Costa Maya Rebuild Ahead of Schedule

March 11, 2008

A Costa Maya source told Cruise Critic this morning that its port facility was 92 percent complete -- and well on its way to potentially opening earlier than the planned September debut.

As you may recall, Costa Maya -- a privately developed port on Mexico's Yucatan, and an increasingly popular destination on Western Caribbean itineraries -- was destroyed last year as a result of Hurricane Dean. It has been closed ever since. Also decimated was the nearby fishing village of Majahual. Our source tells us that efforts to rebuild there have been helped along with a $15 million infusion from various government arms. Indeed, on Cruise Critic's Costa Maya forum, members have posted photos documenting changes and improvements.

In another juicy tidbit, we heard that during the reconstruction process, Costa Maya has increased its capabilities to accommodate vessels the size of Royal Caribbean's Genesis (which will be the biggest cruise ship ever when it debuts in 2009). It's important to note, however, that Royal Caribbean has not committed to calling there with Genesis -- at least not yet.

--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

Image appears courtesy of member gaviota.

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