Colombia Sees 16 Percent Cruise Growth

Disney joins 12 major lines in Cartagena for 2013 By: Marilyn Green
Cartagena, Colombia // (c) 2013 Thinkstock
Cartagena, Colombia // (c) 2013 Thinkstock


Maria Claudia Lacouture, president of Proexport Colombia, reports continuing expansion, with growth from 23 calls in 2003 to 235 calls and 315,304 passengers in 2011.  The 2013 cruise season will bring an estimated 313,000 passengers to Cartagena, which represents an increase of 16 percent compared to last year, or 43,000 individual passengers.

Cruise lines include Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Cunard Line, Paul Gauguin Cruises and Oceania Cruises. The schedule highlights the return of Disney Cruise Line which will call in Cartagena for the first time since 2008 and has scheduled three arrivals for an estimated 7,200 passengers.

Princess has the biggest presence with 39 scheduled arrivals and close to 77,000 passengers. Meanwhile, other cruise lines will increase their number of arrivals in Cartagena: Royal Caribbean, between 23 and 26; Celebrity Cruises, between 16 and 21; Holland America, between 12 and 17, and Norwegian Cruise Line, between 4 and 14.