Yep, I think it's bad advice. Going from Rio to Santiago the port side (left)will always be away from land. That's not what you want. When you get to the fjords in Chile (the most scenic portion of the cruise) you will want to see the spectacular glaciers and they are going to be on the Starboard side. We did the cruise in the opposite direction, Santiago to Rio and we had a port side balcony. That's where most of the scenery was.
Landlocked in Denver, but cruisin every chance we get.
Polynesia, Carib. '86
Cr. Odyssey, Scandinavia, '91, 30 Day S Pac. 2002
Crystal Harm, Aust., N.Z., '94
Royal Odyssey, AK,'96
Old Cr. Pr. Canal, '97
RCCL, Carib, 1998
Volendam, Car, 2000
Ryndam, 35 day S. Am., Antarctica, '03
Is. Pr., Canal, 2004
Statendam, 34 day China, Japan, AK '06
Cr.Pr., Carib. 08
Eurodam, Atlantic, Med. '10
We just returned from the RCCL's Mariner of the Seas - 46 days from
Florida to Los Angeles - you most definately want to have a starboard
side cabin (hopefully with a balcony) - the land should be on your right -
as you are traveling south from Rio to the Horn and then up to Santiago.
Was a wonderful trip - hope yours is great as well.
Costa Atlantica, Jan. 2002 Caribbean
Dawn Princess, Jan. 2003 Caribbean,
Celebrity Summit - Jan. 2007 Panama Canal - Full Transit
Mariner of the Seas - Jan. 2009 Around the Horn B2B - 30 days