Cruise ship passengers arriving at the port of San Juan increased by 28 percent in July and August, in comparison to the same period in 2013, a growth the Puerto Rico Ports Authority attributed to the “Low Season Rates Program,” established in May of this year.
In comparison to the same period in 2012, the current results represent a 135 percent increase in passenger arrivals, agency officials said over the weekend.
When broken down by numbers, the port of San Juan welcomed 175,463 passengers, an increase of 48,556 passengers when compared to prior year statistics, and 100,921 more visitors when compared to July and August 2012.
Furthermore, the number of cruise ships that docked in San Juan increased to 52, or 15 more than in 2013, representing a 41 percent increase, and 29 more than those that dropped anchor in 2012, or up 126 percent, said Ports Authority Executive Director Víctor Suárez.
“These numbers confirm the upward trend that follow the 53 percent increase the port of San Juan experienced in cruise ship activity and a 49 percent jump in the number of passengers that arrived between May and June, when compared to the same period in 2013,” he said.
“We’re focused on featuring the advantages San Juan has as a homeport or a stop-over, and for that we’ve established very attractive incentives for the industry,” he said.
Suárez noted that due to globalization, the Caribbean has been forced to increase its standards to uphold its position as a preferred travel destination.
That said, he noted that the Ports Authority is working to keep up with cruise ship industry demands through innovation and optimization of port infrastructure, which includes revamping and dredging several piers in San Juan.