February 4, 2018 (written February 14)
This will be the last blog from our cruise to Antarctica.
Disembarkation from the “Infinity” took place early this morning. Given the distance from the port in Buenos Aires to the International airport and the departure time of our flight, we opted to do a bus tour that ended at the airport.
This tour was somewhat of a disappointment. It began with our guide scarring the crap out many of the tour participants. Talking of pick pockets and other criminal activities. She strongly recommended that we leave our wallets and passports on the bus where the driver was trained to not only drive the bus but to watch out for things left on the bus while we toured. We saw very little of Buenos Aires and the tour consisted of what follows.
Our first stop was a boat cruise on the River Tigre in Tigre Municipio. We exited the bus, with the doors left open and the driver promptly walking off to chat with other drivers (!@#$%^&*). Thankfully, all of our stuff was where we left it when we came back. We followed our guide into an outdoor reception area where our guide told us we would have about a 15 minute wait for our boat and we could explore the various shops. She pointed to an area where we were to meet. When the 15 minutes were up and most of us returned to the indicated spot she was no where to be seen. Eventually we saw some of our group over by the dock and low and behold, there she was.
The river cruise was quite interesting. We passed by a large theme park, saw many abandoned, derelict boats on the shore line, and numerous houses / cottages. Most of these were on stilts as the river tends to flood regularly. We also passed numerous marinas, rowing and paddling clubs along the way. There was significant river traffic ranging from touring boats, cabin cruisers, outboard motorboats, kayaks and rowboats.
From here we traveled to the San Isidro Cathedral which we explored, along with a park with local craft stands. This is a rather new cathedral in the Gothic style consecrated in 1963. There was a restaurant across the road where we were able to get some lunch.
We were dropped off at the airport with some 3 1/2 hours prior to our scheduled flight at 5:30 pm. The flight was delayed close to 3 hours. Waiting around an airport for the better part 7 hours is not a fun. Hannah was great during this time and we all made the best of it. We were schedule to arrive home at 5:30 am on the 5th, but actually arrived at 10:30 am.
Overall this trip was very good, however we did have the Falkland Islands canceled and that is where we planned to see penguins up close. On a positive note, what we really came to see was Antarctica and the weather was near perfect for this. Cold, but sunny weather, without too much wind. Celebrity did do their best to make this a memorable cruise.
Dubai, next March with Jack our grandson, all being well.
Jill, Hannah & Kerry
More Pics from the River Cruise
More Pics from San Isidro Cathedral
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