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Acapulco calls shoot up 78% in 2017

Starting in winter 2018, Acapulco will become an embarkation port for Cruise and Maritime Voyages' Magellan Starting in winter 2018, Acapulco will become an embarkation port for Cruise and Maritime Voyages' Magellan

Acapulco expects 32 cruise calls this year, up from 18 in 2016, a 78% increase.

Ships are visiting from Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Saga and Hapag-Lloyd, among others.

'Acapulco is experiencing a major renaissance in its cruise ship arrivals for 2017, with 14 more [ship calls] this year over 2016,' said Ernesto Rodríguez Escalona, secretary of tourism for Guerrero state. 'This significant increase is a testament to our commitment to growth, supported by new projects and investments from both the public and private sectors.'

Starting in winter 2018, Acapulco will become an embarkation port for Cruise and Maritime Voyages' 1,400-passenger Magellan. The round-trip itinerary includes stops at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

Acapulco officials continue their outreach to the cruise industry.

In March a delegation with representatives of the Acapulco Tourism Board, API Acapulco (the port), Acapulco Destination Marketing Office and several tour operators attended Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale to meet with the major lines. Each month a report on cruise ship operations at Acapulco is distributed to the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.

Acapulco attracts national and international travelers year-round to its beaches, nature, nightlife and spectacles like La Quebrada's cliff divers. New attractions include XTASEA, touted as the world’s largest over-water zip line, spanning more than a mile and crossing the Bay of Puerto Marqués.

Mexico's federal, state and municipal authorities have reiterated their commitment to successful cruise operations and plan to continue collaborating with lines to address their concerns and ensure the necessary conditions for their ships to visit.

Posted 10 August 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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