Wonderful trip to a truly amazing part of the world - totally recommend

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review to South America

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Celebrity Eclipse

15 Night Argentina & Chile Holiday (Buenos Aires To Santiago)

Sail date: December 21, 2019

Ship: Celebrity Eclipse

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 1593

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Definitely a cruise I would recommend for those interested in getting a taste of South America. A trip of a lifetime that I am so glad we made.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Upgrading to Aqua (spa) class is totally worth it. We were able to take advantage of Blu restaurant which was much less chaotic than the main dining room. Excellent and attentive service. Buffet was good but consistently crowded. Excellent meals in Murano and Tuscan Grill.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Appreciated the wine education/tasting courses. Persian spa was wonderfully relaxing. The glassblowing class experience is fun and love that you can create a personalized memento from the trip.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
I've never found cruise entertainment to be of good quality and there was certainly nothing stand out in the shows we saw onboard.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Every staff member was warm accommodating and friendly. There was a true commitment to customer service.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The cabin was a great size with plenty of storage space.

Ship tip

Persian Garden is such a nice feature that we should have utilized more.

Ports of call

Buenos Aires, Argentina

5 out of 5
We did a small group winetasting in town that was fun. Also visit to an Estancia for Gaucho show and lunch that was outstanding.

Montevideo, Uruguay

5 out of 5
Did the market tour which was interesting but wouldn't necessarily recommend it. It seemed a bit disjointed and the fish market portion of it was a real joke. The tour included a private dinner back on the boat which was very nice and special.

Punta Del Este, Uruguay

5 out of 5
Beautiful port and fun to walk around. Did the sea lion island tour which is actually just a boat ride. Would recommend skipping the formal tour and exploring the city on your own.

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

3 out of 5
Lots of riding on the bus... Did the Toninos watching tour which was fun to see these small black and white dophins. The stop for the Welsh tea was okay. The tour was suppose to be in English; however, our guide was much more spanish with a bit of English translation.

Cruise Cape Horn

5 out of 5
TIP - you can likely get great photos from your cabin balcony without having to fight the crowds on hte main deck.

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

5 out of 5
TIP: avoid the bus tours to Tierra Del Fuego and rent a cab. You can get ahead of the crowds, visit the park and make all your stops in much less time and at your own pace.

Punta Arenas, Chile

3 out of 5
Did the penguin island tour by ferry. While the island and penguin viewing was great - the Ferry ride was on a boat that appeared to be a garbage ferry. Very long uncomfortable boat ride. Would recommend one of the other means to get to the island.

Cruise Strait Of Magellan

5 out of 5

Cruise Chilean Fjords

5 out of 5

Puerto Montt, Chile

5 out of 5
Did a small group tour of the volcano and falls booked through Viator. Highly recommend the tour particularly if you are fortunate enough to have a clear and sunny day.

San Antonio, Chile

5 out of 5
One of our favorite tours - Chilean wine tasting and winery visit with drop off at the airport. Visited two wineries which were excellent, with nice tours and tastings. The lunch at the second winery was excellent and very enjoyable.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Tour with the airport drop-off was excellent. So nice to just claim our luggage at the airport.
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