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Acapulco receives first cruise ship in nearly two years during same week others announce cancellations

Acapulco, Guerrero — The first cruise ship has arrived in the state of Guerrero after being absent for nearly two years. On January 11, the MS Seven Seas Mariner arrived in the port of Acapulco, making it the first ship to disembark since the outbreak of covid-19.

The Guerrero Tourism Secretariat shared videos of the arrival of the cruise ship at the Acapulco Maritime Terminal and the disembarkation of its 338 passengers. According to the tourism secretariat, the ship also had a crew of 453.

At the beginning of 2020, then state governor, Héctor Astudillo Flores, announced that the disembarkation of cruise ships would be suspended due to the health emergency of the coronavirus.

Guerrero state and Acapulco municipal authorities have estimated the anticipated arrival of 17 ships during 2022. However, in recent days, both Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines have announced cruise cancellations due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

Those cancellations have affected cruises that were expected for both the island of Cozumel and the seaside port town of Mahahual in Costa Maya.