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Amador awash with cruise ships

Floating hotels send visitors ashore
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THREE CRUISE ships anchored off the Amador Causeway on Wednesday, January 10, and some 1,500 high-end passengers disembarked,  each projected to spend $250  during their tour of the city.

The unusual confluence of three tour ships at the same time, with a fourth vessel arriving in the evening, is seen by the Panama travel industry as a harbinger of brighter things to come. with the construction of a harbor for cruise ships, soon to begin.

The boats that arrived on Wednesday morning were the   Amsterdam of  Holland America; Star Breezes of Windstar and the Azamara Quest of Azamara Club Cruises. Oceania Cruises Marina was the evening arrival

Augusto Terracina, of Aventuras 2000 said that the arrival of so many cruises in a single day is unlikely to recur.

The Amsterdam is on a world tour while the Azamara is fulfilling a 40-day itinerary.

A common strand of the four cruises is that they all serve a high-end segment of the pleasure travel industry.

The Star Breezes has a capacity for 212 passengers, and the Azamara transports a little over 700. The Amsterdam can carry 1, 380 passengers, and the Marina 1,250, reports La Prensa.

During the current season, October 6, 2017, to  April 2018,   it is estimated that between 25 and 30 cruisers will stop at the  Amador Causeway, and about 155 at the  Colón 2000  port.

Another group of cruise ships have confirmed transit through the Canal.The Canal Authority projects the passage of 235 cruises, of which 20 are of the Neopanamax type which can only transit through the new set of locks.

Giants of the seas
Among the Neopanamax vessels that have confirmed transits are the Caribbean Princess, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Splendor, Norwegian Bliss and Disney Wonder. In addition, 11 cruises will make their first transit through the Canal,

According to Terracina, this year some 350,000  passengers will disembark plus about 150,000   crew members, which will mean an important injection for the Panamanian economy, with each cruise passenger spending about $250 and each crewman $80.

The new cruise terminal in Amador will cost $165 million and will mean more passengers signing up for shore visits Currently, passengers arriving on Amador cruises are transferred ashore in small boats and a high percentage of travelers are seniors.

The new cruise terminal will be operational in the third quarter of 2019 and will be able to berth two cruise ships.



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Boom in Panama cruise ship arrivals

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CRUISE SHIP arrivals and passenger disembarkations at Panama’s Amador marina on the Pacific coast recorded major, recorded major increases in the first quarter of 2018 according to the Tourism Authority.

Ana Sánchez, Marketing Manager of Fuerte Amador reports thata total of 35 cruises were received, with 16,349 passengers disembarking.

In the first quarter of 2017, 24 cruise ships arrived, with 6,122 passengers disembarking.

Stephany Castro, cruise coordinator of Ancon Expeditions, indicated that the cruise passengers arriving at Amador road make a city tour and visit the Casco Antiguo, the Canal, and the Biomuseo.

Most are Americans who are older than 70, although there are also visitors from Europe, she said. According to Castro, the cruise ships, generally travel through the Caribbean visiting Guna Yala and Bocas del Toro; others go to Coiba and Darién, as well as Barro Colorado and Punta Culebra.



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More Cruises Along the Panama Canal

At the end of the fiscal year it is estimated that the number of trips in the 2017-2018 season amounted to 256, which exceeds the 250 vessels reported during 2016-2017.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

According to sector authorities, the 256 passenger ships that traveled through the Canal in the 2017-2018 cycle transported at least 300 thousand people, and for the 2018-2019 season which is about to begin, more than 230 cruise ships are expected to make trips.

For his part, Albano Aguilar, leading specialist in International Trade at the Executive Vice Presidency of Planning and Commercial Development of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), told Elcapitalfinanciero.com that " ...On average it has been estimated that close to 50% of the ships that make partial transits get involved in tourism activities in the country."

In relation to the income received in the season that is ending, the article states that " ... $46 million was collected in tolls, which represented a positive variation of 24.3% compared to the $37 million in the previous fiscal year."



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More than 230 cruises will travel through the Panama Canal in the 2018-2019 season

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The Panama Canal authority said today that some 234 cruises will transit the route in the 2018-2019 season, which will start next Friday with the passage of the Seven Seas Mariner, which travels from the east coast towards the west coast of the United States.

"We hope to welcome more than 237,000 passengers through the Panama Canal," said the trade's international leader, Albano Aguilar, who recalled that this season will be "the second complete cruise with the Canal expanded in operation", so they hope" to overcome recent milestones and successes".

The Panama Canal Administration (ACP) said in a public statement on Wednesday that ten new cruises will transit for the first time through the panamax or neopanamax locks, operational since 1914 and 2016, respectively.

These are ships of the lines: Princess Cruise, Carnival Cruises, MSC, Norwegian Cruise, Viking Ocean Cruises, Hurtigruten, Iles Du Ponant and Blount Small Ship Adventure, according to official information.

It said that the Norwegian Bliss, the largest passenger ship to transit the Canal, will return to the neopanamax locks this season, along with the Caribbean Princess, the Carnival Freedom and the Disney Wonder.

"The Norwegian Bliss, which transited the Panama Canal for the first time in May 2018, weighs more than 168,000 gross tons and can transport almost 6,000 passengers," said the Canal Authority.

Also, the Carnival Triumph, the Carnival Valor and the Emerald Princess will travel for the first time the neopanamax locks, through which ships with triple the capacity of those crossing the centennial lane can pass.

"As in previous years, major shipping companies such as Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, among others, offer itineraries this season with full and partial transits that include Panama and the interoceanic route," said the ACP.

The smaller cruise ships, such as the Wind Star and the National Geographic Quest expedition cruise, include seven- and eight-day itineraries, respectively, with the west coast of Central America as their destination, it added.

The Panamanian interoceanic route, where about 6 percent of world trade passes, joins more than 140 maritime routes and 1,700 ports in 160 different countries.



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Cruise season leads off with German tourists

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THE cruise ship  Aida Mar will dock at the Colon Cruise Port 2000, with 3,000 passengers on November 20 and with a fresh contingent on November 28. This is a cruise of 3000 German passengers that includes Columbus, the Panama Canal, and Panama City among its attractions.

Its passengers fly from Germany to Jamaica or the Dominican Republic. Before reaching Colon, they go to Limón Costa Rica, jump to Cartagena and visit the Lesser Antilles.

The Mein Schiff 6 with another  3000 German passengers will reach Colon on November 26 to start its cruise through the South Caribbean with the Panama Canal as a key attraction.

Fridays will be busy days for Colon 2000 Fridays when hundreds of passengers from Latin America travel to Panama embark on the Monarch of Pullmantur,  and cruises arrive like the Norwegian Jade of 2,402 passengers and the Tui Discovery 2 with 1,836 passengers.


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