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Antarctica has beckoned for some time. Finally, I heeded the call. The Star Princess, roundtrip out of Buenos Aires provided, for me, the perfect balance of experience and cost. It also offered the opportunity to treat my mother to a soft adventure without requiring more physical exertion than her age and health would allow.

We arrived in Buenos Aires after the long flight from JFK and took the pre-arranged car to the Marriott, chosen because Princess offers pre-check in there the night before departure. They also offer this service at the Intercontinental. Passengers staying at other hotels are welcomed to come to either of these hotels and use the service as well, if they so choose. Luggage is collected the following morning and brought to the pier. The next time you see your luggage is in your stateroom.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. Buenos Aires’ port defines chaos, and anything you can do to lessen the stress is advisable. While working your way through the confusion, the only useful way to respond is with humor, knowing that eventually you will be on the Star. Once on board, the welcoming atmosphere of the ship quickly washes over you, easing the stress. Now, without any question, the adventure has begun.

Two days at sea await. Time to relax, attend lectures by the scientists and naturalists on board, and anticipate our first port of call – the Falkland Islands.

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A cruise to the Antarctic…, what a dream!

Wynn from Twitter.

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