Yucatán receives a ship from Disney Cruise Line and increases the number of arrivals

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Yucatán receives a ship from Disney Cruise Line and increases the number of arrivals
Source: Mariana Herrera
October 01, 2021

On December 24th, the ship with more than 3000 passengers on board arrives for the first time in Puerto Progreso


On December 24, the first arrival of a Disney Cruise Line cruise ship to the Port of Progreso is expected, as well as the arrival of vessels from the premium tourism segment of the American Queen Voyages shipping company for January 2022, while Carnival Cruises reiterated that It will continue to include the Yucatecan port as part of its itineraries in 2022 and 2023.

Within the framework of the 35th. Edition of the Seatrade Cruise Global 2021, as a result of the efforts of the Government of Yucatán, through the Secretariat of Tourism Development (Sefotur), it was announced that the first arrival of the Disney Cruise Line cruise to the Port is expected on December 24. de Progreso with between 3,000 and 4,000 tourists on board from the United States and other parts of the world.

Likewise, vessels from the premium tourism segment of the American Queen Voyages shipping company are confirmed to arrive in January 2022 and the Carnival Cruises company, the main shipping company operating in Yucatán, reiterated its confidence in the destination and recognized the improvements in infrastructure and services that They have been carried out in the Port in the last three years by the State Government and the municipality, for which it was reiterated that the company will continue to include the Yucatecan port as part of its itineraries in 2022 and 2023.

These arrivals represent a boost for the tourism and cruise industry in the state and contribute to the economic reactivation of this sector by offering better job opportunities for the Yucatecans while confirming the confidence that this sector has towards Yucatan, due to the sanitary protocols that have been implemented and that allow the arrival of cruise passengers without major incidents.

Among the activities at the Seatrade Cruise Global 2021 event, the Yucatan delegation, headed by the director of the Technical Secretariat of Sefotur, held working meetings with executives and managers of important shipping lines, among which the meeting with Rick stands out. Sasso, President & CEO of MSC Cruises, Roberto Martinoli, President & CEO of Silversea, who showed interest in including the destination in their next itineraries. Likewise, a meeting was held with Melissa Araya, sales director of Crystal Cruises, a shipping company that has not yet operated in Yucatán, but which showed interest in the tourism products currently being developed in the entity.

It is important to mention that, by instruction of the Governor, so far during the current administration, work has been done to increase the arrival of tourists to the state and after the first year of the pandemic, efforts have focused on establishing the conditions to confirm the Yucatán as a destination open to international tourism, while complying with the sanitary protocols that guarantee biosecurity.

In addition, with the firm commitment to increase tourism in this destination, the State Government, in conjunction with the Progreso City Council, have developed actions to improve the urban and tourist infrastructure in the port. In order to expand commercial activity and encourage the arrival of visitors, sustainable tourism actions have been prioritized, an area that arouses great interest in the cruise industry.

It should be noted that when cruise operations resumed, suspended by the pandemic in March 2020, from July 26 to September 30 of this year, the Port of Progreso has received the effective arrival of the first seven cruises with 15,586 passengers, waiting for the remainder of the year for the arrival of at least 21 additional cruise ships, which represents an important contribution to the economic recovery of Yucatan, because these passengers represent an economic benefit that benefits various points of attraction state tourist.

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