The Port of Vigo: A versatile destination for cruising

The Spanish port offers a versatile option for cruise lines that guests can enjoy safely in a post-pandemic world

The Port of Vigo: A versatile destination for cruising
Cruise guests can enjoy a variety of sights and activities when visiting Vigo

New and unexpected challenges are facing the cruise industry, and finding solutions will require a flexible approach from ports and destinations. The ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances will be important in the recovery after the disruption caused by the pandemic during 2020.

The Port of Vigo in north-western Spain offers a versatile port of call for cruise lines. The port is well situated for inclusion on a range of voyages, such as itineraries to Canary Islands and those from the ports of Southampton in England and Lisbon in Portugal.

The port is also versatile in terms of its service offerings and extensive infrastructure, with more than 1,000 metres of berthing space and drafts of up to 12 metres located in the heart of the city and good train, road and airport connections. In addition, Vigo’s shipyards are able to carry out any necessary works, as demonstrated by the construction of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s Evrima and Sea Cloud Cruises’ Sea Cloud Spirit, which will join the global cruise fleet in 2021.

Versatility is also key in the destination’s onshore offerings, which are being adapted for the changing market circumstances and new restrictions and safety protocols. A wide range of options are available which allow visitors to reduce or avoid contact with locals while still enjoying Vigo and its surroundings.

Cruise guests looking for culture and history can visit sites such as the city of Santiago de Compostela, the medieval town of Baiona, or the Gothic cathedral of Tui, while those wanting to explore the local gastronomic culture can try Vigo’s quality seafood. Wine experts can visit the renowned Albariño wineries, while guests looking for adventure can enjoy nature and maritime activities in the sheltered estuary like bike tours, hiking, scuba diving, stand up paddleboarding and windsurfing or visiting the Cíes Islands National Park. All of these activities are highly flexible, ensuring that guests can enjoy their time while adhering to health and safety guidelines.

This article was first published in the 2020 issue of Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
09 February 2021

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