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Cruise season in Chile begins 6 November; Punta Arenas expects 47 calls

Monday, October 1st 2012 - 06:23 UTC
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As of next 6 November Chile’s port cities will display their best since on that date the official 2012/13 cruise season begins which extends until mid April and the country has great expectations of recovering a leading position in the region. Read full article

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  • British_Kirchnerist

    And Argentina?

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 07:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    As the cruising clientel come from those stuffed economies in the northern hemisphere it is a flat market..... so if Punta Arenas is up then Ushuaia will be down..... simple really.

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 08:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    I've been considering taking a cruise in the South. But only if I don't have to go anywhere near argieland!

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 10:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    @Editor,
    Please can we have some bad news stories on Chile. Some of the paranoid readers here will start to think that MP is in our pockets.

    @1
    Frank has answered your question.

    @3
    I can recommend the Antarctica XXI. Chilean operated fly-cruise to the Antarctic. Or if you prefer Patagonia: Skorpios cruise that sails through the fjords and islands of Chilean Patagonia.

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 01:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    “@Editor,
    Please can we have some bad news stories on Chile. Some of the paranoid readers here will start to think that MP is in our pockets”

    I agree, but maybe you should start the ball rolling yourself?

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 03:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Are you proposing I hack the website and start posting bad news stories?

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 03:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Chilean perspective

    4 Condorito
    There's really only two main problems that I can see in Chile that we are not overcoming at the moment. The first one is electric power generation and the second is delinquency. There are projects to tackle these issues but they don't seem to be making much headway. A more robust approach must be taken to win this battle.

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 08:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #6 No, just dish the dirt, whats wrong with Chile (rather than Cristina/Argentina) in your view...

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 09:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    BK
    If you were to hold Chile up and compare it to an economically advanced country like Sweden, you would find all sorts of things wrong with Chile. In Sweden you don’t see children juggling at traffic lights for a coin, you don’t see families sifting through rubbish bins “recycling”, you don’t see the levels of crime we have. But to put it in perspective you have to go back to when Mr Armstrong walked on the moon. Back then Chile was a 3rd world country with half the population in poverty. In the 4 decades since then we have done more than almost any country to reduce poverty, with the most dramatic improvements in the last 20 years.

    Our growth has been fast and steady, almost never faltering. Even now, in the depths of the worst global recession since the 30s we are growing at 5%.

    What is so encouraging is that everything is going in the right direction, maybe some things too slowly for some, and is set to continue – there are no alarm bells ringing saying that we are going to falter.

    What is wrong with Chile?
    Socially: we still have small pockets of 3rd world poverty in the country, but we have outperformed the region in reducing poverty.
    Economically: as TCP says above, electricity it too expensive for industry and we need a better energy policy. The economy needs to diversify more, although this is happening slowly. There is too much red tape and bureaucracy in everyday life and for businesses.

    One day we might be the Norway or Sweden of South America, but with a much more beautiful country and...as any Swedish exile coming home will tell you, we have a lot more fun.

    7 TCP
    I’m with you on the delinquency. I’m investing in a shotgun after two close calls in the last two months. I think the carabineros should use a larger calibre handgun. Have you noticed that whenever they have a shoot out, the delinquents seldom die of their injuries.

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 10:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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