Do you want glaciers and spectacular views, plus beautiful cities and a Latin atmosphere or positively beautiful islands that put just about anything in the Caribbean to shame?
It really is a matter of priorities: Choose which you want to do first and then do the other at a later date. I don't think you will be disappointed with either choice. I haven't done the horn but I have talked with many who have and I haven't heard a major negative yet. The minors were that it was colder than they thought: (It's near Antarctica at the Horn) and that it was a bit rough. Others have said it was very smooth.
I've done Tahiti and, as of now, it is tied with China as my second favorite cruise. Once you are away from the island of Tahiti and Papeete you are in for a real treat. The morning I awoke in Cook's Bay in Moorea and opened the curtains I knew I was in Paradise. The Polynesian Islands also have some of the best snorkeling you will find. There are still remote beaches to be found and it is not overrun with hotels and souvenir shops. I compare it to what Hawaii must have been like forty, or so, years ago.
One thing to note: The Polynesian islands can be expensive and a cruise is the best way to see them.
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Thank you for your words of encouragement. I am so torn because I want to do both. There is a romantic side that has read many books about sailing around South America and then also the Michner book on the South Pacific.
No doubt about it, Tahiti would be my choice. I just know I would not like the cold on the other ininerary. Whatever you choose, enjoy!
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