Some 7,990 visitors arrived at both ports in the period November 2013 – May 2014, en route to cities such as Trinidad and Cienfuegos, which are both designated World Heritage Sites, she commented.
Vega said that the figure represents 31% of the 25,700 cruise passengers who arrived to the two provinces, over the last 17 years. The luxury ships arriving in Jagua Bay can moor at two docks, from where passengers can access the city center via the Santa Isabel corridor.
Deborah González Valladares, comercial specialist for the Tourism Ministry office in Cienfuegos, highlighted an increase in arrivals in the first months of this year. She stated that passengers may travel by bus to selected destinations, but can visit the cities’ most popular sites on their own, if they prefer.
Among the reasons tourists choose Trinidad are the city’s colonial style, its crafts and history; while Cienfuegos, the so-called Pearl of the South offers its bay, Benny Moré’s music and the beauty of a 19th century neoclassic city.