November 22, 2012
The beginning of the Antarctica cruise season was delayed for a day on Tuesday (Nov. 20) when a nationwide strike affected operations at the departure port for Antarctic cruises, the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.
Two small expedition ships were affected, both of which are operated by One Ocean Expeditions: the 92-passenger Akademik Ioffe, which docked in the early hours of the morning despite a lack of workers on the pier. And sister ship 105-passenger Akademik Sergey Vavilov, one of whose passengers failed to make it onboard due to air strikes across the country.
The other 174 passengers had to wait until after midnight for the strike to finish and for the ships to depart. A small number of Australian, Canadian and European passengers were unable to fly home due to cancelled flights, while others stayed in hotels in Ushuaia for the night.
The Antarctic cruise season begins in mid-November and lasts to March.
--by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor