We chose this cruise as we wished to see Chile Argentina and the Falkland Islands.We usually chose on the basis of destination and value and not particularly aligned to a particular cruise line This was our 12th cruise having been with Princess X4 Cunard X1 Royal Caribbean X1 Carnival X1 MSC X1 Costa X1 and NCL X3. (Epic and Pride of America)
Before the cruise we stayed 2 nights in Santiago, at the Hotel Plaza San Francisco. We thoroughly enjoyed sightseeing in Santiago. The only frustration was the constant warning on street robberies and theft, fortunately we had no issues with this.
The transfer to San Antonio is about 2 hours by coach, we opted to use Pullman coaches which was very cheap but an experience, the coach station was manic and again security was a big concern, however all was managed well and the coach took us straight to the ship.
The embarkation was one of the quickest we have encountered, we effectively just got straight on to the ship.
The ship is nearly 20 years old but after a minor refit and very well maintained and better than many others that we have been on.
Dining, we usually used the Seven Seas restaurant and the buffet occasionally, the food was a very good standard and on par with other offers. A good variety of choice, unusually there were not any real formal evening in line with NCL's casual style, this may not suit all.
This was probably the poorest aspect, the good shows were Abbey Road Beatles Burt Bacharach and Magician was good, the other shows Tango show Singer Eliza Rose and American Comedian Gaucho Cowboys were not to my taste. The ships company were okay. The cruise director Jaeme from beautiful Columbia was visible, the captain was invisible.,
Service overall was good, the all inclusive aspect kept the cost down without the further addition of extra cabin service charges. Staff were plentiful and I would chose this option again.
The ship excursions were very expensive for what they offered, there seemed to be an even bigger mark up than usual....so we only used 2 where alternatives were not really available.
Ship tour to Frutillar and surrounding area. Okay. Takes you to a nice outside museum
Puerto Chacabuco Ship tour to Aysen okay but not good value.
We took and independent tour with cruiseexcursion.com agian okay showcasing the best this had to offer. It is a very bleak area even at the height of summer.
Ushuaia. We did the end of the world tour. Again this made the most of what the area had to offer very bleak but mainly untouched.
Unfortunately we could not dock so therefor an extra sea day. Many complaints from all as this was one of the key areas we wanted to see... captains verdict was final so no point in moaning (41 USD was automatically refunded to all for port fees).
We went on Penguin trip to Punta Tombo which was excellent. 2 hour drive each way but lots of penguins in natural habitat. We would have appreciated a bit longer here to see the town after the tour.
This was a real gem after the bleak south and minimal street crime ..what a contrast!.
Finally Buenos Aires which we loved for a 2 day post-cruise except for the street crime. We stayed at the 725 Continental.
We enjoyed the tour overall...the south was bleaker than we expected so would not go again...very disappointing that we did not make the Falklands. but overall it was certainly an experience.
The inside cabin was spacious and very well equipped. The usual King size bed but also had a full size settee.There were 4 life jackets so I guess this cabin could be for 4 but it would be very tight. For 2 people this was very spacious. The bathroom was very similar sized to others that we have encountered. The cabin was kept spotlessly clean by the stewardess.