CLIA Brazil announced that 8 ships would serve the local market during season 2022-2023.
The number of vessels available to Brazilians is due to configure the best cycle of the last 10 years, according to estimates by the organization. The calendar will be one of the most extensive with a duration of 6 months.
Brazilian Tourism Minister Carlos Brito said the expectation for the next season was more good news for those who were experiencing the resumption of tourist activities throughout the country.
According to Marco Ferraz, president of CLIA Brazil, the expectations could not be better for that season, which would be the biggest in the last decade.
"The scenario that we currently see in the northern hemisphere is encouraging, both in terms of travel success and safety, as well as accumulated demand that turns into sales, and this reflects positively in Brazil."
Serving the Brazilian domestic market, 3x Costa ships and 5x MSC ships will offer a total of 160 departures, with 485+ port calls in 17 different destinations in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The local fleet includes Costa Firenze, which debuts in Brazil in December, and MSC Seashore, which is expected to become the ever-largest cruise ship to sail in the region.
In addition to the traditional base ports like Santos (Sao Paulo) and Rio de Janeiro, the vessels are also prepared to offer departures from other terminals including Maceio, Itajai, and Salvador de Bahia.
According to CLIA Brazil, the liners will offer just under 675,000 beds in the local market, a number exceeding the offer for the 2019-2020 season, the last one made before the COVID crisis.
Until mid-May, the country is due to welcome an additional 35 cruise ships, which are scheduled to make 309 calls to 45 different destinations in 15 Brazilian states during long-haul international itineraries.