Our fifteenth cruise and it was awesome. This ship did have a few problems along the way regarding smells emanating near the aft of the ship but the ships company made a sterling effort to initially contain and then eliminate the odour. We sailed into ports such as Stanley (Falkland Islands) Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, Punta Areanas as well as cruising the Beagle Channel. The waterfalls and glaziers were a picture to behold. We cruised the Strait of Magellan, the Chilean Fjords, the Patagonic Channels and our Captain made every effort for passengers to take in the sights. Marine life was also a feature with whales and dolphins reasonably close to the ship. Rounding Cape Horn was a bit lumpy but that was to be expected and we travelled it with ease. Further ports travelling North towards San Francisco included Puerto Chacabuco, Puerto Montt, Valpariso (Chile) Coquimbo, Arica, Lima (Peru), Salaverry (Trujillo), Punta Arenas (Costa Rica), Puerto Guetzal (Guatemala)
Puerto Chiapas, Huatalco & Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) - a favourite destination of ours, then on to LA and San Francisco. I must add that the customs area at Los Angeles Cruise leaves much to be desired and put a dampener on our vacation. Three hours waiting in a queue on the wharf to disembark is not a good look and many were disgruntled. We did get over it but will try to never experience this port again, our second experience of getting the same treatment.
Let me give some insight to our cabin and on board ship experiences. All were fantastic with professional shows and staff that went out of their way to make our trip a memorable one.
Spacious and comfortable with all facilities working as expected. We unfolded our cases and found room for the under our bed.There was sufficient drawers etc for us to have a His/Hers area so that was good. Our cabin steward was extremely attentive and pandered to our requests. Once again I never used the on board WiFi due to the over the top charges required so waited until we made shore for Free connections.
A very interesting city.
We had a Spanish speaking friend that organised our tours privately saving a lot of money. These were negotiated on shore.
Another private tour
Guatemala is a fascinating port of call with colourful dress and customs as were most ports of call.
We love Mexico and have been here previously. The only thing we saw different since our previous visit was that the traffic had increased.
One of our most favourite places to visit in all of Mexico. The shopping and friendliness of the locals not to mention the food and alcohol prices.
We experienced once again an extended wait of 3 hours in a queue before being allowed into the USA. This wasn't just us but in excess of 400 passengers had to wait until the customs were ready. Will try NEVER to go through this port again.