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Colon Port New Pullmantur homeport. The cruise ship company Pullmantur has chosen the Port of Colón, located in the province of the same name, as its homeport in the Caribbean for the 2017 season. This decision will increase the number of passengers by 30% in comparison with other years. Apart from that, travelers from other Pullmantur ships will make a stopover here to visit the tourist attractions that the country has on offer.
Pullmantur Cruise Ships is consolidating its presence all over the Caribbean and has registered a growth of 40% in the number of passengers this year Alejandro Páez, Director of Pullmantur Latin America said that having Panama as a homeport is the logical answer for a market that is demanding cruise ship package holidays.
Gustavo Him, Panama Tourism Authority administrator said: “We are promoting the establishment of a cruise ship homeport for Panama and Colon to strengthen the country’s tourism.” He added that since last November there have been conversations with other cruise ship companies in the world, to connect Colón with Jamaica and other Caribbean countries.
Pullmantur homeport will have a great economic impact on the country, through the 56 sailings that the company will have in Colón in 2017. It is estimated that more than $18 million will be generated directly and indirectly by these operations.
The cruise ship company is offering two routes from Colón. Aboard the “Monarch”, the Pullmantur flagship, passengers will enjoy the “Legendary Caribbean”, a new itinerary for this season, which will begin in November. It will visit Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica and Cartagena.
From May 2017 the “Zenith”, will sail through the Antilles and South Caribbean, a route very close to Pullmantur operations in the Caribbean. It will take passenger from Panama to Cartagena and the famous Caribbean “ABC Islands”: Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. The ten hour stopovers will allow the traveler time to explore.
Pullmantur Cruises S.L. is a cruise line headquartered in Madrid, Spain. It began operations in the late 1990s as an offshoot of the Madrid-based travel agency Pullmantur. It has been in Panama since 2010. They are expecting around 24 million passengers by the end of the year.