HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 5 (ACN) The southern Cuban city of Cienfuegos received in 2017 180 cruise ships, the largest number ever recorded, according to sources of the Port Authority.
Marino Rodríguez Cárdenas, director of the Port Services Company at the Center (ESPC), told the Cuban News Agency exclusively that in 2017 more than 32,000 tourists visited the city of Cienfuegos, whose center was declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005, by sea.
He indicated 29 cruise lines used this city as port of call, to which they guaranteed the services required and requested by their crews.
In the cruise terminal, administered by the ESPC, several authorities work offering customs and immigration services, border control, as well as logistics for water supply, fuel and solid waste collection, added Rodríguez Cárdenas.
This entity based in what this city and serves the port areas of the provinces of Ciego de Ávila, Santi Spiritus, Villa Clara and Cienfuegos provinces, although the latter is the main emporium for cruises in the south of the country, according this official.
Rodríguez Cárdenas pointed out that in January this year they received 32 cruise ships and for February they expect another 20 to the Cienfuegos Bay and 18 to the port of Casilda, near the city of Trinidad.
He says 2018 will bring great growths in this modality, for which the city must prepare itself in order to offer the best attractions to its visitors, much more when it approaches its 200th anniversary of the founding of Fernandina de Jagua.
The history of the cruises in Cienfuegos dates back to 1996, when the Meliá Don Juan made its entrance into the calm waters of the southern roadstead.
The director recalled that shortly after that date the cruise terminal of this territory began to operate, and every year the large illuminated ships entered, but there was a period of contraction, in which only 10 or 12 ships arrived each year.
In the last five years the activity grew gradually and it became usual the presence of cruises like the American Adonia, the MS Europa 2, and the Louis Crystal, of the company Celestyal Cruises.