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10 Night South America Cruise from Buenos Aires

10 Night South America Cruise from Buenos Aires

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Buenos Aires
  • Day 2
    Montevideo
  • Day 3
    Punta del Este
  • Day 4
    Rio Grande
  • Day 5
    Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 6
    Porto Belo
  • Day 7
    Santos (Sao Paulo)
  • Day 8
    Peraty
  • Day 9
    Ilha Grande
  • Day 10
    Buzios
  • Day 11
    Rio de Janeiro

Marina

Marina - Oceania Cruises

Pros

Food-focused ship emphasizes quality dishes, culinary enrichment and dining variety

Cons

Entertainment is limited; service and fare inclusions are not at luxury levels

Bottom Line

A beautiful ship for those looking for an intimate cruise without a true-luxury price tag


Cruise Reviews

The biggest take-away from this cruise is to say that if you do take medications, take an extra seven days worth with you. We were lucky and did, which we have done on previous cruises. You never know what may happen. After you read the ... Read More
The biggest take-away from this cruise is to say that if you do take medications, take an extra seven days worth with you. We were lucky and did, which we have done on previous cruises. You never know what may happen. After you read the rest of this you'll understand. We chose this cruise for the itinerary. This was a Buenos Aires to Lima cruise around Cape Horn. We were also looking forward to the Oceania post-cruise tour to Machu PIcchu. We arrived a day early and opted for the pre-cruise hotel offered by Oceania. The hotel was very nice. The check-in was quite awkward and individual rooms were doled out one at a time. The only status was that everyone would get into their rooms by 3:00 PM. The cruise started out as all the other Oceania cruises that we have been on. This was the first time we have been on the larger ship in quite some time, so it took a bit to get re-oriented. We opted for a PH2 cabin category. The cabin was appointed nicely and had ample storage and closet space. Our butler and stateroom attendant were there quickly to introduce themselves and so see if there was anything that we would require. Our butler was great throughout the cruise and was able to get additional dinner reservations in the specialty restaurants, which he did with us asking.The ship departed on time and we headed off to our first port. We selected some some of the Oceania tours off the ship. They were all preformed well and we especially enjoyed the Falkland Islands Penguin Safari. I never thought that we would be on a privately owned sheep ranch that had an entire penguin colony resident on the beach. Walking very close to the penguins in the wild was a real treat. From there we continued on to cruise around Cape Horn. The Captain did a 360 degree turn around the island so that we had a great view of the farthest point south of the continent. That was the point that there was more and more reports on the Coronavirus started coming in. The staff made sure that they would try to do everything possible to ensure that we were kept as sanitary as possible, including restaurants, common amenities, and individual cabins. We departed San Antonio, Chile to next port was Pisco, Peru. That morning I thought we were cruising along at a good speed and we were due to be in port. I turned on the TV and checked the cruise map and saw that we had passed Pisco and it looked like we were headed to Lima. Shortly thereafter, the Captain came on the PA and indicated that they had just received word that Peru closed their ports of entry. He said that we would turn around and got back to Chile. After then cruising back south for a few hours, We were informed that Chile had closed their ports of entry and the Captain indicated we would turn around again and head to Panama. The next morning as we were cruising on our way to Panama, the Captain informed us that we would anchor off the Canal, wait for a slot to transit the Canal. After the transit we would head to Miami. We were also informed things Oceania would do to help ease the extra length on the ship. These included free ship to shore telephone calls, additional laundry services, open bar for happy hour for two nights, reimbursing portion of any airline change fees because of the changes, refund of excursion cost, for ports missed post-cruise extension, free port transfer to the airport, and offering 50% off on a future cruise. We were supposed to have completed the cruise on 03/15, but with the additional time required to get to Miami, we didn't get off the ship until 03/23. Except for missing the two ports the rest of the cruise went fine. It did not appear that there were shortages of anything on the ship except for a couple of minor things. One outstanding item we saw was that we were kept informed, by the Captain and staff, all long the way of the status and any changes. The cruise line and Captain deserve strong kudos for that. It did give us time to react to inform family, house sitters, and our travel agent of changes in our arrival at home. Our debarkation was handled well, just as other Oceania cruises. We felt that Oceania did a very good job with the changes and adjustments that had to be made as a result of the Coronavirus. Some additional things to mention include having a featured speaker, Sportscaster Verne Lundquist have a few talks about his career and stories of different sports players. He also added a couple of Q&A sessions when the cruise extended. Also, there was a speaker that narrated some of the events that took place, going around Cape Horn and also the canal transit. The chef's demonstrations were also very good and the head chef made them quite entertaining.The specialty restaurants were very good and the menu selections at Toscana were excellent. The Terrace Cafe was, as always, very good for breakfast and lunch. We did not use the Cafe for dinner. Service in all the restaurants throughout the cruise was excellent. One new venture we tried was a dinner at La Reserve wine pairing dinner. This was an excellent and enjoyable evening. We also participated in a wine tasting, whiskey tasting, and single malt tasting. We enjoyed all of those. We don't usually go to any of the shows. We prefer to just have an after dinner glass of wine and do some reading. To sum up the cruise, we really enjoyed it, even with the unexpected additional time. We thought the ports on this cruise were good choices and we enjoyed the tours we took. Cabin staff was very good along with the dining venues. We would recommend Oceania for additional cruises and do have additional cruises booked. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Super luxurious . Fabulous food and staff. Really was the trip of a lifetime .. Highly recommend though we went for the splurge option by having a penthouse with butler service. We would definitely use Oceania again . The only negative ... Read More
Super luxurious . Fabulous food and staff. Really was the trip of a lifetime .. Highly recommend though we went for the splurge option by having a penthouse with butler service. We would definitely use Oceania again . The only negative of the entire cruise was the dull yoga class ! Otherwise great. Avoid the extremely overpriced excursions other than the lovely schooner trips. You can either walk or use public transport in the ports that this cruise visits. Eg , subway in Buenos Aires and hop on bus is Montevideo . Other ports are easily walkable around .... Restaurants all excellent and it's the food , the amazing staff , the outstanding afternoon tea and the very interesting sociable guests who made this cruise so enjoyable. The ports that we visited were lovely , even Rio Grande was interesting and the tender process is extremely efficient. All in all , a wonderful experience ... Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
When our (my wife and I) scheduled Crystal Cruise to SE Asia fell apart due to multiple schedule changes, and with 3 weeks suddenly open on our calendars, we opted at the last minute to schedule this Rio to Buenos Aires itinerary (as far ... Read More
When our (my wife and I) scheduled Crystal Cruise to SE Asia fell apart due to multiple schedule changes, and with 3 weeks suddenly open on our calendars, we opted at the last minute to schedule this Rio to Buenos Aires itinerary (as far away as possible from covid-19 issues). We literally booked on Sunday before a Wedn departure from Rio. We considered a Celebrity Buenos Aires roundtrip as well as an Azamara Buenos Aires roundtrip which fit the dates but we picked this one because it was one-way and had more stops. When we arrived at the pier in Rio on Wedn, our names were not even on the passenger list, but we got that straightened out easily enough. We booked a Veranda stateroom which opened up at the last minute---the cruise being completely booked when I first checked it. Embarkation went smoothly after our status was straightened out and we were thrilled to find a beautiful stateroom- bigger than most in this category and well-appointed. After a much needed nap, after having flown overnite from the US, we embarked on getting to understand the most important element of this cruise and cruise line-- the FOOD! Four specialty restaurants are available at no extra charge and the game (at least for us) was to try to get reservations at these restaurants whenever possible because all agreed it was a superior product to the Grand Dining Room or the evening buffet. All guests were entitled to at least one night in each. The four are comprised of Asian (Red Ginger), steak (Polo Grille), French (Jacques), and Italian (Toscana). Since we booked so late for the cruise, we had no advance reservations, so we headed to the reservation desk and got to work. If you are flexible as to times and whether or not you will be at a group table (usually 6), generally you will get in. On evenings where all advance reservations were full, we would show up at 645p (all restaurants opened at 630p) and ask if there was a late cancellation or no-show. This worked and we ended up eating at a specialty restaurant all 12 nights of our cruise, 3 times in each one. All are truly excellent and would be $100 meals (or more) at a nice restaurant in a big city. We thought Red Ginger was the most unique with a Sea Bass to die for. Jacques was a close second, but the others were terrific as well. You can't go wrong with any of them! Breakfast and lunch were fine at the Terrace Grille. The Grand Dining Room was fine but a little ponderous for both those meals. This cruise had two speakers, Verne Lundquist (an American sports broadcaster) and another who was a South American history and geography specialist. Verne was well-received by the Americans on-board but others did not know him. The S.A specialist (whose name I do not recall, sorry) was interesting. We did not use Oceania excursions at all because of our late booking. We did use Viator and Tours by Locals online. I looked at the Oceania pricing and they seemed about double what you might pay through Viator. Oceania had a very competent on-board group of singers and dancers who put on some excellent shows, including the obligatory Broadway show. Their two single performers (a comedian and a ukulele player) were simply not up to standards expected on a major cruise ship. The comedian was especially off in his second show when he regaled us with stories of a major fraud crime he apparently committed in his past as well as ending his set with a story about "spiking" someone's drink. The audience literally cringed. Service throughout was excellent. Staff come from a wide variety of countries and all who deal with direct customer service spoke English very well. They were truly one of the stand-out parts of the ship. All in all, we had a very good experience on a cruise line we had barely any knowledge of before this trip. The food and the port-heavy itineraries make them well worth considering on all cruise planning. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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