Mexican cruise ports have become very busy again with the arrival of thousands of tourists on board the various cruise lines calling at the most popular destinations in the country.
According to the Mexican Ministry of Tourism (Sectur), 2.6 million travelers arrived in the country on cruise ships between January and May 2022. The main ports of arrival were Cozumel and Mahahual, Quintana Roo; Ensenada, Baja California; Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur; Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco and Mazatlán, Sinaloa, which accounted for 95.6% of the total number of passengers.
Number of cruise arrivals in the first five months of 2022
Mahuahua — 251
Ensenada — 140
Cape San Lucas—116
Tourism authorities reported that passenger arrivals during this period generated $198.5 million in revenue for Mexico and it is expected that for the whole of 2022, revenue from cruise passengers will be 480, $4 million, which is 286.2% more than in 2021 and only 23.3% less. the $626 million raised in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of the cruise lines traveling this year or 2023 to the seas surrounding Mexico, including the Pacific, Western Caribbean and Riviera Maya regions, are Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean International, Norweigan Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Windstar Cruises, MSC Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Disney Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Costa Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Vidanta Cruises, among others.
It should be noted that the popularity of cruises in Mexico has grown so much that the Mexican company Grupo Vidanta recently launched Vidanta Cruises, the first to offer luxury cruises on the coasts of the country while offering lavish amenities. Aboard its private mega yacht Vidanta Elegant, the line offers an unprecedented experience designed just for adults.
This year, Mexico expects to receive 2,313 cruises, which is 177.7% more than the 883 arrivals in 2021, but 21.6% less than the 2,951 cruise arrivals in 2019. Regarding the number passenger average, Mexican tourism authorities expect 2,929 travelers to arrive. arrive by ship. It should be noted that in 2021 some cruise arrivals operated with restrictions by health protocols, so each arrival generated only 1,785 passengers.
Ports with the highest number of scheduled arrivals in 2022
Mahuahua — 386
Ensenada — 269
Cape San Lucas—241
Mexico welcomes the fact that the aforementioned cruise lines are returning to their ports after remaining more than a year without activities due to the measures imposed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From January to May 2022, passenger arrivals accounted for foreign exchange revenue of $198.5 million.
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