The Costa Rican Institute of Ports of the Pacific said that the cruise ship MS Massdam arrived at the port of Golfito Monday. It is the first cruise of the 2018-2019 season to arrive in the southern Pacific area and carried 564 tourists and 600 crew members.
The arrival of the ship was celebrated with special cultural activities including the presentation of the Dance of the Devils by the Curré group and traditional dances.
Organizers said they hope that the activities will relaunch Golfito as a tourist destination for medium-sized cruises. The cruise operator Travelia Service and the port institute administration said they have tried to maintain their commitment to offer a unique experience for tourists.
The institute executive president, Juan Ramón Rivera said, “Golfito is a very important destination for Costa Rica,” adding that the region hopes to become a “number one cruise destination in our country” because of all the natural beauty of the region and its unique ecosystem.
Marco Mora, CEO of Travelia Services, the company responsible for the MS Maasdam visit, said “This will be the beginning of a new era. It will be a relaunch of Golfito’s destiny, particularly in the cruise market and eventually in other tourist markets.” He added that “it is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the productive chain of the community.”
The cruise ship, MS Maasdam, with a length of 300 meters, arrived at Golfito after passing through the Panama Canal and left the pier at 4 p.m. Monday for the port at Quepos where it will stay through today.
On Wednesday it will end this visit to the country at the Puntarenas port.
Cruise ship passengers spend an average of about $80 a day during shore excursions and this has an important impact on the local economy, especially restaurants, craft shops and companies that organize local tours, said the Tourism Institute.
Cruise season started in Costa Rica Aug. 19 with the arrival of the Crystal Symphony in Puerto Caldera. Some 2,000 tourists visited different points of the province of Puntarenas during their stay.