Filled our expectations: Silver Cloud Cruise Review by ottotoot1

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Filled our expectations

Sail Date: January 2013
Destination: South America
Embarkation: Other
We booked the cruise because of the area it covered and we were not disappointed. Southern Chile and Argentina were beautiful, sparse, and definitely off the beaten track. The Argentine government had threatened to not service the ship on arrival in Buenos Aires because of the Falklands stop, but rescinded that threat after we left Valparaiso. Cruise director Judy Abbott stated that in 7 trips to the Falklands she had only debarked twice due to weather, so we felt blessed by good weather the entire cruise. The Beagle Channel was fascinating. Glaciers,and some of the most desolate scenery in the world.

The dining room was always open seating. The 3 restaurants (Le Champagne, Terrazza (menu change every 4 nights), and the pool deck required reservations, but that was no problem. The food and the service were up to their high standards. My only complaint was the last night was exceptionally hot in the Dining room due to a ship air conditioning problem.

We had a butler More (never thought I would need one). He assisted us on a couple of occasions.
The suites now have a shower vice bathtub. A noticeable improvement.

The entertainment was a singing group. They were OK, and performed at the pool party. This was a lively crowd as people danced to disco music for at least 2 hours after the pool buffet.
The ship tours were fine. We took one to San Rafael glacier and 2 others to towns.There are private tours available at most of the ports, or book them on line.

The few days at sea were spent either playing bridge, reading or listening to lectures. At no time did the cruise appear boring. Less

Published 02/06/13

Cabin review: VIS443

Suite 443. Walk in closet. recently remodeled bathroom with a shower vice tub/shower, (easier access). The sink was new. We asked for a couple of bottles of liquor and they were provided. Room service was fine. Room cleaned most every day before noon. Towels replaced as needed per day. Bed turned down at night.

Port and Shore Excursions

We departed the ship there. Debarkation was smooth, and there was a plethora of taxis waiting to take wherever. We went to Aeropark Newberry to fly to Iguazu Falls. Negotiate the price, but they were reasonable.

A pleasant city. Clean and easy to walk.

interesting. The Germans settled the area originally. Good tour of the area. We then stopped at Puerto Chacabuco and had an excellent tour.

Southernmost town in Chile. Would not want to live there in the winter.

Argentine port. Southernmost city in the world. Again, I would not like to live there, but definitely interesting to walk around, and they do have a nice tour to the penguins. We next visited Port Stanley in the Falklands. A fascinating place. Took the battlefield tour. Not much to see regarding military remnants, but a good view of the Island. This was followed by a stop in Punte del Este, Uruguay. A high end city. Lots of wealthy South Americans spend their time there. It has a casino attached to the Conrad (Hilton).
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