Category Archives: South America

Star Princess Departure from Chile, Delayed due to Earthquake

Thank you OnDaBoat for reporting in the comments of the my last post that the Star Princess will not sail on 3/2/2010 from Valparaiso Chile as planned.  Below is the latest release from Princess about the status of the Star Princess:


Update on Star Princess Turnaround in Valparaiso, Chile — March 2

Star Princess will end its current cruise in Valparaiso, Chile as scheduled on Tuesday morning, March 2. The cruise terminal is open and operational.

The airport there is operating on a very limited basis, and the vast majority of inbound and outbound flights have been cancelled. We are closely monitoring the situation.

Should air service remain limited on Tuesday, we plan to keep Star Princess in Valparaiso for at least another 24 hours so our passengers who are unable to fly out, will be able to stay onboard until flight operations resume. Passengers who are already in Valparaiso will also be able to embark and stay on board the ship.

At this point we plan to operate the following cruise, which is sailing to Rio de Janeiro. We will keep passengers informed of any changes to the itinerary, but the earliest we would sail from Valparaiso would be Wednesday, March 3 at 6 pm.

Passengers who have booked their outbound or inbound air through Princess are being re-booked, and any modification to pre- or post packages have been taken care of.

For passengers onboard who had made independent travel plans in Valparaiso, we have assisted them by checking on the status of their hotel, and have provided them with this information.

This is a fluid situation and can change at any time. We are continuing to provide updates to our passengers as we receive new information.

Passengers with additional questions can call 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237).


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Chile Earthquake & Tsunami impacts on Cruise Vacations

Current updates from the Cruise lines in regards to the 8.8 magnitude Earthquake in Chile and the Tsunami warnings that followed.   The best news is that the Hawaiian Islands and the NCL Pride of America which was due to be in Honolulu yesterday were not damaged.  The Pride of America and Naval Vessels stayed at sea because in the case of an approaching Tsunami, ships are safer out at sea.   If you are scheduled to sail on the Star Princess departing out of Valparaiso you’ll want to read below and stay in contact with your Travel Agent in case Princess has to change plans.   I will update the when I become aware of changes, so you can subscribe in the top right hand corner of the page. 


Info for Norwegian Sun & Pride of America Guests (updated)  

Miami   –    Feb 27, 2010   —   
Pride of America Guests
Pride of America will dock in Honolulu at approximately 3 pm HST. Guests embarking on today’s cruise should arrive at the pier between 7 and 9 pm HST. The ship will depart later this evening for its seven-day inter-island cruise. We appreciate our guests’ cooperation.

Norwegian Sun Guests
Norwegian Sun is in Montevideo, Uruguay today as scheduled. The ship will arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina tomorrow as scheduled and embark guests on the February 28, 2010 cruise. We are closely monitoring the situation in Chile and will keep guests updated as to any changes to the current scheduled itinerary.


Star Princess Sailings in South America

Star Princess is currently sailing in South America and is en route to Valparaiso, Chile, where the cruise is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, March 2.

Voyage 9005: Arriving Valparaiso Tuesday, March 2

We have been in close communication with management onboard Star Princess and, where possible, our contacts in Chile. Based on the information we currently have obtained, we do not anticipate any changes to our arrival in Valparaiso on March 2. The ship’s call to Puerto Montt tomorrow is scheduled to proceed as planned. The authorities in Puerto Montt have confirmed that the port is open and fully operational. Officials have also advised that the city and surrounding area has suffered minimal damage and virtually all tours will operate as planned.

We are aware that the airport in Santiago is currently closed and appears to be closed through Monday, March 1. We are reviewing the impact of that closure and will provide updates as they become available.

Voyage 9006: Departing Valparaiso Tuesday, March 2

Star Princess is still scheduled to arrive on Tuesday in Valparaiso, Chile on Tuesday, March 2. Based on information that the Santiago airport will be closed for the next 72 hours, at this time we expect embarkation to commence as planned.

However, this is a very fluid situation and could change at any time. We encourage passengers to make any necessary adjustments to plan their flight to arrive in Valparaiso on Tuesday, March 2.

Pacific Tsunami Warnings

The Princess ships cruising in areas of the Pacific Ocean rim that have received tsunami warnings, are not adversely affected. As necessary we are making itinerary adjustments to ensure the safety of our passengers and crew. The location of our ships and their status is as follows:

Coral Princess is at sea, en route to Costa Rica and is unaffected.

Dawn Princess is in Auckland, New Zealand today, and has had to make operational adjustments.

Diamond Princess is at sea in Australia waters and is unaffected.

Golden Princess is in Ensenada, Mexico today and is unaffected.

Island Princess arrived at Huatulco, Mexico today but had to depart because of the sea surge.

Pacific Princess was slightly delayed arriving into Suva, Fiji, but is otherwise unaffected.

Sapphire Princess is turning around in Los Angeles today, but because the Port is currently closed embarkation will be delayed.

Sun Princess is at sea in New Zealand waters and will visit Fiordland National Park tomorrow as scheduled, however the time will be reduced.

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Monday Morning Cruise Deals, 8/25/08

My NCL Rep emailed me earlier today about this amazing South America Deal.  If one of these deals that we found below does not meet your needs, then I recommend going to and searching for your cruise because almost every sailing in 2008 has been reduced in price.  Click on the Green Links to go to the website with more details on that sailing and to book it online.   Reminder get these Monday Morning Deals for free on Sunday Nights via Email. Click here for details.   


UNBELIEVABLE: 19 nt. South America Cruise for $799. NCL Sun departing San Fran on Nov.4th


Senior(over 55) Special Last Minute: Bermuda from Baltimore Sept 13th – 5 nt. On Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas – $499


Oct. 6th Carnival Destiny 5 nt. To Bahamas R/T Miami.  $299 – for real!! 


Ocean view on 7 nt. Mexico Cruise for $479.  Sapphire Princess  departing Nov. 15th R/T Los Angeles.



Reminder, the Oasis of the Seas bookings for Crown and Anchor members begin on Aug. 28th and opens for the general public on Sept 3rd.    The Oasis of the Seas will be the an architecural wonder, 60,000 tons larger than any current cruise ship.  Call 800.668.6414 to book any of these deals.  Click here to learn more about the Oasis. 



All prices are subject to change based on availability.  All prices quoted are per person for double Occupancy and do not include taxes.  Click on the links to see total price and availability. 


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Deal of the Week

I have added the “Deal of the Week” page to the blog.  I will update that page with the best cruise deal I have found for the current week.   The Deal this week is $299 for an 8 Night exotic S. American Cruise including all taxes and port charges… Amazing!!!  Check out the Deal of the Week for details.   

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