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About Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is often referred to as "The Paris of South America," but it's so much more than that. The city features characteristics of great global cities like Paris, Vienna, Rome, Barcelona, Havana, San Juan, Miami and others. But Buenos Aires stands alone, a sprawling metropolis of more than 12 million people, located well below the equator (closer to Antarctica, in fact) in the upper-eastern quadrant of Argentina. 

Anyone who has seen the stage or movie version of "Evita" has witnessed the colorful history of the city. Buenos Aires (which, roughly translated, means "fresh air") was founded originally in 1536, but the Spaniards sent to colonize the mouth of the Rio de la Plata were forced away by the indigenous population. A second, more successful attempt was made in 1580, and it wasn't until the early 1800s that the city and then the country emancipated itself from the Spanish crown, becoming the Republic of Argentina. 

You might think that planning by the French, buildings by the Spanish and statuary by the Italians would lend a schizophrenic air to this sprawling capital. But the fact that the populace is a melting pot of European and South American cultures (half of Buenos Aires' citizens are of Italian descent) makes the city more open and cosmopolitan, celebrating differences and welcoming tourists from around the world. 

But don't be deceived by appearances -- Buenos Aires may have the look and feel of European city, but scratch the surface and you'll soon realize that Buenos Aires is a South American city with very real South American challenges. The main ones are massive unemployment and a huge influx of migrant workers from neighboring countries, the majority of which live in slums either side of the main highways in area called Villa 31. Though not as (in)famous as Rio's favelas, these shantytowns lack running water, electricity, basic sanitation and schooling and the authorities are trying to figure out how to incorporate them into the city.

The country also wrestles with high inflation and unemployment. More than anywhere else in the country, Buenos Aires felt the effects of years of more than 2,000 percent inflation and that is still felt today. When the Argentine economy collapsed in 2001, the "Portenos" -- as the city's residents call themselves, in a reference to the city's origins as a port -- took to the streets demanding someone be held accountable. Others formed collectives to purchase and run their places of business. The flip side, of course, was that the devaluation of the Argentine peso made a visit to the city very affordable, and tourism thrived. 

Even today, most of the city's goods and services remain a tremendous bargain for visitors from Europe or North America. (Subway rides total 30 cents, and a steak main course costs around $15.) Hoteliers have gotten wise to this attractiveness, and accommodation prices have increased. However, the opening of more properties, particularly of the boutique variety, and the rise of Airbnb means there is plenty of competition, and good rates can be found. Compared to stays in other world-class cities, a trip to Buenos Aires is a bargain, and once you visit, you'll likely want to return. 

The city features numerous draws: architecture, acres and acres of woods and parks, fabulous meals of traditional grilled meats and hearty Argentine wines. Visitors also enjoy the Latin sizzle, the soul of the portenos and the genuine warmth and humor of the people. Bask in the camaraderie you feel at a cafe (even if you don't speak Spanish), the thrill you get from watching a couple performing a tango on a San Telmo street corner, the smile of a child wearing a Boca Juniors T-shirt. Maybe you'll be privileged to be offered a sip of yerba tea from a stranger's mate (pronounced mah-tay) cup, a social tradition in Argentina. Perhaps a shopkeeper will point you in the direction of a fabulous tavern. And, maybe you'll dance the tango in an after-hours social club.


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  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Buenos Aires

    Leaving:
    Buenos Aires
    Visiting:
    Punta del Este, Montevideo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    21 Night Cruise to Buenos Aires Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Buenos Aires
    • Day 2
      Punta del Este
    • Day 3
      Montevideo
    • Day 4
      Montevideo
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
    • Day 9
      Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Punta Arenas
    • Day 11
      Chilean Fjords
    • Day 12
      Chilean Fjords
    • Day 13
      Puerto Chcabuco
    • Day 14
      Puerto Montt
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Santiago (Valparaiso)
    • Day 17
      Coquimbo (La Serena)
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Iquique
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Pisco
    • Day 22
      Lima
    Ship Details

    Azamara Pursuit - Azamara

    Pros

    ** Comfortable home base for exploring unique itineraries, with warm and accommodating service

    Cons

    ** Most cabins, especially the bathrooms, are small and feel tight

    Bottom Line

    ** Pursuit is perfectly sized to sail into more remote ports; onboard atmosphere is quiet and congenial

    Reviews

    Azamara Pursuit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0

    In August 2018, Azamara Club Cruises expanded its two-ship fleet with the addition of Azamara Purs...

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    hulter
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A lot done well, but some big misses
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    ImaFrugalCruiser
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Excellent Food and Service on a Great Ship
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Buenos Aires

    Leaving:
    Buenos Aires
    Visiting:
    Montevideo, Stanley ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    16 Night Cruise to Buenos Aires Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Buenos Aires
    • Day 2
      Montevideo
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Stanley
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cape Horn
    • Day 12
      Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
    • Day 13
      Punta Arenas
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      San Antonio (Chile)
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    Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

    Cons

    Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

    Bottom Line

    Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

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    Coral Princess Reviews

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    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Coral Princess blends the exotic (an international staff, elegant Italian restaurant, celebrity...

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    Raybit
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Amazing cruise - great ship!
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    mspdred
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    This was the first time Princess has gone to Antarctica
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Buenos Aires

    Leaving:
    Buenos Aires
    Visiting:
    Buenos Aires, Montevideo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Buenos Aires Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Buenos Aires
    • Day 2
      Buenos Aires
    • Day 3
      Montevideo
    • Day 4
      Punta del Este
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Puerto Madryn
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cape Horn
    • Day 9
      Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
    • Day 10
      Punta Arenas
    • Day 11
      Strait of Magellan
    • Day 12
      Chilean Fjords
    • Day 13
      Puerto Montt
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      San Antonio (Chile)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service, top-notch cuisine and well-thought out design

    Cons

    Specialty dining charges can run high

    Bottom Line

    Sets standards for an upscale big ship experience for service, ambience, dining and decors

    Reviews

    Celebrity Silhouette Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    More energetic and with more extra-fee attractions than its three Solstice-class predecessors, ...

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    Serendipity101
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    No more Celebrity!!!
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Quality Control most certainly needed
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Buenos Aires

    Leaving:
    Buenos Aires
    Visiting:
    Ushuaia, Cape Horn ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Buenos Aires Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Buenos Aires
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
    • Day 6
      Cape Horn
    • Day 7
      Antarctica
    • Day 7
      Gerlache Strait
    • Day 8
      Antarctica
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Stanley
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Puerto Madryn
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Montevideo
    • Day 15
      Buenos Aires
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service, top-notch cuisine and well-thought out design

    Cons

    Specialty dining charges can run high

    Bottom Line

    Sets standards for an upscale big ship experience for service, ambience, dining and decors

    Reviews

    Celebrity Silhouette Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    More energetic and with more extra-fee attractions than its three Solstice-class predecessors, ...

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    JL Boggess
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Celebrity Silhouette Dec 2nd 2019
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Quality Control most certainly needed
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 48 Night
    Cruise to Buenos Aires

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Barbados, Devil's Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    48 Night Cruise to Buenos Aires Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Barbados
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Devil's Island
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 10
      Fortaleza
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Recife
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Rio de Janeiro
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Montevideo
    • Day 19
      Buenos Aires
    • Day 20
      Buenos Aires
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Punta Arenas
    • Day 25
      Chilean Fjords
    • Day 26
      Chilean Fjords
    • Day 27
      Puerto Montt
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 29
      San Antonio (Chile)
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Cruising
    • Day 32
      Cruising
    • Day 33
      Lima
    • Day 34
      Cruising
    • Day 35
      Cruising
    • Day 36
      Cruising
    • Day 37
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 38
      Corinto
    • Day 39
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 40
      Cruising
    • Day 41
      Cruising
    • Day 42
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 43
      Cruising
    • Day 44
      Cruising
    • Day 45
      San Diego
    • Day 46
      Cruising
    • Day 47
      Cruising
    • Day 48
      Seattle
    • Day 49
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Koningsdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Outstanding service, exceptional cuisine, great entertainment options

    Cons

    Music Walk does not have a clear identity and needs individual rooms

    Bottom Line

    Most luxurious HAL ship will appeal to many types of cruisers

    Reviews

    Koningsdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    5.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Koningsdam is the first new Holland America Line ship in eight years. "Koning" means "king" in ...

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    happy2cruise2016
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Relaxing Holiday Family Cruise
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    JGrathwol
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A great cruise for foodies and music fanatics
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Buenos Aires

    Leaving:
    San Antonio
    Visiting:
    Punta Arenas, Ushuaia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    16 Night Cruise to Buenos Aires Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Antonio (Chile)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Punta Arenas
    • Day 6
      Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
    • Day 7
      Cape Horn
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Stanley
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Montevideo
    • Day 17
      Buenos Aires
    Ship Details

    Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

    Cons

    Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

    Bottom Line

    Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

    Reviews

    Coral Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Coral Princess blends the exotic (an international staff, elegant Italian restaurant, celebrity...

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    The Turners
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A Great Antarctica cruise
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    JudeSund
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Amazing Antarctica but a few disappointments along the way
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.