PANAMA MAY have edged closer to having a major home port for Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise lines following a visit to Miami by President Juan Carlos Varela on Friday November 20 when he met with officials of the lines to lay out some of the advantages and benefits of the move.
High on the plus list he put forward were the expansion of Tocumen International Airport and the expansion of the Panama Canal. As an additional sweetener Varela lauded the $500 million Colón rehabilitation plan that should make the city more attractive to use as a home port.
He was accompanied by Copa Airlines President Pedro Heilbron who and stressed that the air connectivity of Panama made it an attractive place for cruise ships to depart.
The meeting was part of Panama's strategy to improve tourism
Varela went to Miami after a two-day visit to the Dominican Republic. It was the 22nd trip of his 16 month presidency.
I happen to agree, they have a special type of cochinada here. But have you been to Belize lately? Carnival docks there and it is a toilet - even worse than Colon if you can believe that.
Look at how Panamanians treat their own country, piles of trash and everything dirty and destroyed. Why would cruise lines want to subject their elegant ships to that type of treatment???