Great cruise to Central and South America!: Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by markham

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Great cruise to Central and South America!

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: South America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This is my 4th cruise on this magnificent ship and the service, food and accommodations are- as usual- top class. But more to the point it's the SERVICE that greets you all day long. Next it's the SPACE that I defy any other ship to offer its guests. Lastly, it's the food: VARIETY in 4 different dining rooms where the service is calm, the quality outstanding and there is always choice, choice, choice. After all, Odyssey carries up to 450 guests and has seating for at least 600 or so across the range of options. I can't imagine what the previous poster means when he/she degrades and dissects soups and complains about 20 minute waits from argumentative bar staff. My experience could not be different; food was always prepared to suit and was as described. And if I waited 20 seconds for a drink, well that would be surprising. The bar men knew what my regular choice was and were preparing it when I came in the Observation Bar every evening! For the record, I was on the same cruise but with More one additional segment- to Buenos Aires. We disembarked just this week. And I am already looking forward to Seabourn cruises in the coming months as so many of our friends on Odyssey have all booked together for the same time, Jan., 2012, next year!

About the ports,there were more than the 8 this site offers to list so here they are:

San Blas Islands is on the northeast side of the Panama Canal and interesting to see the way of life of the indigenous people who live on these tiny islands;

Panama City is sort of a run down empire outpost of Spain and/or a rough unfinished work of urban planning for its apparently increasing population;

Guayakil, Ecuador is a non-touristy but clean city with a beautiful promenade on its sea front;

Lima is interesting with its various neighborhoods including the upmarket Miraflores and its spectacular cliffs;

Arica in northern Chile was a small but busy resort town;

Iquigue was an important port for shipments of nitrates from its harsh desert, the source of war lost to Bolivia and Peru (making the former landlocked) in the 19th century;

Valparaiso was the gateway to the wine valley and its tours; Puerto Montt was dramatic with its snow covered mountains and lakes which we enjoyed on a breath-takingly clear day;

Chacabuco was a Patagonian forest and stream landscape where we enjoyed some basic but enjoyable horseback riding;

Punta Arenas is Chile's most southern city and sites including the large mausoleum cemetary and trip to Torres Paine national Park;

Cape Hope and the glaciers leading into the Beagle Channel were hightlights on a largely clear and calm couple of days of breathtaking scenery and the reason many chose this cruise;

Ushuaia is Argentina's most southern town with a prison, naval and local people's Yamane people;

The Falkland Islands/Malvinas were interesting as a UK outpost of very proud and loyal people and offered a chance to see its rock hopping penguins;

Puerto Madryn, Argentina was breathtaking because of its Unesco World Heritage site protecting the Magellanic penguins and sea lion breeding beach; and

Buenos Aires which is an exceptional place. Its neighborhoods and distinct and charismatic, its food excellent and half the price of NY or Paris, its past politics intriguing and weather a terrific offset to what awaits next week in the northern hemisphere. Less

Published 02/17/11

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