Founded in 1974
From the very start, we have focused exclusively on passenger ships
Founded in 1974, Continental Shipping has grown into Puerto Rico’s largest agent for passenger ships. From the very start, we have focused exclusively on passenger ships and we have grown as Puerto Rico has grown in importance as a hub for the cruise industry.
Today, Puerto Rico is one of the largest cruise ports in the world. That growth has given us an unparalleled expertise, and the ability to provide our services at the most competitive rates available.
Jose Octavio Busto
Born in Asturias, Spain in 1935, Busto moved to the Dominican Republic as a young man. After receiving his degree in Business Administration, he joined the Dominican Shipyards, beginning a long and distinguished career in the maritime industry. After having become the shipyard’s youngest ever Dock Master, he went to sea, where he spent the next fifteen years as purser and chief purser on various cruise ships. In 1974, Busto settled in Puerto Rico and founded Continental Shipping Inc.
As a leading spokesperson for the cruise industry on the island of Puerto Rico, Busto has been an advisor to Governors Carlos Romero Barcelo and Rafael Hernandez Colon, as well as serving on numerous committees formed to promote the growth of the cruise industry. His work for the Government and his contribution to various steering committees of the Puerto Rican Shipping Association has been recognized by awards such as Transportation Man of the Year, and the Top Management Award for Transportation.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association, Chairman of the Cruise Ships Committee of the Puerto Rican Shipping Association, and a member of the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce. He is also Consul of Denmark and Norway, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Consular Corp.