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Puerto Vallarta to receive its first cruise ship since start of pandemic

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco — Puerto Vallarta is expecting its first cruise ship in more than a year. On August 24, Carnival Cruise Lines is expected to dock at the seaside city after more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This first ship, which is from Carnival Cruise, will arrive from Long Beach, California and remain docked for a few days in Jalisco before continuing on its route to Mazatlán, Sinaloa, then later onward to Los Cabos, Baja California Sur and finally back to Long Beach.

The state Secretary of Tourism, Germán Ralis Cumplido said that preventive health measures are in place so passengers can disembark.

“They state that 98 percent, practically all their passengers are vaccinated. The rest are minors. They also state that they already have tests on all the personnel and that some have a previous test as other countries are requesting. They are only defining their protocols to align with those we have in the states of the country,” he explained.

The ship will arrive with a 70 percent capacity rate. Four additional cruise ships are expected to dock at Puerto Vallarta in the next two weeks.

Cruise ships began to return to the Mexican ports of Cozumel and Mahahual earlier this summer. In mid-June, Cozumel received its first ship in 15 months. At the end of June, Mahahual received Celebrity Edge, its first ship in more than a year. Both seaside ports have been receiving cruise ship passengers on a regular basis since.