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Punta Arenas expects 60.000 visitors this cruise season

Tuesday, November 18th 2014 - 07:12 UTC
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Zaandam was scheduled to arrive on Monday while Le Soleal has been in the area since last week Zaandam was scheduled to arrive on Monday while Le Soleal has been in the area since last week

An estimated 60.000 visitors will be landing in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile during this 2014/2015 cruise season, according to the manager of the Austral Ports Company, Ignacio Covacevich Fugellie. This includes 54.000 from international vessels and another 6.500 of Chilean flagged cruises on domestic tours.

 “This is a significant number to which must be added another 12.000, crewmembers, since according to our stats a third of them usually come ashore, and this also represents an injection of money for the economy of Punta Areas”, said Covacevich Fugellie.

The top official from the local port authority pointed out that the project to expand the main jetty, Muelle Prat is part of an overhaul of terminal facilities.

“What we are looking at is to specialize the terminals. The Prat jetty will be mostly used by large cruise vessels and scientific ships, while the Mardones jetty and the planned inner harbor will be for fishing and cargo vessels plus the navy”, but “this in no way will interfere with the landing of tourists”.

Covacevich Fugellie underlined that port officials are well aware that tourism is one of the main activities of Punta Arenas “and we are committed to increase the number of visitors from international cruises”.

On Monday the cruise Zaandam from Holland-America with 1.319 passengers was expected in Punta Arenas. Another vessel in the area was the Le Soleal, from Ponant, a yacht-cruise with 132 passengers which after calling last week left for a tour of the canals.


Categories: Tourism, Chile.

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  • Frank

    What a wonderful city Punta Arenas is... a real city with history and things to see and do, lovely old buildings, the real deal.
    Not like Ushuaia which has - um - shanties in the hills, -um - need some think music here - oh thats right..... nice views of Chile to the south.... thats about it....
    Oh the nativity scene with the penguins and seals ( up near the Prefectura where they keep the hulked 'warships') is rather nice....

    Nov 18th, 2014 - 07:25 am 0
  • Conqueror

    Slightly sorry for the inhabitants of Puntas Arenas. Can't have it both ways. Support argieland and I'll keep my £36,000 at home!

    Nov 18th, 2014 - 02:47 pm 0
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