Eduardo Figueiredo – from Cenarium Magazine
MANAUS – With the emergence of the Ômicron variant and due to new cases of Covid-19 in Europe, at least seven ships that integrate the ‘Cruise Season 2022’ gave up coming to the Amazon. The information was released by the Municipal Foundation of Culture, Tourism and Events (ManausCult).
The season was scheduled to start on January 20 and the expectation was that the capital of Amazonas would receive 11 cruises until April this year, with about 10 thousand tourists on board, which would move the tourism sector and inject the equivalent of R$ 11 million in the local economy. The sector was one of the most affected with the restrictions during the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus in Amazonas.
About the other four ships that have not yet informed whether they should come to the state, Manauscult highlights that the cruise season in Manaus, which provides only international cruises, “is still under analysis by the responsible bodies”.
The secretariat reaffirms that it will follow all the guidance of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Tourism and the Municipal Health Department (Semsa) in this regard.
Last Friday, December 31, Anvisa recommended to the Ministry of Health the provisional suspension of the cruise season on the Brazilian coast, after having identified an increase of Covid-19 infections in some ships. Anvisa is monitoring the situation of five cruise ships that are operating in Brazil
The cruise ships operating in Brazil and with confirmed cases of Covid-19 are part of the National Ship Season, which does not include the Brazilian Amazon as a destination.