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RATINGS RISING IN COSTA MAYA Guest experience and ratings in Costa Maya, a cruise giant in the Mexican Caribbean, are on the rise. New attractions and adventures are being implemented. Innovations include new snorkel tours, new ATV adventures and a whole new line of exclusive transportation for Chacchoben Historical Mayan Ruins and Baccalar Seven Colors Lagoon.

ALL PORTS LEAD TO NICARAGUA Nicaragua is experiencing a cruise explosion! From the key ports of Puerto Corinto, San Juan Del Sur and Corn Island, travelers can enjoy short excursions and explore this hidden gem of Central America three ways! The 2018/2019 travel season kicked off with renewed optimism and a positive forecast, with 65 cruise ships coming through the destination bearing approximately 89,504 passengers and 43,587 crew members from North America and Europe.

good food and endless adventures. Stop in and see what it’s all about and then plan your trip back to immerse yourself deeper.

“FLY AWAY” TO NASSAU From heralding the highest number of international arrivals ever to launching a new Fly Away campaign with BahamianAmerican rock star Lenny Kravitz, to announcing exciting plans for the development of a state-of-the-art cruise port in Nassau, The Bahamas’ tourism business is thriving and busier than ever. THE ABC BOOTH AT SEATRADE CRUISE GLOBAL The ABC islands—Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao—once again joined forces and shared an ABC booth during the annual Seatrade Cruise Global expo in Miami. Curaçao was represented by Curaçao Ports Authority, Curaçao Tourism Board, Chamber of Commerce, Maduro Shipping and Curaçao Airport Partners.

YUCATAN BASKING IN LUXURY This year Yucatan will receive its first luxury arrivals from Ponant and in 2020 will be welcoming AQSC to its shores. In Progreso Port we are looking towards expanding the cruise market towards luxury lines as well as developing infrastructure to have a better guest satisfaction with clients such as Carnival and Royal Caribbean. DISCOVER “NATURE’S LITTLE SECRETS” IN BVI Discover one of nature’s best-kept secrets when you cruise into the British Virgin Islands. Set among 60 islands, this destination is overflowing with unique culture,

Frontier Americas Awards, including the coveted Americas Travel Retailer of the Year, Cruise Retailer of the Year and New Shop Opening of the Year for The Celebrity Shops on Celebrity Edge. The awards recognize excellence in travel retail.

MARTINIQUE TOURISM AUTHORITY RECOGNIZES CRUISE INDUSTRY’S IMPORTANCE The Martinique Tourism Authority launched an unprecedented awareness campaign to the importance of the cruise industry. For the first time, in March the Martinique Tourism Authority initiated a $200,000 campaign to raise the population’s awareness to the economic impact of the cruise industry. This campaign entitled “Martinique says thank you” ranges over two seasons. The cruise lines welcomed the initiative at Seatrade Cruise Global. JOY SPENCE APPLETON ESTATE RUM EXPERIENCE Partnering with Jakes Farm and Fisherfolk for a dinner on the Saturday closest to the full moon, the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience ( JSAERE) provided an immersion through rum, beyond the greenery of the Appleton Estate. With all locally sourced culinary delights, the JSAERE and Jakes continued its support of the St. Elizabeth community for a distinctive and memorable experience.

STARBOARD CRUISE SERVICES A BIG WINNER AT 2019 DFNI-FRONTIER AMERICAS AWARDS Starboard Cruise Services, the preeminent cruise retailer, won the most 2019 DFNISECOND QUARTER 2019 | TRAVEL & CRUISE 69

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