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About Punta del Este

Punta del Este is known for being something of a cosmopolitan hub on Uruguay's southeastern coast and fittingly so. It's home to a number of museums and galleries, upscale shops and boutiques and fine dining restaurants. But the city's beaches and woodlands are also popular among locals as well as tourists. For a change of pace, consider a hike to Arboretum Lussich for great views and a peek at the local wildlife.

--By Shayne Thompson, Cruise Critic contributor


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  • 20 Night
    Cruise to Punta del Este

    Leaving:
    Lisbon
    Visiting:
    Seville , Lanzarote ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    20 Night Cruise to Punta del Este Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Lisbon
    • Day 2
      Seville
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Lanzarote
    • Day 5
      Tenerife
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Porto Grande
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      Cruising
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      Recife
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      Rio de Janeiro
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      Rio de Janeiro
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      Ilhabela
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Punta del Este
    • Day 21
      Buenos Aires
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Star - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern

    Cons

    Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off

    Bottom Line

    Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship

    Reviews

    Norwegian Star Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Star underwent a refurbishment in summer 2018 during which it received the Sky Hi...

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    wvacations
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    NCL Cost Cutting At All Time High
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    Greyhorse
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Not to my expectation
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  • 74 Night
    Cruise to Punta del Este

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Santa Marta, San Blas Islands ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    74 Night Cruise to Punta del Este Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Santa Marta
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      San Blas Islands
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      Panama Canal (Cruising)
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      Panama Canal
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Manta
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Lima
    • Day 11
      Lima
    • Day 12
      Lima
    • Day 13
      General San Martin
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Matarani
    • Day 16
      Iquique
    • Day 17
      Antofagasta
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      San Antonio (Chile)
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Robinson Crusoe Island
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Castro
    • Day 24
      Puerto Chcabuco
    • Day 25
      Chilean Fjords
    • Day 26
      Amalia Glacier (Skua Glacier)
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Strait of Magellan (Cruising)
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Punta Arenas
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Cape Horn (Cruising)
    • Day 29
      Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
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      Cruising
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      Stanley
    • Day 37
      Cruising
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      Puerto Madryn
    • Day 39
      Cruising
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      Punta del Este
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      Montevideo
    • Day 42
      Buenos Aires
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      Buenos Aires
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Santos (Sao Paulo)
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      Ilhabela
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      Rio de Janeiro
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      Rio de Janeiro
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      Cruising
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      Ilheus
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      Cruising
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      Recife
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      Cruising
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      Fortaleza
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      Belem
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      Equator (Cruising)
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      Amazon River (Cruising)
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      Equator (Cruising)
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      Boca da Valeria
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      Manaus
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      Manaus
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      Parintins
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      Alter do Chao
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      Amazon River (Cruising)
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      Equator (Cruising)
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      Devil's Island
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      Barbados
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      Cruising
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      Santo Domingo
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Volendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Incredibly polished service from friendly, well-trained crew

    Cons

    Does show its age in several areas throughout the ship

    Bottom Line

    Nice variety of activities, amenities and enrichment on a manageable midsize vessel

    Reviews

    Volendam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    When it launched in 1999, Volendam had the highest passenger capacity in Holland America's flee...

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    MischiefNM
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Rollercoaster of highs and lows
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    esanesel
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Our second and last cruise on HAL
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Punta del Este

    Leaving:
    Buenos Aires
    Visiting:
    Montevideo, Santos ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    12 Night Cruise to Punta del Este Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Buenos Aires
    • Day 2
      Montevideo
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Santos (Sao Paulo)
    • Day 6
      Peraty
    • Day 7
      Rio de Janeiro
    • Day 8
      Rio de Janeiro
    • Day 9
      Rio de Janeiro
    • Day 10
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Punta del Este
    • Day 13
      Buenos Aires
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    Azamara Quest - Azamara

    Pros

    Destination-focused itineraries; friendly and fun onboard vibe

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small with tiny bathrooms, despite a high price tag

    Bottom Line

    Destination-immersive, upscale cruising, with not a lot of nickel and diming

    Reviews

    Azamara Quest Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value3.5

    Editor's Note: A March 2019 dry dock saw the ship's casino converted into ...

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    COSH
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Drop in standards
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    Madkel
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    First Azamara Cruise.
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    • Room Service
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Punta del Este

    Leaving:
    Buenos Aires
    Visiting:
    Buenos Aires, Montevideo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Punta del Este 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
    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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    MarkWiltonM
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Beautiful ship, excellent crew, food is "meh"
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    PrincessPP1
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Revolutionised lovely but noticed some deterioration
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    • 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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  • 41 Night
    Cruise to Punta del Este

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Santa Marta, San Blas Islands ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    41 Night Cruise to Punta del Este Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Santa Marta
    • Day 5
      San Blas Islands
    • Day 6
      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 6
      Panama Canal
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Manta
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Lima
    • Day 11
      Lima
    • Day 12
      Lima
    • Day 13
      General San Martin
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Matarani
    • Day 16
      Iquique
    • Day 17
      Antofagasta
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      San Antonio (Chile)
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Robinson Crusoe Island
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Castro
    • Day 24
      Puerto Chcabuco
    • Day 25
      Chilean Fjords
    • Day 26
      Amalia Glacier (Skua Glacier)
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Strait of Magellan (Cruising)
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Punta Arenas
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Cape Horn (Cruising)
    • Day 29
      Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Cruising
    • Day 32
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 34
      Cruising
    • Day 35
      Cruising
    • Day 36
      Stanley
    • Day 37
      Cruising
    • Day 38
      Puerto Madryn
    • Day 39
      Cruising
    • Day 40
      Punta del Este
    • Day 41
      Montevideo
    • Day 42
      Buenos Aires
    Ship Details

    Volendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Incredibly polished service from friendly, well-trained crew

    Cons

    Does show its age in several areas throughout the ship

    Bottom Line

    Nice variety of activities, amenities and enrichment on a manageable midsize vessel

    Reviews

    Volendam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    When it launched in 1999, Volendam had the highest passenger capacity in Holland America's flee...

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    rboggia
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Pleasantly Surprised
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    LORDBOWDON
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Wonderful Cruise Itinerary, But Cost Cutting Even More Evident
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    • Select Dining
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    • 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 Punta del Este

    Leaving:
    San Antonio
    Visiting:
    Puerto Montt, Chilean Fjords ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Punta del Este Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Antonio (Chile)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Puerto Montt
    • Day 4
      Chilean Fjords
    • Day 5
      Strait of Magellan
    • Day 6
      Punta Arenas
    • Day 7
      Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
    • Day 8
      Cape Horn
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Puerto Madryn
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Punta del Este
    • Day 13
      Montevideo
    • Day 14
      Buenos Aires
    • 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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    Manyfreckles
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Love the updated ship!
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    sharon15131
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Think I'll take a break from Celebrity
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