Cruceros en Puerto de Aguas Profundas en Rocha

Rocha could become a destination on itineraries like this 8-day MSC cruise through Argentina, Brazil & Uruguay.

The coastal Uruguayan Department of Rocha will receive an important boost to year-round tourism thanks to a project that was originally envisioned more for exporting commodities rather than welcoming foreigners.

The future deep water port in Rocha will be the largest infrastructure project in Uruguay’s history and a critical addition to the country’s port infrastructure expediting the flow of Southern Cone commodities to the world. Now we learn the port will also be an important inbound destination for international cruise ships.

Reporting from the Legislature, El Observador breaks the news the Port of Rocha “won’t just be used for the transport of cargo, materials and mining, as originally thought from the beginning. The government is also expecting passenger ships and cruise ships that will boost tourism in the area.”

Rocha would become Uruguay’s third major cruise ship port of call after Punta del Este and Montevideo. The new port is expected to commence construction in 2014 and be fully operational by 2017.

Adding a cruise component to the future Rocha port makes dollars and sense considering how cruise season in Argentina and Uruguay has grown rapidly from a quick two-month summer window to a seven-month calendar running from spring (November) to fall (May).  (Full Story in Spanish)

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