26,000 passengers in Funchal tonight

Records broken for cruise ship visitors

26,000 passengers in Funchal tonight 1The Diario reports that for the first time on a New Year’s Eve, the Port of Funchal will receive 13 cruise ships that bring a total of almost 26,000 people, including passengers and crew.

Until 4:00 pm, there was movement of passengers and crew from the four moored ships, “AIDAstella”, “Queen Victoria”, “Aurora” and “Oceana Majesty”, and from the ships at anchor “Mein Schiff 3”, “Marella Explorer” ”Zenith”, “Columbus”, “Saga Saphire” and “Marco Polo” totalling 21,431 people, including passengers and crew.

With the arrival of the remaining three ships carrying over 4,238 passengers and crew, there will be a total of 25,669 passengers and crew.

In 1968 the presence of 14 ships was announced, but bad weather led to a change of schedules, meaning that 2019 surpasses what was previously the best number so far – 12 in 2007 and 2013.

The thirteenth ship is due to “AIDAcara” anticipating its arrival from 4:30 am on January 1 to 8 pm today.

Moored on the north and south docks are, in the first phase, the ships “Ocean Majesty” and “Aurora” that arrived yesterday at the Port of Funchal, plus the “AIDAstella” and “Queen Victoria”. At anchor are the ships ‘Mein Schiff 3’, ‘Zenith’, ‘Saga Sapphire’, ‘Columbus’, ‘Marco Polo’ and ‘Marella Explorer’. The “Balmoral” arrives around 4 pm and founds, as are the “AIDAcara” and “Amera” which are in Funchal at 8 pm and 9:30 pm, respectively.

From 5:30 pm, the ships “AIDAstella”, “Queen Victoria”, “Aurora” and “Ocean Majesty” leave the pier and enter “Marella Explorer”, “Balmoral” and “Mein Schiff 3”.

On the night of January 1st, between 12:30 am and 2:00 am, there are 5 ships leaving; “Marco Polo”, “Columbus”, “Queen Victoria”, “Aurora” and “Zenith”. At 5:30 am, departs the “AIDAstella” and at 8:00 am, the “Saga Sapphire”.

Amera will dock on January 1st at 2:15 pm and AIDAcara will arrive shortly thereafter at 2:30 pm as soon as the Mein Schiff 3 and Marella Explorer leave. The “Balmoral” leaves at 18h:00, January 1st, and the “Amera” at 20h00.

The end of 2019 reflects what was an excellent year for the Port of Funchal, according to APRAM.

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