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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Twelve transatlantic cruise ships, carrying 100,000 tourists, will sail to Mauá Pier, in Rio de Janeiro, starting this Sunday, February 2nd, through Saturday, February 29th. From this total, eight are international ships (the Queen Victoria, the Oceania Marina, the Europa2, the Hamburg, the Island Princess, the Volendam, the Celebrity Eclipse and the Azamara Pursuit).

It is the largest number of international transatlantic ships to dock in Rio in the past 20 years. Alexandre Gomes, Mauá Pier Operations Manager, said these cruises will inject "approximately R$120 (US$30) million in the city's economy in . . .

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