Photo: Two Carnival Corp. Cruise Ships Turned Away at Argentina Ports (Star Princess seen here)
The latest development in Argentina’s fight over the Falkland Islands has the country barring two Carnival Corp. cruise ships from entering their ports.
Monday, Princess Cruises’ Star Princess and P&O Cruises’ Adonia ships were turned away at Ushuaia, Argentina.
The Star Princess ship had been turned away earlier this year by the Falklands government citing health concerns after the ship stopped in Argentina.
Argentina turning away the same ship seems to reflect the tension currently going on between the Latin American country and Britain over the Falklands Islands.
In August, a provincial law was passed that bars British vessels, as well as those partially owned by British companies, from entering the ports, and has the ships approached veterans of the brief 1982 war with Britain urged Gov. Fabiana Rios to enforce that law.
However, tourist officials called the barring a “vulgar and shameful kind of patriotism.”
The decision to turn away the ships also negatively affected the local economy, as many business owners had chosen to work through the Argentine holiday in order to serve and accommodate the passengers of the cruises they thought would be stopping in Ushuaia.
The British foreign office has stated that they believe there was no justification for turning the ships away and “British diplomats in Argentina are urgently seeking to clarify the circumstances surrounding this incident.”