Cruise ships to return to Costa Rica from September, for vaccinated guests

From September 1st Costa Rica will recommence cruise tourism, the administration announced earlier this week.

Vessels will be required to guarantee complete vaccination schedules protecting against Covid-19 in all crew members and 95% of passengers who are of an age where vaccination is official policy.

Accepted vaccines will be those authorized by the National Commission of Vaccination and Epidemiology, and the last dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to departure.

Costa Rica’s Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura said that “the resumption of this tourist activity will benefit the ports of Limón, Puntarenas, Caldera, Quepos and Golfito. Each passenger spends an average of $137 per day, which has an important impact on the reactivation of local economies in coastal communities”.

Nine cruise lines have included Costa Rica in their itineraries: Windstar, Lindblad, Sea Cloud, Seabourn Quest, Celebrity Millennium, Carnival Pride, Crown Princess, Diamond Princess and Seven Seas Mariner. Five of these cruise lines will arrive in Limón and the remaining ones will arrive in Pacific ports.