October 17th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The arrival of the 964-foot “Island Princess,” operated by Princess Cruises yesterday morning at the Port of Limon marks the start of the Caribbean cruise season, which the port city eagerly awaits each year. The ship arrived with 1,875 passengers on board.
The First Vice President of Costa Rica, Alfio Piva and Minister of Tourism, Allan Flores, took part in an official activity at 9 a.m. yesterday to mark the start of cruise season, which according to locals in Limon, has seen a drop-off in recent years.
Piva acknowledged that cruise arrivals have decreased recently, but said there are efforts underway to try to get more ships arriving at the port.
Piva said that the long-term solution is to create a special dock for cruise ships, with facilities such as shops, cafes, and other services such as exist at other Caribbean ports, adding that expansion at the Moin port would ultimately result in more space being available for such facilities at Limon.
Police officers closed the street 100 meters before the dock, and remain in place to ensure the safety of travelers.
There are dozens of stalls with artisans offering souvenirs, paintings, clothing and other items to arriving passengers.