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17 Night South America Cruise from Buenos Aires

17 Night South America Cruise from Buenos Aires

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Buenos Aires
  • Day 2
    Buenos Aires
  • Day 3
    Montevideo
  • Day 4
    Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 5
    Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 6
    Puerto Madryn
  • Day 7
    Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 8
    Stanley
  • Day 9
    Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 10
    Cape Horn (Cruising)
  • Day 11
    Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
  • Day 12
    Punta Arenas
  • Day 13
    Amalia Glacier (Skua Glacier)
  • Day 14
    Chilean Fjords
  • Day 15
    Puerto Montt
  • Day 16
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 17
    Santiago (Valparaiso)
  • Day 18
    Santiago (Valparaiso)

Viking Jupiter

Viking Jupiter - Viking Ocean Cruises

Pros

Excellent dining, cabins, spa and enrichment on a gorgeous ship.

Cons

Quiet atmosphere and highbrow entertainment might not work for all.

Bottom Line

An adult-focused ship that's perfect for the PBS crowd.


Cruise Reviews

AVOID THIS CRUISE UNLESS YOU WANT TO STAY ON BOARD THE ENTIRE TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!! Great ship; good crew, with just a few exceptions. The problem is the excursions offered by Viking. Food is much better than Royal Caribbean and Carnival, ... Read More
AVOID THIS CRUISE UNLESS YOU WANT TO STAY ON BOARD THE ENTIRE TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!! Great ship; good crew, with just a few exceptions. The problem is the excursions offered by Viking. Food is much better than Royal Caribbean and Carnival, but nowhere near the quality offered on Oceania. I chose this trip based, in large part, on the Andes Mountains lake and mountain photograph on the Viking Cruise website and a desire to see penguins in the wild. Forget the excursions -- So far we have been on 3 excursions which were bait-and-switch from what was was advertised. We did see penguins -- but we were never able to get really close to them. (Of course, we did not expect to touch or pet them but I had been misled into believing they might be able to walk up to us). The Andes Mountains photo appearing in Viking's booking website was nowhere near where anyone on the ship could go to. Purportedly, this photo showed a mountain and lake in the region of Punta Arenas, Chile. In reality, the photo was taken hundreds of miles away. Comparable to booking an excursion to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, U.S.A. and spending your entire time in Phoenix. The train pictured for an excursion in Ushuaia, Argentina, was a luxury train, but NOT the train on which Viking passengers rode. The train on which the Viking passengers rode was the one previously used by convicts, crammed 3 to a seat facing three other passengers with knee contact with the passenger in front of you. The Peninsula Valdez tour for Puerto Madryn, Argentina described a "large elephant seal colony". Unfortunately, almost all of the large elephant seals spend the months of January and February about 200 km offshore, where they feed and do not return to shore. We saw maybe 20 elephant seals in two locations -- none of which were the large 8,000 lb. males highlighted in the tour description. The females with some very large calves were about 500 yards from us. Southern right whale? These whales are nowhere near the Peninsula Valdes during January and February. We did see a large colony of sea lions, but you needed a powerful zoom lens or binoculars to make out any of the animals at least 1/2 mile away from the viewing point. Total cost for a six-hour bus ride where the guide knew that the animals we wanted to see were not in the region: about $400 for the two of us. For Peninsula Valdez, we spent about 6 hours in a hot bus to have about 40 minutes of viewing the animals which largely were not there. We also had a one-hour lunch at a restaurant where the famed Argentine steaks were filled with grizzled fat and were cooked well-done. (My personal opinion -- I don't like eating a tough and grizzled well-done steak). We took the tour during the South American summer (January - February). We had hoped the weather would be good during the summer. Obviously, Viking cannot control the weather. Seas were often 30-40 feet+ Winds sometimes were in excess of 45 mph - 50 mph and more. Our tour to see penguins at Punta Arenas was canceled due to wind and sea conditions. When we booked the alternate excursion, we were advised by a Viking excursion staff member that we had a 50/50 chance of seeing something "very similar" to the lake and mountains depicted in the marketing materials for Punta Arenas. Our tour guide laughed when she heard this because there are absolutely no high jagged mountains in the Punta Arenas area which were anywhere close to where we could go in a single-day excursion. We could not disembark in the Falkland Islands and promptly pulled up anchor and left once the captain learned that the wind conditions were unsafe for the tenders in the harbor. The 300+ passengers who had already disembarked were herded up and required to return to the ship -- many of whom had not begun their tours. We are now traveling from Puerto Madryn to Montevideo, Uruguay in heavy seas and high winds. Lots of seasick passengers for this trip throughout the "calm" summer cruise. We were lied to continually by guest services and excursion personnel. Not enough exercise equipment for passengers. No swimming or hot tubs after 8:00 p.m. through 8:00 a.m. The swimming pools and non-spa hot tubs are surrounded by restaurant diners -- not a pleasing option for a cruise marketed to senior citizens. Think about it . . . . We spent about $45,000 for the cruise in the luxury suite and the after-cruise extension to Iguazu Falls. At this point, we realize we were ripped off because of Viking's fraudulent descriptions of its excursions. 20/20 hindsight: we wasted our money when compared to the value we received. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Bucket List cruise, Around the Cape. Ship was just the right size, not real big. Cabins were great, roomy, all balconies. Dining when I wanted, not when I had to, and sit where I wanted was very convenient. The on board activities were ... Read More
Bucket List cruise, Around the Cape. Ship was just the right size, not real big. Cabins were great, roomy, all balconies. Dining when I wanted, not when I had to, and sit where I wanted was very convenient. The on board activities were what I wanted, to learn something. Not just play games. Alot of quiet time. Loved the Tea time everyday. Speakers were very noligable . Service and staff couldn't have been greater. Always there to help us when we needed it and out of sight when we didn't. The bar staff knew our names and drinks by 3rd day and always were fixing our drinks as soon as they saw us. We did mainly encluded excursions - Most were excellent. A couple were disappointing but ok. I love not having children under foot all the time. ( The 18 yr limit is great) We are already planning our next cruise on Viking. Just have to decide on river or sea. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was the first Viking ocean and I wanted to see penquins and my husband wanted to go around Cape Horn in 30 foot seas. We did get around Cape Horn but not in 30 foot seas. The Viking Jupiter is a beautiful ship. Only 950 people and ... Read More
This was the first Viking ocean and I wanted to see penquins and my husband wanted to go around Cape Horn in 30 foot seas. We did get around Cape Horn but not in 30 foot seas. The Viking Jupiter is a beautiful ship. Only 950 people and decor was nice. Our room was what I expected and housekeeping kept it clean. The food was a good and there was a nice variety of food from the World Restaurant and the other restaurants. The only problem with The Restaurant was the meal took a long time to serve the courses. I understand this as some people like slow service where you can sit and relax. The italian restaurant was good but the portions were too large, so we asked for half portions. The bread was so good.. Loved the spa with the hot tub, steam room and snow room. Guest laundry worked out great because for a cruise this length I could not pack enough clothes. Have tto mention the WI-FI-It worked great 95%+ of the time. And its free with Viking. Activities and Entertainment- The entertainment was good and varied from night to night. Enjoyed playing Trivia on sailing days and it was a good opportunity to meet other people on the cruise if a team needed another member as the limit was 6. The best part of trivia was the prize....absolutely nothing. We booked another VIking ocean to the Viking Homelands 9/2021 Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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