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Trip Report Santiago to Buenos Aires on the Sun in March 2016.

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I promised I'd write a little trip report so here goes.

As I was starting to research what to do for this year's travel, I decided to check Vacations to Go for last minute cruise discounts. I was shocked to see the March 12 departure of Norwegian Sun's 15-day Cape Horn Cruise listed for something like $360 per person. I don't know if there were a few last minute cancellations due to zika (which isn't an issue in this area) or just the normal cruise line practice of hoping to basically give away the final cabins, hoping you will pay for drinks, internet, and cruise excursions. Lucky for me I'm fine with drinking water, coffee and tea and cutting off the internet on board.

Anyways, Including having the cabin to myself, port taxes and gratuities it was still less than $100 per night, and I had enough miles to be able to get to Santiago and return from Buenos Aires. It was a go with barely two weeks until departure! I did have to pay $75 extra for my AA flight for the short notice. Also I was just a month shy of Argentina suspending their reciprocity fee for US citizens...bah humbug! Good news for future travelers, though.

A few comments on the Sun and timing. March into April is the end of the South America cruise season. The ship was going to turnaround in Buenos Aires, and then continue on up to San Francisco...if I'd been a little smarter, I probably should have booked the repositioning cruise instead!
The cabins were pretty nice, and someone mentioned that the beds had already been replaced. The carpet definitely needed to go, though. It appears that NCL is famous for discounting the base price, and charging above average for gratuities, corkage (even if consumed in the room, apparently), and room service (not free except for a skimpy continental).

The wines listed for those with a beverage package were pretty low end, and the food got repetitive pretty quickly in the free restaurants, especially at lunch. Although it wasn't bad, there seemed to be a very limited list of ingredients that they used in various combinations. I thought the service was mostly very good to excellent, especially in the dining rooms, and I liked that there were many, many two-tops so that window seats were available for everyone, not just large tables. I had a wonderful cabin attendant. Overall, I was pretty happy with the total package. I'm not into entertainment too much, but the tango dancers were great as was the lecturer. It was interesting how international the passengers were..Chinese, South Americans, Euros, Americans. We apparently didn't have a norovirus outbreak, as there was no extra sanitation, but toward the end of the cruise you could hear the coughing increasing. I tried to avoid elevators and sit in the back of the lecture hall.

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