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Old November 21st, 2008, 03:13 AM
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Hi-- My husband and I will be sailing on the Star Princess from Rio - Santiago on 12/22/08. I'm a fairly experienced traveler, but my husband is more reluctant to get out there. It's taken me 10 years to convince him to travel to South America; we had to do a "warm-up" cruise to Mexico a couple of years ago before he'd even think about it. He does have some health issues (diabetes) and slightly limited mobility (can't walk too fast or too far)

I'm thinking of doing our Shore Excursions through Princess as they would seem to be more of a "known entity" and can be planned in advance. Plus, DH is terrified that we might somehow get left behind in some port if we strike out on our own. Do any of you have experience with Princess shore excursions in South American ports? Suggestions of what to do (or what to avoid). I noted that there are excursions for disembarking passengers in Valparaiso, and I deliberately booked a late flight from Santiago. Do these types of excursions usually take you to the airport at their conclusion? Does your luggage stay with you on the tour vehicle, or get sent on ahead?

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Old November 23rd, 2008, 01:09 PM
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I've only done a tiny piece of S. AMerica, so can't help with specific tours, but I do agree that you would be safer doing ship's tours. Especially since your hubby has health issues. While doing stuff on your own can be more fun, the tours you book through the ship really do take your safety a lot more seriously. Cynical point....you can sue the cruise line if things go wrong, almost impossible to sue a local vendor. Besides, the cruise lines do not want bad publicity. They get enough from low level media.
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Hi--

Thanks for your insight. It pretty much confirmed what I had been thinking. I'm hoping this trip will just whet my husband's appetite and get him interested in South America. Maybe then if we get a chance to go back, he'll feel more adventurous.

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