Colombia is expected to achieve “significant growth” in its cruise sector during the 2023-2024 season, according to officials at ProColombia, the country’s tourism promotion agency.
Data from Colombia port authorities report the destination will host 220 ship calls from 30 cruise lines from the United States, Norway, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany and Monaco in the coming months.
The vessels, including ships operated by Royal Caribbean International, Princess, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises and MSC Cruises, will carry 334,000 passengers to Colombian ports through June of 2024.
The deployments will have an economic impact of “close to $50 million,” ProColombia officials said in a statement. The itineraries will “be essential for showing international travelers emerging destinations within the Colombian territory.”
Cruise ships will call at the Caribbean coast cities of Cartagena, Santa Marta, and at the Pacific Ocean port city of Buenaventura during the 2023-2024 season, officials said.
Additionally, “efforts are being coordinated with local communities and authorities” in Cabo de la Vela, a Caribbean coast city on the La Guajira peninsula, to “initiate a plan to receive four cruise [ships] from Emerald Cruises, Noble Caledonia and Hurtigruten during the first half of 2024,” ProColombia officials said.
"This achievement is the result of [ProColombia’s] strategy to explore and promote non-traditional destinations that are emerging as hidden gems with immense potential to captivate and enchant cruise passengers,” said Carmen Caballero, the agency’s president.
“This commitment confirms our dedication to diversification and innovation in the cruise industry,” added Caballero, “offering travelers unforgettable experiences in places that have not yet been fully discovered.”
Colombia achieved significant year-over-year cruise passenger growth last year, as cruise vessel arrivals increased by 151 percent, while cruise passenger arrivals grew by 346 percent increase, according to ProColombia data drawn from port records in cities that hosted cruise calls and the General Maritime Directorate agency.
Last year also saw the establishment of new Colombian cruise ship calls in the Caribbean coastal locations of Sapzurro, Capurganá and the Gulf of Morrosquillo, officials said.
Earlier this month, Colombia’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism launched a promotional campaign featuring the slogan “Colombia, the Country of Beauty,” in recognition of the South American nation’s exceptional natural environment.
For the latest travel news, updates and deals, subscribe to the daily TravelPulse newsletter.
The website maxtravelz.com is an aggregator of news from open sources. The source is indicated at the beginning and at the end of the announcement. You can send a complaint on the news if you find it unreliable.
A diverse crop of new ships will set sail in 2024, including intimate yacht-style vessels to never-before-seen mega ships from luxury players like Silversea and Cunard. There will be plenty of bells and whistles expected of these brands, including restaurants from top chefs, but also a few features new to the industry (think glass domes on the hull). Some are sister ships to those already on the waters, but with enough points of difference to feel like something entirely new—including the soon-to-be-sailing largest ship in the world, from Royal Caribbean, of course.
Cruise.com’s Black Friday sale began at 9AM on Friday, November 24th and runs through December 3rd offering exclusive cruise deals on a host of cruise lines to worldwide destinations. Guests booking during this sale can save with exclusive rates, up to $1,700 in Savings and Onboard Spending, Free Gratuities, Free Drinks, Free Wi-Fi, Reduced Deposits and more. Set sail on iconic ships in the Caribbean, cruises along Europe’s rivers, luxury vessels and expedition ships. “These are by far the best deals of the year! For anyone planning to book a cruise now is the best time to do so,” said Anthony Hamawy, President of Cruise.com.
Royal Caribbean International welcomed its newest ship to the fleet at a celebration at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland on November 27, ahead of the Icon of the Seas’ official January, 2024 debut in Miami, Florida.
Southampton, with its centuries-long history as a maritime hub for England, is often referred to locally as the ‘Gateway to the World’. Its strategic position on the southern coast of England boasts a deep-water harbor that has served as a crucial departure point for a vast range of ships, from historic trading vessels to the Titanic in 1912.
For the Swifties that couldn’t make it to the Eras Tour, you could trade friendship bracelets at sea, instead. A travel agency is planning a Taylor Swift-themed cruise that will launch from Miami in the fall of 2024.
MaxTravelz - your ultimate travel companion! Discover a world of exploration and inspiration with our ultimate travel guide. Whether you're an avid globetrotter or an inquisitive adventurer, join us to ignite your wanderlust and maximize your journeys. Dive into a diverse range of blogs, articles, and travel guides offering practical tips, insider advice, and personal narratives. Uncover captivating destinations, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, and embrace thrilling adventures. Connect with a vibrant community of like-minded travelers, share your own stories, and embark on a journey of cultural immersion and self-discovery. Start your travel adventure today and unlock boundless inspiration.
Owner: SNOWLAND s.r.o.
Registration certificate 06691200
16200, Na okraji 381/41, Veleslavín, 162 00 Praha 6