CLIA Brazil announced that eight cruise ships will serve the local market in the 2022-2023 season. The number of ships available to Brazilians will configure the best cycle in the last ten years, according to the entity’s estimates. In addition, the calendar will be one of the most extensive with a duration of six months.
“Expectations for the next cruise season are more good news for us as we experience a resurgence of tourism activities throughout the country,” said Brazilian Tourism Minister Carlos Brito.
“Expectations could not be better for this season, which will be the biggest in the last decade.” The scenario we currently see in the Northern Hemisphere is encouraging, both in terms of travel success and safety, as well as the accumulated demand that translates into sales, and this is reflected positively in Brazil,” said Marco Ferraz, president of CLIA Brazil.
Serving the Brazilian domestic market, three Costa Cruises ships and five MSC Cruises ships will offer 160 departures, with more than 485 calls to 17 destinations in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. The local fleet includes Costa Firenze, which will debut in the country in December, and MSC Seashore, which will become the largest ship ever to sail in the region.
In addition to traditional base ports such as Santos and Rio de Janeiro, ships are also ready to offer departures from other terminals such as Maceio, Itajai and Salvador.
According to CLIA Brazil, the ships will offer just under 675 thousand beds in the local market, a number that exceeds the offer for the 2019-2020 season, the last made before the Covid-19 pandemic.
The country is expected to receive an additional 35 cruise ships by mid-May, which will visit various local ports during long international voyages.
Operated by cruise lines including Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas, the ships will make 309 calls to 45 destinations in 15 Brazilian states.