The Nicaragua project was announced earlier last year, but has not been firmed up since.
Now an article in Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports that "the news last week was reconfirmed by the Deputy Mayor of San Juan del Sur, Rivas Adelina, and a host of personalities from the Chambers of Tourism and the Government. Among them was the chief executive of the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute, Intur, Mario Salinas. Everyone was enthusiastic about the initiative."
The investment announced by Royal Caribbean in Nicaragua "includes the construction of a large pier in San Juan del Sur, plus a hotel, restaurants and shops that will provide a warmer welcome for cruise passengers."
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Nicaragua's government will invest $ 3.5 million in the renovation and expansion of the cruise port, and then hand over its administration to Royal Caribbean.
Last July it was announced that "the U.S. shipping company Royal Caribbean presented Nicaraguan authorities with an investment project in the town of San Juan del Sur on the Pacific side of the country, which aims to provide adequate facilities for boats and large cruise ships. "
The tourism sector expects over 70,000 visitors during the 2011/12 season.
Nicaraguan ports are preparing to receive the first cruise ship tourists since October is traditionally the month in which cruises begin.
Despite the fact that fewer ships are expected this year, since they will be larger the number of people visiting is predicted to be similar to previous years.
For the 2013-2014 season, 28 cruise ships will arrive at San Juan del Sur and 13 at Puerto Corinto, 11% more than in the previous season.
This was announced by the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur). The number of cruise ships is 10.8% higher than those who docked in the previous season, when they were 37 boats.
The new 2008-2009 cruise ship season includes the visit of huge residential ships to the Bay of San Juan del Sur where they will remain for 24 hours.
The Intur delegate, Martin Rodriquez, explained that 41 cruise ships will visit during the season, three of which belong to the "The Word" company of residential ships.