The port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife witnessed a surge in visitors this Sunday as crowds gathered to explore the Mexican Navy training ship, Cuauhtémoc. The vessel, often referred to as ‘The Knight of the Seas,’ arrived on the island last Friday, sparking excitement among both residents and tourists.
Cuauhtémoc will remain docked in the port until Tuesday, September 19th, and visitors can explore the ship from 10:00 to 17:00 hours. During the weekend and on Monday, access to the interior has been extended until 20:00 hours.
This impressive training ship measures 90 meters in length, 12 meters in width, boasts three masts, and unfurls 23 sails. One of the most spectacular moments for visitors is witnessing cadets ascend dozens of meters above the ground during various maneuvers.
The journey of the Cuauhtémoc commenced on April 1st from Acapulco, Mexico. After visiting the United States and Cuba, it embarked on its European voyage. Stops in France and the United Kingdom preceded its arrival in Spain, where it visited Gijón, Ibiza, La Coruña, and Cádiz before reaching Tenerife last Friday. Throughout its 247-day journey, the ship will dock in 18 ports across 13 different countries.
During this extensive voyage, the 112 fourth-year cadets from Mexico’s Heroic Military Naval School will apply the knowledge they have acquired during their studies. Cuauhtémoc, conceived by Naval Engineer Juan José Alonso Verástegui and constructed at Astilleros y Talleres de Celaya in Bilbao in 1982, has traversed the seas and oceans of the world since its creation and is now on display in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.