Monday (3/18) and Tuesday (3/19) were days at sea. Monday was a beautiful day, sunny with pleasant temperatures to allow you to be out in the sun. Tuesday was a different story, raining and cool.
Wednesday (3/20), the Mercury arrived in Buenos Aries. Stood up on the front deck to watch us come into port, quite a maneuver on behalf of the ship. They cruised straight into a narrow channel, then rotated around, then backed around 180 degrees into the dock site.
Once docked, the exodus began. Many passengers had booked their own tours or were simply taking off on their own. There was a shuttle from the ship to the terminal, which took all of about 3 minutes. In the terminal building, there were a few shops.
We opted for the afternoon city tour, taking us to all the major sections of the city and the major sites. Included in this was of course, the cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. This was quite a picturesque place, reminiscent of those you see pictured in New Orleans.
Also in Buenos Aries, the H. Stern and Versace stores were offering a free shuttle from the terminal.
On Wednesday evening, Versace come onto the ship for an ‘exclusive’ fashion show.
Thursday (3/21) we took the ships tour to the Delta and Tigre Rivers, which included a river cruise on the Delta. This was a fantastic tour and a chance to see part of the countryside.
Many places we went in Buenos Aries (as well as other Argentina ports), we saw lines outside the banks. The current situation, both politically and economically, in Argentina is not good and our tour guides were very vocal on their feelings. They are only allowed to take a small amount out of the bank weekly, no matter how much they have.
Leaving Buenos Aries on Thursday, we headed for Puerto Madryn on Saturday, after a day at sea on Friday.