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Almost 300 cruises expected in Puntarenas

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Published on Monday, September 4, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In the new 2023-2024 cruise season at Puntarenas Province, authorities expect the arrival of almost 300 ships.

According to the Institute of Tourism, the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth cruise last week at the Puntarenas Port inaugurated the new cruise season, established from September 2023 to July 2024. 

The cruise belongs to the Cunard Line shipping group, one of the largest cruise line operators in the world. The ships arrived with over 1,900 passengers and almost 100 crew members.

This ship makes its 15-day itinerary departing from the Los Angeles Port in the U.S., visiting Mexico, Aruba, Costa Rica, and Panama to end its journey in the Port of Miami, USA.

Tourists from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany, among other nationalities, travel on the cruise. The stopover in Costa Rica was at least eight hours at the port and passengers toured places such as Monteverde, Esparza, Jacó Beach and Puntarenas City among others.

Institute statistics show that 95% of cruise ships stay in port for at least three days and two nights.

Cruise passengers generate a series of benefits for coastal businesses, such as local tourism operators, certified guides, carriers, souvenir shops and restaurants.

The income generated by a cruise to the country is estimated at more than $55,000 during their hours at ports, the institute said.

This new season is expected to exceed the number of cruise ships that arrived in the last season (2022 to 2023) which reported 263 cruises bringing over 90,000 tourists to Puntarenas Province.

Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in Costa Rica. As of June, more than 1.3 million tourists have visited the country.

Last year, about 2.3 million tourists visited Costa Rica.

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