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Peru: Arequipa becomes stop for cruise ships

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This month the Port of Matarani in Arequipa, will receive four luxury cruise ships, with a total of 3,000 tourists on board.

Tourists will able to visit the southern part of Peru and contribute to the local economy, reported Peru21.

The first ship, the Prinsendam, arrived in Peru last Thursday, with 750 passengers on board, mostly from the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

The MS Seven Seas Mariner arrived the following day, carrying 700 passengers – most of them American and British.

The ship, with a length of 217 meters, was the largest ever to arrive at the port. Before arriving in Arequipa, the Seven Seas Mariner had stopped in Trujillo, and Pisco.

The third cruise ship, the Silver Spirit, arrived on Tuesday, with about 1,200 people on board. The fourth ship, the MS Insignia, will arrive later today, with over 800 passengers, reported Peru21.

"Modernization in the port of Matarani not only contributes to the development of foreign trade, but it also aids the growth of tourism in the southern regions of the country," said Erick Hein, general manager of Terminal Internacional del Sur, in charge of administering the Matarani port.

 

This month the Port of Matarani in Arequipa, will receive four luxury cruise ships, with a total of 3,000 tourists on board.

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