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Cozumel sees passenger increase already this year with new cruise ship set to dock

Cozumel, Q.R. — So far this year, more than 3 million people have landed on the island of Cozumel says the Port Administration (APIQROO).

According to information by the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo, from the first day of January to the last day of November, over 3.6 million visitors have arrived to the island on cruise ships.

The numbers show an increase of more than 35,000 over the same time period last year. Previous years of 2015 and 2016 show the month of December to be one of the busiest, averaging 400,000 passengers. This year, March was the busiest month with 468,528 passengers embarking on the island from ships.

Director of APIQROO on the island, Emilio Villanueva Sosa notes that if the trend continues and the island receives another 400,000 by the end of December, it could create a new visitor record for the state, breaking a record of 4 million.

During the first 11 months of the year, Cozumel has received 1,108 cruise ships with another new liner set to dock for the first time. On December 14, the Viking Sky operated by Viking Ocean Cruises out of Norway will dock at Cozumel for the first time, carrying approximately 930 passengers and 470 crew.