Cruise Ship Arrivals to Guatemala Increase by 20%

One of the reasons for the increase was the arrival of 6 vessels that switched destinations from Mexico to Guatemala due to the influenza A outbreak.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Last season, which began in August 2008 and ended last weekend, the major Guatemalan ports, Queztal and Santo Tomás de Castilla, received 122 cruise ships.

According to, “Sixty-two ships docked in Quetzal Port and fifty-four had been expected in Santo Tomás. However, due to the influenza A (H1N1) outbreak, six ships changed their route and arrived in Guatemala in place of their original destination, which had been Mexico."

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The director of Puerto Quetzal, Allan Marroquín, explained that the cruise industry, in relation to Puerto Quetzal, "... first of all, proposes having towing equipment that has greater capacity, because sometimes the weight of the ships coming in exceeds that which can be handled at the Port ".

Cruise Ship Season Starts in Guatemala

October 2009

Guatemala's Cruise Liner season begins today, with the arrival to Port Quetzal of 'Norwegian Pearl', a 2.500 passenger ship.

100 ships are expected to visit the country in the 2009/10 season; 50 are already confirmed at port Santo Tomás de Castilla.

"This cruise ship seasons comes at a key moment for the tourism industry, which is struggling to overcome a 11.5% decrease in revenue", reported

Nicaragua Closes Good Cruise Ship Season

May 2009

The increase in cruise ship arrivals was partly due to the influenza A outbreak in Mexico because 6 cruises ships were diverted to Nicaragua.

The goal of the Nicaraguan Association of Tourism (ANTUR) for the 2008-2009 Season was 54 cruise ships and 60 arrived in Nicaraguan ports.

Cruise Ships Prolong Their Stay in Guatemala

April 2009

Due to the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico, cruise ships that were bound for Mexico will dock in Guatemalan ports.

The World and Explore cruise ships will stay in Guatemala for four days, while it is usual for cruise ships to set sail on the afternoon of the same day when they arrive.

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