Tangier is experiencing a cruise ship tourist boom. According to figures released by the Tangier tourist authorities some 37,550 cruise passengers visited the city up to late April this year
The port hosted 14 of the world's larger cruise ships including the Norwegian Epic, which made 6 trips, Costa Mediterranean, 3 trips, Frankfurt Am Main, and Royal Clipper.
For the month of April alone, the port city Tanger welcomed 7 cruise ships with more than 8,000 cruise passengers of different nationalities, including Germans, Spaniards, Italians, Japanese, French, British and Americans. A majority took guided tours in the cities of Chefchaouen, Tetouan, Asilah and Tangier.
The provincial delegate for Tangier tourism, Saeed Abbasi, said that the visit of the cruise ships had a positive impact on sectors including transport, craft and tourist guides. He went on to say that Tangier's strategic position at the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, allowed the city market itself as a major destination for cruise tourism.
Saeed Abbasi said the completion of the restructuring of the Tangier city port should further strengthen its attractiveness for cruise tourism and yachting. When completed, three berths will be dedicated to cruise ships, the largest of the berths has a length of 360 m. The targeted traffic is 300,000 cruise passengers in 2016 and 750,000 in 2020.