September was the best month ever for cruises
During September twenty one cruise ships called the Port of Leixões. This number, never reached before, represented an increase of 13% over the same period last year. In this month, the Port of Leixões welcomed 36% more passengers than the same period of 2013, which represents an increase of almost 6 000 passengers.
In just one month, Leixões received more passengers than during the entire year of 2009. In fact, almost 18 000 passengers visited Porto and Northern Portugal during this month, through a cruise ship calling at Leixões.
September was also marked by the inaugural call of Costa Luminosa and Mein Schiff 1, both huge size vessels.
Costa Luminosa from the prestigious Italian company Costa Crociere, arrived at Leixões with nearly 2 500 passengers mostly Italians. Mein Schiff 1 from the German TUI Cruises, brought to Leixões almost 2 000 Germans received in festive atmosphere.
In October, forecasts point to a steady growth of cruise at Leixões, confirming the bet of the Port Authority in boosting the cruise industry in the northern region.