Golden Princess Cruise Review by kiwiatheart
- Sail Date: December 2014
- Destination: South America
- Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
Highlights of the cruise for me were Valparaiso (before embarkation), the Beagle Channel, Buenos Aires and the port of disembarkation, Rio de Janerio. In hindsight a couple of the tours I went on were not worth the money spent, particularly in Punta Arenas (Ottway Penguin Colony - few penguins), Falkland Islands (Town and Country Trek - not too much to see) and Ushuaia (the Beagle Channel Wildlife Cruise - not too much to see).
I mainly used the buffet for my meals. The selection was OK but nothing out of the ordinary.
I stayed at the Ibis Hotel in Valparaiso which was very near the wharf where the Golden Princess was berthed. It took me some to discover that the cruise check-in area was a few kilometres away at a converted warehouse near Baron Metro Station.
Disembarkation at Rio de Janerio was somewhat chaotic with long queues resulting from the late arrival of the Brazilian immigration personnel on the ship. I stayed at the Ibis Hotel at Copacabana, which I found was good value for money. I took a taxi to the hotel and was checked in quickly. However, other people from the four cruise ships that arrived in Rio on the same day had a frustrating experience in checking in when they arrived later than me.
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