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New Buenos Aires check-in process after storm damages cruise terminal

MSC Lirica, here, and Costa Fascinosa on Dec. 19 will be the first ships to embark passengers at Buenos Aires via a new temporary procedure after a portion of the cruise terminal's roof collapsed in a storm
After a strong weekend storm caused a portion of Buenos Aires' Quinquela Martín cruise terminal roof to collapse, officials developed a revised check-in process.

This will be in place starting Dec. 19 and at least until March while the terminal undergoes repairs.

It applies only to embarking passengers; those on transit calls will not be impacted.

Waiting and pre-boarding areas damaged

The roof collapsed onto the terminal's waiting and pre-boarding area. The rest of the facility — baggage operations, immigration and customs — was not affected and will continue to operate as usual.

Check-in at Pavilion B, Costa Salguero

Passengers will check in at Pavilion 6 of the Costa Salguero property near Costanera, where they also will drop off their luggage. Then they'll be transferred to the cruise terminal, where they will undergo immigration procedures before embarking.

The entrance to the Costanera property will be via Avenida Rafael Obligado to Avenida Ramón Castillo. Parking will also be provided there.

The solution was agreed among the authorities of Argentina's General Administration of Ports, immigration, customs, Terminales Río de la Plata and the cruise lines for what will be a record season in terms of calls and passenger count.

MSC Lírica and Costa Fascinosa are scheduled to embark more than 3,500 passengers on Tuesday.