We flew into Buenos Aires a couple of days earlier and stayed at the Dazzler Tower Maipu, this location is in a great location, close to the Sheraton and Florida Street. We arranged a taxi with the hotel and it worked out to be $45USD, which was charged to our hotel room. The hotel included breakfast in the morning, which is good enough to start the day. Hotel is clean, no frills and is great if you don't spend much time in your hotel room.
We took a radio taxi to the ship and boarded on the Sunday around 2p.m. If you are staying in a concierge room, like we were, you have to make sure to tell them, otherwise you will have to wait to get on board. Although, it didn't make a difference since there weren't many people waiting to go on board. No one was standing there to give us champagne when we boarded (it was on a table, but no sign to tell you to help yourself).
We went to our rooms right away and it didn't take long for us to receive our luggage. We had wonderful weather during the whole cruise...of course it was rough on the ocean going around the Cape. We did get sea sick a couple of days, however, we brought ginger pills which seemed to help us.
Food was great, lots of choices...of course after 14 days you do get tired of eating. Service was great and everyone was friendly...everywhere we went on the boat we got acknowledged. Our favourite bar was on the top deck and being served by Uriel. He gave us consistently great service! We also liked Makir who was our stateroom attendant. It amazed us how our room was cleaned every time we left and came back...impressive! We ate a couple nights at the buffet when we didn't want to get dressed up, one night at the S.S. United (good place if you want to experience great food and service) and of course the Trellis, the food was just as good as S.S. United, however, the Trellis is very busy and noisy since you can hear everyone. Our only complaint is how much food we ate and the weight we gained. :)
We only went to a couple of shows and they were alright. Celebrity life programs were pretty good. We enjoyed Rod's presentations about going around the Cape and the bit of history/geography about South America.
The average age must have been 55-60 years of age. There were some kids on the ship, but we didn't see any programs for them, so we wouldn't recommend it for families unless you're going for the itinerary. The kids section outside of the ship seemed to be a waste of space since it would be better as a bar or sitting area.
Considering the ship was older, we were impressed at how clean and well maintained it was. One of our memorable days was when we went around the Cape and the rough weather...we went outside and couldn't believe how windy it was...a nice break from the hot weather. A great experience with the change of weather and different ports and the cruising through the straights of Magellan/Chilean fjords and cape horn was beautiful if you like nature.
We only did a couple of shore excursions which we pre-arranged ourselves and worked out less expensive than what was offered on the cruise ships. The plus was that they were smaller groups. We did excursion in Ushuaia to see the penguins. It was a shorter drive that Punta Tombo since we didn't want to spend 5 hours sitting in a bus. The penguin excursion in Ushuaia was the only boat that takes you to the island in which you can walk around and see the approx 2000 penguins. If you do the ship excursion you sail down the beagle canal, however when you get to the island where the penguins are you can't get off the boat like we did. You can almost step on them if you don't watch where you're walking. The other was in Puerto Montt with GVTours. It was great since we weren't on a big bus and it went to all the same places as the other buses. The family who runs this tour were very friendly and we also got to see the typical Chilean dance after lunch. The rest of the ports we walked around ourselves in the cities, shopped a bit and would go back to the ship for lunch. We also spent the day at the beach in Punta del Este, however it was hot, so its a good idea to have an umbrella.
Overall we had no major complaints and enjoyed our South American cruise very much and would definitely recommend putting it on your bucket list!