We were among the very lucky cruisers on the March 13 sailing who actually circumnavigated the Island of Horn at Cape Horn, thanks to our excellent Capt. Dimas Manrique, and Mother Nature's gift of relatively calm seas.
This cruise was the trip of a lifetime for my DH and myself, and we loved every minute of it. We had a 3 night pre-cruise stay in Buenos Aires at the outstanding Icaro Suites Hotel, which was right downtown and allowed us to easily stroll the streets of this wonderful city.
During the cruise, we were fortunate to be able to sail into all of the ports on our itinerary which were Montevideo, Punta del Este, Puerto Madryn, sail around Cape Horn, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, cruise the Chilean Fjords, Puerto Montt, and finally disembark in Valparaiso.
Cabin 7116 is portside, aft. It was very quiet with a comfortable bed, and sufficient storage. We thought it was a great cabin.
We did not take a ship's excursion, but we did take the HOHO bus which gave us a good overview of the city.
This was the place we had wanted to go forever and it exceeded all of our expectations. We were the first people off of the ship, and walked all over the city in the freezing cold. We had a great breakfast at a local café, and enjoyed the stunning views of the snow-covered mountains. Our best port ever!!
We went to the main plaza to see the statue of Magellan. Nice city in an exotic locale.
We took a taxi to Puerto Varas on Lake Llanquihue which was very beautiful with the Osorno Volcano in the distance. We did not spend much time in Puerto Montt, itself.
Our hotel, the Icaro Suites, was right downtown, so we walked everywhere. We enjoyed seeing the Obelisco, la Casa Rosada, and strolling the streets of this lively city. We also loved eating at Pizzeria Guerrin, Café Tortoni, and el Gato Negro.