I am not sailing when you are, but am going the same route on 1/20/02 in Mercury. I would love to hear from you when you are back! It is hard to get a lot of details on this itinerary - not quite the Caribbean! Please keep my e-mail and write me your review! Have a wonderful trip. Carol
I am going with my parents on the 11/14 trip. My mother is in a wheelchair, and this will be their 28th cruise...my 11th.
We arranged our own airfare and saved about $450 a person. Checked yesterday and all our flight numbers have changed (United from LA through Miami both ways) but times are within 15-60 minutes of previous flights and we should have no problems making connections etc. Hope security does not tie us up too much. We really need to hand carry some of her meds and supplies, so we will see.
We are arranging private tours by auto in most ports as cannot get on/off a bus or van with my mother. Our travel agent has arranged some through this company: www.southstartours.com (including our transfer from Santiago to Valparisio), and also contacted a company on our own in Puerto Monte for a tour similar to HAL posted one, same price per person but in a Mercedes with an English speaking driver all to ourselves. Can give you the name and email of that company if you desire.
I will post a report of our trip both here and on the Disabled Cruisers forum here when we return.
Thanks for your input. Please do let me know how everything went. I will check the tour co. you referred to and especially the one to Puerto Montt, who is that with?. Are you going to the Penguin colony there or just a city tour? I have signed up for the penquin tour thru Celebrity. Anyone else out there with another idea on seeing the penquins? I look forward to hearing from you.