We wanted to see more of South America. The cruise was originally supposed to start in Buenos Aires, but at the last minute Argentina did not allow the ship to dock there. The cruise instead started and ended in Valparaiso, Chile. We considered cancelling, but then decided to go. We were further put off by the puzzling over-the-top COVID restrictions of the Chilean authorities.Many passengers were not able to figure out how to master the complicated Chilean Mobility Pass required by the Chilean authorities. I'm a physician and I'm used to filling out complicated forms, but it still took me about 2 days to figure it out.
The result was a cruise on a gorgeous ship designed to take 900 passengers looked after by about 450 crew. Only on this cruise there were only about 65 paying passengers. The crew members were actually competing to look after you! My wife and I had to isolate ourselves in our room until our first PCR test of the cruise came back negative. Once it did I did a tour of the ship. I felt as if I were a billionaire touring my own private yacht. I think I saw no more than 2 or 3 people at a distance, and they were crew members.
The first couple of days we stayed in port and toured around Valparaiso. The stops were limited once we left The stops were in small places, but interesting nonetheless. Our most southerly stop was in Punta Arenas. There were 2 Ukrainian fishing boats on the opposite side of the dock from us. Their home port is or was Mariupol. The invasion hadn't started yet, but we still wondered what would happen to their homes. After that we sailed out to Cape Horn, then returned to Chile.