Christmas is supposed to be magical and so is a cruise! Our 16 member family boarded the Celebrity Infinity in Valparaiso, Chile on December 2012 and it was magical! The ship is beautiful and was awesomely decorated for the holidays! It had Christmas written all over it from gingerbread towns, Christmas flowers (red Poinsettias), the holiday music everywhere, to the best Social Host that kept the ship alive (I believe he was Argentinean, funny and fun!), showing up at all unexpected places, keeping people happy and entertained at all times.
The ports of call were incredible: from Chile to Buenos Aires, what can you not love about it? Everything from sea life to nature to glaciers. The meals were excellent, as was the service. The cabins are beautiful (we had verandas and some preferred the Ocean Views because of the smaller children). They have a great feature on this ship: connecting rooms for bigger families with children. The kids Club and Teen’s Club as stated by the kids themselves, were great!). The Dining Room staff was so accommodating for such a big group and treated our ‘younglings ‘with so much care! Would definitely recommend and return on a Celebrity cruise!
We took a city tour so take one! Buenos Aires is what is called 'a European City' in South America. It is all about the culture: beautiful architectural buildings, parks, a courteous and well educated people and different neighborhoods to enjoy throughout their historical development. It has a pretty good Zoo also. We went to see a theater production (in Spanish, of course). It was seeing a [Broadway production] in Buenos Aires!!!! A must are the Tango shows, the Marina and eat where the locals eat (the food is great!)! Walking around in general, is safe. The famous 'Recoleta Cementary' where Eva Peron is buried is worth the visit, as it has monumental structures that are usually not used in other countries. Shopping is abundant.
Actually it was Punta del Este, Uruguay, which is a beach/marina place. It was interesting but do put on a sunscreen as we all found out that the Ozone Layer is really gone there! We walked around the coastal front and the kid's enjoyed it.
We took a private tour that the hotel prepared. We were 20 people so we had a small bus. It was the best way because we got to go where we wanted to, stop at the local (and famous) marketplace and eat inside at a seafood place, much like a food court. We traveled the whole city at our leisure and the tour guide took us to the most important places and we got down to take pictures.
It was very interesting. A beautiful park for nature lovers. Previously on another cruise, we had taken the tour "Train at the End of the World" so we didn't want to repeat the same one. That one was actually better in comparison because you also see part of the park and the old red train was kind of fun.