Opened in April 2011, the new Cruise Terminal has received the biggest and the most glamorous cruise ships from the worldwide cruise fleet, boosting the cruise tourism in the North of Portugal region..
The new Terminal is situated in the South part of the port, just 3 Km from the city of Porto, and it will comprise:
- New Cruise Quay
Total quay length: 340 m
Depths: – 10m (ZHL)
Maximum ship dimension: 300 m mooring
Pilotage compulsory (for entry and leaving)
No limit for ship stay
- Passenger Station building, located in the central building of the complex, with several amenities for transit cruise liners or turnaround cruise vessels. With no limit capacity for passengers in transit and with capacity for 2,500 passengers in turnaround. (Available from 2014)
- A River-sea Quay for the mooring of vessels that will provide tourist routes in the River Douro
- A Nautical Recreational Port for 170 vessels and essential support services for vessels as well as convenience areas and support facilities for sailors;
- Parking areas for coaches and vehicles, along the pier and indoor parking
In this building, it is foreseen the future Park of Sciences and Technology of the Sea location, in which will be the Departments of Science Production (offices and experimental laboratories) and of Scientific Dissemination.
This is the largest project ever for the opening of the Port of Leixões to the city, which will become an important gateway of the region!
After the conclusion of the pier, the works of the new Terminal building have already started and they are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.