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Emerald Princess Cruise Review to South America

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Emerald Princess

14 Night Cape Horn & Strait Of Magellan (Buenos Aires To Santiago)

Sail date: January 31, 2018

Ship: Emerald Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: A504

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

This itinerary should be a must for anyone who is interested n wildlife and the excitement of going to the end of the earth and also visiting wonderful Buenos Aires and Santiago as well as all the other ports.


5 out of 5
We have Platinum status so we were able to go straight to the check-in desk and then on to the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The buffet had its usual good selection of food at breakfast and lunch. My only criticism is that there used to be a selection of different teas, but now there's only one - Lipton black tea. We dined in Michelangelo most evenings and had an excellent waiter (Angel from Peru) who has courteous, professional and friendly. We also went to the Salty Dog Gastro Pub for which we paid extra. It is part of the Wheelhouse Bar and there was only one other couple there. The selection is small but good and the food was delicious. We ate at the Crown Grill twice - it is worth every penny.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
I took part in the speed painting and also the mask decorating, both which were fun.


3 out of 5
We were very disappointed in the show singers. None of them were good and not up to usual Princess standards. The comedian was OK but the the ventriloquist (whose name I have forgotten) was hilarious. The first show on the evening of embarkation was the Tango School of Buenos Aires - absolutely fantastic! The tango band which played in the Plaza was also great, as were the two tango dancers.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
As mentioned above, our waiter, Angel, was the best we have ever had on a Princess cruise

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
As usual, the balcony cabin was comfortable - the new beds are great! I hope that one day the hairdryers will be upgraded, but otherwise we were happy.

Ports of call

Buenos Aires, Argentina

5 out of 5
Tigre basin

Montevideo, Uruguay Did not visit port

We visited Punte del Este instead, which was lovely

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

5 out of 5
We visited the Valdez Peninsular on an all day excursion - wonderful and we saw lots of wildlife.

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

5 out of 5
We visited the penguins by jeep on an off road excursion - very cold but lovely.

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

4 out of 5
We went on the old train and visited a beautiful bay. Ushuaia is very touristy but we had a good lunch in a local restaurant.

Punta Arenas, Chile

5 out of 5
We went two hours by ferry to Isla Magdalena where there are about 60,000 pairs of penguins. Very rough seas but it was worth it to walk amongst these fascinating animals

Puerto Montt, Chile

5 out of 5
We did an excursion into the Andes and had a cruise on a catamaran. Absolutely beautiful scenery. Then lunch at a resort on another lake. Lovely day.

San Antonio, Chile

4 out of 5
We got on a bus immediately after disembarking and took a 10 hour trip through the countryside, with lunch, to Santiago. Again, fascinating scenery and an excellent lunch.


5 out of 5
Very fast with no problems. We didn't have to worry about our luggage until we reached Santiago airport. We then took a taxi to our hotel in the city where we stayed two days.
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