Nicaragua receives the Viking Star cruise with 914 tourists and 449 crew

Nicaragua receives the Viking Star cruise with 914 tourists and 449 crew



Nicaragua today received the cruise Viking Star with 914 tourists and 449 crew on board, on the Pacific coast of the Central American country, reported the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur).

The Viking Star, from the Swiss firm Viking Ocean Cruises, was received at the Corinto port, with music and traditional dances from Nicaragua.

Tourists from Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, went ashore to visit tourist destinations in the northwest of Nicaragua, according to the Intur.

This same cruise had made a stop in Corinth on December 4, with 909 tourists and 456 crew, according to official information.

Nicaragua expects that this cruise season, which was inaugurated last October, will reach at least 70 of these vessels.

The amount is lower than the 82 that the Central American country initially expected, before the social outbreak last April, which has left hundreds dead.

The internal crisis in Nicaragua has left 231 million dollars in losses, according to government figures.

In 2017, international tourism left an income of some 700 million dollars in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua, which until April was considered one of the safest countries in Latin America, expected its economy to grow between 4.5 and 5 percent in 2018, however, the Central Bank lowered the prospects to 1 percent, as result of the crisis.

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