Panama will be the first home port for cruise ships in Central America

The Colon 2000 port, Colon and Panama cities, were debuted yesterday as the home port for a big cruise ship.

Monday, December 8, 2008

The new Colon terminal experienced the launch of the Enchantment of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean Ship that will sail the southern Caribbean with approximately 2600 passengers for the next six days, visiting Cartagena and Santa Marta in Colombia, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire.

The creation of jobs at port terminal or the possibility of supplying cruise ship products are some of the ways that a cruise ship terminal translates into economic benefits for the country.

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Colon Consolidated as Cruise Port

January 2013

The vessels using the Port of Colon in the Panamanian Caribbean as a home port usually sail with an occupancy of between 90 and 100%.

According to an article in, "For the third year running, two cruise ships are operating from the port of Colón 2000 on the Atlantic coast.

Colon Establishes Itself as Home Port for Cruises

April 2012

Tens of thousands of tourists board cruise ships bound for the Caribbean, generating a strong hotel business, which during the 2012-2014 season should make about $75 million.

About 90% of passengers taking cruises in the Colon 2000 port spend 3 to 4 days in the area before boarding in order to see the sights and shop.

Panama: New ‘Home Port’ Season

February 2010

Royal Caribbean has confirmed the port of Colon as its point of departure for cruise ships until 2011-2012.

The second season will finish in April 2010, and the third will run from November 2010 to April 2011. A fourth was confirmed, from November 2011 to April 2012.

Michael Ronan, vice president of Royal Caribbean said that in order to maintain Panama as the Home Port, “passengers must be satisfied, the product must generate benefits for the company and we must identify demand in the long term”.

Authorities coordinate Panamá Homeport

October 2008

Security and Tourism authorities in Panama met to prepare actions for the start of the ninth cruise ship season and the first for the Panama Homeport project.

300,000 tourist are expected to spend around $60 million up to April 30, 2009 and 40,000 more with Panama Homeport starting in December.

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