Posted August 14th, 2007, 10:49 AM
We were there last year.
The Cruise terminal was very new and well organised. They had free shuttles which ran you from the ship to close to the promenade beside the marina. (its the opposite side to where you dock) I think they picked up/dropped off beside a hotel. 3/4 mins max by shuttle. It wasnt far to walk if you preferred.
With security levels changing everywhere at short notice its difficult to say whether or not your friends could get right up close or not.
Here is a link to the Port Authority website. I couldnt get a further link so you need to click this one:
then SERVICIOS, then CRUCEROS, then TERMINAL. at which point you will see a PDF clickable link on the right. Click this and get the version in English.
We had a lovely day there, its a "real" town and there are a few good things to do. The Alicante Tourist Office has a site in both Spanish and English if you need ideas.