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portsimportant's Port Reviews of Stanley, Ushuaia, Montevideo, Buenos Aires
Celebrity Infinity cruise in February 2011
Member Name: portsimportant
Cruise Date: February 2011
Embarkation: Buenos Aires
Destination: South America & Antarctica
Member Review: portsimportant's Celebrity Infinity Review
Stanley
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
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.



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Ushuaia
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Because we were turned back at Antarctica we had two full days here. Sailing in and out along the Beagle channel was some of the most beautiful scenic sailing we had the whole cruise. The first day we negotiated with a taxi to take us out to the national park and leave us for a few hours before coming back for us, so we would have time to take a hike and do some other looking around. We hiked along the shore of Lago Roca up to the Chilean border it is a lovely mild hike in pleasant forest with great views across the lake at the glaciated terrain. With the time we had left after our hike we walked over to the visitor center and museum which houses, in addition to facts about the area, a fascinating display of native boats from around the world. The second day we were lucky enough to get places on one of the beagle channel cruise boats. We stopped at Cormorant Island, Sea-wolves Island, and Lighthouse Island then sailed up the channel to the magellanic penguin colony where they drove the boat right up on the beach and you stood right above the penguins. After the cruise, there was still a little time to walk around town and do a little shopping. This is the best place for items made of the national rock, rhodocrosite.


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Montevideo
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The city of Montevideo provides a map with walking tours to cruise passengers none of the walking tours are very long and we had completed them all as well as doing a little shopping by early afternoon. The city was very quiet almost deserted looking in some parts but we think this is because it was Saturday when we were in port here. There are many interesting and beautiful buildings, and we found a fun crafts center to do a little souvenir shopping in. For lunch, after our walk we went to the Mercado del Puerto which is full of parilla restaurants the food looks and smells a wonderful as it tastes ours was served with three sauces all of which were incredible.



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Buenos Aires
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The start and end of the cruise. In total we had about four days here. We took many walking tours: Along the Avenida de Mayo from Congresso to the Casa Rosada with a stop at Café Tortoni; through the neighborhood of Retiro to the Recoleta Cemetery; to the botanical garden and through Palermo and back to the Saturday market at Recoleta; and through San Telmo and the Sunday market, which is huge stretching all the way from Plaza Dorrego right up to Plaza de Mayo. On our final day we took the fast ferry over to Colonia del Sacramento where the well preserved old town is a UNESCO world heritage site.



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