Luxury cruise ships
have been broadening their port of calls lately, no longer merely floating down the Mediterranean or sailing around the Bahamas. The Falkland Islands, located in the South Atlantic Ocean about 300 miles off the coast of Argentina, have become the newest destination hitting 2012/13 season itineraries. October 6 saw the first visit to the Islands by cruise ship Ushuaia
which brought 84 guests to the capital of Stanley. Other vessels including Regatta
(Prestige Cruises), Ocean Diamond
(Quark), and Arcadia
(P&O), Polar Pioneer
and Ocean Nova
will also be heading there later this month. From the October to April season, about 90 different ships carrying over 50,000 passengers are set to make the trip to Stanley, with successful voyages hinging on the weather. Last season seven voyages to the Falkland Islands were cancelled due to weather conditions, so cruise goers will have to wait and see what this season will bring.