Luxury super yacht MY Sherakhan, is one of four vessels new to the Falkland Islands visiting in the 2012/13 season beginning next month. More often spotted in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, she also ventures further afield to Patagonia, Antarctica, French Polynesia, Asia, and Panama.
Regatta (Prestige Cruises) Ocean Diamond (Quark) and Arcadia (P&O) will also pay inaugural visits. The season will begin gently with the first vessel, Ushuaia arriving in Stanley on October 6, carrying 84 passengers and returning on October 20.
Two of the smaller class of vessels Polar Pioneer and Ocean Nova will also visit later in the month, with the far larger Costa Romantica planning to drop anchor in the Islands on October 27.
Approximately 50,000 passengers will visit Stanley according to the most recent cruise ship schedule released this week, with AIDACara, Star Princess, Arcadia, Veendam, Celebrity Infinity, Grand Princess and Golden Princess disembarking between 1350 and 2500 of their guests onto Stanley Seafront.
During the season which runs from October until early April, around 90 ship visits are currently scheduled, however, due to severe weather or various logistical difficulties not all normally take place.
Last season 35,159 visitors landed; this was reduced from the expected number due to eight vessel cancellations. Seven of those were due to bad weather and one was health related.