Tuesday, January 8th 2013 - 06:47 UTC

“Star Princess” calls at Puerto Madryn, the first of four visits this season

The Bermuda flagged “Star Princess” called on Monday at the Argentine Patagonia port of Puerto Madryn with over 2.400 passengers and 1.200 crew members. This is the second time in the current season the 290 metres long cruise vessel docks in Puerto Madryn and the first this year, reports the local media.

The huge cruise vessel docked with no incidents reported

Many of the visitors took tours to the nearby rookery at Punta Tombo, considered among the largest in the world, while others visited other tourist attractions in the Peninsula Valdes area, a Unesco heritage site given its extraordinary abundance of marine mammals.

This time also the Star Princess was able to dock at the Luis Piedrabuena jetty which meant passengers virtually walked straight into the commercial district of the Patagonian city with a strong Welsh legacy.

According to local port authorities the “Star Princess” has four more calls scheduled in the rest of the season.

The next cruise scheduled to call at Puerto Madryn is “Celebrity infinity”, on Friday 11 Jan and the largest vessel to sail into Golfo Nuevo.

On January 17, the Bahamas flagged “Amadea” is expected with 900 passengers. And on 19 January, the “Star Princess” will be calling again with “Arcadia” and 2.000 passengers the following day.

“Star Princess” is again scheduled on 19 January; on 20 Jan “Azmara Quest” and on the 25th the “Arcadia” with an estimated 2.000 passengers.

The following day, Jan 26th “Veendam” is arriving with 1.200 passengers and on the 29th of the first month of the year the “Infinity” is expected.

There were no incidents reported from Puerto Madryn contrary to what happened only a few days ago in Buenos Aires where activists targeted cruise ships harassing passengers, including many elderly people.

British passengers were among hundreds who were subjected to verbal abuse and prevented from leaving their vessels, the “Star Princess” and the “Seaborne Sojourn”, by protesters angry at visits to the Falkland Islands. (EL DIARIO de Puerto Madryn)

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1 falklandlad (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 09:41 am Report abuse
Tourism is as vital for citizens of Argentine Patagonian ports as it is for the Falkland Islands and the southern Chilean ports where these vessels seasonally visit. Thuggery and intimidation inflicted on innocent passengers is beyond reproach and utterly shameful.
2 andy65 (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:03 am Report abuse
OK, The passangers should be informed beforehand that Argentines who behave like bullys might give you a hard time so, do you want to go ashore and spend your money,believe me the power is in the passangers hands and Argentines would soon stop this shit, mind you they are use to commercial suicide so perhaps not
3 reality check (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:14 am Report abuse
No incidents were reported. Could it be that the local population are finally seeing, that the only people being hurt by these actions, were themselfs?
4 redpoll (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 04:18 pm Report abuse
Well maybe Dr Think had gone fishing and was not there to welcome the passengers disembarking at Porth Madryn?
5 Think (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 05:48 pm Report abuse

No incidents reported because......:

The “Star Princess” has cancelled her Malvinas leg.........

Ergo; the “Star Princess”, all her passengers and crew are most welcomed to enjoy the legendary hospitality and friendliness of us, Chubutenses....
6 Conqueror (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 06:07 pm Report abuse
@1 “beyond reproach”. Are you sure?
7 reality check (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 08:08 pm Report abuse
Wew've heard that before, have we not?
8 ProRG_American (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 08:13 pm Report abuse
Wow! More great news for Argentina.
9 reality check (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 08:21 pm Report abuse
Think RG Plank
Just googled Princess Stars position. On route to Stanley from Port Madryn.
Don't you just hate it when that happens!
What's that saying about fooling some of the people some of the time!!
10 redpoll (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 08:29 pm Report abuse
Dr Think Welcomed them with Welsh laverbread did you bach? Well if you did those tourists certainly be coming back!
11 Joe Bloggs (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 08:29 pm Report abuse

Tut tut Deadbeats.
12 reality check (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 08:32 pm Report abuse
Loverly with some fried Penclawdd cockles and bacon, breakfast fit for a king, mun!
13 yankeeboy (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 08:32 pm Report abuse
Think you are such a loser don't you ever get tired of embarrassing yourself?
Those lucky passengers are on their way to the beautiful Falklands as I post.
14 Joe Bloggs (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 08:36 pm Report abuse
So will the ship make it to the Reform Club on time or is the £20,000 wager lost?
15 redpoll (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 09:47 pm Report abuse
@12 You have to be from the Gower to appreciate that dish and I am not!
16 Think (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:19 pm Report abuse

I must have confused the “Star Princess” with some of the many other Cruise Ships that have cancelled their Malvinas leg….
They all look alike to me...

No more Cacen Ddu Patagonia for the “Star Princess” ....
We will have to continue pressuring them.....
Rome wasn't built in a day ;-)
17 reality check (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:27 pm Report abuse
I am. You know you foods sir. Though to be perfectly honest, I was the only one of my family, not to keen on the black stuff, an acquired taste and be honest, it looks like shit!!!!!!!
18 Joe Bloggs (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:29 pm Report abuse

“pressuring them”

You mean breaking into their offices and assaulting and robbing their passengers. That sure should work Augustus.

Chuckle chuckle.
19 reality check (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:35 pm Report abuse
Of course the the traders and people of Puerto Madryn had absolutely no idea, this particular Cruise ship, was then going on to call at Stanley, did they?

I mean there is no way they would have allowed them to spend their money there, if they had known, is there? or maybe they just showed something that's missing from elsewhere in their country, common bloody sense, and did not ask!
20 yankeeboy (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:41 pm Report abuse
You would think the Rgs would be more worried about the peso at 7.07/1U$ or that 6/10 bills used for purchases is of $100 denomination,
Nah all is well, all is well.
Methinks Crissy will be slipping an extra zero on all the bills sometime very soon.
21 Joe Bloggs (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:49 pm Report abuse
19 Reality Check

In fairness to our deadbeat source, he was quite correct. The ship isn't calling into the Malvinas. Nor is any other ship for that matter.

Less than 200nm to sail now. The 110 is all clean and ready to go. Shining like the Tower of Hercules.

Chuckle chuckle.
22 reality check (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 11:00 pm Report abuse
Not so sure about that Joe. You never know, the good ship lollypop may stop off there, on the way to the candy shop!
23 Joe Bloggs (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 11:08 pm Report abuse
22 reality check

I think Captain Jack Kirchner (see the rather surreal thread about ARA Libertad) is on her way there by the look of her. Maybe her and Hugo are going to go together. Couple of big Cubans in their mouths.

As for the Princess; £20,000 well spent by the boys from the Reform Club.
24 Falkland Islands (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 11:36 pm Report abuse
I guess I will see her in the harbour tomorrow morning, two other cruise ships in today. Have a nice day tourists in the British Falkland Islands.
25 Monty69 (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 11:51 pm Report abuse
I may be imagining this, but didn't the Mayor of Puerto Madryn, or the Governor of Chubut, or some equally august personage, go on record at the end of last season as saying that all cruise ships were welcome and he didn't care where they'd been or where they were going? Or did I dream it? I think he had some pretty choice words about the authorities in Ushuaia as well. Wise chap.
26 Pirat-Hunter (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 12:08 am Report abuse
#1 we Argentines feel that the same way about traveling to Islas Malvinas Argentina, but UK travel documents are worst then buying a lottery ticket. If we Argentines can't visit Islas Malvinas Argentina neither can anyone else. I think the international legal name for it is pari pasu. You should rename yourself coca Cola the name is more popular then the fakland holdings.
#2 I don't think you know much about Argentina, tourism was never nor will ever be our forte, besides the tourist industry is loaded with English speaking child molesters who fuel child abuse and prostitution all around tourist hot spots. I am 100% sure that Argentina will make a lot more money from fishing licenses and oil driling permits and taxes on exported raw material. Tourism is just a tool to keep a country poor unless you tax imports like the brits do in cayman island. Economic suicide is for nancys, I support a nuclear defense program 100% made in Argentina.
#3 a surprise visit can't be targeted. Why didn't mercopress tell us sooner we could have arranged a von fire at their head office similar to the ones in belfast, Imagine a riot against brits in Argentina.
#4 that's right.
#7 we all know what happened to the boy who cryed wolf too many times don't we?
#13 if the british retards are not embarrassed to troll Argentine news links to be abused by Latinos why should think be? the tittanic sunk and people thought it was impossible, UK is not an exception.
#16 nothing is ever done over night, everything takes sacrifices, support and a lot of encouragement. That's why we should focus on a nuclear defense program 100% made in Argentina. Action talks bs walks.
#18 pressure them like the english pressures ireland and scotland. Last night the brits set the the city on fire, we should follow their example.
27 redpoll (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 12:10 am Report abuse
@17 It is
28 Monty69 (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 12:25 am Report abuse
26 Pirat-Hunter
Have you tried to visit the Falkland Islands? All you need is a return air ticket and a passport. It isn't that hard. We even let Argentines in.
You aren't doing much of a job at stopping other people visiting are you?
I think you'd better get on with that nuclear weapons programme.
29 Islander1 (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 01:18 am Report abuse
Think - wishfull thinking- so far only one line has formally cancelled 2 calls here - another did - but recently re-instated them. A very large line has actually cancelled ALL Arg ports off both its vessels though, and left Falklands on the list.
Veendam missed off 2 - but one was windy anyway so she really only missed one call under pressure.
She has confirmed she will be making all from now on . Two large lines have warned BA in plain English - mess with our tourists or su - and 2013-14 we move elsewhere.
Reality is that your provincial Governor has common sense. Asd does that of Ushuaia as regards the antarctic expedition ships who also come here- he would not want to loose them all to Chile!

All the nutters in B.A. are doing is making your nation look stupid.
Oh - by the way - each summer many HUNDREDS of Argentine citizens come on cruises from BA to Stanley - many come to visit and pay their respects at the Argentine War Cemetery - 4 coaches taking approx 170 there tomorrow off the Princess - would you want to prevent your citizens being able to do this?
Your idiot President we know does! Thankfully she is failing!
30 Joe Bloggs (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 08:17 am Report abuse

Well according to the web site, Star Princess is just a little over 2 hours from Stanley now. So the deadbeats were correct after all. She ain't going anywhere near the Malvinas.

Chuckle chuckle
31 Falkland Islands (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 10:23 am Report abuse
and there she is in Port William :)
32 Joe Bloggs (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 09:03 pm Report abuse
Bon voyage Star Princess. See you again soon.
33 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 09:32 am Report abuse
Cristina is the real star princess =)

#23 “Captain Jack Kirchner” I like it =)
34 redpoll (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 12:38 pm Report abuse
Or perhaps Hijack Kirchner
35 ExPat 1987 (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 12:41 pm Report abuse
26 Pirat-Hunter.

722 Argentines were on the Star Princess for her visit to the Falkland Islands spending their hard earned and even harder obtained $$$....youn sould pull your head out of your ar*e and try it some day, you might just learn something.
36 yankeeboy (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 05:43 pm Report abuse
Por El Retardo de Chubut:

British liners forced to divert world cruise from Argentina due to increased tension over Falkland Islands
P&O luxury liners planned to enter three ports, including Buenos Aires
Argentinian government refused to guarantee permission to enter after they found out ships were stopping at the Falkland Islands
Seventh similar incident involving British cruise liners in two months

Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260819/British-liners-forced-divert-world-cruise-Argentina-increased-tension-Falkland-Islands.html#ixzz2HgpyQLZB

Hahahahaha breath hahaahahahaha
37 Joe Bloggs (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 09:19 pm Report abuse
36 Yankeeboy
Sounds like CFK needs to apply “more pressure.” I like this pressure. LMAO!

To think you've accused me more than once of having no sense of humour. This is fucking hilarious.

Chuckle chuckle.

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