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4 Boston to South America Cruise Reviews

One of the most fun cruises we have been on. I truly believe the Cruise Director makes and sets the tone for a cruise. Carly is head and shoulders above all cruise directors we have had...except for Chole, they're tied! She ... Read More
One of the most fun cruises we have been on. I truly believe the Cruise Director makes and sets the tone for a cruise. Carly is head and shoulders above all cruise directors we have had...except for Chole, they're tied! She interacts with passengers, her staff is engaging . They involve all. The Captain was also present around the ship and it showed by how the crew interacted with passengers. A happy crew leads to very happy passengers. We had such a great time we will be back onboard next year! It may not have all the glitz of the newer ships, as much space as the bigger ships but she has heart starting from the Captain to the Cruise Director to every crew member. Most ships do not. The only flaw is the menu...it needs to be upgraded fleet wide. It has gotten very old and uninspiring. Keep the Strawberry Bisque Soup but entrees need to be changed. Can't wait to see the changes after the facelift refresh Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We like to sail on the smaller ships and had been sailing with Seabourn for 15 years (max. 208 passengers) when they had the 3 small ships. Sailed a couple of times on the larger, newer ships (max. 450 passengers) and did not like it. My ... Read More
We like to sail on the smaller ships and had been sailing with Seabourn for 15 years (max. 208 passengers) when they had the 3 small ships. Sailed a couple of times on the larger, newer ships (max. 450 passengers) and did not like it. My husband found Ponant on line and thought the line looked very interesting. Having got the brochure and saw the type of cruises we like (particularly the repositioning as we like days at sea) we booked the Boston, Mass. to Lima, Peru. Loved every minute and we will certainly book another one as soon as possible (and we have saved some money up!) The staff could not do enough for you and nothing was too much. The food was superb, particularly the wonderful French cheeses and the bread is to die for! (Take clothes that will expand with your waistline!!!!) I would have liked a bit more to do in the daytime, i.e. art and craft classes etc. The only problem was that the majority of the passengers were only French speakers. However, the staff did translate where appropriate (quizzes etc) Our cruise agent informed me that there are going to be some 'all English speaking' cruises in the future and we would be VERY interested in hearing about those. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise as a total getaway from caregiving and because we really needed a break. We wanted a small ship with no casino, no children, no loud cruise director, and a small number of passengers. We flew to Boston from Tampa and ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a total getaway from caregiving and because we really needed a break. We wanted a small ship with no casino, no children, no loud cruise director, and a small number of passengers. We flew to Boston from Tampa and boarded with 35 other passengers - the ship holds about 200 total. As this was a repositioning cruise, the cost was very affordable and we were prepared for 8 days of total relaxation. The crew did a great job of refurbishing one area after another - new carpets, drapes, etc. while keeping enough public space open that we hardly noticed. The catering was less elaborate than ususl, we were told, but the array and quality of the food was superb. We like the occasional gourmet dinner but we also like an option for simple grilled salmon or more country food, which was always an option. This was our first Ponant cruise - we had already booked one next Spring from Martinique to Lisbon (another ocean cruise) - and took the opportunity for a short cruise in advance. We are so glad we did. We met every single other passenger - even the French, who comprised about half of the passengers. As I speak a bit of French, I had no trouble, but neither did those who spoke only English. The passengers were fun and friendly. Only ten of us disembarked in Panama and the rest were joined by others as they went on to Lima over the following week or so. The crew was excellent - only the reception staff were a bit uninterested in being responsive. The Butler, West, attended to all our needs. We had a suite - essentially two staterooms together. Beware, European sizes are small for us Americans, but there was plenty of room. For the most part, we hardly stayed in the stateroom. The public rooms are gorgeous, well cared-for and comfortable. We are going again and we actually booked a Tahiti - Honolulu - Japan trip in 2019. This is a wonderful line and perfect for adults and friends. The entertainment was just fine and much more than we expected given a repositioning cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Veendam is a mid sized ship that we have sailed twice. The upgrades and remodel were a success and will be appreciated. You can read the professional opinions of the ship, form a guest perspective we were impressed. The food was is ... Read More
The Veendam is a mid sized ship that we have sailed twice. The upgrades and remodel were a success and will be appreciated. You can read the professional opinions of the ship, form a guest perspective we were impressed. The food was is restaurant quality, it is not a 5 star dining experience, but our goal was to travel first and dine to eat. You won't be disappointed, we looked forward to each nights dining. Our cruise was a repositioning of the Veendam from New England to South America. We took this cruise with two objectives, first to sail through the Panama Canal and see the west coast of South America. This cruise is one of the few that will accomplish both. The northern half of South America is not tourist pretty, but is worth seeing. Equador is dry and poor, but has a rain forest and the port of Manta of interest. Peru coastal towns are not the highlight of the country. They are of interest, we saw Trujillo and used Patrica Valenzula through Viatour for our guide which I would highly recommend. We choose not to use Holland America tours for two reasons: our tours were less expensive and we traveled in groups of 6 or smaller. Some people from the ship chose to travel to Macha Pichu, having been there it is worth traveling on a separate trip to experience it, I would recommend Amazonia Expeditions for this adventure. We next docked at Callao, Peru which is the port to Lima. Take a Tour of the city, but make sure you include the Magic Fountains of Lima, you will really enjoy it. The cabs are just outside the port gate, they are safe just make sure you negotiate the price before you get in and include the return trip if the price is right to Miraflores. We took the free shuttle to Miraflores and went to the Marriott taxi stand to get our return trip to the ship. There are several tour companies that will meet you in Maraflores for a city tour. Now you get into the tourist pretty part of South America and the reason you brought a camera.The southern part of South America from Valparasio to Buenos Aires is the reason the Veendam travels back and forth around the cape. It is a beautiful as Europe or Alaska. The southern climates at the beginning of their summer are temperate and a great time to go. The glaciers are a numerous as Alaska and fjords are more numerous than Norway. This is not the cruise I would recommend for first timers, the water can be a little challenging but the beauty of this exotic area will make you want to come back and explore the interior of Peru, Chile, Argentina and Patagonia. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012

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