Cartagena de Indias is preparing to receive cruise ships after a technical inspection visit from the authorities. If the Colombian Ministry of Health approves the security protocols for the management and control of coronavirus risks in activities related to the arrival, stay and departure of ships with passengers, the city would begin to receive visitors from here August 24.
Diana Martínez, advisor to the ministry for economic reactivation, explained that the city is a pioneer in the development of biosecurity protocols for the arrivals of cruise ships. “Cartagena is the main port of destination in terms of cruise ships in the country, therefore, we have carried out an articulated work in the development of a biosecurity protocol to guarantee the safety of the operation and of this industry” .
The opening of the cruises represents for the economy of the city more than 66 million dollars each season.
In addition, more than 747 direct jobs and more than 1,886 indirect jobs are generated, such as guides, travel agencies, salespeople, tourist transport companies, taxi drivers and many other actors.
While protocols to allow the docking of cruise ships begin in Cartagena de Indias, the Italian government has banned their passage through Venice, due to the pollution they generate in the canal.
The cruise ship carries 4,300 passengers and was valued at $ 360,000 in the area just nine hours after docking.
In Florida, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings can request a Covid-19 vaccination certificate from all passengers and employees who board their ships, even when doing so in a port in that state.
On the other hand, in Mexico, the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) reported that the third week of August will arrive seven cruise ships on the island of Cozumel, becoming the week with the most arrivals of floating hotels, exceeding the five that arrived at the end of July.
Argentina already announced last Friday that it plans to revive tourism for travelers to the region with a full vaccination program in the second stage of its de-escalation plan, starting in September.
The Uruguayan authorities have announced that they have everything ready to start the cruise season, and allow entry to all foreigners vaccinated since November 1.
Likewise, Costa Rica has indicated that from September 1, it will reactivate cruise tourism for the 2021-22 season and thereby boost tourism and employment in coastal areas.