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Evelyn Keating's Port Reviews of Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Stanley, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Santiago (Valparaiso)
Star Princess cruise in February 2012
Member Name: Evelyn Keating
Cruise Date: February 2012
Embarkation: Rio de Janeiro
Destination: South America & Antarctica
Member Review: Evelyn Keating's Star Princess Review
Montevideo
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
It was Carnival Tuesday and nearly all shops were closed. There are a few historic places to see but probably not enough to justify a tour. We did love the food market which is very nearby. They have huge firepits (indoors) where every type of meat is roasting and the smell is great.

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Buenos Aires
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This is a lovely city with many beautiful buildings. 6 of us arranged a tour with balocal.com and were very pleased. It's always nice to sightsee with a small group. And we did see all the requisite sights including the various neighborhoods, the Plaza de Mayo with the palace, Eva Peron's tomb in the fantastic Recoleta Cemetery. It was especially fun to spend time walking through the La Boca neighborhood with the colorful buildings and street scene.
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Stanley
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This was a terrific port. Everyone was so friendly and happy to tell you how much they love living in the Falklands and how much they hate Argentina! We took the Bluff Cove Tour to see penguins and it was just great. However, do not take this trip if you have back issues as it is quite "bouncy" on the cross country part which lasts 20 minutes. You are crossing over huge boulders in a Range Rover in order to get down to the Beach. But once there, you are rewarded with hundreds of penguins. Most are Gentoo with a cluster of Kings as well. They are strict about how close you can walk to the penguins but apparently the penguins didn't get that message because they will walk very close to you - especially down on the beach. It's very cold and windy - even in their summer. After visiting with the penguins, you are invited into a small house/cabin where the Falkland women have prepared a feast for you. There are muffins, cookies, pies, cakes, and plenty more, plus coffee, tea and hot chocolate. And it's all free. They also had an accordion (which they call a squeezebox)player, so it was very festive.

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Ushuaia
Port Rating: 0.0 out of 5+
We did not get to visit this port because Argentina denied us permission to their port. It was in retaliation for having just visited the Falkland Islands. This may become a problem because of the tension between Argentina and Great Britain over the Falklands. We were told by the locals that large oilfields have been discovered there, which explains a lot!

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Punta Arenas
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We were lucky to visit Punta Arenas on a warm sunny day. Apparently they are quite rare. And that makes all the difference in enjoyment of a port. We walked to the main plaza to see the famous statue of Magellan. It was a lovely plaza, with century old trees, and surrounded by beautiful buildings. There was a big flea market in the plaza (probably for our benefit) and the jewelry was very nice and incredibly inexpensive. And they do take American dollars. Some other members of our party took a ski lift up above town and hiked back down, but they were rather disappointed in the hike.

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Santiago (Valparaiso)
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
This was a beautiful city at one time. Now it seems a bit down at the heels. We drove by incredibly beautiful homes and neighborhoods but none of them were residential any longer. Everything is covered in graffiti and just looks dirty. The outskirts of the city are much newer and much more attractive. And there are great views of the snowcapped Andes Mountains everywhere you look.

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