No cruise ship for Isla Colón

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Bocas del Toro is a destination popular with sailors, backpackers and all kinds of travelers who seek to find a piece of paradise “off-the-beaten-path.”

Bocas del Toro is a destination popular with sailors, backpackers and all kinds of travelers who seek to find a piece of paradise “off-the-beaten-path.”

Royal Caribbean International, the Norwegian and U.S. cruise line brand based in Miami, which also has a homeport at Colón 2000 on the Caribbean coast of Panama, has decided to scrap its plans of a stop at Isla Colón, the principal island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. The island does not have the tourism infrastructure necessary to serve the demand presented by a cruise ship.

The marketing manager of Grand Tours, Edwin Vásquez, the company that represents Royal Caribbean and other lines in Panama, said that there had been negotiations about a Bocas stop, but unfortunately no agreement was reached.

In May this year, Royal Caribbean had announced that Isla Colón, a very popular tourism destination, would be included in its itinerary with a stop every two weeks for the season 2013-2014. An estimated 600 passengers would have visited Bocas del Toro per trip but the plan came to an abrupt halt, when it became clear that the destination would not be able to cope with the steep influx of extra visitors.

The cruise line could not say if it would review the Bocas del Toro stop at a future date.

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