Saturday, November 21st 2015 - 07:20 UTC

Le Boreal cruise passengers will be leaving Falklands over the weekend

Compagnie du Ponant announced arrangements for two charter flights to the Falklands in order for the crew and passengers to return home.

The Falkland Islands Government confirmed on Friday that travel arrangements are now in place for the crew and passengers who were evacuated from the stranded cruise Le Boreal on Wednesday 18th November, to return home. Two flights have been coordinated, one departing Saturday and the following on Sunday.

Thursday, November 19th 2015 - 22:30 UTC

Falklands' cruise rescue operation live-tested and successfully completed

RAF Sea King helicopter winching passengers to safety from the cruise ship Le Boreal (Pic MoD)

Passengers and crew forced to abandon a cruise ship due to a fire in the engine room causing loss of power, were all safe and without injury in Stanley yesterday morning. This followed a complex rescue and care mission comprising British Forces from Mount Pleasant, Government emergency services, the ship’s agents Sulivan Shipping and with support from local farmers.

Thursday, November 19th 2015 - 06:24 UTC

Falklands' cruise incident: all passengers safe and 90 hosted in Stanley

 Congratulations to MoD SAR, FIG Emergency Services, North Camp helpers, and all those who worked to make the outcome successful, said MLA Summers

With support from a Royal Navy patrol, the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue helicopters and Falkland Islands emergency services, hundreds of passengers have been rescued from the French flagged mega yacht Le Boréal after it issued a distress call on Wednesday early morning to the north of the Falkland Islands.

Wednesday, November 18th 2015 - 09:18 UTC

L' Boreal cruise ship fire to North of the Falkland Islands

HMS Clyde has changed course in order to aid the evacuation operation.

The Falkland Islands Government can confirm that a private cruise vessel has issued a distress call following a fire on-board..

Tuesday, November 17th 2015 - 09:07 UTC

Marriott agrees to buy Starwood, making it the largest hotel chain in the world

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson will remain CEO of the combined company. Deal is expected to close in 2016, following shareholder and regulatory approvals.

Marriott International has agreed to buy Starwood Hotels and Resorts in a $12.2 billion deal that will make it the largest hotel chain in the world. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a merger agreement, Marriott announced this morning. The combined companies will operate or franchise more than 5,500 hotels with 1.1 million rooms worldwide. About 35% of the properties are outside the USA.

Monday, November 16th 2015 - 07:22 UTC

Mosquito-spread dengue, chickungunya and now Zika threatens the Caribbean and tourism industry

 Pan American Health Organization has indicated that five cases of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Suriname.

Jamaica's Ministry of Health is urging people to be more vigilant and to clean up their environment and destroy mosquito breeding sites, in light of the announcement by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that the Zika virus has been detected in a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation.

Friday, November 6th 2015 - 14:23 UTC

Cruise line adds kayak excursions in Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Ventures by Seabourn optional kayak excursions will also be offered at South Georgia Island and Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.

Luxury cruise line Seaborn is adding a new adventure to its Antarctica voyages aboard 'Seabourn Quest' this season: Kayaking. Ventures by Seabourn optional kayak excursions will also be offered at South Georgia Island and Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. It's an expansion of the line's new “Ventures by Seabourn” excursions that launched last summer in other destinations.

Thursday, November 5th 2015 - 06:51 UTC

Cruise season 2015/16 in Uruguay takes off 6 November; 170 calls expected

Montevideo is expected to receive 109 calls of which three will stay overnight and during 22 days two cruise vessels will be docking simultaneously

Uruguayan Tourism ministry officials announced that the country expects 170 calls from cruise vessels this coming season which is scheduled to begin 6 November and extend until 10 April 2016.

Thursday, October 22nd 2015 - 19:05 UTC

Ushuaia cruise season takes off: 331 calls estimated in 2015/16

Antarctic cruises sail across the Drake Passage to Antarctica peninsula, a full two days trip, which can later include south seas islands such as South Georgia

The 2015/16 cruise season has taken off in Argentine Tierra del Fuego with the arrival on Monday, of 'Ushuaia' and 90 passengers, one of the 331 calls which are estimated according to Ushuaia authorities. Gianfranco Guardamagna head of the Tierra del Fuego Tourism Institute recalled the significance of the cruise industry for Ushuaia, since the austral city “commands 95% of all international Antarctic tourism”.

Monday, October 19th 2015 - 21:46 UTC

Polar operators keen on conducting citizen science projects

Kim Crosbie, Executive Director, IAATO, highlighted that after a period of downturn, tourism to Antarctica is recovering and diversifying

Field staff from the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operations (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) got together in Toronto last month in the first Polar field staff conference ever held. Seventy-five people attended over the three days representing 24 IAATO/AECO members, three governments, three universities and the World Wildlife Fund.


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