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Buenos Aires cruise season to be far from peak

Staff Writer | November 21, 2016
Buenos Aires cruise season has taken off but it will be far from its peak in 2012/13 when over half a million visitors reached the Argentine capital.
Buenos Aires cruise season
Tourism   The consequences of bad management
This season will only see 81 calls with 323.000 visitors of which 70% foreigners, according to local port authorities.

The first to call was the Hebridean Sky, a small cruise with 100 passengers and 80 crew members. From Buenos Aires it headed for Ushuaia and then across to the Falklands and South Georgia.

The last scheduled call this season on 9 April 2017 is the Norwegian Sun. But some large cruises are also expected among which MSC Orchestra and Music; Celebrity Infinity; Costa Luminosa and Queen Victoria.

“We're paying the consequences of bad management. It's a highly competitive market and in our Southern hemisphere latitude we have formidable and well developed destinations such as Oceania and South Africa.

"Cruise companies organize with up to four years anticipation, but here in Buenos Aires they could only schedule with two years at the most. This scares any global corporation”, said Gonzalo Mortola, from the Buenos Aires port authority.