Gran Canaria had the best cruise season in its history in 2016 having received 673,500 cruise ship visitors, 6% and 40,400 passengers more than the previous cruise season, reaffirming Gran Canaria’s lead in the Archipelago within this segment, with 31% of market share.
Gran Canaria has been consolidated in the last decade as a tourist destination and port of call that satisfies visitors with its combination of good weather, proximity to Europe and the Mediterranean, security and economic stability. The diversity of leisure offerings on the island has led to 94% of cruise passengers asked saying that they intend to return to Gran Canaria
2.2 million cruise passengers arrived in the Canary Islands during the previous year 2015, an increase of 15% over 2014. This positive dynamic has resulted in a growth in the volume of business at the Port of La Luz and Las Palmas, which has seen an increase of 348% in cruise traffic from the 150,000 passengers received in 2004, that is to say an increase of more than half a million extra annual visitors, in just ten short years.
Of the 250 vessels that docked between 1 June 2015 to 30 June 30, 2016 in the Las Palmas Puerto de La Luz, 64% of them used it as their home port, with three boats from Aida Cruises, one from Pullmantur, One from Thomson and another from TUI Cruises.