Tourism workers suffered another economic blow on Friday, November 10, because of the arrival of this week’s only cruise ship, the “Ruby Princess,” which is operated by the shipping company Princess Cruises and has a capacity for 3,080 passengers and 1,200 crew, was canceled.
It is the second week in a row that the only scheduled cruise arrival has been canceled. On Thursday the 2nd, the “Carnival Valor” did not arrive because the remote terminal was closed due to the cold front. It has been 15 days without boat tourists since the “Carnival Breeze” arrived on October 26.
The reason for the cancellation of the arrival of the “Ruby Princess” was not reported. Last night, according to www.marinetraffic.com, the “Ruby Princess” was sailing between the islands of Dominica and Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean Sea.
To make things worse, during yesterday’s day, few visitors came to the pier of this port to spend the day. The palapas were practically empty.
Some service providers on the boardwalk said that lately, a few visitors have arrived during the week and, although more people are seen on Saturday and Sunday, they do not boost sales.
They also regretted that no cruises were arriving, since only six arrivals were scheduled for this month and the first two were canceled.
Before, up to two or three ships arrived on the same day, but this year has been bad for cruises, they said. They also regretted that the cleaning of the boardwalk was abandoned; for weeks they had not seen the machine that traveled along the beach to remove the sargassum and garbage.
Since November 1 there has been sargassum, which is decomposing in the sight of tourists, who have a bad image of the port, many leave because they are looking for a clean beach for their trip, they indicated. The restaurants on the boardwalk also had few sales yesterday due to the absence of visitors.
Some waiters said that they hope this situation does not get worse, although they see it as complicated because the Fair in Xmatkuil started yesterday and many people will go to spend there instead of coming to the port.