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Third cruise ship arrives in Limón


By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Carnival Fantasy cruise ship has arrived at the Hernán Garrón Port in Limón from Panama with a total of 2,064 passengers and 872 crew members.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the ship belongs to the American-British company Carnival Cruise Lines. It is the third cruise of the 2018 season to dock in Costa Rica.

The cruise season began Aug. 23 with the arrival of the Sea Princess, and a total of 110 cruise ships are expected to arrive at the port in Limón with an estimated 224,000 passengers during the season.

According to the ministry, "residents of the Limón community, dedicated to local commerce, organized to provide the best service to visitors." Once on land, passengers were able to choose among different routes offered by local tour operators, transporters and guides who promote the history, the exuberant nature of the Limón Caribbean and its diverse culture."

Among the options offered were touring the South Caribbean, a cacao tour in Cahuita, the Tortuguero Canal and recreational activities in Limón.

Greivin Villegas, president of the Port Administration Board, said "the port institution works to increase cruise tourism at Limón.” He added that, “the strategy as a diverse, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural site takes advantage as a destination on the Caribbean routes recommended by the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association. The evaluations of the last season 2017-2018 position the Caribbean destination in Puerto Limón as a place of preference for cruise ship visitors."
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Each cruise passenger spends approximately $80 on land, and more than half of the passengers visited places near the port, according to Costa Rican Tourism Institute.


According to the report of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, each cruise passenger spends approximately $80 on land, and more than half of the passengers visited places near the port. The institute estimated that tourists of this cruise could have generated at least $80 thousand for the local economies.

After completing the visit to the city of Limón, the cruise continued its route to Isla Roatán in Honduras.


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