NEWS: Cozumel has approached MSC Cruises to become a home port for the European line. In an interview with Radio Formula, island mayor Pedro Joaquín Delbouis said they are looking at ways to revive tourism instead of waiting for the U.S. cruise industry to restart.
“There is constant communication with the United States authorities and the Caribbean Cruise Association and there is nothing scheduled for this first quarter, so together with the Secretary of Tourism, we propose that we be a home port,” he said in the interview.
“If they cannot leave from the United States, let them make a route to the Caribbean sailing from Cozumel. We know that supply logistics is not easy at all, and more so from an island, but it can be done. There is still no answer with the U.S. lines, but we are in talks with the MSC, which managed an itinerary through the Caribbean without touching North American soil.”
Joaquín Delbouis said that some ideas also include cruises from Havana, Cuba and from Progreso, Yucatán. “We are looking for that route to be re-established. MSC has already re-established operations in the Mediterranean with strict biosafety protocols which have been a success. There is hope that it can start with one or two weekly departures from here,” he remarked.
Source: Radio Formula
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