Published On: Wed, Oct 8th, 2014

Curaҫao ranks number one in the world for cruise passenger growth in 2013

Cruise shipsWILLEMSTAD – Curacao Ports Authority (CPA) is proud to announce that the cruise port of Curacao has been ranked number one in the world by passenger growth for 2013 in the autumn issue of Cruise Insight magazine’s “World’s top 50 cruise ports of call ranked by passenger growth.” Curaҫao’s remarkable growth of 41 percent, also brought the island a first time ranking into the publication’s overall “World’s top 50 ports.” Out of the many popular Caribbean and other destinations in the world, Curaҫao experienced the largest year-over-year increase in cruise passenger visits. Over 600,000 passengers visited the island in 2013, compared to about 425,000 in 2012.

The island’s passenger growth came in a mixed year for cruise tourism in the region, with some popular destinations reporting negative growth in cruise arrivals. However, the Southern Caribbean has been recovering from the five-year slump caused by the North American brands shifting capacity to Europe. Overall, the Caribbean region saw a 2.7 percent increase in cruise arrivals last year, with around 21.9 million visitors in total.

CPA  further states that it is an honor to be ranked number one in the world’s top 50 cruise ports of call for growth and that the tributes can directly be accredited to the hard work of all stakeholders who invest to enhance the experience of our cruise visitors. The ranking demonstrates the proficiency of the port of Curacao and the mutual efforts in developing and enhancing the islands’ cruise business. In order to accommodate further growth, CPA with the support of Mr. Stanley M. Palm, minister of economic affairs, is in the process of developing another megaship pier and facilities.

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