South American voyage

Veendam Cruise Review to South America
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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Veendam

13 Night South America (Santiago To Buenos Aires)

Sail Date: March 18, 2013

Ship: Veendam

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Traveled As: Large Group

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review Summary

We took the 13 day cruise from Santiago to Buenos Aires on March 18 through March 31. We booked an outside cabin with an unobstructed view. It felt larger than similar cabins on Princess and had a bathtub/shower arrangement rather than a cubbyhole sized shower which was nice. The food was good, not great. Portion sizes were variable and the meat was often tough. Service was better in the Lido than the dining room; it seemed as if the kitchen was slow downstairs in getting orders to the wait staff. Most definitely, the pisco sours- or at least that is what they claimed they were- we're undrinkable and expensive. Stick to unmixed drinks on board. While it felt like we didn't have enough time in port, in reality, there was enough time to do most activities. HAL's excursions are overpriced and I recommend you do some on-line research to find deals. I would specifically recommend enPatagonia in Puto Chacobuco, kayak Aqua Fresca in Punta Arenas and CanalFun in Ushuaia. Overall, we had a good time and would consider crusing with HAL again.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Really enjoyed the string quartet most evenings but unfortunately that is being discontinued!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports Of Call

Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile

3 out of 5

Puerto Montt, Chile

5 out of 5

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

5 out of 5

Cruise Chilean Fjords

3 out of 5

Cruise Amalia Glacier

3 out of 5

Cruise Canal Sarmiento

3 out of 5

Cruise Strait Of Magellan

5 out of 5

Punta Arenas, Chile

5 out of 5

Cruise Cockburn Channel

3 out of 5

Cruise Glacier Alley

3 out of 5

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

5 out of 5

Cruise Cape Horn, Tierra Del Fuego, Chile

5 out of 5

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

1 out of 5
Not much to do.

Montevideo, Uruguay

3 out of 5

Buenos Aires, Argentina

5 out of 5
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