Early this Tuesday, the Fridtjof Nansen cruise ship docked at the Port of La Unión in eastern El Salvador, welcoming over 200 passengers from Europe, the United States, and Canada who arrived on Monday to explore various tourist destinations in the country.
During their stop in the eastern part of the country, the cruise’s passengers are visiting tourist sites such as Barillas Port in the Bay of Jiquilisco, Usulután; the islands of the Gulf of Fonseca, with a special emphasis on a stop at Zacatillo Island. Another group has ventured to the La Familia Park in the city of La Unión.
Teams from the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur) and the Port Authority (CEPA) extended a warm welcome to the passengers, who disembarked from the ship at 8 in the morning to board land and sea transport units that will take them to different destinations.
“We are delighted because these cruises generate employment for many people. I could count around 25 families involved in the tourism industry who directly benefit from these cruises. The support from Mitur, the Ministry of Culture, and CEPA has been crucial in organizing the logistics for the reception,” expressed Francisco García, from the tour operator company.
This marks the second day that the Norwegian cruise ship, Fridtjof Nansen, has stayed in the country. On its first day, when it docked in Acajutla, Sonsonate, tourists enjoyed exploring the Joya de Cerén archaeological park. Another group ventured to Cerro Verde, while some chose to explore the local area, where a cultural event was prepared for them.
In the afternoon, the Fridtjof Nansen cruise will depart from the Port of La Unión, where Mitur authorities have organized a farewell for the passengers and crew. This cruise becomes the first of the season to arrive in Salvadoran territory, setting the stage for more exciting tourism opportunities in the region.