Curacao Ports Authority (CPA) announced that the cruise port of Curacao has been ranked number one in the world by passenger growth for 2013.
It is according to the autumn issue of Cruise Insight magazine’s “World’s top 50 cruise ports of call ranked by passenger growth.”
Curacao’s remarkable growth of 41 percent, also brought the island a first time ranking into the publication’s overall “World’s top 50 ports.” Out of the many popular Caribbean and other destinations in the world, Curacao experienced the largest year-over-year increase in cruise passenger visits. Over 600,000 passengers visited the island in 2013, compared to about 425,000 in 2012.
The island’s passenger growth came in a mixed year for cruise tourism in the region, with some popular destinations reporting negative growth in cruise arrivals. However, the Southern Caribbean has been recovering from the five-year slump caused by the North American brands shifting capacity to Europe. Overall, the Caribbean region saw a 2.7 percent increase in cruise arrivals last year, with around 21.9 million visitors in total.
The ranking demonstrates the proficiency of the port of Curacao and the mutual efforts in developing and enhancing the islands’ cruise business. In order to accommodate further growth, CPA with the support of Mr. Stanley M. Palm, minister of economic affairs, is in the process of developing another megaship pier and facilities.
Source: The Curacao Chronicle