Day 22…Cruise to South America…Punta Arenas, Chile, port of call has been cancelled due to rough seas…

Punta Arenas would have been a great port of call to visit but bad weather prevented the necessary use of the tenders.  We sailed away.

Sightings from the Veranda while Cruising”

Tom captured this rainbow when we were in Punta Arenas, Chile.

 A few frustrations popped up this morning.  One is due to rough seas, we won’t be able to visit today’s port of call, Punta Arenas, Chile one we’d very much looked forward to visiting during this cruise.

Secondly, the Wi-Fi signal aboard ship this morning is outrageously slow, making it impossible at the moment to upload our awaiting photos for today’s post.

Another view of Tom’s rainbow capture.

Well, missing the port isn’t so crucial for us when we plan to return to South America for an extended stay in 2019-2020.  Thus, we take that in our stride.  However, being unable to upload photos is an entirely different scenario altogether.  

I’ll continue to try but if I can’t get them uploaded, we’ll have to post our story for today, adding the photos as soon as we receive a better signal.  Since all passengers are staying onboard today, they are busy on cellphones, tablets, and computers. 

A cruise ship, a freighter and a fishing boat in the harbour in Punta Arenas.

Plus, many passengers had booked private tours for Punta Arenas and are busy attempting to cancel them in order to receive refunds for monies they may have paid in advance.  That must be frustrating.

In these circumstances, the cruise line automatically reverses all charges for ship-sponsored booked tours without the necessity of passengers heading to the guest relations desk.  But, they do not reimburse passengers for any lost funds they aren’t able to recover from private tours.

What a pretty city view.

Hopefully, the tour company operators understand the weather conditions and will refund all monies paid in advance.  None the less, it’s quite an inconvenience for those passengers working on that today.  Luckily, we hadn’t planned anything specific when we would have grabbed a taxi for a few hour tour of the area.

Instead, we’re now leaving Chile to be on our way to Ushuaia, Argentina for tomorrow’s port of call.  Oddly, we’ll be back in Ushuaia on January 23rd, when we fly from Buenos Aires to board the Ponant Antarctica Cruise.

View of Puneta Arenas from the bow of the ship.

When we arrive on January 23rd, we won’t have much time in the most southerly city in the world so we hope to disembark the ship tomorrow and explore on our own.

We’re so fortunate to have this upcoming Antarctica cruise since we’ve been wearing a number of items we purchased for that cruise, in order to stay warm, especially during these high winds rough seas in the area.  

A ferry making its way to the port.

The ship keeps the indoor temperature very cool to control the spread of germs.  As a result, most passengers including us are bundled up in warm clothing with many wearing heavy jackets.  We haven’t needed to wear our jackets but certainly, are taking advantage of sweaters and nice sweatshirts we have on hand.  Safari luck.

Last night, again, we stayed up very late having too much fun!  I don’t think I slept for four hours.  Tom’s slept a few hours more than I did and is feeling well after his pesky cold subsided. 

On the other hand, I may have dodged a bullet by not catching Tom’s cold but today, I feel a bit raggedy.  Perhaps a short nap will be on today’s agenda, later in the day.

As we sailed away from Punta Arenas…

At the moment, we’re in the Cafe al Bacio doing the usual, writing to all of our worldwide readers while enjoying the delightful conversation that periodically ensues with passengers stopping by to chat.

May you have a great day engaged in delightful conversation!


Photo from one year ago today, December 14, 2016:

Last year at this time we called Pyengana Dairy Company in Tasmania to order 10 packages to be shipped to us in Penguin, Tasmania as a holiday time treat since we don’t eat traditional Christmas baked goods and candies.  For more details, please click here.