The government director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (CTPR), Carlos Mercado Santiago, and the chief director of the Ports Authority, Joel Pizá-Batiz, introduced that the cruise trade in Puerto Rico continues to indicate sustained progress, evidenced with the restart of luxurious yacht operations SeaDream II from SeaDream Yatch Club, and the primary go to of the Rotterdam from the cruise line Holland America Line (HAL).
According to projections of the CTPR, the itineraries on the agenda of each vessels between 2021 and 2022-23 signify an influence of greater than $ 1 million within the financial system of Puerto Rico.
The SeaDream II, with a capability of 110 passengers, eight “homeports” departures and a transit cease are scheduled for fiscal yr 2022. His Caribbean itinerary contains iconic locations in Puerto Rico, similar to Vieques, Caja de Muerto, and Culebrita, and different Caribbean islands such because the Dominican Republic, the British and American Virgin Islands. The cruise line hopes to incorporate the Boquerón space in its itinerary for 2022, as a way to provide its passengers native experiences.
“The restart of operations of the luxury cruise line SeaDream Yatch Club represents an important step in the efforts to decentralize tourist activity in Puerto Rico, and especially, a boost to the economy of Vieques, where no cruise ships were received prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, ″ said the executive director of the CTPR . “In a combined effort between the CTPR, Ports, and the mayor of Vieques, José Corcino Acevedo, during the past months the pertinent preparations have been carried out to guarantee an efficient and safe restart of cruise operations in the island municipality. Our priority is that the passengers who arrive on board these luxury yachts can enjoy a memorable experience during their visit ”.
For the Ports government director, welcoming the cruise ships, SeaDream and Rotterdam, “fills us with satisfaction and pride. These two prestigious lines have chosen our Port for being a safe, attractive and of great tourist interest for its passengers, which positions us at another level. Making Puerto Rico the main Caribbean cruise port is one of our main objectives ”.
The mayor of Isla Nena, José Corcino Acevedo, stated that “today marks a new and impressive chapter in the history of Vieques with the arrival of this cruise ship. We are taking the first step to take our ‘Isla Nena’ to the place it deserves, as the most beautiful island in the Caribbean. Together we are working so that Vieques becomes the destination of choice for all tourists at the local, national and international level. Today the history of Vieques changes ”.
For its half, the Rotterdam, a Pinnacle-class cruise ship operated by HAL, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, It has 4 stops on the agenda within the Port of San Juan throughout fiscal yr 2022. The vessel has a most capability of two,668 passengers, nevertheless, in these first visits to the island it’s anticipated to have round 70 p.c of capability.
Both cruise strains need to adjust to the safety protocols towards COVID-19 established by the federal government of Puerto Rico.
As a part of the reception protocol on his first journey to Puerto Rico, representatives of the CTPR and APPR welcomed and gave the normal commemorative plaque to the captain of the Rotterdam, Bas Van Dreumel.
“We are pleased to welcome you to this new cruise ship on the Holland America line, and we thank you for continuing to bet on the Puerto Rico market as an important cruise destination in the Caribbean region. Aligned with the commitment of Governor Pierluisi, at the CTPR we continue to work hand in hand with our industry partners in the implementation of strict sanitation protocols and the viability of continuing to expand its operations, with the aim of accelerating the recovery of the cruise market in the Island ”, concluded the Minister of Tourism.