We had our days filled with activities on the sea days. There was Elite Michael's lounge 8 AM to 10 AM and happy hour 4 to 6 in the Observation lounge. We took excursions in all the ports. Our table mates were from England and we wound up getting along very well. They seemed to enjoy our American humor.
Our first port was Montevideo. We joined a couple from Hawaii and the wife's sister for an all day tour with guide. The weather was perfect and we got to see all the sights we hoped to see. We had a nice lunch in the heart of town. We had another tour with the five of us the next day in Punta Del Este. There was a little confusion by the tour guide about where the tenders would land. We had the same guide and driver as Montevideo. It was another perfect weather day and a full day of sightseeing. In Puerto Madryn we used a ships tour to visit a couple hundred thousand penguins. We felt we got our moneys worth except for the bagged lunch. It was a little larger group than I like but it was well organized. In Ushuaia we used the large cruise critic group of 12. Large relative to 5. We had a most enjoyable day and got to see a lot in a short amount of time. This was the nicest port we visited. It was a photo op for my wife with the sunrise and snow capped peaks in the distance. Even the locals said it was not like the normal wind and wet they see. In Punta Arenas, Chile we used a ships tour. It was only half a day but we did see a lot of sights in a short amount of time. In Puerto Mott we used a ships tour that was a nice uphill hike with a spectacular view. We then stopped for cake and coffee at a small ski area and enjoyed the fresh air. It is hard to describe just how unpolluted the air is there. It is so pure that some organisms thrive there that cannot thrive in polluted air. Our last port was Valpariso, Chile. We opted to do a tour that was half a day rather than the all day tour that went to Santiago. There was way too much time on the bus to get to and from Santiago. It was another spectacular weather day and we had lots of photo stops along the ocean front with luxury homes, casino, hotels etc. Some of our new friends got off to continue sightseeing on land before flying home and others were going right to the Santiago airport to fly home. There were over 200 of us that stayed on for the next 14 day cruise through the Panama Canal to Fort Lauderdale.