Carnival Cruise Lines will reopen its Puerta Maya pier and cruise center in Cozumel next week -- nearly three years after it was decimated by Hurricane Wilma in October 2005.
Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Ecstasy will be the first ships back when they dock at the reconstructed pier on Thursday, October 16.
The attached cruise center has also reopened, complete with restaurants (Pancho's Backyard, Fat Tuesdays and more), shops (jewelry, crafts, "artwork"), a shore excursions outpost and rental car facilities.
Over the next year, the two-berth pier will see some 550 visits from Carnival Corp. ships (including vessels from Princess, Costa and Holland America, among others). Puerta Maya has been built to withstand a Category Five hurricane (winds of greater than 155 miles per hour).
Carnival Corp. says it has invested over $50 million in the reconstruction project.
For the past few years, the line has been either tendering or sharing docking space with other lines at one of the island's two other piers, the International Pier and Punta Langosta Pier, while Puerta Maya was being rebuilt. Carnival will also continue to use other pier facilities when they have more than two ships in port.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor
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Carnival’s Cozumel Pier Reopens Next Week
October 7, 2008