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The Port of Barcelona is the European port that grows most (+ 32% in container traffic in 2017) and also the first on the continent and the Mediterranean in the movement of cruise passengers. With the aim of being even more efficient and continuing to grow in a sustainable manner, the Digital Port project has been launched.
Barcelona has been a pioneer port in the application of new technologies, as demonstrated by the creation in 1999 of the digital platform of the Port Community, Portic. Now, almost two decades later, two key facts converge.
On the one hand, the change in the logistics sector has accelerated and the need for information for quick decision-making is more urgent than ever. On the other hand, the development of new technologies facilitates a much more intelligent management of the infrastructure, which allows to offer agile solutions to the client.
“Nowadays infrastructures have become a commodity, where the decisive factor is good management”, argues the president of the Port of Barcelona, Sixte Cambra. “What sets us apart from the Port of Barcelona and allows us to compete as a port is not just the infrastructure, but the quality, reliability and efficiency of the services we offer,” he adds.
WHAT IS AN INTELLIGENT PORT?
The smart concept does not have a single definition. For the Port of Barcelona, it encompasses six areas (logistics, mobility, environment, economy, social sphere and governance) in which it progresses transversally to consolidate itself as a smart port of reference.
Thus, smart logistics refers to the use of technology to make the entire logistics chain more efficient and predictive.
Smart mobility focuses on the optimization of local and international accessibility and puts the emphasis on intermodality.
Smart environment integrates actions to develop a sustainable management and to minimize pollution.
The creation of employment and the promotion of internationalization, innovation and entrepreneurship promoted by the Port of Barcelona contribute to the smart economy, while integration with the city, social cohesion and the cultural and touristic values it generates are related to The smart people concept.
Finally, the Port of Barcelona is also committed to a smart model of governance, with efficient management of public resources and a firm defense of transparency and participation.
In this context, technology and innovation become key elements to provide information in real time, offer new services from the flow of data and digitize processes. “We understand by smart deploying the most advanced technological means (sensors, license plate readers, monitoring stations, video analytics, telecommunications, etc.) to have all the possible information in real time. On the other hand, digitalization consists of taking advantage of all this data to create applications and services aimed at the client, which will allow them to be more efficient and competitive, “says the general deputy director of Organization and Internal Resources of the Port, Catalina Grimalt.
Several of these actions are under development, but many others are already operational, such as the Virtual Gates service or the Port Links project. The first one offers information in real time about the level of activity in all accesses to the port and container terminals, while Port Links is an application that allows to build and compare logistics chains through the Port of Barcelona, offering accurate information based on to the available offer of services (transit times, CO2 emissions of each section, etc.).
Other projects related to business intelligence, e-administration and cybersecurity are in the development phase and will be implemented in the medium term to complete the ambitious Digital Port program.
MSC starts the process to build a new cruise terminal in Barcelona
With the project, MSC Cruises seeks to boost its percentage of base-port passengers, those who start and end the cruise in Barcelona and, therefore, make a greater economic contribution to the city.
The company wants many of the cruise passengers who currently only make a stop in one day in the city to become passengers of the base port thanks to the facilities that will offer the new terminal.
The concession request sent to the Port of Barcelona, which is expected to begin the processing of this petition shortly, is about a space located on the Adossat pier and for a term of 30 years.
The Port of Barcelona has six cruise terminals: four at the dock for large ships and two at the World Trade Center for smaller boats, and a seventh one under construction. Barcelona last year received a total of 2.6 million cruise passengers from its facilities and is the first cruise port in Europe and the Mediterranean and fourth world port.
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The Azamara Quest, with 343 swinger couples, will arrive this Sunday in Barcelona
During this month of August the port of Barcelona will receive 78 cruise ladders, a figure that breaks the idea that the city is full of travelers arriving on tourist ships during the peak season of the summer. As an example, in April 86 cruise ships made stops, in May arrived at 96 and for the next month of September 101 passenger boats, which no regular ferries will visit Barcelona.
Another idea that is also breaking with time is the consideration that cruises are luxury travel, an idea that would come to be equivalent to thinking that a hotel is luxurious by the mere fact of being so and not by its category in stars and the services it offers. In the world of maritime tourism there is something similar to the stars of hotels: there are offers for virtually all pockets according to the shipping company, the time of year, the category of the cabin chosen or the duration of the trip. It will always be easier to find a good deal on a megacruise that takes thousands of passengers on board than on a boutique cruiser, smaller, more exclusive and therefore more expensive.
The maturity of the cruise market has also led to a number of voyages, especially in medium and small vessels, with less than a thousand passengers on board: there are those dedicated to golf, and itineraries are specially designed so that travelers can enjoy the best courses during your trip. There are those who focus especially on gastronomic experiences, giving the possibility to visit celebrated restaurants, organize a special event related to food during the stopovers or one or several celebrities of the kitchen are invited to travel aboard the vessel in question . There are cruisers for music lovers, both classical and jazz, there are trips of marked political tone in which every day a speaker of the Republican American party is invited to give a conference followed by a debate and also trips in which the central point Is a real celebrity or fiction: comedians, television presenters or the heroes of Marvel. There are also cruises whose strong point is the dance and, there are also cruises that focus on the liberal sex as a way of leisure … or life.
On Sunday, four ships will make stops in Barcelona: the huge Norwegian Epic, the even bigger Freedom of the Seas, the newly christened Mein Schiff 5 and the Azamara Quest boutique boat. The first three will be in the dock and the fourth mooring in the dock of Barcelona, next to the World Trade Center. The latter is doing precisely one of these theme trips and its organizers, Luxury Lifestyle Vacations tour operators have called it “Rumba Mediterránea”, although it is not exactly a cruise dedicated to this musical genre of Cuban origin and mother of other genres like the salsa or other more local rumbas, like flamenco or Catalan: the trip is a swinger cruise.
“If you ever wanted to sail the Mediterranean … why not embark on an unforgettable week with more than 300 couples sharing their same lifestyle?”, Indicates in catalog and the tour operator’s website to potential customers, Which in an overwhelming majority are Americans, as LaVanguardia is one of its leaders in Luxury Lifestyle Vacations from the Mexican delegation, where it serves the entire Spanish-speaking market of the company. It is one of the few pieces of information he reveals, because without being asked, he says: “We are very discreet with revealing who our travelers are and what they do in their free time. We are reserved and a high quality company, as our name indicates “, concludes the employee of the travel tour operator for clients with liberal minds, not in the political-economic sense of the term (or maybe yes) but in the philosophy of life sexual or affective.
In addition to preparing trips to liberal resorts in Mexico and southern France, the company has specialized in chartering boats to organize cruises for couples swingers, renting ships as big as the Independence of The Seas, with capacity for 3,600 passengers or The Norwegian Pearl, where they can travel up to 2,830 cruise passengers. For the Mediterranean cruise, a smaller vessel, the Azamara Quest, of 181 meters in length and capacity for 686 people (343 pairs) has been chosen by a crew of 410 professionals.
The cruise is apparently a conventional voyage that departed last August 5 from Civitavecchia, the port of Rome and has continued through Livorno, Monaco and Saint Tropez.
Today, August 9, you will spend the day in Cap d’Agde, one of the world’s free sex emporiums, just three hours away from Barcelona by car, and after a day at sea will make its last stop in Ibiza, At the end of the trip in Barcelona next Sunday. The policy on board is “optional clothing” in the outer areas of the ship and some interior rooms have been enabled as huge relaxation areas for the interaction of those who go beyond having fun with their partner, which is the ultimate goal of this trip , With themed nights of marked erotic tone. After disembarking on Sunday, the tour operator proposes to continue a couple of days more enjoying the experience in Barcelona, in this case changing the vessel Azamara Quest by the hotel Melià Barcelona Sarrià from where the travelers will return to their cities of origin in the United States, Canada and some other European country, ending their thematic sea vacations.
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Offers, tapas, gincanas, music and exhibitions among the numerous proposals to thrill travelers
Preparing a trip? From Friday to Sunday, B-Travel Barcelona brings together the tourism offer of all the autonomous communities and more than 50 countries and regions of the world to inspire the traveler.
In the different booths, visitors can organize their vacations, search for tailor made trips through an agency, make reservations for transportation, embark on a cruise and take advantage of Friday’s Black Friday offers, exclusive offers to travel at incredible prices, In addition, there are fleeting deals daily on Facebook.
As in the previous edition, in addition to the exhibitor area, the hall offers interactive activities and proposals for the audience to enjoy themselves, such as: the Experience Area, a setting where musical performances, traditional dances and World, or the Virtual Photocall, where different scenarios allow you to take photos and share them on social networks with the hashtag #photocallbtravel.
The journey begins
After passing through the entrance of the hall, this time in an airport, the visitor will find a sensory tunnel where images of traveling experiences, smells and sounds will transport him to unique places on the planet.
To make it easier, the room is divided into five areas, depending on the experiences sought: B-Happy (trips with family and friends, romantic getaways, wellness, etc); B-Culture (proposals related to art, history and culture such as cinematographic, musical or photographic tourism); B-Special (with the offer of new luxury tourism, shopping, unique experiences); B-Adventure (sports tourism, rural, mountain, cycling, nautical, etc); And B-Delicious (eno-gastronomic routes).
The lovers of the sea have their own space, the B-Nautic, where you can find information related to: charter, diving courses, sailing dinghy, boating, windsurfing, kitesurfing, flyboard, divings, paddlesurf, kayaks, canoeing, surfing, rafting and fishing.
The gastronomy has a great presence in the lounge, in the B-Delicius area, visitors can taste dishes made in different Spanish towns, and try recipes from other countries, avant-garde creations, as well as wine tastings and beers. A round the world through the palate.
And, this year, on Friday night, from 8pm and 11pm, it will be possible to taste delicious tapas made by great Spanish chefs at a special price, 5 tapas for € 5.
A very special gymnasium has also been prepared, a passport of experiences that is received when entering. This must be filled in with the different stamps on the stands of the hall, in return visitors can get magnificent prizes, draw national and international trips, stays in hotels, routes, dinners, experiences … up to a total of 35 prizes.
Location: Recinto de Montjuïc – Palacio 8- Av. Reina Maria Cristina, s / n – 08004 Barcelona
Dates: April 15-17
Hours: 10 to 20 hours
Price: € 10
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The world’s most luxurious cruise stops in Barcelona
In the South Terminal Dock World Trade Center -nothing to do with the big quantity of Adossat– cruise passengers, a private chauffeur leaves walk from ‘Regent Seven Seas Explorer‘ two tourists with powerful aspect. Smile. Not for less. He confesses that throughout his career he had never taken such a juicy tip as he gave recently an American cruise passengers of the same company: 2,500 euros after take to a party in the south of France, at the expense of their free hours. The joy of billfold is typical of luxury cruise ships that dock in Barcelona, a market segment which is rarely discussed but moves million euros in the city. They are the most searched for hotels, tour operators and customer services. The ‘Explorer’, which has docked around the city Friday, blunts in the Champions League seaworthy. Opened last July by the princes of Monaco, it has emerged as the most luxurious cruise ship in the world.
The elite vacation at sea is not measured in size or number of attractions on board, but in service and emotions. Many giant supercruises from less than a thousand euros per week and Barcelona are frequent passenger-art, modern, full of restaurants and entertainment but popular and overcrowded and hyperactivity. The glamor on board, however, results in terms of space, top gastronomy, comfort and exclusivity.
They are usually small format, although the new vessel is medium in size but with the highest ratio of space per passenger in the world (other ships carrying 56,000 tons travelers even triple) and carries a crew member for every 1.3 passengers. A deployment to sweeten the lives of their 750 guests, who usually pay 4,000 to 5,000 euros per week, except for specific offers, account Carme Bigas, commercial director of Star Class-A world cruise, representative in Spain of this and most shipping high-end.
The visit of the new ship, which has other siblings who also flock to the city, is more than just one day. If in 2013, as reported by the newspaper, the port hosted 120 scales luxury categories (companies like Regent Seven Seas, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Crystal, Cunard, Seabourn Hapag-Lloyd or …) and -a degree below- Upper Premium or Premium (Azamara, Celebrity, Holland America, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Princess and other …), this year the figure will rise to 191 scales. They moved more than 383,000 cruise passengers, as part of the more than 2.6 million passengers expected in the Catalan capital, sources said Port of Barcelona.
76 ELITIST SCALES
In the most elite segment will be 76 stopovers and 62,000 passengers. A ‘silent’ human flow because being smaller boats do not perceive their landings in the bustle of the port, and because most tours or hire private assistance. Some perform a scale of hours, others spend the night in the port, and often begin or end route in the city, which means customers spend several nights in the city. In the case of Regent, which is the only one with an integral whole with no added charges included (premium drinks, all especializades restaurants, gratuities, taxes, various excursions, fitness classes, culinary workshops, wifi all the way …) the package may include up to three nights of overnight stays, explains Gabriella Fonzo, director of Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
What do the luxury passengers calling at Barcelona? Friday, those of the ‘Explorer’ had free tours of 3 to 7.5 hours by Gòtic routes, jewelry Gaudi, local icons or bodegas Torres or Jean Leon. But there were also private options to go with the chef of the ship Santa Caterina market and the Boqueria, and finish devouring a menu of two Michelin stars in the Àbac restaurant.
On the way back, and heading to the scale of Ibiza (Saturday) or the Italian coast have time to soak in the infinity pool that looks out over the stern (apart from the solarium), to relax in their loungers-(with hood included), watch the sunset from the Observation lounge with a drink, consult the 24 hours library and video library, take cooking classes in his 18 seasons with stove practices, contemplate 2,500 artworks on board (also Picasso and Chagall), participate in an outdoor barbecue in a casual meal at the grill by the pool, get a massage (treatments are not included), do yoga, listening to live music in the Meridian Lounge, sing karaoke or loose on the dance floor of the Explorer Lounge, see their own theater productions or without further and possibly the best, contemplate the sea from the balcony of the suite (from 28 square meters), with the plus a stocked minibar and liquor one demande.
The good life on board luxury cruise has one of its magnets on the tablecloths. Here in international version (Compass Rose), or specialized French, meat or Asian cuisine with a VIP area for those staying at higher levels. Special mention millionaires guests palatial Regent Suite of 412 square meters, about 10,000 euros a day for two people, including up to the antidote of the extra kilos (personal trainer) and transfers. If you move the cabin …