Uruguayan Tourism ministry officials announced that the country expects 170 calls from cruise vessels this coming season which is scheduled to begin 6 November and extend until 10 April 2016.
Deputy minister Benjamin Liberoff said that all is ready for the coming season following a raft of meetings with officials from the different ministries and other government offices, plus representatives from the private sector involved in the industry.
Montevideo is expected to receive 109 calls of which three will stay overnight and during 22 days two cruise vessels will be docking simultaneously and three on an exceptional day.
Another 61 calls will take place at the Atlantic sea resort of Punta del Este, with one staying overnight, two visiting vessels on sixteen days and a three-vessel day.
Although the number of calls is lower than in previous seasons, Uruguayan officials attribute the situation to claims of excessive costs operating in ports of neighboring countries, Argentina and Brazil.
Last season, 2014/15, Montevideo received 108 calls with 201.000 cruise passengers and Punta del Este, 64 calls and 131.000 visitors
Uruguay in that respect is privileged, we are more responsive to the industry, we have an excellent dialogue with the cruise companies, and evidence of this is that Montevideo has also become a port of transfer for passengers, meaning we are an arrival and departure point, said Liberoff.
Finally it was announced that the official launching of the season will take place on 4 December in Montevideo with the arrival of the Zaandam and the Norwegian Sun. Likewise in Punta del Este on 14 December MSC Splendida will mark the day.
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Pity the children in charge of the country didn't see the massive cruiser in PdelE this morning! Perhaps the tourists don't care whether it is 'the season'.Nov 05th, 2015 - 06:22 pm 0
I suppose Liberoff agreed with his boss that abandoning the summer time was a good idea for 'tourists' who now miss out on our great weather from 05.20 at the moment.
I would love to know HOW these prats came to make this decision but I am unable to discover what EVIDENCE was used other than the chief idiot of the Turismo Ministry 'thought' it was a great idea.
He probably thought he wanted to 'break wind' but was equally mistaken and managed to shit himself.
Reducing the taxes paid by the ships and passengers might help restore the numbers to what they were in 2011, the year we settled here.
Maldonado let slip a little gem two years ago when it announced the result of it's tourists survey. Oh, it was a surprise! More than half of those Tourists polled stated that the cost was a deciding feature and PdelE wasn't worth the trouble.
Ah, The Broad Fraud, managing to fuck everything up as usual.
Yes, Chris, even I spotted the cruise ship, despite the dark blue hull. Actually, it was almost impossible to miss from the Mansa side of the peninsula.Nov 06th, 2015 - 01:09 am 0
But then again, this minister and the gov't in general seem to be missing a lot of pretty obvious facts.
Actually the TV news said she'd (the ship, not the minister) put in to get out of the way of a storm. What storm? Lovely weather forecast until Monday. The plot sickens ... Perhaps the ship's captain listened to the weather forecast from Argentina. There's a storm in the vicinity of South Georgia, which of course, we all know is a part of Argentina, having been told by Guzz & Co. As the top (ish) end of Argentina is near Uruguay, the Cap'n put two and two together and got 3.1416.
@ 2 ynsereNov 06th, 2015 - 05:42 pm 0
Ha, ha, ha. Spot on, apart from the usual algebraic 22/7. :o)