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New Panama Pullmantur Cruises. The Spanish cruise ship line, Pullmantur, is opening a wealth of possibilities not only for the Colon 2000 terminal and Colón City, but also for Panamanians and residents who have always wanted to go on a cruise, but never had the opportunity, because they have to travel to the United States and other countries to catch the ship. Now they can make their dreams a reality thanks to this new offer.
The price of the all-inclusive cruise holiday ranges from $399 to $1,500 per person depending on the season. The cruise ship, Monarch, which will depart from Colón 2000 every week, has 1350 cabins and a capacity for 2,800 passengers.
The route of the Monarch is called “Legendary Caribbean” with stopovers in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica and Cartagena de las Indias, in Colombia.
Pullmantur started its Latin American cruise ship season 2016-2017 last Sunday, October 2, and it is expected that the number of passengers who will depart from Colón 2000 will increase by 30%, because this Panamanian terminal is now one of the main homeports of this shipping line in the Caribbean.
Speaking at the inauguration of the cruise ship season on October 2 aboard the Monarch, Alejandro Paez, Latin American Director of Pullmatur, said that making this commitment to Panama and Latin America is “the logical response to the evolution of a market that every day has a stronger demand for a cruise as a vacation option.”
He also highlighted the strategic location of Panama in Central America and the appeal the country has for tourists due to its advantages. He also stated that the objective of the company, a leader in the Spanish market and with a strong presence in Latin America, is “to provide a product attracting thousands of passengers excited to live a unique onboard experience.”
Currently COPA airlines and Pullmantur are studying the possibility of flying passengers from other countries to the Enrique Jimenez International Airport in Colón, so they can catch their cruise ship in Colón 2000.
A second boat of the same shipping company, the Zenith, will start operating in May next year and will follow the traditional route from Colon 2000 to the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, in the Lesser Antilles, near to the coast of Venezuela, and will also stop in Cartagena.