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.
Sounds like Dean didn't connect you with your pseudonym. What a hoot! OTOH, Grand Cayman Island makes a bundle on cruise ship arrivals...But then they made a "business" in it and the Georgetown receiving dock is a beehive of activity. The "locals" accept the inconvenience in their activity because they know how it affects their economy--a very rich island nation, which when I lived there, has no sales tax, no income tax and no property tax. Yahoo! For tourism and the financial market. They manufactured nothing and grew little. Won't work in Latin American ports because CI was a British territory and the influence remains.
I spent 20 years in the worlds cruise lines including as Captain Yes i have taken a cruise 300 of them
Apparently you haven't taken a cruise!
Reminds me of the saying about cruise ship passengers: the newlywed, the overfed, and the nearly dead.
Cruise ships anchor off and don’t berth. No charge for anchoring. They run passengers ashore with their own tenders . The shore excursions are paid for on board to the cruise ship They tend to crocodile style walk around the old city clogging up pavements. I have never seen them buying anything. The buses jam up approach roads. Panama hats etc are available on board so no need to shop ashore Basically panama gets a tourist guide and bus driver income. Reason many cruise destinations don’t get too excited by their presence.
Thank you for your response. Do the cruise ships have to pay a docking fee to the municipality? I am wondering how much income to the town it would be. do you think they would be dining in local restaurants or just having drinks?
People get off the boat and spend money. The bad thing is that while at dock or anchor the ship's generators are running with a low rumble and soot from the bunker c fuel.
Can someone please explain how these cruise ships actually benefit the communities that they stop in?