Panama: Cruise Tourism Up 9%

Up to November last year, 301,149 tourists arrived on cruise ships at Panamanian ports, 9.2 % more than in the same month in 2012.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Statistics from the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) reveal that between January and November 2013, 301,149 tourists arrived in the country on cruises, 25,470 visitors more than in the same period in 2012, an increase of 9.2%. This sector contributed $45 million to the national economy in that period.

Ports in Panama receive approximately 135 cruises year. " ... Every passenger who disembarks at a port spends about $125 a day," according to experts at the Florida Caribbean Cruises Association (FCCA) .

"This month the arrival of more than 21 of these large boats full of tourists are expected. The Port of Columbus 2000 has the most activity, as it will have 19 ships, located at the entrance of the Canal and on the banks of the city of Colon. "

" ... After more than 12 years of operation the labour force in Colon has developed discipline and commitment to its work, services have been improved, security, labor on the piers, porters and other services, said Augusto Terracina, a businessman in the cruise sector.

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Panama: Royal Caribbean Will No Longer Dock in Colon

November 2013

The country is not on the cruise ship's route map for next season, leaving only Pullmantur using Colon 2000 as a home port.

"A month ago we were told the ship would go the port of Tampa in Florida, so we had the opportunity to negotiate to find an alternative," said Solomon Shamah, administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP).

Cruise Season in Panama

September 2013

During the 2013-14 season the arrival of 120 cruise ships are expected at the port of Colon, with the estimated expenditure of each passenger on land being $125.

The number of cruise ships foreseen for this season is similar to the number of arrivals that occurred in the previous period. Between December 2013 and January 2014, the port will receive 54 cruises ships across the Atlantic, ie 27 cruises every month.

Cruise Ships Extend Season in Panama

June 2009

Carnival announced that it will conduct four more trips to the Colón 2000 port, outside of the standard cruise season.

The cruise season is from December to the month of April. Nevertheless, on June 9th, the Carnival Freedom cruise ship docked with 2,900 passengers at the Colón 2000 port. They announced that four more cruises will arrive at the Panamanian port throughout this year.

Successful First Cruise Ship Season in Colón

April 2009

The first cruise ship season in the Colón Home Port ended with 21 ships raising anchor and 52 thousand passengers.

Since December 2008, 52 thousand cruise ship passengers have boarded at the terminal in Colón Port 2000; 14 thousand Panamanians and the rest mostly Colombians, Mexicans, Costa Ricans and Venezuelans.

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