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.