BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
and
THE SHIP
 

BUENOS AIRES

Buenos Aires, meaning
"fair winds" or "good airs"
is the capital and most populous city of Argentina, and the financial, industrial, and commercial hub of Argentina. The city is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the South American continent's southeastern coast. Buenos Aires' quality of life was ranked 81st in the world and one of the best in Latin America in 2012, with its per capita income among the three highest in the region. It is the most visited city in South America, and the second most visited city of Latin America. The city is known for its preserved Spanish/European style architecture and rich cultural life and is home to multiple ethnic and religious groups, making it one of the most diverse cities of Latin America. In the census of 2010 there were 2,891,082 people residing in the city.
Buenos Aires has a humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The warmest month is January, with a daily average of 25C/77F Heat waves from Brazil can push temperatures above 35/95F. Most days see temperatures in the 28 to 31C/82 to 88F with nights between 16 to 21C/61 to 70F, It was actually 36C/97F the day we arrived on Feb 22nd.

We arrived in Buenos Aires early afternoon, after a 10 hour overnight flight to Santiago, Chile, a 1 1/5 hour lay over and a 1 1/5 hour flight to our final destination. Interesting note about security in both airports - they not only look at your passport, they also take your picture and your thumbprint to see if you have a criminal record. The ship stayed in port overnight and we were supposed to take a tour of the city the next day, but it got canceled due to non participation. I guess passengers were arriving in small groups over the two days the ship was docked there just weren't people interested. As much as I would have liked to see the city, I really didn't mind as it took the two days to catch up on the sleep I didn't get on the plane.

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This is the only picture I took in Buenos Aires - the sunset on the evening we left port.

     

THE SHIP

  

The Norwegian Sun

The Suite and The Rest

We had the same suite that we had on the second cruise to the Baltics, so nothing new to see here.
As for the rest, not too many pictures of the ship itself, but some of us taken by the ship's professional photographers.
 

Off on our first tour in Montevideo. Can you tell we're tourists?


We got four free dinners for two in the specialty restaurants (which normally you would pay a little extra for), so on the first formal (optional) night, we went to the french restaurant Le Bistro.
 

Of course we transferred a couple of them to Dina.
 

Our arrival at the Falkland Islands, looking a little less like tourists.
 

Dina and friend.


As we entered the Strait of Magellan, they held a ceremony on the pool deck using water from the Strait. People lined up to have a viking helmet, with a hole in the top, put on their head and a ladle of the water poured into it.


Some of the participants actually had ice in their hair from the water. But they didn't mind because now they were one of the 'privileged'.


Our third specialty dinner (the second was at the Brazilian restaurant but we didn't take any pictures) was at Cagney's Steakhouse. The beef was from Argentina, which was the best I've ever eaten.


It was the second (optional) dress up night, and since neither of us get many opportunities, Izak decided to dress up.


And so did I.
   

We did eat dinner in the main dining rooms as well. This one is the Seven Seas..


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