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Old 11-06-2008   #1 (permalink)
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Puerto Costa Maya open again

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Puerto Costa Maya, the destination cruise port near Cancun, reopened for the first time since it closed in 2007 due to damage from Hurricane Dean. Holland America Line’s Westerdam was the first ship to dock at Costa Maya after the reopening. In celebration of the reopening, Port President Teofilo Hamui personally greeted Capt. Peter Harris and welcomed returning passengers. “We are delighted to see cruise passengers visit our shores once again,” Hamui said. “The patience and support we received from our cruise industry partners and previous visitors during our fast recovery is much appreciated. We welcome everyone back to an enhanced Costa Maya.”

The port reopened with several improvements to its infrastructure and the neighboring fishing village of Mahahual. Costa Maya’s new berthing station makes it one of only four ports worldwide with the capability to accommodate the next generation of cruise ships, such as NCL’s F3 and Royal Caribbean International’s Genesis class. The port also opened the new BioMaya Bacalar, a zip-lining adventure through the Mayan jungle, and two new landmarks -- a beachside boardwalk and lighthouse.

Costa Maya expects that the area’s population will increase by 212 percent following the reopening. The port will continue to observe responsible developmental, economic and social growth guidelines to ensure sustainable growth of the region. Located just hours from Cancun on Mexico’s southern Yucatan Peninsula, the port can accommodate three ships at once, including F3 and Genesis class ships. Costa Maya is comprised of three grand pavilions, artisan and luxury shopping areas, a beach club, saltwater pools, fine restaurants and bars, and resources to explore the area’s surrounding jungle and coral reefs. Costa Maya was named Seatrade Insider’s 2007 Port of the Year. For more information, visit www.costamaya-mexico.com.
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I'm not exactly sure I'd call it "near Cancun." But for the sake of the folks depending on the cruise industry for their livelihood down there, I'm happy for them.
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I'm not exactly sure I'd call it "near Cancun."

Yea, no kidding! Then again, to many, Cancun is all there is - everything else is somewhere in the jungle outside of Cancun.
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How far south of Ascension Bay is this

Shammy interesting post.... how far south is this, and is it boarding the bay?
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Never mind, I Google earthed it! It is very close to Belize...
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