Edition 2022

Foto omschrijving: Passengers sunbathing on the aft deck of a sailing cruise ship. Two passengers enjoying the view from the pool.

How many people visited Bonaire by cruise ship?

In 2021, 56.6 thousand people came to Bonaire by cruise ship; 111.3 thousand visitors arrived by plane. Significantly fewer people visited the island in the previous year due to the coronavirus crisis. Cruise tourism did not pick up again until late 2021. This meant that passenger numbers were still considerably lower than in 2019. Air traffic recovered slightly sooner.

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The number of people visiting Bonaire via cruise ship slowly picked up again from September 2021. During the last month of 2021, the island saw 35 thousand arrivals by cruise ship. After the measures to combat the coronavirus crisis had taken effect for Bonaire in mid-March 2020, cruise traffic stopped altogether.

Whereas in November and December 2019, around 52 thousand and 68 thousand passengers respectively came to the island, only 18 thousand and 35 thousand passengers respectively arrived in the same months of 2021. Before the coronavirus outbreak, most cruise ship passengers visited Bonaire in the months of November, December, January and February.

Cruise passenger arrivals on Bonaire (x 1,000)
Maand 2019 2020 2021*
Jan 73.9 78 0.0
Feb 39.9 61.2 0.0
Mar 48.3 36.9 0.0
Apr 41.1 0.0 0.0
May 21.7 0.0 0.0
Jun 19.1 0.0 0.0
Jul 19.9 0.0 0.0
Aug 23.8 0.0 0.0
Sep 21.5 0.0 2.1
Oct 29.1 0.0 2.4
Nov 51.6 0.0 17.5
Dec 67.8 0.0 34.6
* Provisional figures

Air tourism partially restored for Bonaire

Most tourists visit Bonaire by plane. In 2021, 111 thousand visitors travelled to Bonaire by plane. This represents a decline by 30 percent on 2019, before the coronavirus crisis. Air traffic recovered in the second half of the year. In Q4 2021, the number of visitors was even higher at 44 thousand than in Q4 2019, which was then 40 thousand.

Air visitor arrivals on Bonaire (x 1,000)
Jaartal Kwartaal Visitors
2019 Q1, 2019 44.3
2019 Q2, 2019 38.8
2019 Q3, 2019 35.1
2019 Q4, 2019 40.0
2020 Q1, 2020 38.9
2020 Q2, 2020 1.3
2020 Q3, 2020 13.9
2020 Q4, 2020 12.5
2021 Q1, 2021 11.7
2021 Q2, 2021 17.6
2021 Q3, 2021 38.1
2021 Q4, 2021 43.9

Recovery inbound tourism by air on Saba takes off

In 2021, 4.1 thousand visitors travelled to Saba by plane, which is more than the year before when there were only 2.7 thousand visitors. That said, it is still 56 percent less than in 2019, the year before the coronavirus crisis. A total of 3.6 thousand visitors flew to St Eustatius in 2021, versus nearly 11 thousand two years earlier. The number of visitors in 2021 was slightly up from one year previously, when only 3.2 thousand visitors travelled to St Eustatius.

Similarly to Saba, the number of incoming visitors by air for St Eustatius showed an upward trend in 2021 but had not yet reached pre-coronavirus crisis levels.

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