With the initiation of the 2011-2012 cruise season in mid- October of this year, Aruba Ports Authority welcomed a total of 20 cruise calls.

The port welcomed seven calls from Princess Cruise Line, five from Pullmantur, three  from Holland America Line, two from Majestic Cruise Line, two from Royal Caribbean and one from Silver Sea Cruises.

Of this total, the largest ship in port in October was Emerald Princess with a total of 3,081 passengers onboard and 1,204 crew members.

The port processed a total of 30,575 passengers in October alone, brining the total cruise passengers from January until October 2011 to a total of 423,534.

This represents a 6.3% growth or 25,116 passengers more than the January 2010-October 2010 term. The overall amount of crew visits also increased.

A total of 179,700 crew members arrived a tour port until October 2011. Compared to a total of 164,550 who arrived during the same period during 2010, this is an increase of 8.4% or 15,150 crew members more than last year.

Even though the amount of passengers received from January 2011 until October 2011 exceeds the amount welcomed during the same period in 2010, the actual amount of visitors who arrived during the month of October 2011 was less than October 2010.

The decrease is due to the fact that the 2010-2011 season started at the beginning of October while the 2011-2012 season kicked off mid-month.