“The nomination leaves us deeply satisfied, as it is the
recognition of the work carried out in the region, in favour of cruise tourism,
which has allowed Madeira to occupy a prominent place at the national level in
terms of the number of stopovers, as well as of passengers,” said Regional
Secretary for the Economy, Rui Barreto,.
The chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ports of the
Autonomous Region (APRAM), Paula Cabaço, stated that the last two years have
been “difficult for the cruise industry, due to the pandemic”. Adding that
however, “they were guided by a great spirit of union and dialogue between all
partners in the sector, which made it possible for an effective resumption of
activity in the ports from October of last year.”
According to APRAM, the Port of Funchal was, in 2021, the
leading national port in the movement of cruise ship stopovers, having
registered 113 stopovers, 114,767 passengers and 70,815 crew.
In the high season alone, which started in October and ended
in May this year, the Ports of Madeira recorded 294 stopovers, 17 more than in
the comparable season of 2018-2019, as well as 273,699 passengers, APRAM said
in a statement. Even so, it discloses that “this number has not yet reached the
movements prior to the pandemic, due to the constraints imposed by the
Voting on the World Cruise Awards, which were first awarded
in 2021, is scheduled for August 7 this year.