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.

Thursday, January 30th 2014 - 06:12 UTC

Gastro-bug exhausted passengers cheer as 'Explorer of the Seas' returns to home port

Illness struck roughly 20% of passengers and 5% of crew members (Photo AP)

Passengers staggered off a Royal Caribbean ship reeking of vomit and diarrhea at its home port on Wednesday after their cruise was cut short by an apparent stomach bug that felled nearly 700 vacationers and crew. Cheers erupted from the Explorer of the Seas as the vessel pulled into Bayonne, New Jersey, in New York Harbor.

Wednesday, January 29th 2014 - 06:46 UTC

Noravirus hits 'Explorer of the Seas' in the Caribbean; 10-day trip cancelled

“Explorer of the Seas” had 3.050 passengers on board and 570 fell sick

The Royal Caribbean cruise 'Explorer of the Seas” has ended the 10-day trip in the Caribbean early after hundreds of passengers and crew members were sickened with a gastrointestinal illness. It is believed the incident is a new case of the noravirus which has been attacking large cruise vessels.

Tuesday, January 28th 2014 - 05:00 UTC

Brazil current account deficit ended 2013 at its widest in twelve years

With a relatively strong currency Brazilians tourists are travelling worldwide in increasing numbers

Brazil's current account ended 2013 at its widest deficit in 12 years amid a weakened foreign trade balance, heavy outgoing service payments, overseas profit remittances and an overall lack of confidence in the country's economic policies.

Sunday, January 26th 2014 - 09:27 UTC

Uruguay, Ecuador and Malta boast best climates in the world

Punta del Este resort in Uruguay

Uruguay, Ecuador and Malta were named as the best three countries in the world when it comes to climate.

Friday, January 24th 2014 - 03:33 UTC

Ecuador airline suspends flights to Venezuela because of tickets' debts

Venezuela has not transferred any money to TAME since April 2013

Ecuadorean airline Tame has suspended flights to Venezuela, demanding 43m dollars in overdue payments for tickets. Some 80 passengers were left stranded on Thursday at the airport in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito. Tame says the Venezuelan Central Bank has not transferred any money to its account in Ecuador since April 2013.

Friday, January 24th 2014 - 03:28 UTC

Falkland Islands cruise ship season looking “relatively healthy”

This weekend the Golden Princess with a capacity for 2,500 passengers is due to make her third call to Stanley

The Falkland Islands cruise ship season is looking “relatively healthy” to date, according to Sulivan Shipping Tourism Coordinator Samantha Marsh, with a third of the estimated 45,000 (total) passengers scheduled still to visit during February. The season got underway in October and to date 12,300 passengers have landed from 41 vessels of varying sizes.

Friday, January 24th 2014 - 02:07 UTC

Blatter confident it will be a great Cup, after meeting Brazil president Rousseff

“We will do everything to ensure that this will be the globe's most beautiful World Cup”, said Rousseff

FIFA president Sepp Blatter played down concern about sluggish World Cup preparations on Thursday, even when his deputy warned Curitiba must prove it can finalize work to remain a venue. Blatter met visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at FIFA headquarters in Zurich and the pair both made positive noises about Brazil's ability to deliver come the big kick-off on June 12.

Thursday, January 23rd 2014 - 21:22 UTC

Christ the Redeemer head and hands under repairs but still open to the public

The 1931 iconic monument is perched on the Corcovado mountain and offers spectacular views of Rio

Repairs have begun on Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue after lightning damaged the 38 meters statue's head, right finger and thumb. The iconic statue of Christ overlooking Rio de Janeiro was struck again last week during a violent storm, damaging its right thumb.

Tuesday, January 21st 2014 - 13:14 UTC

Lightning chips a finger from Christ the Redeemer right hand

The spectacular night picture of the electrical storm

Christ the Redeemer, the iconic statue with its arms extended overlooking Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was struck by lightning damaging the statue's right hand thumb, making it lose one finger, according to officials from the Archdiocese of Rio, which manages the statue.


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