Christmas is supposed to be magical and so is a cruise! Our 16 member family boarded the Celebrity Infinity in Valparaiso, Chile on December 2012 and it was magical! The ship is beautiful and was awesomely decorated for the holidays! It had Christmas written all over it from gingerbread towns, Christmas flowers (red Poinsettias), the holiday music everywhere, to the best Social Host that kept the ship alive (I believe he was Argentinean, funny and fun!), showing up at all unexpected places, keeping people happy and entertained at all times.
The ports of call were incredible: from Chile to Buenos Aires, what can you not love about it? Everything from sea life to nature to glaciers. The meals were excellent, as was the service. The cabins are beautiful (we had verandas and some preferred the Ocean Views because of the smaller children). They have a great feature on this ship: connecting rooms for bigger families with children. The kids Club and Teen’s Club as stated by the kids themselves, were great!). The Dining Room staff was so accommodating for such a big group and treated our ‘younglings ‘with so much care! Would definitely recommend and return on a Celebrity cruise!
Verandas are spectacular, especially when you have beautiful scenery! The room was immaculate, large and the service was excellent! The steward was on top of every detail and replenished our bathroom without the need of 'leaving notes'.
Actually it was Punta del Este, Uruguay, which is a beach/marina place. It was interesting but do put on a sunscreen as we all found out that the Ozone Layer is really gone there! We walked around the coastal front and the kid's enjoyed it.
We took a city tour so take one! Buenos Aires is what is called 'a European City' in South America. It is all about the culture: beautiful architectural buildings, parks, a courteous and well educated people and different neighborhoods to enjoy throughout their historical development. It has a pretty good Zoo also. We went to see a theater production (in Spanish, of course). It was seeing a [Broadway production] in Buenos Aires!!!! A must are the Tango shows, the Marina and eat where the locals eat (the food is great!)! Walking around in general, is safe. The famous 'Recoleta Cementary' where Eva Peron is buried is worth the visit, as it has monumental structures that are usually not used in other countries. Shopping is abundant.