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  1. We spent time in Rio before our Antarctic cruise. Rio's exquisite natural setting makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Made all the arrangements ourselves. We flew into Rio & then flew Emirates down to Buenos Aires. We stayed at the Hilton on Copacabana Beach--room with a beach view, helpful staff, plentiful breakfast, great location with restaurants nearby. We had three fabulous days with Rafa Lopes Torres--the best guide in Rio! He picked up & dropped us off at the airport. There are many 'don't miss' things to do in Rio but our time in the Marape
  2. eyore, Sorry to hear that your cruise was postponed but I agree that this is not the right time to travel internationally to South America. Since you have another year to plan (and save) : ) I heartily recommend you think about adding time on both ends of the cruise. A few days in Rio de Janeiro is well worth the time (and flight between Buenos Aires)--has one of the most beautiful natural settings for a city in the world. We also spent five days on Easter Island--a truly once in a lifetime, unforgettable experience. People think it's just looking at 'big heads' bu
  3. eyore, hope you managed to contact Pedro. Buenos Aires: --For a great estancia experience, contact Guillermo, the owner of Camino Pampa. Request that he be your guide. My review: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g312741-d2071959-r747806242-Camino_Pampa-Buenos_Aires_Capital_Federal_District.html --We did the VIP Tango Lesson & show at Tango Porteno. The VIP was more expensive but worth it. My Review: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g312741-d1450864-r747403287-Tango_Porteno-Buenos_Aires_Capital_Federal_District.html --Don'
  4. Last January on the Coral Princess, we had a beautiful day in the Falklands. Our visit with the Rockhopper penguins was a real highlight--they're the rock stars of the penguin world, so lively & funny.
  5. Loved the Coral on our South America / Antartica cruise (January-February 2020); she was perfect for that trip. We won't sail any bigger. If the mass market lines keep dumping their smaller ships; we'll have to head over to the smaller more upscale (more expensive) lines.
  6. This is the email that I have for Pedro; our tour with him was in late January 2020. clickonenglish55@gmail.com Enjoy Buenos Aires--a beautiful city. You can PM me if you want a recommendation for a day trip to an Estancia; well worth it to experience a working ranch.
  7. As broke newlyweds in the late 70s, we would order a pizza on Saturday nights and watch The Love Boat while dreaming of traveling the world with Captain Stubing. Well, lots of years and 35 countries later, we've fulfilled a lot of our dreams including sailing on the original Pacific Princess. Many thanks to Gavin McLeod, The Love Boat and Princess for inspiring a lifetime of travel! My husband and I still sing the Love Boat theme to each other as we board any cruise ship...it's always EXCITING AND NEW! RIP Captain.
  8. It took almost two weeks since we called but our FCC was extended to a book by date of 12/31/22.
  9. We were given a FCC as compensation for a major shore excursion screw up on a cruise in 1/20. The book by date is 1/31/21. I called last week and was told they would file a "request for extension' and if I don't hear a week before expiration, call back. Surprised they just can't extend it automatically.
  10. We stayed in Recoleta for several days and highly recommend it. A lovely neighborhood. Always felt safe walking around including in the evening after dinner. A number of good restaurants and close to the Recoleta Cemetery--a don't miss in Buenos Aires worth a few hours of wandering. We stayed at the Melia Recoleta Plaza--was one of the former homes of Fist Lady Eva Peron. In a great location with a convenience store and currency exchange across the street. Their breakfast was good with good selections. They have a small but very good restaurant in the lobby and a great Jazz
  11. Thanks to all for helping us discover this show; enjoying it immensely! It brings back great cruising memories and reminds us of taking The Ultimate Ship's Tour on the Sapphire Princess a few years ago. One thing that really stands out that is so true--the vibe of the ship is set at the top. We just started the The Cruise show season with the Italian captain who participates in the activities and fun. Maybe we're biased toward Italian captains. We started cruising with the full-Italian crewed Home Lines (Oceanic and Homeric) that was fabulous; our fist Princess crui
  12. In 2020, Princess gave us a Future Cruise Credit due to a big shore excursion snafu. It expires in January 2021. Being of a "certain age,' we probably won't cruise again until there's a vaccine for Covid-19. Given the extraordinary circumstances and being Platinum, does anyone think Princess will extend the expiration date for this Future Cruise Credit?
  13. As broke newlyweds in the late 70s, we would order a pizza on Saturday nights and watch The Love Boat while dreaming of traveling the world. Our very first cruises as young newlyweds in the very early 80s were on Home Lines (the Oceanic and the Homeric)--there will never be another cruise experience like that. Now-defunct, it was an Italian line; the entire crew was from Italy. Although the ship was tiny compared to today's behemoths, it was classically beautiful. The food was fabulous. It was the first ship to have a roll back roof over the swimming pool for rainy or cool days. And ever
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