Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego and considered the most southern city of the world, received over 70.000 cruise visitors and 251 vessel calls during this cruise season, which took off last September and was computed until the end of February, which also proved to be the most active month of austral summer.
The figures supplied by the Antarctic Office from the Tierra del Fuego Tourism Institute indicate that until the end of February, 71.581 visitors had landed in Ushuaia in 251 cruise calls. February was the busiest with 30.000 visitors. Final numbers are expected to be even higher since the end of the season is scheduled for April.
Precisely this week saw the arrival of Celebrity Infinity with 2.449 passengers and a thousand crew members. From Ushuaia the cruise headed for Valparaiso in Chile, and this was her third call during February.
However despite the success of the cruise season, and the fact that Ushuaia is also the gateway for most Antarctic cruises, local tourism authorities are not entirely satisfied because not many visitors actually remain long in Tierra del Fuego.
“Most of the tourists that board in Ushuaia for a cruise hardly spend time in the province, and that is why the institute is working to see if we can change this and have the tourists spend time in other attractions here in Tierra del Fuego”, said Gianfranco Guardamagna.
“Even when the real large cruises are not so frequent, we have seen an increase in the Antarctica cruises, and we are aware operators are doing their best to try and further advance this option”, revealed the head of the Tierra del Fuego tourism office.