Argentina expects to handle 551,000 passengers during the current cruise season, up from 491,986 in 2017/18 and a 27% spike since 2016/17.

The leader of the Southern Cone Ports Corp. (Cono Sur) met with Chile's undersecretary of tourism to strategize about the promotion of cruises to Chile and the country's participation at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami.

Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez said MSC Cruises has shown interest in establishing a homeport at the new Panama Cruise Terminal at Amador, which is half-way to completion.

Ushuaia, at the southern tip of Patagonia, has gained more docking space for small and medium-size ships as Argentina acts to accommodate the growth of Antarctica expeditions and cruises around South America.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will offer furloughed federal employees and families that are impacted by the US government shutdown a buffet lunch and afternoon aboard its two ships, free of charge.

With the US government shutdown dragging on, long lines at some airports are reported as more security screeners fail to show up for work. But, so far, there's no impact to cruise operations at key seaports contacted by Seatrade Cruise News.

The European Commission's decision to examine Fincantieri's proposed acquisition of Chantiers de l’Atlantique on referral by French and German competition authorities may delay the deal.

Taking an important step toward becoming a regional player in the mainstream cruise business, Chile has approved cabotage for foreign-flag ships of 400 or more passengers.

Port of Seattle Commissioners approved a funding plan to bring shore power to the current cruise berth at Pier 66.

Argentina's Transport Ministry unveiled a modernization plan for the Port of Buenos Aires. The public-private project, an investment of $1.9bn over 50 years, will separate cargo and cruise operations and includes a new cruise terminal, among other improvements.

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