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cosalamx's Port Reviews of Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Stanley, Puerto Montt, Santiago (Valparaiso)
Norwegian Sun cruise in December 2008
Norwegian Sun
Member Name: cosalamx
Cruise Date: December 2008
Embarkation: Buenos Aires
Destination: South America
Member Review: cosalamx's Norwegian Sun Review
Buenos Aires
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
There is enough to do to fill several days. A two night trip to Iguazu Falls is highly recommended, as it takes a full day to do a tour of the Argentinean side of the falls. I recommend taking the boat ride on the river below the falls, but be prepared to get completely soaked (waterproof bags are provided for clothes, shoes, etc. so wear a bathing suit under your clothes). We spent one night at the very new American Hotel and I would recommend it until the prices go up. It was about USD$120 when we were there, but they were still finishing some of the rooms. The airline put us up for the night when our flight was cancelled for mechanical reasons. We had stayed at the Hotel Cataratas for two nights, which was OK, but about the same price as the American and the American is a far superior hotel.

A free guided tour of La Recoleta Cemetery is available three mornings a week, and is very interesting. The half day city tour is good. A tango show is very enjoyable and a Estacion (ranch) Tour provides a glimpse into the life of the Gaucho, as well as a great lunch with unlimited food and drinks.

We stayed at the Art Suites Hotel in the Recoleta area, and were totally satisfied. We had a one bedroom apartment. A continental breakfast was delivered to our apartment when we called. The front desk staff were knowledgeable about the area restaurants and available tours and the neighborhood was very interesting and convenient with banks, restaurants, grocery stores, laundries all within a couple of blocks.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
I give this port a very high rating only because of our tour guide. We booked a tour with Real English Tours ( and Richard Cowley was our guide. He was outstanding and I recommend booking for four hours, as we found 3 hours to be not sufficient.

We accidentally overpaid him for one extra passenger, and he delivered a refund to the ship before we sailed that afternoon. They are truly a class organization.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We found a taxi to take us to Gypsy Cove for USD$10 per person round trip in a 7 passenger van. The 10 minute ride takes about 20 minutes but the cove is interesting with quite a few penguins, although many are quite a distance away.

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Puerto Montt
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We had a super tour with GV Tours ( that lasted all day and included a great lunch. We saw everything there is to see in the area, and everyone in our group of 10 enjoyed this tour immensely.

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Santiago (Valparaiso)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We arranged a private transfer with Chile Airport Shuttle ( to take us from Valparaiso to Santiago. We spent a few days and stayed at the Eurotel Providencia. The staff were very helpful and the hotel exceeded our expectations. The area was good with everything within walking distance.

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