The port of Cozumel, Mexico has a particularly busy week this week as far as cruise visitors are concerned.
17 ships have/are scheduled to arrive in the port this week, and six of those arrived on Wednesday.
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas, Carnival’s Ecstasy, Breeze, and Conquest, and MSC Cruises’ MSC Seashore all docked yesterday, amounting to around 10,000 cruise passengers descending on the island.
For the entire first part of the week, only four ships docked there: Disney Fantasy on Monday and Symphony of the Seas, Carnival Paradise, and Carnival Valor on Tuesday.
Today, two ships visited: sister Vista-class ships Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon.
According to the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (the Mexican state where Cozumel is located), May was Cozumel’s slowest month for cruise ships; only 80 calls were scheduled.
In April, the destination welcomed 85 cruise calls.
Cozumel is one of the most popular ports of call on Western Caribbean voyages, with other common stops including Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatán, Honduras; and Grand Cayman.
In 2019, the port had a record-breaking year, welcoming over 1.4 million cruise passengers. That represented an 18 percent growth over 2018, and cruise ship arrivals were up 22 percent to 403 total.
Also that year, Mexico’s Federal Tourism Secretary Miguel Torruco said that Cozumel was the number one port for cruise ship passengers in Mexico, welcoming just over half of the country’s cruise visitors.
And as other destinations continue to return to normal following the pandemic, last month Turks and Caicos announced that March 2022 numbers were almost as high as the same record-setting month in 2019.