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Updated 22 March 2016:  Nigel and Wendy Armitage have sent me these lovely photos … in case anyone was wondering what the huge cruise ship in Los Cristianos is, Nigel and Wendy tell me it’s “The World”, back again in Tenerife. As I described below, it’s one of the most exclusive cruise liners in the world, with 150 or so privately owned apartments, often leased to exactly the sort of tourists the Canarian Government has been after. As I said previously, if this isn’t “up-market”, nothing is. Let’s hope they redistribute some of their wealth while they’re in the Canaries!

Update 2 January 2014: Well they wanted big, and today they got the World! One of the most exclusive cruise liners in the world, The World (pictured below), has dropped anchor just off Los Cristianos and will remain there for the next 24 or so hours before heading for Gran Canaria. The ship is privately owned and the 150 or so apartments on board are leased to exactly the sort of tourists the Canarian Government has been after. If this isn’t “up-market”, nothing is. Let’s hope they redistribute some of their wealth while they’re in the Canaries!

Update 10 November: I haven’t had confirmation that this has actually happened, but the first cruise liner into Los Cristianos was due today. Its arrival was scheduled for midday and it was expected to leave at 4pm. Meanwhile, Santa Cruz saw five cruise liners docked in its own port, with some 16,000 on board. They were welcomed into the town with music and arts and crafts stalls.

Original post 23 March: As part of the revamp of Los Cristianos harbour (see HERE), the town will be able to receive cruise liners from November. The first will be the Sea Cloud, on 10, 16 and 18 November, it was announced by Ports Authority president, Pedro Rodríguez Zaragoza, accompanied by Arona mayor, José Alberto González Reverón, together with Alberto Galván, commercial director of the Autoridad Portuaria and Marta Melo, Los Cristianos councillor. More will follow in 2013, with the Albatros in April of that year. Sr Zaragoza said that he is in negotiations with Royal Caribbean and other European lines to attract them to Los Cristianos. The future is looking good, he said, with all the commercial benefits to the town that cruise passengers will bring.

The World cruise liner, photo copyright Bart Bogaert
The World cruise liner in Los Cristianos, photo copyright Bart Bogaert
Photo op for Arona Mayor Niño and president of Puertos de Tenerife, Pedro Rodríguez Zaragoza, on board the ship, photo courtesy of Arona Ayuntamiento
Photo op for Arona Mayor Niño and president of Puertos de Tenerife, Pedro Rodríguez Zaragoza, on board the ship, photo courtesy of Arona Ayuntamiento

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  1. Can only be good for Los Cristianos one off the complaints ive heard that the shops in Santa Cruz were all shut when they docked in the afternoon so a lessen there is if you want the cruise passengers money stay open when the ships arrive and make sure you cater for them. David

  2. This ship (The World) is most definitely ‘up market’, without question, unfortunately Los Cristianos is not. So why is it there? To promote tourism in the Canary Islands I guess and if it becomes a regular visitor then it cant be a bad thing. However, I doubt that the passengers have Tenerife, let alone Los Cristianos, anywhere near the top of their “must see upmarket” global destinations. Whatever the reality, lets just hope that more ships visit on a regular basis.

  3. We went to see We call it the Botox ship because everyone getting of looked like Sharon Osbourne Oh to be rich

  4. The arrival of the cruise liner is fantastic for the Los Cristianos economy , certainly these passengers represent top end customers. It’s not important that Los Cristianos is not itself fully top end, in fairness there is a broad range of eateries, from Greasy spoon to white table cloths . Surely cruise liners call at mixed bag ports everywhere ? In th Caribbean or North Africa some call offs are not top end? All the cruiser ports of call are not Monaco . Certainly Los Cristianos is not a slum and there are plenty of high end shops around the America s plaza to amuse these visitors . Long may they disembark and let the tills jangle.

  5. Agreed, Andrew. Tenerife has much to offer, the mountain and the beautiful interior of the island.

  6. We were in Los Cristianos when the new world was berthed there, ( what a sight ). Lets hope it does bring a lot to the island. I am sure the passengers may find something they have never found before. One never knows.! !

  7. No need to worry about the cruise liners helping Los Cristianos . Even if all the passengers only stroll along the prom and stop for a coffee or a beer , that’s job done. That’s the lifeblood of wages jobs and somebody’s mortgage and bills paid.

    The more the passengers decide to spend , the better, but all trade is very welcome

  8. It was indeed quite a sight as the pictures showed. I took a few on my phone and having looked at them and the poor quality I now know that a phone (well mine anyway) is to talk to people and not to take snaps.

    Clearly a number of the passengers disembarked as The Worlds own ‘tender’ boat was constantly backwards and forwards between the cruise ship and Los Cristianos port during its stay.

    It is now sailing towards Lanzarote, arriving around 1400 today, having stopped off at Gran Canaria on Monday before visiting Tenerife yesterday.

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