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Beach Belle December 11th, 2011 11:27 PM

Round the Horn Cruise
Hi - We will be cruising around South America in February. How do you pack for this cruise? It's supposed to be in the nineties in Rio and 14 degrees at the tip. Any advice from people who have already been there?
We'll be gone for 36 days, so I know we'll need to use laundry facilities. We're traveling on the Holland American line to Santiago, and Celebrity thru the Panama Canal to Ft. Lauderdale. Any help will be appreciated.

Beach Belle

MercedMike December 12th, 2011 09:19 AM

Round the Horn
This is a wonderful trip!

Check out our trip report and pictures at

You are right packing is a dilemma. All you can do is take a few warm weather clothes, and dress in layers in the cold climates.

Have a GREAT cruise!

Paul Motter December 12th, 2011 01:51 PM

The answer is always "layering" - take clothes that you can add on to your ensemble for warmth but can also wear sepatrately for comfort.

Golden1 December 13th, 2011 02:42 PM

Oh my!! That sounds easier said than done!!

Sistersolo December 13th, 2011 05:28 PM

It's really not that difficult, unless you're like the woman I met on my last cruise who had packed one large suitcase just with shoes.

My husband and I did the trip around the horn last February, and each of us got by very well with our standard large check-in bag, modest roll-aboard, and small carryon, each. Most of the trip is in relatively warm weather; it's only the few days furthest south that you may run into serious cold and wind. I packed only two pair of warm slacks, figuring that pantyhose and wool socks under them would probably keep me warm enough; half long-sleeved and half short-sleeved jerseys, a warm sweater, and a really good windbreaker/raincoat. Other than that I took my usual warm weather cruise gear. As it turned out, the weather was unusually mild during our transit and I never even used the sweater. My husband actually went ashore in Ushaia in shorts, though I think he was the only one off our ship to do so and after all, we are from New Hampshire.

Beach Belle February 4th, 2012 09:26 PM

Thank you all for your input. The time is getting near and I can't wait.


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