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Tuesday, April 8th 2014 - 18:17 UTC

Airport chaos anticipated for Brazil's World Cup as terminals remain unfinished

A temporary canvas terminal will be used instead of a planned airport expansion to receive fans in Fortaleza

As if problems with the delayed stadiums was not enough, and with less than 10 weeks until the start of the World Cup, work on crucial new airport terminals has fallen behind in most of the dozen Brazilian host cities, heightening the risk of overcrowding and confusion during the tournament.

Saturday, April 5th 2014 - 04:07 UTC

Brazilian officials claim Italian cruise vessel had crew members in 'slave-like conditions'

MSC Crociere has adamantly rejected the allegations, involving MSC Magnifica

Brazilian police say they have rescued 11 crew members working in “slave-like conditions” on an Italian cruise ship. The operation was carried out the north-eastern city of Salvador, where the MSC Magnifica had docked for the day with more than 3,000 passengers.

Sunday, March 23rd 2014 - 08:54 UTC

Falklands included in Norwegian and Windstar cruises, announces Sulivan

Sammy Marsh attended the major cruise industry event in Miami

The Norwegian Cruise Line operating in South America will be returning to the Falkland Islands for the 2015/16 season after a four year absence, announced Sulivan Shipping Service Ltd. Coordinator Sammy Marsh, who together with the Falklands Tourist Board Manager Tony Mason attended the latest edition of the Cruise Shipping Miami conference.

Thursday, March 13th 2014 - 05:52 UTC

Falklands, trade, Mercosur/EU, oil and gas, in Swire's agenda in Uruguay

Foreign Office minister Swire with Vice-president and acting president Danilo Astori (Pic by Dpto Fotografia del Parlamento)

Bilateral trade, Mercosur/EU talks, oil and gas cooperation, and Falkland Islands, plus some audacious comments on the coming World Cup match Uruguay/England, were some of the issues addressed by Foreign Office minister for Latin-American Hugo Swire during his one day visit to Uruguay on Wednesday.

Thursday, February 27th 2014 - 21:19 UTC

British cruisers name favorite cruise ships in 2014

Royal Caribbean rode the waves in the awards for the Large Ship class, with Serenade of the Seas

Cruise Critic has released its 2014 Cruise Critic U.K. Cruisers' Choice Awards, the cruise awards based entirely on reviews submitted by cruisers. Royal Caribbean rode the waves in the awards for the Large Ship class, with Serenade of the Seas, the third ship in the Radiance-class fleet, named Best Overall ship, Best Value-for-Money and Best Dining. Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas took Best for Embarkation.

Thursday, February 27th 2014 - 04:59 UTC

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica in 'Sea Spirit' 2015/16 expedition cruises

Originally built in 1991, 'Sea Spirit' and 'Sea Explorer' have undergone technical upgrades such as ice strengthening

Poseidon Expeditions has chartered the 114-passenger Sea Spirit for polar operations starting in May 2015. Built as Renaissance V in 1991, the 4,200 gt ship currently operates on charter to Quark Expeditions and is managed by FleetPro Ocean. For the 2015/16 season Poseidon will offer expeditions to Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia.

Wednesday, February 26th 2014 - 06:58 UTC

Gibraltar announces discount on passenger dues to attract more cruise vessels

“Shipping services are a vital component of the economy”, said Port minister Costa

In a bid to attract more cruise ships to Gibraltar, the Minister for the Port, Neil Costa, has announced changes to the Port Rules, which regulate the amount of discount on passenger dues. The amendment allows ‘repositioning’ calls from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean or vice-versa to benefit from a 100% markdown on passenger dues.

Friday, February 14th 2014 - 07:24 UTC

Live Antarctic Search and Rescue Exercise by IAATO in conjunction with Ushuaia

M/V Polar Pioneer from Aurora Expeditions was involved in the exercise

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and two IAATO Member Operators, Aurora Expeditions and Oceanwide Expeditions, took part in a live Search and Rescue Communications Exercise in collaboration with the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) Ushuaia, Argentina.

Friday, February 14th 2014 - 07:02 UTC

Argentina says 'Queen Victoria' alleged incident was nonexistent, “just rumors”

'Queen Victoria' according to those rumors was forced to fly the Bermudas flag

The Argentine Foreign Ministry denied in a statement released on Thursday that Buenos Aires sea port authorities threatened Bermuda registered 'Queen Victoria' Cunard cruise ship with hefty fines if it did not lower its “red duster” flag, the ensign for the United Kingdom merchant vessels.

Thursday, February 13th 2014 - 21:50 UTC

Incident with British flagged cruise vessel in Buenos Aires: 'unacceptable example of intimidation'

The 'Queen Victoria' had to lower the red ensign or face a hefty fine

According to reports in the British media, Cunard's 'Queen Victoria' was warned it faced hefty fines if the cruise continued to fly the red ensign while in the port of Buenos Aires. This has led to a strong reaction from the Foreign Office which described the incident as an 'unacceptable example of harassment and intimidation” and anticipated it will be raising the incident with the Argentine authorities.

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