Bilbao, Spain, Puts Getxo Terminal Out To Tender

The Port Authority of Bilbao has put out to tender the maritime terminal on the third cruise berth at Getxo for E5m with a one-year completion period.

The 15m high building covering an area of 3,200m2 has been conceived as a “great rectangular glass container, light in form and bright, protected by a light zinc roof with six skylights to give the impression of even more brightness” according to Bilbao Port.

Embarkation and disembarkation areas will be separated and have individual access. A E1.2m boarding bridge will allow passengers direct access to the ship/terminal. It will adapt to any vessel embarkation height and will also be adaptable for disabled passengers.

The Port Authority has planned to provide the pier with 230 long-stay parking lots which can also be used by the general public when there are no cruiseships in port. There will be a further 31 parking spaces for terminal staff and eight more for disabled people, 10 for taxis and 40 for coaches.

This season Pullmantur has been doing turnarounds on Empress. AIDA Cruises and Polar Cruises have both called for the first time. Overnight calls have been increasing with Lindblad Expeditions’ National Explorer, Sea Cloud II, The World, Crystal Serenity and AIDAbella all making the most of this northern Spanish city.

(Cruise Europe)