Cruise line fights back as a new war brews over the Falkland Islands

//Cruise line fights back as a new war brews over the Falkland Islands

A new war is threatening to erupt over the Falklands, with the focus this time on visiting cruise ships.
P&O Cruises has cancelled all scheduled visits to ports in Argentina as the dispute continues over ships calling at the island capital of Port Stanley. Two other cruise lines, however, have chosen to keep Argentina on their itineraries, while axeing calls to the Falklands.
Argentinian authorities have been refusing entry to ships arriving from Port Stanley, and Seabourn Sojourn – like P&O a part of the giant Carnival Corporation – was recently delayed on departure from Buenos Aires as port workers demanded that the ship should not go to the Falklands. It then skipped a call at Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Holland America’s Veendam also missed out a visit to the port earlier this month.
Earlier this year Adonia and Princess Cruises’ Star Princess were both denied entry to Ushuaia after visiting Port Stanley.
P&O has announced that the 2,000-passenger Arcadia and the 710-passenger Adonia will be calling at the Falklands but will avoid Buenos Aires and Ushuaia during their world cruises in early 2013.
The company, whose cruise ship Canberra was used as a troop carrier and hospital ship during the 1982 Falklands War, said: “We cannot allow ourselves to be the subject of any political dispute or put our customers and crew into any situation where their enjoyment may be compromised.
“With this in mind, we have had to take the difficult decision to remove all Argentinian ports of call from Arcadia and Adonia’s 2013 itineraries.”
Holland America and Seabourn still list Argentina on their 2013 schedules, and have yet to make a further announcement. Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises have, however, announced that they have struck Port Stanley from their planned destinations, and intend to continue visiting Buenos Aires and Ushuaia.
The UK Foreign Office has accused Argentina of trying to strangle the Falklands’ economy by preventing cruise ships from taking passengers to the islands.

By | 2012-12-16T07:54:24+00:00 16 December 2012|Cruise News|0 Comments

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