BEFORE THE CRUISE We arrived in Buenos Aires shortly after midnight for a three night stay prior to the cruise following the long flight from South Africa that entailed a five hour transit stopover in Sao Paulo - one of the most bland, and uninteresting airports we have yet encountered! Fortunately we had prearranged transfers and were met on time by the tour company representative at BA airport for our short transfer to our comfortable downtown hotel, the Claridge. We were pretty exhausted by this time so the large, airy room with comfortable bed was most welcoming.
Our welcome pack included details of a range of tours and attractions on offer in Buenos Aires and surrounds. On our first day in BA after sleeping in and a late breakfast, we organized a half day orientation city tour which gave us our bearings and a useful understanding of the layout of the city and location of most major attractions. Buenos Aires is a beautiful city, well laid out with wide boulevards, impressive statues and historical monuments and plenty of green space for relaxing and enjoying the ambience of the environment. We followed this by an "obligatory" tango and dinner show at a very up market venue, the Carlos Gardel restaurant and theatre. Good food, plenty of quaffable local wine and a splendid tango show with very lithe, athletic dancers in beautiful costumes, showing the evolution of the dance over the past century. Very enjoyable evening.
The following day we did our own thing exploring the city on foot. After a late breakfast and some last minute shopping, we spent the balance of the last day soaking up the sunshine around the hotel pool prior to the commencement of the cruise.
Typical balcony cabin. A bit cramped but sufficient space for storage. Balcony was a must for this cruise affording the opportunity of viewing some majestic scenery as we cruised by in the comfort and privacy of our own centrally situated cabin.