- Photo via Limon Port Administration Board.-



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Published on Tuesday, November 23, 2021
By the A.M. Costa  Rica staff


The Hernán Garrón Port in Limón Province expects the arrival of at least 104 cruise ships during the 2021-2022 cruise season, according to the Port Administration Board.

The cruise arrival season just started in November and is expected to continue until May 2022. Just last weekend, two cruise ships arrived at the port almost at the same time.

The first to arrive was the Viking Star of the Holland America Line shipping company with 800 passengers. The tourist took several local tours in the province and visited the artisans in the Terminal market.

Hours later, The World cruise arrived, which also docked in the port until Sunday. About 200 passengers visited the port amenities. This cruise also allows tourists to start their journey from Costa Rica and their passengers can stay in the country for 90 days. Which means they can decide to continue with the course travel schedule or stay in Costa Rica.
 
"All passengers come fully vaccinated and the Port Board team cooperated with the health authorities to check the vaccination cards of each tourist expeditiously," said Andrea Centeno, president of the port.


In the case of tourists arriving in cruise lines, the Ministry of Health established they must follow sanitary guidelines to avoid contagion of covid-19.
 
At least 95% of travelers must be fully vaccinated against covid-19, which includes the crew. The remaining 5% must be children who don't yet have access to a vaccine.
 
Passengers planning to explore Costa Rica and debark must fill out the Health Pass web form 72 hours before their arrival.
 
According to the Tourism Institute, on average, each tourist who arrives on a cruise spends $137 per day in Costa Rica.

Before the pandemic, in the 2019-2020 season, the Limón Port saw 86 ships, with 184,503 cruise passengers and 77,231 crew members, according to the Tourism Institute.

Last week, the first cruise of the season arrived at Limón Port.

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