Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Susie:  The expedition cruise, 4 days, on the Stella Australis was the perfect cap to a great trip.  This 300 passenger ship was designed to access the fiords, going through the Magellan Strait and landing on Cape Horn.   I felt like I was taking a part in the dramatic history of the worlds development.   Imagine the passages through the Magellan Strait, all the ships lost going around Cape Horn which is considered to be the most hazardous journey of the day.   A must do for anyone going to Chile and or Argentina.  

Sometimes the place we stay becomes a memorable part of the trip.   Such is the case of The Singular in Puerto Natales, Chile.  This property is a converted sheep slaughter house.   The hotel is the original building including the machinery, the woodwork, dock, and so forth.   The dining room is so good none of us wanted to venture out to other quality restaurants in Puerto Natales.  If you go there don’t forget to check out the museum.    

Throughout the southern Patagonia region we saw glaciers even the Canadians and folks from Alaska found impressive.   While on the cruise we went through Glacier Alley which takes your breath away.  Imagine watching these from the luxury of your cruise drinking the obligatory scotch.  Each glacier is named for a different country.  As we passed by they served us hors d'oeurves representing the various countries.   Fun and well within the spirit of the moment.    Roberta
Cape Horn (2 photos above)
The Singular, Puerto Natales, Chile

Grand Velas, Puerta Vallarta, Mexico

Hi Susie:  You've done it again. Grand Velas was AMAZING!!!!!!! It was the perfect long weekend getaway. The hotel truly is amazing. The pool was pristine, the food was great and the staff was so nice. We loved every minute of it and immediately told my parents that they should consider this for a family trip over Thanksgiving next year. We really had the best time.  Thank you, Margo