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Day 20 & 21 - Final day at sea and transferring to Santiago

or what happens when someone has pinched your parking spot!

sunny 16 °C

The weather is slowly improving the further north we sail.

We sat on deck reading for a few hours - if you can get out of the wind it's very warm and a few hardy souls braved the swimming pool.

During the evening, the Captain announced that a cargo ship was occupying our berth and we would have to disembark by tender (we found out later in the evening that this is something that they have never done before!).
A little later they also informed us there was a dock strike and that might delay us further.

As our transfer to Santiago was booked for 8:30am we got up early and managed to get on a tender shortly after 8. When we got to the terminal building our suitcases hadn't arrived. Sadly we ended up waiting about 5 hours for everyone on our transfer to get their suitcase. It's a beautiful sunny day but we are stuck waiting for the poor guys who have to unload all the suitcases manually. Usually they use a fork-lift truck and lift them out on pallets from the dockside. Today, they have to be loaded into tug boats and shipped ashore. Those cruisers with early flights had to head for the airport without their luggage which was sent later.

It takes about an hour and a half to drive to Santiago but the guide pointed out a few historic buildings on the way out of town and told us about the area and the grapes/wine production of the area, so the time passed quite quickly. We stopped half-way at a little cafe for cake and ice-creams. The cafe had a little orange tree grove behind it and a llama pen to the side.

Santiago is in a bowl, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes mountains. Founded in 1541 it is the capital city of Chile and one of the ten largest cities in the Americas (along with Buenos Aires)

Our hotel is in the more modern part of town in the Providencia district which is about 4.5km from the downtown historic area. We had a quick look around the area before dinner. The area is very nice and I spotted some pomegranate trees on the side of the road.
Rob decided to sample the local beer with dinner.

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Posted by JenBuckley 14:33 Archived in Chile

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