Optimism Over Cruise Season

In Costa Rica the arrival of 224,000 passengers on board of 110 cruises is expected during the 2018-2019 season.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The cruise season is scheduled to begin on August 23, with the arrival of the Sea Princess ship to Puerto Limón. The Port Administration and Economic Development Board of the Atlantic Coast (Japdeva) announced that a total of 110 vessels are expected to arrive during the entire period. 

Nacion.com reports that "... Japdeva operates a pier specialized in the arrival of cruise ships at the Hernán Garrón Salazar terminal.  In this Caribbean community it is estimated that this tourist activity has a great influence, since it is has been calculated that each cruise passenger spends an average of $80 per day in Limón, according to Japdeva."

"... The ships Carnival Cruises, Princess Cruise Line, Holand America, Tui Cruises, Viking Cruises, Norwergian Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Pullman Tour with the Monarch cruise are some of the lines that will approach the coast of Limón starting from August 23, according to the schedule for the period that Japdeva presented."

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