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14 Night South America Cruise from Buenos Aires

14 Night South America Cruise from Buenos Aires

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  • Day 1
    Buenos Aires
  • Day 2
    Buenos Aires
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Santos (Sao Paulo)
  • Day 6
    Ilhabela
  • Day 7
    Buzios
  • Day 8
    Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 9
    Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 10
    Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Punta del Este
  • Day 14
    Montevideo
  • Day 15
    Buenos Aires

Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

Cons

Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

Bottom Line

One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences


Cruise Reviews

We are not gourmet eaters but the food on this cruise was the worst my wife and I have ever had on any cruise and we are experienced cruisers. With the exception of one lunch and one dinner in the dining room, we ate our meals in the Ocean ... Read More
We are not gourmet eaters but the food on this cruise was the worst my wife and I have ever had on any cruise and we are experienced cruisers. With the exception of one lunch and one dinner in the dining room, we ate our meals in the Ocean View Cafe. Meals in the dining room were no better than the Cafe. Meats at the carving station were dried out and tough from sitting under the heat lamp. Mashed potatoes were lumpy and baked potatoes were cold inside. The desserts tasted of shortening and were repetitive and breakfast pastries were what you could buy at Costco. They ran out of lemonade by the third day and out of Sweet & Low midway thru the cruise. The entertainment, both ship and outside entertainers, was excellent. The onboard naturalist was excellent and the cruise director was the best we've ever had. Although the ship and itinerary were fine, the sub-standard quality of the food ruined this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The prospect of visiting South America and cruising the Chilean Fjords was something we had on our bucket list. This was our second cruise on the Éclipse and fourth Celebrity cruise. Embarkation: took a Port transfer with Vasalfa ... Read More
The prospect of visiting South America and cruising the Chilean Fjords was something we had on our bucket list. This was our second cruise on the Éclipse and fourth Celebrity cruise. Embarkation: took a Port transfer with Vasalfa Turismo from our hotel the 4 Points Sheraton in Providencia, Santiago to Valparaiso for a tour and then onto the Port of San Antonio. Our guides Christian and Ashton were excellent and ensured our personal safety and our luggage was secure. Check in was quick, note all passengers had to surrender their passports at check in. Passports were returned to all passengers later in the cruise. The Port of San Antonio and Celebrity need to design another gangway, as this one was too steep and supported by sea containers as a base. Ports : Puerto Montt, Chile is a tender port. Tendering was ok overall. Booked our own tour at the Pier, went to Petrohue Rapids and the Chilean Lake District with a stop in Puerto Varas. Two sea days were next where we cruised through the Chilean Fjords & The Straits of Magellan. A third sea day was added due to inclement weather conditions in the South Pacific Ocean, which resulted in the cancellation of our next Port of Punta Arenas, Chile. The ship rocked and swayed all night as Captain Michael let the storm system pass ahead of the Éclipse. Cruised past Glacier Avenue at 0430 am. Our stateroom was on deck 8, port side and were treated to scenic views of the Glaciers as daylight started at 0425 am. Arranged a private tour of Tierra Del Fuego National Park. Cruised around Cape Horn at 0600 am under cold, windy grey conditions. Cruise Director Alejandro and guest speaker Alan Riles narrated our passage and the history of Cape Horn. After another sea day we docked in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Took a Celebrity excursión to Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery. This is a 2 1/2 hour coach ride each way through the rugged Patagonian country side. Because of the cancelled port we docked in Montevideo, Uruguay over night. Explored the city on foot and took taxis with no issues. Our final port was Buenos Aires, Argentina where we over nighted. The ship docks about a 15 minute coach ride to the cruise terminal. Dining : Ocean View was very busy on sea days and ran out of items towards the end of the cruise. Cafe Al Bacio is good spot to relax and chat, ran out of speciality teas by day 10. Moonlight Sonata main dining room was ok, a good option for lunch on sea days. Celebrity should update the menus ad we had the same items on two Med. Cruises . The chefs also need to cut back on the heavy use of salt. Main of note was the lamb in pastry, best of the cruise. The Kobe beef meatloaf ranks as the most unappealing main we have been served, grey thin slice of something soft and mushy, I took a small bite and ordered another main. Service in the main dining room was off overall. Premium drink package was good ad was the wine and beverage service. Cabin Attendant Alfred got to know our schedule and took care of us and our requests. Overall staff were attentive, polite and greeted passengers through out the ship. Entertainment was good, the high light was the Tango show on our last night. Cruise Director Alejandro was funny and active through out the cruise. Tip: take clothing for 80F to 40F, warm socks, toques, layers, comfortable foot wear, rain gear. Only about 25 percent of male passengers wore jackets on Chic Nights. Disembarkation went smoothly and orderly. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Jan 5 Santiago to Buenos Aires trip. Celebrity is not a luxury cruise line but nice anyway. We choose this cruise for locations to see. Expected bad weather and overcast from seeing You Tubes of many other persons trips but still ... Read More
Jan 5 Santiago to Buenos Aires trip. Celebrity is not a luxury cruise line but nice anyway. We choose this cruise for locations to see. Expected bad weather and overcast from seeing You Tubes of many other persons trips but still wonderful way to see this area. Cabin: On this class of Celebrity unless you can book a 3-4 person cabin (have to do thru travel agent) you will get your bed- not the couch next to balcony (veranda or aqua class or concierge. Cabin storage:NOTE: You need a lot of hangers. Our steward was not able to get more wooden hangers but found hangers left by past passengers for us- some plastic and some wire ones. Storage is above head of bed- stacking clothes and stand on bed to get to it and 3 small drawers. Lots of shelves in bathroom. Best ventilation system in bathroom of any ship we have been on and best heating/cooling with stabile temperature set without a lot of fan noise. Boat: choose this class of boat as handles rough weather well with its stabilizers and you probably will hit rough weather. Handled gale forces well. Embarkation: chaos but if LISTENED to crew no problem, if not - as many didn't got turned away at gangplank to go back to step 1. Enrichment: more than on other Celebrity Solstice class trips we have taken and most really good and varied. Public rooms: great on all solstice class ships. Café gets packed but people willing to share tables and meet new friends. Service. excellent dining, café, shopping, steward etc Service: laundry. If you pay by the piece comes back hanging and folded with no wrinkles we used 2x.. If use the special offer $49.99 by the bag will come back folded with wadded wrinkles that will not come out unless completely soaking wet and hang the clothes. Our friends and we used 2x each and got the same result. Never had this happen on other ships. Service: VERY POOR customer service before and during every Celebrity trip we have taken. Example: 1.when we got on we told them we had rented private cars at several ports and would need to get our passports after port authorities saw, stamped and whatever else needed We needed passports as REQUIERED by renal companies. AT both ports we had to go thru multiple personnel and told by all we COULD NOT HAVE OUR PASSPORTS at all. We were told we did not need to rent our cars but rental car companies told us explicitly we did. Real time calls to rental companies to convince ship customer service finally allowed to have passports. Customer service said they were doing us a HUGE favor by allowing us to take our passports. NOT had this trouble with other cruise lines even in non European ports. 2. On 2 different cruises with Celebrity-asking for shore excursion print out or brochure. Very rude on phone. Shore excursions: Pre trip: Easter island on our own. Only way to Easter Island is thru Santiago or weekly thru Tahiti. Easy to arrange, rented a car thru insular and had a great time. Santiago Airport door 4-5 for hotel pick ups. We arranged private transportation from airport hotel to cruise ship in San Antonio thru welcome pick ups- van for $183. We were 4 plus large luggage but room for 8. Puerto Montt: we rented a car and drove to Puerto Varas and Petrohue falls. Easy and much cheaper. Roads excellent and well signed. Punta Arenas: port cancelled due to bad weather DO GET UP in the AM and see Glacier Alley. Gorgeous scenery even in bad weather. Ushuaia: rented a car and went to Tierra Del Fuego park and other sites. Easy and much cheaper. Puerto Madryn: took ship excursion to Valdez reserve. Could not have done on own in the time allowed. Comfortable bus (but some on dirt roads-beware). Excellent guide. Saw lots of animals(penguins, guanaco, flacons, owls, rhea). Lunch great (3 course meal with roasted lamb and beef empanadas) at a working estancia. Nice museum area, Lots of clean bathrooms. Punta del Este: weather too bad to tender. Went to Montevideo for an extra night instead. Which was fine for us as not much in Ponte del Este to see.. In Montevideo most everything walking distance. Be sure and try grilled meat there. We ended up eating in the Mercado at El Palenque twice. It had such outstanding beef. Buenos Aires: we arranged a private tour with John Boyle. Excellent and cost effective Post trip: Our friends went to Iguazu on self arranged trip. Note CDC warning about yellow fever and danger if over 60 getting immunization-even in posh hotels there. They then joined us 2 days later in San Carlos de Bariloche. Cheaper for us to fly home to LA from Santiago than Buenos Aires. So took the money we saved and spent a week in Patagonia. We headed for San Carlos De Bariloche. Note President Clinton and Bush visited LLao-Llao resort there. We rented a car and drove the gran (long) and chico (short) circuits- spectacular scenery. You can prebook a rental car but a car rental agency 2 to a block there- some with a chauffeur. Took Cruz Andino across the Andes to Puerto Varas. . Then a Viator tour to Chiloe Island . One of the highlights of my trip but maybe too idyllic for many people. Be sure and buy some hand spun, hand knit wares - beautiful and cost next to nothing. English is spoken but be patent if you don't speak Spanish. We decided to beak up our trip home by going Copa airlines with an overnight hotel in Panama City. Went business class for the cost of premium economy . 2-6hr flights instead of one 12 hr flight. Cost of the hotels minimal. Coming down stayed at Rianda Hotel and going home Crown plaza. AC better at Crown plaza. Note: weather varies by location from very windy, jackets and raingear to shorts and lots of sunscreen. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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