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Emerald Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Great sights traveling around the horn

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by Airborne-Ranger

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2018
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)

Sailing around the horn of South America was a great adventure. Really makes you think about what the early explorers had to endure when they sailed in small, wooden ships.

Service by the staff was excellent. Dinner menu was very good and varied. Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment, and became very boring. There was very little variety over the two weeks. Other than corned beef hash, there was no meat other than pork.

Entertainment was good, but there was a definite lack of things to do on sea days.

There are a lot of tender ports, and the crew does a very good job of getting you off and back to the ship. Some ports, like the Falklands can take more time because of rough water, so you must be patient. Access to the tender from the ship is done in a very orderly manner. You collect a number when you enter the waiting area (dining room) and you move to the tenders as a range of numbers is called. Very orderly and efficient.

Ship's tours tended to be somewhat expensive, but were well organized and the guides were good.

Overall, Princess did a good job and we will sail with them again.

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Cabin Review

Oceanview (obstructed view)
Cabin OW E408

We moved from a balcony to an obstructed view. The view was blocked by the Emergency Evacuation System, which obstructed part of the view. We could get plenty of daylight and still see the water. Had we stayed in the balcony, we would probably only have used it one or two days at best, since the weather was generally cool once we started heading south towards the cape. Absolutely do not regret moving from our balcony.. Cabin was well maintained and the cabin steward was excellent, as was the other ship staff.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Torres del Paine National Park

Limited availability tour that is quite expensive. Torres del Paine is beautiful, but getting there takes a long time and requires a flight. A lot of sitting. Lunch was provided and is excellent. Left my Barmah hat on the bus, so I would greatly appreciate if anyone can bring it back to the USA!.

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Walking tour of the park. Beautiful scenery. Booked a tour through tourguideushuaia. Group of 16, so we were able to get around easily.

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Booked the tour with Jimmy Curtis. Excellent operation. His operation is well run and half the price of a ship's tour. Long ride in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, but worth the trip to see the King Penguins, and others, at Volunteer Point. There are a limited number of vehicles that can go to the point, so if you are interested, you should book early.

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Punta del Este

Beach resort with a 40 minute tender ride. Little of interest for me. Really wanted to visit Montevideo, but that port has apparently been switched with this one.

Argentine Estancia

Excellent hospitality and barbecue lunch. Went a little long at times.

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Tango Show

Went to the dinner and show. The tango show was a pleasant surprise. It was more of a stage show that told of the history of the Tango. Dinner was very good. Although a little expensive, excursion was very well conducted and the guide provided insight to the show and the city. Very interesting and entertaining.

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Osorno Volcano

Had a perfectly clear day and the view of the volcanoes was magnificent.

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Petrohue Falls

Petrohue falls and the park was pretty, but it was quite crowded. If you visited Iguazu Falls on your South American trip, then these falls will be underwhelming. It is interesting in the way the water has cut through the lava flows, but it is not too exciting. Booked the tour through Denis Purtov. The guide did a an excellent job, and pre-purchased the park tickets, so we could avoid standing in line.

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