I must say that I was quite apprehensive about the cruise as there seems so little information about this ship and this itinerary. Also the ship is older (1988) and smaller (34,000 tons) than the ones we have cruised on in the last few years so I am pleased to report that my worries were groundless.
Once on board it was apparent that this was a much smaller ship but everything was clean and the décor was pleasantly neutral. Our cabin was a ‘restricted view double’ on deck 8 and was very well appointed with plenty of storage, a comfortable bed and a large en-suite with a bath and shower.
We explored the ship and found that all the amenities were available – show lounge, disco/dance venue, main restaurant, buffet, 3 speciality restaurants, pool, casino, lounge, shop, spa, fitness centre, photo gallery etc. but everything was, obviously, on a smaller scale. We really enjoyed the informality and ‘freestyle’ dining which enabled us to meet a lot of fascinating people and the food was generally good.
The cruise was the perfect way to visit South America for the first time. Peru was fascinating but there is a lot of poverty and that was quite distressing at times. Chile, in contrast, seems very affluent and I would love to see more.
My husband and I have put the ‘Valparaiso to Montevideo’ cruise high on our list of ‘wanadoos’ and we would not hesitate to do it on the Norwegian Crown.