The 2022-2023 cruise season began in Brazil

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The 2022-2023 cruise season began in Brazil
Source: Embratur
October 18, 2022

After two years of restricted circulation, the activity began from the ports of Itajaí, Maceió, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Santos, and will include stops in Buenos Aires, Punta del Este and Montevideo

Cruise ships returned to Brazilian port cities once the Covid-19 pandemic was over. The second week of October marked the beginning of the season in Fortaleza (Ceará), where the National Geographic Explorer ship, flying the Bahamas flag, arrived. The ship sailed from Spain at the end of September, passing through Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, until reaching the port of Ceará, from where she continued to Salvador, in Bahia.

Between October 2022 and May 2023, Brazil will receive a total of 36 international cruise ships, in addition to nine cabotage ships that will sail along its coasts, a coastline that extends over almost 8,000 kilometers.

This season, the ship MSC Preziosa joined the group that already included the cruise ships Costa Firenze, Costa Fortuna, Costa Favolosa, MSC Armonia, MSC Musica, MSC Fantasia, MSC Seashore and MSC Seaview. The ships will depart from the ports of Itajaí (Santa Catarina), Maceió (Alagoas), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Salvador (Bahía) and Santos (São Paulo) and will cover 184 itineraries, making 724 stops in 17 destinations, including Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Punta del Este.

In total, the planned supply totals 780 thousand vacancies, 184 routes, 724 stopovers, 17 destinations, 48 ​​thousand direct and indirect jobs generated and R$ 3.8 billion (approximately US$ 760M) injected into the economy. According to CLIA Brasil (the Brazilian Association of Maritime Cruises), this season will bring a 47% increase in vacancies compared to the 530,000 offered in the 2019-2020 period. The ships will make 309 stops in 45 destinations in 15 Brazilian states, such as Amazonas, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul, among others.

The cruise season is a period that mobilizes Brazilian nautical tourism, especially after two years without receiving international fleets. The expectation of the tourism sector is very high, especially with regard to the generation of jobs, stimulus to the economy of the hotel, gastronomy and related services sectors. Until 2019, tourism activity represented about 8% of Brazil's GDP.


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