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gogogranny's Port Reviews of Buenos Aires,, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Stanley
Star Princess cruise in December 2012
Star Princess
Member Name: gogogranny
Cruise Date: December 2012
Embarkation: San Francisco
Destination: South America
Member Review: gogogranny's Star Princess Review
Buenos Aires
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
WE had a debark tour in Buenos Aires through Princess. The city tour was great followed by a wonderful lunch in a downtown restaurant with a 1 1/2 hour Tango show. The show was well performed...but a bit long. An hour show would have been enough. We were then taken to the airport.

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Puerto Montt
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The weather was awful the day we were there...raining and VERY windy. It was a tender port and the ramp from the tender up to the terminal was very steep. It was metal with NO traction mats or tape. I fell as I got to the top...luckily I wasn't seriously injured...but I COULD have been. The purser's office of the ship showed little concern over this and said they had no authority of the port's choice of ramp or equipment. Because of the weather our sights were not the best. There were almost hurricane force winds at the falls......the huge lake would have been a beautiful sight in the sun but was gray and uninviting. We DID have a marvelous meal at a lovely hotel on the lake and enjoyed about an hour of free time for shopping etc. In good weather this would be an outstanding port.

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Punta Arenas
Port Rating: 0.0 out of 5+
Our Penguin viewing trip to Magdalena island was ferry service.

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Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
River Cruise & Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
WE enjoyed the Macaw sanctuary despite the extreme heat and humidity....which is normal for there. The Mangrove river cruise was just so so. We have been on other river cruises in Costa Rica that were much better and saw a lot more wildlife than this one. Our guide was very proud of her country...very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. WAY too much $$$$$ for what was offered.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Stanley was another tender port on a windy, COLD and rainy day....miserable !

We didn't take a tour. WE walked down to the Christ Cathedral for awhile and did a bit of shopping. It was a stark, bleak place with absolutely NO appeal whatsoever!

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
It was heavily overcast all day in Ushuaia but that didn't deter us from the awesome beauty of the majestic snow covered mountains surrounding the city. We took a tour out to the "end of the earth" Tierra del Fuego National Park which was heavily forested...beautiful. Would LOVE to see this place in the must be absolutely stunning !

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Santiago (Valparaiso)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The port of Valpariso was a very busy place. We took a city tour which took us to several different parts of the city. We saw lovely sights in Miraflores.

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