The cruise ship Freedom of the Seas, one of the giants in the fleet of cruise-operators Royal Caribbean, was in Malaga on Thursday after crossing the Atlantic and reaching the Mediterranean for the first time.
The ship, which has space for 4,300 passengers, was launched in 2006 and until now has operated cruise routes around the Caribbean. This summer it will be based in Barcelona where it will sail week-long routes around the western Med. It will return to Malaga in October when it sails back to the Caribbean again for the winter season.
Speaking on board the ship, president of Malaga’s port authority, Paulino Plata, explained that in 2017 Royal Caribbean would dock its ships 16 times in Malaga, showing the city to be the link point on an Atlantic-Mediterranean axis.
Four cruise ships were in Malaga yesterday bringing with them some 10,500 passengers on a visit to the capital of the Costa del Sol. Plata also explained that, over the spring, “passenger movements will increase 48 per cent on the same time last year, thanks also to Thomson and Pullmantur choosing Malaga as a home port”.