The Star Princess will end its current cruise in Valparaiso, Chile, as scheduled on Tuesday, and Princess Cruises will keep the ship there an extra 24 hours if many of its departing passengers are unable to fly out.

Princess said the cruise terminal in Valparaiso is open and operational after Saturday's 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile, but that Santiago's airport is operating on a very limited basis, with most inbound and outbound flights having been canceled.

Princess said if flights remain limited on Tuesday, passengers will be able to stay onboard until normal flight operations resume.

The next Star Princess cruise was scheduled to depart Chile Tuesday en route Rio de Janeiro. Princess now says that the earliest it could sail from Valparaiso would be Wednesday, March 3 at 6 pm.

Princess said it is waiting to see how the flight situation in Chile resolves. The line said that those who have arrived and are already in Valparaiso would be able to embark and stay onboard the ship starting Tuesday.

Passengers who have booked their outbound or inbound air through Princess are being rebooked, and necessary modifications to pre- or post packages have been made, Princess said.

"This is a fluid situation and can change at any time," Princess said.


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