Significant drop in cruise calls in UruguayStaff writer ▼ | August 26, 2014
A significant drop in the number of calls and visitors is forecasted for this coming 2014/2015 cruise season in Uruguay, according to tourism officials.
Season 2014/2015 238 cruise calls expected to drop to 187
According to official Uruguay stats, last season of the 238 calls, 121 were in Montevideo and 117 in the Atlantic resort of Punta del Este, with a total number of 409.367 passengers, 55% in the Uruguayan capital and 45% in Punta del Este. However this coming season, Montevideo will receive 115 calls and Punta del Este, only 72.
One of the reasons for lesser operations in Punta del Este is the fact that Costa Cruises, has decided to centralize its boarding operations and passenger turnovers in Montevideo. This means Costa cruises will call in Montevideo on 22 occasions and three in Punta del Este.
Both Costa Cruises and Mediterranean Shipping Company, two of the leading companies operating along South Atlantic ports have long complained about ports costs and duties, and although Montevideo was not mentioned, Punta del Este was included in the list since passengers have to be landed in launches and this has proven to be far too expensive, as well as most prices in the seaside resort. ■