I just got off the phone with Princess Cruise Lines. They have a hotline for passengers who are sailing on the Star Princess on March 2nd, 2010 departing from Valparaiso Chile. Many of the flights into Valparaiso have been cancelled and Princess is helping passengers look at alternate airports and with getting transfers to ship. The Star Princess is still scheduled to depart Chile on March 2nd. If you are having issues with your flights please call Princess at 1-800-Princess and you will get transferred to the Star Princess Hotline.
Here is the latest update from Princess’s Website:
Earthquake in Chile – Star Princess
Star Princess is currently sailing in South America and is en route to Valparaiso, Chile, where the cruise is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, March 2.
Voyage 9005: Arriving Valparaiso Tuesday, March 2
We have been in close communication with management onboard Star Princess and, where possible, our contacts in Chile. Based on the information we currently have obtained, we do not anticipate any changes to our arrival in Valparaiso on March 2.
We are aware that the airport in Santiago is currently closed and appears to be closed through Monday, March 1. We are reviewing the impact of that closure and will provide updates as they become available.
Voyage 9006: Departing Valparaiso Tuesday, March 2
Star Princess is still scheduled to arrive on Tuesday in Valparaiso, Chile on Tuesday, March 2. Based on information that the Santiago airport will be closed for the next 72 hours, at this time we expect embarkation to commence as planned.
However, this is a very fluid situation and could change at any time. We encourage passengers to make any necessary adjustments to plan their flight to arrive in Valparaiso on Tuesday, March 2.
As we receive new information, we will continue to keep our passengers advised of any changes to their cruise itineraries. In the meantime, our thoughts are with those in Chile who are affected by the devastating earthquake.