Monday, April 27th 2009 - 13:40 UTC

Port costs inhibit cruise industry warn Punta Arenas operators

Port authorities from Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile anticipate a complicated 2009/10 cruise vessel season which could mean 30 to 40% less visitors and a considerable drop in the number of calls.

Sunday, April 26th 2009 - 19:26 UTC

Cruise ship “Melody” fended off a pirate attack

MSC Cruise's Melody was attach about 290km north of Victoria in the Seychelles

An Italian cruise ship carrying 1,200 passengers and crew fended off a pirate attack near the Seychelles, company officials said Sunday. The ship was attacked on Saturday evening by armed pirates firing shots from a small speedboat, 330 kilometres from the Seychelles where the liner had last anchored.

Thursday, April 23rd 2009 - 13:09 UTC

Brazil liberates international air passenger fares

Brazil’s Civil Aviation Agency, ANAC, announced Wednesday the gradual liberation of air fares for all international flights departing from Brazil. The decision applies to all regular airlines, national or international and will be arranged according to a one year chronogram.

Monday, April 20th 2009 - 06:29 UTC

Uruguay’s cruise season “very good”; caution about 2009/2010

Busy cruise season at Punta del Este

The 2008/09 cruise season in Uruguay has come to an end over the weekend totalling 169 calls which is 87% higher than the previous season. However the big news is that while the port of the capital Montevideo virtually received the same number of tourists, the exclusive South Atlantic sea-side resort of Punta del Este almost doubled the calls.

Saturday, April 18th 2009 - 13:10 UTC

Agreement on new limits for Antarctica tourism

Countries with ties to Antarctica have adopted US proposals to limit tourism in the region, in a bid to protect the fragile ecosystem of the continent.

Friday, April 17th 2009 - 08:22 UTC

Gibraltar-Madrid daily flights will resume next April 30

Flights between Gibraltar and Spanish capital Madrid will be resumed later this month (April 30th) according to Andalus General Director Fernando Guerrero, who made the announcement this week at a presentation by the regional airline in the Campo Mancomunidad, in Algeciras.

Thursday, April 16th 2009 - 01:24 UTC

Valparaiso port expects less cruise activity next season

Chile’s Valparaiso port authorities confirmed that 15 cruise voyages that were planning to visit the port next season have now been suspended. Making matters even worse, vacation cruise companies Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Discovery confirmed they no longer plan to dock in Chile because of high operational costs.

Wednesday, April 15th 2009 - 05:05 UTC

“Aurora” round-the-world cruise ends short and with compensation demand

The stricken cruise ship Aurora has arrived back in Britain amid the threat of legal action from passengers, reports The Daily Telegraph. Engine trouble forced the ship to miss out three ports in New Zealand and two in the Pacific Islands on the £16,000 per passenger round-the-world trip.

Tuesday, April 14th 2009 - 11:48 UTC

Obama’s Cuba policy triggers strong hopes from cruise operators

Shares of Miami-based cruise operator Royal Caribbean jumped on Monday on news that the administration of President Barack Obama was allowing Cuban Americans to travel more freely to the Castro-family ruled island.

Sunday, April 12th 2009 - 05:55 UTC

Visitor numbers down for Chile’s Torres del Paine

Visits to Chilean Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park were down slightly this tourist season, which began in October, 2008, and ended last month.


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