Chilean ports summer 2017/2018 valparaiso or san antonio ??

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#22
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I just got notice from HAL, too, but my November cruise will now start in San Antonio. My travelling companion wants to overnight in San Antonio the night before the cruise, but I'm struggling to find a hotel that's not just a budget place on the beach. Has anyone stayed at San Antonio before and can recommend a hotel either in or near town?
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Just got notice from HAL that the 2019 Grand South America will stop in San Antonio instead of Valparaiso.


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#24
Valparaiso Chile
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Originally posted by jantoby
I just got notice from HAL, too, but my November cruise will now start in San Antonio. My travelling companion wants to overnight in San Antonio the night before the cruise, but I'm struggling to find a hotel that's not just a budget place on the beach. Has anyone stayed at San Antonio before and can recommend a hotel either in or near town?
For good hotels in the city of San Antonio ( near the port):
Hotel Del Pacifico & Casino San Antonio
Hotel Sonesta San Antonio
About 45 minutes from the port:
Hotel La Casona Matetic Wineyard
http://www.matetic.com/la-casona-hot...ng=en#lacasona

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#25
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Originally posted by valparaiso
hello Koolforkatz,,,,dont worry,,,, it is very easy to go to Valparaiso from San Antonio port,,,,,i,,,do not miss the Valparaiso city,,,best regards
Hi. We are on the ISLAND for whole trip around S.A. Thus far, Princess, has been officially status quo, but another CC member posted to their social media and got a "we're working on these trips" response.

As a local expert, can you recommend/suggest best independent means to get to Valparaiso from San Antonio port? We will also want to spend some time - maybe 1/2 day - seeing city highlights. You also mentioned Vina del Mar, which we are also aware of as a seaside resort. Looks like a very long nice beach too. We won't have seen a nice resort type beach for a long time - given our excursions and cooler weather south of you.

Any advice is appreciated. I do realize that many or all of the tour operators servicing the ships in Valp today will turn and offer similar tours out of San A.
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#26
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I will be on HAL on the Zaandam beginning March 3, 2018 in Buenos Aires and scheduled to stop in Valparaiso on March 17. Just received notice this morning that we will now be stopping in San Antonio. From what I have read it seems that it is still feasible to do a tour of Valparaiso from the San Antonio port. Does that sound logical? Thanks for your help.

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#27
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Does anyone know why the change is being made? It appears that Valparaiso is a much better choice for tourism so I'm wondering what has prompted this apparent change.
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#28
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We are leaving on the Zaandam - HAL on 9/281/17 and we have now been officially changed from Valparaiso to San Antonio - we don't know why - it just is. All Valparaiso shore excursions have been deleted, and nothing new has been put in its place - if any one has any idea why, would love to pass it on to a bunch of angry cruiserx - thanks
#29
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Originally posted by ciana
Does anyone know why the change is being made? It appears that Valparaiso is a much better choice for tourism so I'm wondering what has prompted this apparent change.
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This link may help to explain the situation.
http://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/...or-issues.html
#30
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Originally posted by MrVacation
This link may help to explain the situation.

http://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/...or-issues.html


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#31
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Originally posted by MrVacation
This link may help to explain the situation.
http://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/...or-issues.html
Looks like they may have built the brand new facility and forgot about the other aspects needed to attract and maintain customers. Hope they can get act together.

It's a bit of a pain for us as this is a stop on our S.A. cruise and we are going to visit Valparaiso city and now have additional travel time to/from.
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#32
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Originally posted by steelers36
Looks like they may have built the brand new facility and forgot about the other aspects needed to attract and maintain customers. Hope they can get act together.



It's a bit of a pain for us as this is a stop on our S.A. cruise and we are going to visit Valparaiso city and now have additional travel time to/from.

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Originally posted by MrVacation
This link may help to explain the situation.
http://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/...or-issues.html
I'm sure it is also about the money, always is. Carnival Corp. likely is getting a better deal at cheaper rates from the city of San Antonio than from Valparaiso. I doubt the cruise lines care about their passenger experiences and inconveniences on land before and after a cruise. They only care about their own bottom line.

Celebrity is sticking to Valparaiso so if I ever do a Cape Horn cruise again I may choose Celebrity if I want to visit Valparaiso as part of my vacation.
#34
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Princess is now showing San Antonio instead of Valparaiso on their website.
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#35
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Originally posted by koolforkatz
Princess is now showing San Antonio instead of Valparaiso on their website.
Princess has pushed back departure from San Antonio for Emerald Princess Feb.14 by an hour, now leaving at 6:00pm instead of 5:00pm. Princess has sent an email notification making the change official.
#36
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Originally posted by susiesan
Princess has pushed back departure from San Antonio for Emerald Princess Feb.14 by an hour, now leaving at 6:00pm instead of 5:00pm. Princess has sent an email notification making the change official.
I'm happy to hear that - that might allow our Valparaiso tour operator a bit more breathing room if he can still make the tour work.

I haven't received anything from Princess yet
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#38
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Originally posted by bcnvcanada
Does anyone how to get to Valparaiso from San Antonio?
Do a Google map and you will see the distance and estimated driving time.

You can get a taxi, van, bus service. Rent a car. Lots of choices.

We are doing a private tour in Valparaiso, so it is more costly because they have to pick us up and return us to San Antonio. But the up-charge was quite reasonable and competitive with us doing it ourselves.
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#39
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Originally posted by susiesan
Princess has pushed back departure from San Antonio for Emerald Princess Feb.14 by an hour, now leaving at 6:00pm instead of 5:00pm. Princess has sent an email notification making the change official.
I have always had it as 6:00pm. The impact is the next port, La Serena where arrival and departure are both 1 hr later than before (same time in port). This makes sense as the ship has further to travel overnight than from Valparaiso.

I will be willing to admit it may have been 5:00pm way back before Princess decided to sell segments (as in when we booked the 60-day trip), but with San Antonio being a segment break, the extra hour gives more time for boarding passengers to catch the ship. So, I believe it has been 6:00pm for some time now.
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#40
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I received notification that HAL Zaandam for 2017November17 has been changed from Valparaiso to San Antonio.
We've already booked our hotel and tour for Valparaiso. Now we have to add a transfer from Valparaiso to San Antonio.