The itinerary was spectacular from hot Buenos Aires to chilly Falkland Islands, around the Horn into icy Patagonia, then back into warmer climate into Peru. So, we did not use outdoor spaces much for about half the trip. Favorite stops were Punta Del Este, Falkland Islands (so many penguins), Amalia Glacier in Patagonia, Chilean Andes from Coquimo, Orsorno Glacier from Puerto Montt, Valparaiso, Ballestas Islands from Pisco, Barranco district of Lima. We made it safely and without incident to every scheduled port. Naturalist on board was good and some of the entertainment, musicians were really special. The staff was great and it was nice to return to a sparkling room every day and night.
The restaurants were good but Red Ginger was outstanding. The menu in the main dining room was different most nights. Buffet is great for breakfast, outdoor grill is nice for mid-afternoon snack after a day on tour. Baristas was very nice for a leisurely coffee and pastry. Martinis was a fun place to gather with new friends before dinner. Never used the casino and we did not participate in many on-board activities except for the single malt tasting which was fun.
Note: organize land tours with a small group (8-12 people) on your own as we did. These land excursions can be the best part of the experience. An excursion with 25 folks on a bus is quite limiting, and the prices for small group ship tours are quite high.
Very nice, Small but balcony let in much needed light. Bathroom very tiny but we made it work. Consistent problems with toilets in most cabins and all issues were quickly remedied. TV reception was mostly great when needed. Big surprise was WiFi available on board for most of the cruise at no additional cost. Only one sign-in at a time per cabin but we made it work. Laundry service was great. Never used room service. The staff was wonderful, always cheerful.
We stayed in Buenos Aires for a week before the cruise. Tango shows were special.
We had an exciting day out to Volunteer Point in a 4x4 Jeep. So many penguins!
Great day to Osorno Volcano and Petrouhe Falls.
Interesting but not as much fun as other cities.
We had a great day with a guide from Tours by Locals.
Just a drive around town.
We saw replicas of Magellan’s ship from the 16th century as well as Darwin’s HMS Beagle.