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John Shearer's Port Reviews of Montevideo, Stanley, Ushuaia, Puerto Montt
Star Princess cruise in February 2010
Star Princess
Member Name: John Shearer
Cruise Date: February 2010
Embarkation: Buenos Aires
Destination: South America
Member Review: John Shearer's Star Princess Review
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Didn't take an excursion but walked through the city and took a taxi ride. Small town with an "old Spanish" flavour and easy to get around. Uruguayan beaches and much cleaner than Buenos Aires as the River Plate deposits mostly of its silt on its south shore

If excursions are looked for then Punte del Este is recommended

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We did not take a tour but walked around Stanley which is a typical UK village but in a 1950's time warp. Weather can be bleak which high winds and rain even in mid summer, but the weather can change very quickly and become suddenly very sunny. Take waterproof jackets and shoes.

There are tours to see battlegrounds (1982 conflict)and wildlife. However most of these by Land Rover or other 4x4's with limited space as there are few roads outside Stanley. There Excursions sold of the ship get booked up quickly.

Many nice English style pubs in Stanley with English beer! The museum is excellent - about 2 miles from tender landing point and there is a free shuttle to and from the museum. Take a taxi to Gypsy Cove ($20 per person) to see the Penguins. Stanley Golf Club is "interesting"

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Beautiful setting with snow capped mountains around - very much the "end of the world" with the town being strongly marketed in that vein.

The town itself is just about UK but I would recommend an excursion to nearby lakes, etc. Scenery outside the town just great and there are other attraction such as narrow gauge railway, golf course etc. We went to Bahia Ensenada and saw the end of the Pan American Highway : Alaska 17,848 kilometres away!

If you take an excursion say in the morning you can explore some parts of the own in the afternoon on foot or taxi. The ship berths here so no tenders needed.

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Puerto Montt
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Puerto Montt is the Northern gateway to the Chilean Lake District and an area were many Germans settled in the mid 19Th century.

Although there is a dock the Star Princess to big a ship to berth so a short tender ride is needed.

Puerto Montt is not too attractive but the surrounding area is. There are taxi's available in the harbour area which can be cheaper than an excursion, especially if you are 4 in your party. We did this and went to Lago Llanquihue (largest lake in Chile). Stopped at Puerto Varas (strong German feel to it)and went on to Lago Ensenada. On the way we stopped at the Saltos (Falls) del Rio Petrohue. Very attractive small waterfalls through volcanic rock - however watch out for the midges so take insect repellent!

The town of Frutillar (also on Lago Llanquihue) is meant to be the most German in architecture, etc

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