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The first cruise to arrive would be on the Windstar line on September 2 to Golfito in Puntarenas Province, with approximately 150 passengers on board.
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Published Thursday, July 8, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The tourist-filled vessel will port in Costa Rica once again beginning September with the following nine lines: Windstar, Lindblad, Sea Cloud, Seabourn Quest, Celebrity Millenium, Carnival Pride, Crown Princess, Diamond Princess and Seven Seas Mariner.

Of these, five will arrive through the Caribbean Sea to ports in Limón Province. The other four ships will arrive through the Pacific Ocean to ports in Puntarenas Province, according to the Tourism Institute.

"The first cruise to arrive would be on the Windstar line on September 2 to Golfito ( in Puntarenas Province) with approximately 150 passengers on board," said Gustavo Segura, Minister of Tourism.

With the reopening of operations, the country gradually recovers the income generated by this industry, which was estimated at approximately $33 million annually, according to data before the pandemic. The cruise tourist spent an average of $137. 

To allow the arrival of cruise ships, the crew must be vaccinated against covid-19 and feed 95% of the passengers.

Passengers planning to explore Costa Rica and debark, must fill out the Health Pass webform 72 hours before their arrival, according to the Institute.

Before the pandemic, more than 230,000 tourists arrived in the country in a cruise. This was one of the first industries that had to suspend operations in March 2020 due to covid-19 infections for more than a year.

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