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Paul Motter September 18th, 2007 07:33 AM

Who has been to South America?
Has anyone here been to South America, especially lately? I am seeing a lot of great deals out there, like between $50 to $80/night for cruise lines line Celebrity and Azamara.

A lot more ships are going there now than before, though the luxury lines have been going there a long time.

I am wondering how it is now, I have not been there myself since the '80s.

Gofishgriff September 18th, 2007 07:47 AM

I was in Santiago Chile last year doing some work. Not on a cruise though, but that's not what you asked... LOL

Santiago was great!

susancruzs September 18th, 2007 08:19 AM

I had one booked for 2008 but cancelled due to moving, I noticed then the prices were good.

I was going on RCI from Chile to Brazil and then the Brazil to Lisbon which was starting at 899! Would have been a great cruise, there were alot of people already booked when I did, whcih was early.

South America is on my list along with Australia!

Paul Motter September 18th, 2007 10:34 AM

Any ideas on how the airfare is?

Delft September 18th, 2007 11:58 AM

I have, but never via cruise ship.

Mike M September 18th, 2007 02:21 PM


72 days and counting:

I haven't been in 12 years but I am looking forward to returning to Brasil.

Our airfare was $878 p.p., round trip, from Minneapolis to Sao Paulo on Continental. The cruiseline air was $600 without deviation. We opted to do our own. Once we did the deviation, paid the deviation fee and the added charge it would probably have been more expensive than what we paid.

South America air isn't bad. It's about equal to Europe.

I personally believe that South America will become the new Europe, especially with the weak dollar against the Euro and the Pound. It's also a place that offers the history of Europe with the beaches and eco-tourism not found in Europe. There are also many cruise options that offer one way cruises that take in the Panama Canal and or give you the fun of Rio and you only have to go through one longer flight.

Take care,

Paul Motter September 18th, 2007 02:31 PM

Thanks for the input - this week's CM Bargains newsletter -

WHICH EVERYONE SHOULD GET BY THE WAY!!!! has two great South America Bargains:

South America Dream!
14-Night SOUTH AMERICA Cruise Norwegian Dream roundtrip Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile from $599 per person! Nov. 7, 2007.

Azamara Journey
Get $400 in shore excursion credits! 12-night South America Rio to Buenos Aires only $1449

Chuck Palm September 18th, 2007 10:20 PM

We did Buenos Aires to Valparaiso Xmas of 2002 on Celebrity Zenith. We had a great time and especially liked days at sea almost every other day.
Buenos Aires was amazing and we really liked the glaciers and many of the Chilean ports of call. The highlight for us was the two penguin rookeries. All said, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Our airfare was in the $800 range round trip open jaw from Portland, oregon.I hope this helps.

Cruise Cynic September 18th, 2007 11:51 PM

The sum total of my experience in South America is:

getting off the gangway in La Guaira, Venezuela, seeing the guards at the street entrance with sub-machine guns, and immediately RAN back on the ship.

fun times

Mike M September 18th, 2007 11:58 PM

But Cynic didn't you see if you could make a deal on some oil?

Take care,

CruisinK n J September 19th, 2007 12:20 AM

Who Has Been to South America
It's always been m dream to go there. Lucky Mike and Betty! Everything I have looked at was really costly, especially air. Would love to do it, tho'.


Cruise Cynic September 19th, 2007 12:32 AM

Mike> The guys with guns didn't look like they had a whole lot of oil.

Chuck Palm September 19th, 2007 01:27 AM

David and I have been to South America and Central America at least 10 times. We have also been to many parts of Mexico on at least 20 separate vacations. I love Hispanic cultures and wish that I could have been born in a country with so much culture and tradition. If one wants to see "family values" they only need to go to a country with Hispanic traditions somewhere south of the U.S. border. Or so it seems to me.
In the U.S. we talk about "family values." The people in these cultures live the story and "walk the Walk."

Actions speak louder than words I.M.H.O.

Divemaster September 20th, 2007 12:25 AM

Re: Who has been to South America?
SA just in late '80's and mid '90's. No recent info.

[quote="Paul Motter"]Has anyone here been to South America,[quote]

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