Arrival of travelers does not take off – El Financiero

This year, it will be the second in a row that the cruise industry will record passenger reductions of over 85 percent, even though Mexico is one of the most visited destinations in the world by the so-called “floating hotels”.

In September, the ports registered a 88.5 percent decrease in the number of cruise passengers received, with only 264,000 visitors compared to the 2.3 million registered during the same period in 2020, according to figures from the Directorate-General for Ports and Navy.

In addition, the arrival of cruise passengers received in Mexican ports recorded a decrease of almost 95 percent compared to the levels recorded during the same period in 2019, a record year, when Mexico received more than 9 million tourists on cruise ships, according to the Centro de Research and Tourist Competitiveness (Cicotur) from Universidad Anáhuac.

Since cruise ships were reactivated at the end of July, only 148 ships have arrived in Mexican ports, a figure almost 83 percent lower than that recorded in 2020, a year that was also catastrophic for the industry.

Since the beginning of the pandemic and until September this year, 1 million 5 thousand cruise passengers have entered the country, this given that the cruise ships stopped docking for 14 months in national ports, according to INEGI data.

From March of last year until September 2021, the total expenditure for cruise passengers, who mainly vacation in Mahahual and Cozumel, is $ 72 million, and the average expenditure, given the months in which there was no activity, is $ 17.3. per cruise passengers.

At the same time, the extensive port administration in Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) reported a few days ago that from 15 to 21 November, 24 cruises were received from companies such as Disney, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and MSC.

“Since the tourist destination was reactivated, floating hotels will arrive on Sunday,” said Apiqroo’s CEO Alicia Ricalde Magaña.

Royal Caribbean will return in May 2022

Royal Caribbean plans to reactivate its routes in Mexico until May 2022, which will lead to the postponement of even more than one billion dollars to add three new units.

“The Navigator of the Seas is part of our return after the pandemic, it is the 18th ship to leave our fleet to sail, we have three more ships to start sailing, and it will be in May that we will to have all ships sail again, even stronger than when we were 2019, says Sean Treacy, vice president of international sales for Royal Caribbean.

He noted that in November 2020, they returned to operate, after the coronavirus pandemic, with a cruise on the Singapore route, then resumed operations in Europe, the Caribbean and now North America.

Its units have a capacity of 50 percent and in early 2022 they plan to work on 70 percent of the sites.

“When we started, it was cautious, more so for the crew after not sailing for so long. When we see more data by having the entire crew vaccinated, vaccinated adults, a test before boarding, we see that capacity can grow, we believe that by next summer we will be in full operation, says Treacy.

The company found among its priorities to return to operate the Pacific between the United States and Mexico, after 10 years of being away from the market.

The return was an investment of $ 115 million for the renewal of the Navigator of the Seas fleet.

More than 10 years ago, we did not have the right product for the Western California market in the Pacific, we were not focused on short walks to generate interest from new “cruisers” and we wanted to study how to create them in California, and when we studying how we would return, we saw that they wanted a boat reinforced with amenities, ”explained the manager.

Carnival sees increased alcohol consumption on board

Apparently Carnival’s newest cruise business during the pandemic is selling your alcohol. Passengers spend proportionately more on alcohol, games, spa treatments and other purchases on board, business leaders said.

It has driven revenue per passenger on items other than Carnival tickets, even now that travel and capacity are still limited due to the coronavirus.

Carnival attributes the increase in part to combo packages, such as beverage plans that are purchased when travel is booked. Many passengers also received credits due to canceled cruises below the height of covid-19, when the industry was completely on the sidelines for more than a year.

Packages, including packages with Internet access, allow guests to spend more freely once they get on board, CFO David Bernstein said in a results interview on September 24.

With information from Bloomberg


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