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Falkland Islands 2012/13 cruise ship season brings new luxury visitors

Monday, October 1st 2012 - 14:32 UTC
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Regatta (Prestige Cruises) Ocean Diamond (Quark) and Arcadia (P&O) will also pay inaugural visits.

Regatta (Prestige Cruises) Ocean Diamond (Quark) and Arcadia (P&O) will also pay inaugural visits.

Luxury super yacht MY Sherakhan, is one of four vessels new to the Falkland Islands visiting in the 2012/13 season beginning next month. More often spotted in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, she also ventures further afield to Patagonia, Antarctica, French Polynesia, Asia, and Panama.

Regatta (Prestige Cruises) Ocean Diamond (Quark) and Arcadia (P&O) will also pay inaugural visits.

The season will begin gently with the first vessel, Ushuaia arriving in Stanley on October 6, carrying 84 passengers and returning on October 20.

Two of the smaller class of vessels Polar Pioneer and Ocean Nova will also visit later in the month, with the far larger Costa Romantica planning to drop anchor in the Islands on October 27.

Approximately 50,000 passengers will visit Stanley according to the most recent cruise ship schedule released this week, with AIDACara, Star Princess, Arcadia, Veendam, Celebrity Infinity, Grand Princess and Golden Princess disembarking between 1350 and 2500 of their guests onto Stanley Seafront.

During the season which runs from October until early April, around 90 ship visits are currently scheduled, however, due to severe weather or various logistical difficulties not all normally take place.

Last season 35,159 visitors landed; this was reduced from the expected number due to eight vessel cancellations. Seven of those were due to bad weather and one was health related.

While Stanley will take the bulk of the visits, vessels also plan to call in to New Island, West Point, Carcass Island, Bleaker Island, George and Barren islands Sealion Island and Volunteer Point.

Shipping agents Sulivan Shipping report that they will have five passenger exchanges using LAN this coming season, with one company also having a week long cruise extension in the Falkland Islands.

So far the schedule shows relatively few days where more than one large vessel will visit Stanley on the same day, however on February 19 Stanley tourist guides will be out in force to look after approximately 3,500 disembarking visitors. (PN)
 

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  • ChrisR

    Fantastic for the Falklands (there are STILL no Malvinas)!

    “Last season 35,159 visitors landed” for 3,000 islanders.

    So Argentina needs 35,159/3000*40,000,000=468.8 million visitors to keep pace with the Falklands. GREAT!!!

    Are there 468 M idiots in the world who can afford Argentina prices or have the wish to go there? Mmmm. Let me thing about that for 1/googol seconds, er, NO.

    Ha, ha, ha, ha etc.

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 02:50 pm 0
  • enviroc

    “Are there 468 M idiots in the world who can afford Argentina prices or have the wish to go there? Mmmm. Let me thing about that for 1/googol seconds, er, NO”

    To be fair, Argentina has now just joined the rugby championship, so that's a reason to visit. But there's a story that two members of the NZ management team were mugged for valuables. From the Daily Telegraph:

    “The government has not released insecurity figures since 2008, but a recent report by the Organisation of American States found Argentina's theft rate to be the highest in the Americas. ”

    If you don't watch out, they steal your camera, your wallet, your phone. Even your Islands!

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 03:44 pm 0
  • briton

    up up and away.

    good old falklands,
    if you want the best, you have to visit the best.

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 06:20 pm 0
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