The port of Las Palmas is one of the main ports in Spain. It is a port that handles fishing, passenger, commercial, and sports boats. The haven has been supplying ships travelling through the Middle Atlantic for five centuries. In 2007, the port handled 907,782 passengers, and the cruise passenger traffic is rising. The Santa Catalina cruise terminal can berth two vessels and is in the heart of the city. Regional buses and taxis are available to take people further on their journey, but the city is also small enough to be explored on foot.
Cruises that include Las Palmas are available from many of the top cruise companies, such as Thomson, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises. Cruising to Las Palmas may include stops at interesting places, including the Azores, and other ports in Spain, Portugal, or Morocco. Alternatively, the cruise may concentrate on the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands have pleasant weather all year round, so many of the cruise lines will head towards the south in the winter, and Las Palmas is a major winter turnover port.