The port of Barcelona, Spain yesterday created a new record when more than 31,000 cruise passengers embarked or disembarked at its terminals, a new record for the largest cruise port in Europe
Eight tall ships docked in Barcelona - including Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas, which can carry more than 4,500 passengers.
Astronomical figures for a booming tourism sector in Barcelona and monthly figures are unstoppable.
A total of 31,000 passengers yesterday must be added the 1.3 million who have already passed through the port until the month of July, a figure that represents 16 per cent of cruise passengers during the same period last year.
Also the number of ships has been larger: 451 cruises accumulated during the first seven months of the year, representing more than 21 scales in 2010.
A figure that will join the nearly 120 scales this August.
One month, the most powerful of the year, they recorded another record: the contingent of ships docked in the same day.
This new historical value will occur on Friday, August 26th, when the port awaiting the arrival of nine ships, albeit smaller-capacity, move some 26,000 cruise passengers.
Also in Europe today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Barcelona.
City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
Barcelona.City.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.
City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.