The future of Argentina as a cruise destination was called into question on Thursday as a major line cancelled visits to the country through 2013, citing difficulty with recent arrivals.
UK-based P&O Cruises, a subsidiary of industry giant Carnival Corp., says the 2,016-passenger Arcadia and 710-passenger Adonia no longer will visit Argentina in 2013 as part of world cruises.
Cruise ships sailing in the region often follow itineraries that include stops in both Argentina and the Falkland Islands, but Argentine port workers reportedly have begun telling cruise ships calling in Argentina that they must skip calls in the Falklands or face repercussions such as being refused services at Argentine ports. The UK's Foreign Office has accused Argentina of trying to strangle the economy of the Falklands by discouraging cruise ships from stopping there.
Ships from two other Carnival Corp. brands have cancelled calls in recent days in Argentina. Holland America's 1,350-passenger Veendam and Seabourn Cruise Line's 450-passenger Seabourn Sojourn both skipped early December visits to Ushuaia, Argentina, with the lines citing expectations of difficulty in their arrivals. The cancellations came after the Seabourn Sojourn reportedly was delayed for seven hours in leaving Buenos Aires, Argentina on Dec. 4 after port workers demanded the ship not go to the Falklands.