We chose this cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary and we wanted something out of the ordinary to remember it by. The cruise around the Horn was just what we were looking for. The only complain I had is the sail around the Horn went to smooth--calm seas and no wind was not what I was expecting, but I think most of the passengers were delighted, including my wife. The Eclipse is an amazing ship and the staff was just wonderful. Alejandro was our cruise director and was the best we have ever had. The captain and Alejandro kept us up to dat with all the events happening on the ship.
Ship embarkation at San Antonio went smooth although the terminal is not the most modern. The ramp up to the ship was very steep and several people had trouble climbing it.
We were booked Aqua Class for the first time and enjoyed the amenities very much. Our cabin was on deck 11 and was very nice, but also exactly like normal veranda cabins. We ate in Blu and enjoyed it immensely. Wait staff was awesome and food was very good.
Onboard lectures in the "from the podium" series were excellent. Lectures included geography of the Chile and Argentina areas we were cruising around as well as history and information about the local people and food. Library was well stocked at the beginning of the cruise but the staff took all the books from the shelves for sanitation reasons when a norovirus outbreak occurred.
Entertainment was outstanding. The Celebrity singers and dancers presented several broad way calibre shows and the guest entertainers were also very good. The first night show was by a gaucho group called Impact who had appeared on America's Got Talent and went deep into the competition. There were matinees at 2:30 in the afternoon on most sea days which were very well attended.
Wait lines for getting off the ship at each port were very long, especially at tender ports which was most of them. Lines to get back on the ship were usually very long since most people were getting back from excursions at the same time. Shore time at each location seemed too short.
We seemed to be struck by an unusual number of passenger incidents that resulted in at least 4 people being evacuated to a shore hospital. One of these required us to reverse course to Puerto Madryn after leaving the port by at least 5 hours to evacuate a passenger. This resulted in missing out next port, Punta del Este, but the life of the passenger greatly outweighed any inconvenience to us.
Ship staff took immediate action when a suspected norovirus a outbreak occurred. Strick sanitation procedures went into effect to limit the number of cases.
Debarkation went very smoothly but we had booked an excursion of the Tigre River Delta that then dropped us off at the airport.
Cabin was adequate for our needs with queen bed and couch. Bed was high enough to store our luggage underneath. As always, too few electrical plugs to service all our devices. Shower had large shower head plus shower vents for waist and below area.
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