Montevideo ~ Starting Our Year In Uruguay!

January 1st, 2018 ~ The start of a brand new year!

Gus visits Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo, is located on the bank of the Rio de la Plata. It is the capital of Uruguay. The city has a population of 1.3 million people. The entire country has a population of around 3 million people. For comparison, California is 2.4 times larger in land size than Uruguay.

“Montevideo has consistently been rated as having the highest quality of life of any city in Latin America.” ~ Wikipedia

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve On The Emerald Princess

December 31st

Happy New Year!

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Before I talk about how New Years was celebrated, I want to mention our experience at the Platinum Photography Studio. (By the way, the professional shots on this page were NOT the ones from the Platinum Studio. Those will be in black and white.)  Continue reading

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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

December 30th

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn is another stop where seeing penguins was the number one billed attraction. But unlike other areas of Argentina that had been colonized by conquistadors, this settlement began with 150 colonists from Wales, England who were seeking religious freedom and a home to perpetuate the Welsh culture and language.  Continue reading

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The Ultimate Behind the Scenes Ship Tour on the Emerald Princess

December 29th ~ At sea

Engine Control Room with the First Engineer

Early in the cruise, I saw a notice in the daily Princess Patter that one could sign up for an optional behind the scenes tour, billed as the “Ships Ultimate Tour”. Tim had long wanted to see more of the workings of the ship, so we stopped by the main desk and signed up. The price was $150 per person.

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Stanley, Falkland Islands ~ Such a Pleasant Surprise!

December 28th

Christ Church Cathedral with Whale Bone Arch, Stanley, Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are still a point of contention between the British and the Argentinians. If you look at a local Argentine map, the islands are listed as Islas Malvines and as a territory of Argentina. On US and British maps, they are shown as the Falkland Islands and as a territory of the United Kingdom (UK).  Continue reading

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Rounding Cape Horn and Dinner at Curtis Stone’s Restaurant “Share”

December 27th ~ At sea

Sailing past Cape Horn

A full day at sea which was briefly broken up as we cruised around Cape Horn, at the tip of South America, which marks where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans come together.

This is another “Cross it off the Bucket List” for many on our cruise, and the daily Princess Patter newspaper compared it to the “Mount Everest of Sailing”.  I must admit it was rather a non-event for me. I did have a little twinge of regret however at being so close to Antarctica and not going there.  Continue reading

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Ushuaia, Argentina ~ Tierra del Fuego

December 26th

Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina is a relatively small city, located about as far south as one can go without swimming or living on Antartica. This is the southernmost city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego. Known as “The End of the World”, it sits on a U-shaped harbor in the Beagle Channel, where many an arctic explorer has departed from. Originally populated as a penal colony, today the town is home to over 70,000 full-time residents.  Continue reading

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Punta Arenas, Chile ~ Christmas Day

December 25th ~ Christmas Day

Welcome to Punta Arenas

We are getting into a lovely routine of sleeping in, having a late breakfast or early lunch, then going ashore for an afternoon tour.

This much relaxation might eventually get old, but for now I am loving it.  Continue reading

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Christmas Eve ~ Amalia Glacier and Straight of Magellan

December 24th

Christmas Eve on the Emerald Princess

We have had two full days at sea which meant sleeping in, hours of relaxation, and pretty much bouncing from meal to meal.

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Puerto Montt, Chile

Friday, December 22nd

Puerto Montt, Chile with Emerald Princess in the harbor

Even though the seas were rough, Tim and I slept for twelve hours. We were both exhausted and it was wonderful to just escape into dreamland. Continue reading

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