew 5% until August, and hopes to close the year with moving along the rails on the horizontal crossbeam. Theover four million. The Airport concentrates more than half Bridge has a lift to a pedestrian platform 60 metres high.of Northern Spain’s outwardbound foreign trafﬁc and offers Guggenheim Museum Bilbaodestinations to 17 European cities besides 15 Spanish
YOUR CRUISE PORT October 2012Another outstanding visit is to Bilbao: the town, which has The exhibition coincides with the year of his eightieth bir-become an international example of urban regeneration, is thday and presents the same number of works carried outonly ﬁfteen minutes from the cruise terminal. During theirvisit, tourists can get to know the town’s perfectly preser-ved old quarter and its more modern areas, where Frank O. in the last sixty years to show the evolution of a painter who has develo-Ghery’s Guggenheim Museum is located. ped his own style based on the exaltation of volu- me and colour. On display will be 79 paintings and the monumental sculpture Horse with bridles. (2009: Bronze 311 x 305 x 150 cm).Just a few metres away is the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, In addition, Bilbao has many restaurants and bars whe-which houses a collection of Fernando Botero’s artistic re the renowned Basque cuisine can be savoured, not toworks from 8 October until 20 January 2013. Botero is the mention a great number of both traditional and internatio-best-known living Latin American artist. Useful links: www.bilbao.net www.getxo.net/turismo www.bizkaia.net www.euskadi.net www.bilbaoair.comAutoridad Portuaria de Bilbao www.bilbaoport.esCampo Volantín, 37 • 48007 Bilbao (Spain) Tel. +34 944871200 firstname.lastname@example.org