Seeing Antarctica and the Chilean fjords was amazing! The weather was great and the scenery is unbelievable. Perfect size ship for this cruise.
Be prepared for many days at sea. The ship offers lectures from naturalists and people who have actually lived in Antarctica.
We arrived in Santiago a week before cruise and stayed at the Doubletree - a smaller, modern hotel with great service and staff. It is located near the large mall and other tourist attractions. We made arrangements through the hotel with One Tour - Claudio Sierralta for several private tours and transfer to Vina del Mar. Claudio is very personable, flexible, knowledgeable and professional. He took us to the Andes, to wineries and on a city tour. He is reasonably priced, punctual and made our time in Chile a great experience.
We stayed a week longer in Buenos Aires at the Anselmo Hotel - Curio by Hilton - in San Telmo neighborhood on Dorrego Plaza. Great small, modern hotel in safe area. Tango dancers in plaza most afternoons and evenings. Sunday is antique flea market and tango dancing at night. 10 blocks from Plaza Mayo - main downtown plaza.