Cruise Ships Prolong Their Stay in Guatemala

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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.

Additionally, two other cruise ships, Zuiderdam and Westerdam, diverted their route to Guatemala and they will be arriving either today or tomorrow.

Carlos Sandoval, of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism, believes that cruise ship passengers represent an increase in foreign currency earnings by staying longer in the country," according to an article in Sigloxxi.com.

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Cruise Ship Arrivals to Guatemala Increase by 20%

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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.

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.

Arrival of cruise ships at risk in Guatemala

January 2009

Norwegian Cruise Line conditioned the arrival of its cruise ships to the country on whether the Government continues to insist on charging the $10 departure tax for each tourist.

Prensalibre.com reports that "The company is threatening to take its 27 ships, which it was planning to bring to Guatemala this year, to other countries.

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