Mexico leads Latin America in Princess Cruise passengers
Mexico was placed at the top in Latin America in cruise travel sales, above Brazil, Argentina and Chile, with a difference of over 60 percent, Notimex reported.
According to Ruth Leal, Princess Cruises director for Latin America, Mexico has become the main customer for the cruise company and the growth is expected to be between three and five percent compared to this year in 2017.
This year it is expected that more than 300 thousand Mexicans will travel in a cruise, a figure similar to 2015, however, countries such as Brazil that ranked first place, cruise sales fell 50 percent, and Argentina has had ups and downs.
These figures are related to Princess Cruises and may be similar to other shipping companies, Leal said, highlighting that there are more and more new Mexican cruise passengers, which are considering the option of traveling around the world by boat.
Europe is the main destination that Mexicans demand, particularly the Baltic, as well as Alaska, where Princess has two boats and is one of the few authorized to navigate between glaciers. A cruise from Los Angeles will soon travel to Alaska.
However, the Caribbean is the destination with the highest demand, especially in the season comprising from October to May, Leal emphasized in an interview.
She said there is currently a large range of cabins that has allowed that prices fall considerably in recent years, in some cases up to 50 percent and berths are offered in less than 100 dollars per night.
Contrary to what was thought in the past, traveling by boat is cheaper than land travel, without leaving aside that everything is included, related to the glamor that involves one of these trips, she highlighted.
Leal said that Mexico has maintained economic stability and while the exchange rate affected at some point, the reality is that Mexicans are discovering that traveling by boat is the best way to enjoy the holidays.
Therefore, she added she expected that Mexico continues at the forefront in sales for Princess Cruises, which is a reflection that the country remains stable compared to the instability that is registered in different countries from Latin America.