After over 1 year of being unable to set sail due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, The pristine waters of the Mexican Caribbean has finally had its first cruise ship dock with over 1000 passengers onboard.
The Celebrity Edge cruise ship docked in Mahahual on the Costa Maya on June 29 with 1,100 excited passengers on board. Their seven-night voyage started in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and had stops in Mexico and the Bahamas.
Due to strict prevention protocols the ship only reached thirty percent capacity, with all age-appropriate passengers and crew members being fully vaccinated. Typically the ship can hold over 3,000 passengers but was maxed out on this trip at 1,100. This gave guests and crew members plenty of room to maintain prevention protocols while still enjoying their much needed vacation.
Carlos Joaquín González, governor of the state of Quintana Roo has recently expressed his excitement over cruise ships operating once again. “We celebrate the start of cruise operations to the coasts of Quintana Roo, after 15 months of inactivity due to the pandemic.” Governor González said.
The state government and the ministry of tourism have been hard at work since the pandemic struck in 2020. For months they have been working hard at creating and implementing high standards of prevention protocols to ensure the safety of guests and staff. And after 15 months, the hard work of everyone involved is starting to pay off. The arrival of The Celebrity Edge cruise ship is proof that things are getting back on track and tourism is starting to boom again.
The Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo (Sedetur), is implementing training sessions on the Certification in Protection and Sanitary Prevention in Tourist Facilities (CPPSIT) which will hopefully help more companies get approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to sail.
“We continue to collaborate with local businesses, tour operators, shore excursion providers and vendors, not only to align with health and safety measures, but also to develop new experiences and opportunities for guests to develop and drive economic growth.” Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at the Royal Caribbean Group, Donna Hrinak explained recently
As the Cancun Sun previously reported, Cruise ships were scheduled to return to the very desirable Mexican Caribbean this summer, and it is our pleasure to report that the day has officially arrived! With everyone’s collaborative effort in recovering from a global pandemic, it is exciting to see us start to smile, dance and travel together again!
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