According to Undersecretary of Tourism Oralia
Rice Rodríguez, the federal government supports the growth
of the cruise industry, pointing out that Mexico has become the
world leader in cruise destinations - enjoying visits from over
60 percent of the total number of cruise ship passengers in the
last two years.
The number of cruise ship passengers who visited
ports along Mexico's Pacific Riviera increased by 15 percent last
year, which increased local economies by 21 percent overall -
and Puerto Vallarta is one of the best-known and loved ports on
the Mexican Riviera.
As a major port of call in Mexico, the continued growth and development
of Puerto Vallarta's Maritime Terminal as it relates to the overall
development of tourism is an important issue. Nearly 300 cruise ship arrivals occured in 2009.
The number of ships calling at Puerto Vallarta has increased
beyond the capacity of the original docks, though, and many ships were on
a rotating tender schedule.
With the steady increase in the number of cruise ships that dock
here and the new breed of larger, more luxurious cruise ships
visiting our port, it's a good thing that work has been completed
on the nearly $16 million USD expansion to Puerto Vallarta's Maritime
The Puerto Vallarta Port Authority (known locally as API) says
has the capability of simultaneously welcoming three cruise ships
with lengths of up to one thousand feet each.
Puerto Vallarta is proving to be an increasingly attractive anchor
port, and the newly overhauled Maritime Terminal will greatly
enhance the development of tourism in this beautiful resort destination
over the next 20 years. Cruise ships and most tour company's work
hand-in-hand to ensure passengers and clients can enjoy a variety
of tours and experiences in one of the most beautiful tropical
locations on earth.
The moment passengers step off the cruise ship, they have entered
the number one cruise destination in all of Mexico. The cruise
ship terminal, located in the Marina area just north of downtown
Puerto Vallarta, is a popular pick-up point for a variety of tour
companies offering day trips and excursions.
Cruise ship passengers are delighted with the convenience of being
able to chose from a wide variety of well-organized ecotours and
excursions to the jungle, beaches and nearby fishing villages,
as well as city and shopping tours, the moment they disembark.
So it is easy to explore the city or enjoy a tour - or two - before
the ships depart.