Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico – Puerto Vallarta will receive just 9 more cruise ships in the remainder of May, bringing the monthly total of arrivals to 11, according to the official calendar of the Integral Port Administration. This is a significant decrease when compared to last month, when 22 vessels moored at one of the three docks in the port.
From January to April of this year, 82 cruise ships have docked at Puerto Vallarta’s maritime terminal, being 18 in January, 19 in February, 23 in March and 22 in April.
Though the low cruise season (May to October) is now upon us, and the number of arrivals will drop significantly, cruise ships will continue to bring thousands of passengers to this tourist destination over the summer.
In the first week of this month, the activity began on Sunday 1 with the docking of the Caribbean Princess, followed by the Carnival Panorama on May 3, and the Noordam will arrive on Saturday, May 7th.
The arrival of the Island Princess is expected for the following week on Sunday the 8th. The first, and only, double arrival of the month will be on May 10, when the Carnival Panorama and MS Regata make port calls, and on Sunday the 14th the Island Princess will return.
The Carnival Panorama will be the only ship to arrive all month on Tuesdays, with arrivals scheduled for the 24th & 31st, and the Vidanta Elegant is scheduled for Friday, May 20.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, it is estimated that 2,313 cruise ships will arrive at the ports of Mexico this year, that’s 177.7% more than the 883 that visited in 2021, and only 21.6% below the 2,951 cruise ships that arrived in 2019.
During 2021, the five ports that received the highest number of cruise passengers were Cozumel, Mahahual, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán, which represented 89.7 percent of total passengers and 87.4 percent of cruise ship arrivals.
Source: Quadratin Jalisco