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South America – Summary

14 December 2017

All good holidays come to an end and so we emerge from Heathrow in the middle of the day.  The return trip was in premium economy and we both managed to get some sleep.  And some Avios points stacked up for a future trip.

How far did we travel?

JourneyDistance - miles
Heathrow to Santiago7248
Santiago - Mendoza112
Mendoza - Buenos Aires612
Buenos Aires - Iguaza660
Iguazu - Rio de Janeiro736
Rio - Buzios (rtn)218
Rio de Janeiro - Heathrow5760

Inevitably those distances are approximate – but it is telling how short the hop between Santiago and Mendoza was.  I noted as we drove back that Buzios does have an airport – given the traffic jam on the way back to Rio de Janeiro perhaps we should have seen if there were flights we should have used, but I suspect it is only light aircraft.

Highlight of the trip – inevitably the Iguazu Falls.  Narrowly behind was Buenos Aires.  Being based in the Recoleta area was a clear bonus and the city did not feel unsafe despite the regular warnings  given by the guide.  And for a few days of sunshine and pure rest then Buzios was a great way of ending the holiday.  I think we only had one marginal meal on the trip and the leak in the Rio bathroom was very unwelcome.  And only a couple of months before we head off to Sri Lanka for an unusual return visit.

In reality we saw so little of each country, particularly Chile, that making some grandiose summary seems preposterous.  Buenos Aires was much preferred to Rio de Janeiro but Buzios was a lovely break so honours are even I think.

Back Home

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 September 2016

Friday is spent entirely at sea as we head back down the North Sea and through the English Channel to berth at Southampton, right back where we started from.

A day at sea allows the shipboard team the opportunity to arrange extra events.  We have a look around the specialist restaurants and will probably take advantage of them if we ever come on the Celebrity again as they break up the dining.  Jackie usually partakes in a bingo session on a sea day, although I do not always accompany her I do this time.  Just as well as she enjoys a small win on this trip, mainly because one number flashes up but was not announced by the caller – although I spotted it!  Lucky!

The evening entertainment has been pretty good throughout the trip – a Freddie Mercury impersonator one night and an excellent girl singer who has worked on UK X Factor and won (I think) the Dutch version.  I am told we will be doing a Celebrity cruise again in the future, it is more relaxed than Cunard and the entertainment is better – of course the ships are much larger which gives greater capacity but the ratio of staff to passengers is not so good – but the service seems pretty good to me.

On Saturday morning we cannot be sure when we are disembarking as it is done in stages and we are given estimates of when it is likely that we can go and collect our luggage.  The more expensive staterooms tend to disembark first.  We have time for a breakfast but they are ahead of schedule and we are about half way through breakfast when we are told we can go.  Finding luggage is always fun in the adjacent “warehouse” and unlike when we arrived we have to walk back to the car – when we arrived the luggage was collected at the car and that was the last we saw of it until we were in our cabins!  Luckily the wheels on the cases work and we are not in a great hurry.

Steve and Veronica have definitely enjoyed the trip and are looking at what might be worth booking for the future.

Route segmentDistance in Nautical miles
Southampton to Bergen805
Bergen to Flam100
Flam to Geiranger (approx)256
Geiranger to Alesund (approx)65
Alesund to Stavanger250
Stavanger to Southampton635
Total (approx)2111

And with that summary another holiday comes to an end.