To close out the year, Los Cabos is expecting to welcome 38 luxury cruise ships including days with double and triple arrivals.
The high number of cruise ships are hotly anticipated due to the huge economic impact cruise passengers have on the Los Cabos economy. The region also relies heavily on cruise tourism as passengers promote the destination and return year after year.
Among the cruise operators that will be stopping in Los Cabos are Celebrity Solstice, Disney Wonder, and multiple Norwegian and Princess ships. Many of them will be stopping in Cabo San Lucas along with Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and La Paz.
Although the statistics are unconfirmed as cruise schedules regularly change based on weather, currently there will be eight days with double cruise ship arrivals between 12th and 31st December, as well as triple cruise ship arrivals on 20th, 21st and 25th.
In unprecedented news, on Monday 26th December, Cabo San Lucas will welcome four luxury cruise ship in one day, as holiday makers continue or start out on Christmas cruises.
Christmas is a particularly popular time for cruises to the area, as the ships provide luxury rooms, spas, pools, dining, cinemas and more, along with the many attractions offered at each port stop, allowing guests to enjoy a stress-free holiday.
Although the ships may not be travelling at their full capacity, which can be between 3,000 – 4,000 passengers, the high number of ships mean there will be a significant number of tourists in Los Cabos on these dates.
This is very positive news for local businesses in the area, particularly local sellers in the marina who rely heavily on cruise passengers who buy souvenirs and locally made gifts while they are visiting.
Cruise passengers also tend to spend time in the nearby restaurants, and book tours as soon as they arrive, leading to a boost in profits for service providers who offer trips to iconic sights such as the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, or maritime trips such as snorkelling and whale watching.
December’s cruise ship arrivals put a cap on a record-breaking year for Los Cabos. Although November saw a higher number of arrivals, with 44 ships docking in the area, overall, the region has seen more passengers than ever before.
Los Cabos has seen an average of between 25 – 35 cruise ships each month during 2022. Each cruise ship brings up to 4,000 passengers who, one a day stop, can spend at least $100. This means an average full-capacity cruise would bring in up to $400,000 in one day.
Fewer cruises are generally seen between August and October, which is the region’s hurricane season, however this year high season kicked off around mid-October when there was a spike in both sea and air passengers.
The multiple cruise ship arrivals towards the end of the year are also likely due to bookings for New Year’s celebration cruises offered by many companies, and those docking in Los Cabos for NYE will have a variety of ways to see in 2023.
Many of Los Cabos restaurants, such as YAYA, COMAL and Cocina del Mar, will be hosting New Year’s Eve dinners, while many hotels are also putting on events.
At the Hilton, there will be a Great Gatsby themed dinner party, Corazon Beach Club will be throwing a white party, and the Esperanza Hotel will also be having a Roaring 20s style bash.
Hopefully the record-breaking arrivals this year are an indicator of what is to come for the area in 2023, with predictions that it will be just as, if not even more popular as a tourist destination as new hotels, such as the Four Seasons and St. Regis, as well as more luxury tours and flight routes.
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