Published on : Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Curacao is expecting one million cruise passengers when the 2018-2019 seasons is in full- books, and has a five-year target to hit that seven figure number, according to Raul Manatos, COO of Curacao Ports.
The tourism board of Curacao has embraced its unique island experience, adopting the tagline Feel It For Yourself.
Sem Ayoubi, shipping development manager that the first call at the new pier was in November 2017; this facility enabled increased flexibility in scheduling and the overall port capacity, thus facilitating the creation of itineraries. Furthermore the largest vessels in the cruise industry can now also berth at Willemstad.
Curacao now has two mega-piers, the first of which can accommodate vessels up to Freedom-class size (160,000 tons) and the second pier can accommodate the Oasis-class (225,000 tons). In addition, the St. Annabay Wharves can accommodate small- and medium-sized vessels.
Ayoubi said that they have identified great potential in welcoming larger vessels at the megapiers and focusing on smaller niche vessels inside St. Annabay. There are more summer calls can also contribute to the expected growth as we have seen in the last seasons.
Curacao is a diverse destination in the region with a broad spectrum of unique experiences including guided tours, sandy beaches, duty free shopping, a rich culture, history and gastronomy.