There were two ships in port at Stanley the day we were there, the other was an even larger Princess Ship. This meant that shore excursions sold out early particularly the penguin tours. The Falkland Islands has a great variety of penguins and we had hoped to get to see the Rock Hopper penguins, but by the time we signed up only the Sparrow Cove penguin trip was left so we snapped it up. We were to be on the 9:30 tour so we thought we would walk around on deck for a while after breakfast but as we passed the theater, which was the departure point, at around 8:00 the crew member told us to go right in. This was bad advice once you get your tour sticker they don't want you to leave the theater so we had a very boring hour and a half wait inside a dark theater with no windows until our turn came. In Stanley Large cruise ships must tender guest to port, but the Sparrow Cove penguin tour uses a special boat rather than starting in Stanley like the rest of the tours and takes you to the opposite side of the harbor. As we pulled in to the little cove there our boat was escorted by a group of four or five dolphins; that was really fun. Then we got into Land Rovers driven by the owner of the farm and her daughter and friends. We were lucky enough to get be in the one driven by the owner and she was very gracious in answering our questions as we drove out on the wildest off road ride I have ever been on. When we arrived at the penguins we were told to stay on one side of the rope lying on the ground, but the penguins could cross it and they were very curious about shoes clothes cameras and even my mom's fingers. We were also lucky that there was a King penguin nesting among the Gentoo penguins which are the only ones advertised for this tour. On the whole it was a truly wonderful tour and we highly recommend it. After we were returned to the ship we turned around and went directly back out on a tender to Stanley. There we toured the city seeing the Church, and the museums and having fish and chips in a pub after the crowds had moved on. Returning to the ship we were very grateful to be on Celebrity as we were met by crew members with hot chocolate and cold water and no line to get to the tenders, while the Princess Cruise folks had a very long line and no refreshments offered.