San Jose, Sept 30. Costa Rica begins the 2022-2023 cruise season this Friday with the arrival of the Carnival Spirit ship from Mexico at the port of Puntarenas (Pacific), officials aim to exceed 20% of the figures it reached before the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.
The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) indicated that between September 2022 and July 2023, more than 300 cruise ships will anchor in the country’s 6 authorized ports: Puntarenas, Caldera and Quepos (Central Pacific), Golfito (South Pacific), Playa Del Coco (North Pacific) and Limon (Caribbean). This figure represents a 20% increase in relation to the 250 cruise ships that arrived in the country in 2019 before the health crisis.
Of the total arrivals, 40% will be expedition and luxury cruises, which are characterized by high average spending per tourist, which translates into higher economic income for port cities and their residents.
“We will continue to make the necessary efforts from ICT to strengthen the cruise industry, not only heavy, but also medium and small luxury, making every effort so that the docking ports of Pacific and Limón offer the infrastructure and necessary conditions of tourist offer. for tourism that can effectively benefit coastal communities,” said Tourism Minister William Rodriguez.
Tourists from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany, among other countries, travel on Carnival Spirit Cruises. Its population consists of adults and children accompanied by their parents, each with an average daily expenditure of $70.
The cruise forms a 16-day itinerary, in which it departs from the Port of Seattle in the United States; and visits Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, Cartagena, Panama and Costa Rica to end his tour at the Port of Miami. The stopover in the Central American country is at least 8 hours and travelers will visit nearby tourist attractions.
“We hope this is a new opportunity to showcase Costa Rica and Puntarenas as a cultural destination, as a region of natural beauty, beaches and human warmth, so that it can be chosen as an excellent holiday destination. President of the Costa Rican Institute of the Pacific Ports, Widman Cruz.
According to officials, cruise ship travel generates a range of direct and indirect income and jobs as well as tourist services in port cities, with the use of certified guides, carriers, visits to national parks, local services of the service. Provider of adventure, cultural and recreational tourism, in addition, includes local commerce.
On September 2, 2021, and after 17 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Costa Rica reopened its cruise season. Altogether, 80 ships reached the Pacific Coast with about 30,000 tourists.