Insignia is currently sailing in South America and is en route to Valparaiso, Chile, where the cruise is scheduled to arrive on Sunday, March 7th.
We have been in close communication with management onboard Insignia and our ground operations team in Chile. Additionally, a team of Miami-based executives is enroute to the region to provide a first-hand assessment of the situation in Santiago and Valparaiso. Based on the preliminary information we have obtained, we do not anticipate any itinerary changes to affect our arrival in Valparaiso on March 7th.
The Santiago International Airport has been closed to all but military operations since the earthquake. In a meeting of the Chilean Civil Aviation Authority (DJAC) on March 1, the authorities announced a two-phase restoration of airline service. During Phase One (March 3 â€“ 5), domestic flights will arrive and depart from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM through temporary facilities at the airport. International flights will arrive and depart from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM. All international arrivals during Phase One will transit another Chilean airport to clear immigration and customs before arriving in Santiago. According to the DJAC plan, Phase Two will begin March 6 when the airport will return to round the clock operations, still operating through temporary facilities at the airport, but without the need for international arrivals to transit another Chilean airport before departing the country. U.S. citizens are advised to work directly with their airlines to arrange for their departure.
As soon as our management team arrives and provides us further information, along with information from our ground operations staff, we will issue additional updates and share details of Insignia’s anticipated arrival along with embarkation and debarkation arrangements for our valued guests.