We boarded Quest in Piraeous in October. We had booked back to back cruises and the second cruise took us across the Atlantic to Brazil, Uraguay and Argentina. We were thrilled at Piraeous that several staff remembered us from an April 2012 cruise and greeted us at check in. We visited several ports in the Mediterranean including Kusadasi, Patmos, Santorini, Malta, Syracuse, Mahon and Valencia. All were interesting in their own way but we loved Santorini, it is so scenic.
Our next port of call was Barcelona where many passengers disembarked and a new lot of passengers boarded. There was also quite a change over of crew including the captain. We set sail for South America. Our first port of call was Gibraltar which we enjoyed, especially seeing the rock and the apes. Then on to Casablanca where early in the morning we had a rude awakening to the rock and rolling of the ship as it went over the sand bar at the entrance to the port. We all survived without injury but the ship did about $200000 worth of damage particularly in the restaurants. Undeterred we set off for Marrakesh, our choice of excursion and we believed it was worth the 12 hour day. Travelling through the desert was interesting especially seeing the Atlas Mountains. After a magnificent lunch we set off for the souks, another very imteresting experience as we had guides fromt and back of us watching for pick pockets!
Back to the ship and off to the Canary Islands. We visited Lanzarotte, the volcanic island and Teneriffe also volcanic but much more fertile. Both islands were worth the visit. The next day we visited Cape Verde, we weren't sure why.
We then had 4 sea days and were magnificently entertained by the crew and guest speakers. After our sea days we were excited about reaching Brazil and the city of Recife, a lively city. In the afternoon the Recife dancers put on a spectacular show on deck. Maceio was not very memorable. On to Rio de Janeiro, where once again we said goodbye to many new friends. Rio is a very scenic city and it was a thrill to catch the cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain. The views were unbelievable. It was quite exciting to see Copacaban Beach, the site of Carnival, Ipanema, the Favellas, Christ the Redeemer statue - all places we had seen in the media for many years.
Our new group of passengers had embarked and off we sailed for a further 7 days to Buenos Aires. The first port of call was delightful port called Ilhabbela ( San Sebastiao) Brazil. The next two ports were Paranagua ( forgettable) and Poto Belo ( quite nice) then on to Montevideo where we stayed overnight.
We teached Buenos Aires on November 20 and we reluctantly left Quest which had been our home for 5 glorious weeks. No gratuities, free drinks of any sort, and no request was too much trouble. The crew are wonderful and we made many friends there. By the second night on board all crew knew our names, a credit to them. I can't wait to get aboard again.
Bienos Aires is a great city and our trip to Iguazu Falls a highlight.