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“Cruising around Cape Horn”

Adventure Falklands
Ranked #2 of 5 Tours in Stanley
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

We had just visited Stanley, East Falklands, Falkland Islands. We didn't see our Prince William, we he was doing training there somewhere on the island. Even the people of Stanley, didn't see him because William he was very busy on the other end of the island. Quaint village Stanley! Lots of tourist shops with lots of stuffed penguins for children. The War memorial statue of where the soldiers died in 1982. The shipwrecks condemned left in the ocean outside of Stanley. Liberated June 14, 1982 Argentina took over the Falklands. Over 3,000 residents live in Stanley. We took tenders from the cruiseship to Stanley. The weather was sunny, but cool. But the weather didn't stop anyone from visiting the tourist shops and seeing Magellanic & King penguins on the cliffs and walking through the areas that were once dangerous because of land mines left behind from the war in 1982. Very enjoyable trip!!

2  Thank katie794
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

On our cruise to Antarctica we did the Falkland Islands excursion. If your old enough to remember the Falkland War or want to gain some knowledge worth the excursion. We had a loved to share stories and scenes about the war. We shared tea and biscuits in a basic visitors center. The small village is worth the hour or so time to simply walk on solid ground.

Thank Patricia W
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

We took this excursion on Christmas Day when our cruise ship called at Port Stanley. 25 vehicles with a driver and 4 passengers each took off in 3 groups of 8-10 across the rough terrain to Volunteer Point. Our driver was excellent, a third generation Falklander, and we much enjoyed chatting with him about life and politics on the islands. It takes 2+ hours to reach the penguins so be prepared to be jolted around. (My husband and I are in our 70s and 80s and didn't mind a bit!). Nowhere else in Antarctica will you see 3 kinds of penguins including the majestic Kings. We had an hour or so to walk among the penguins, take lots of pictures before it was time to gather for a lunch of delicious sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee and homemade Christmas cake and the ride back.

4  Thank lingo2
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Ever since the conflict in 1982 I have wanted to visit this outlying region. The area is outstanding but Stanley, the capital, is disappointing. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't this. I was there for a week with friends from around the UK. The capital is geared to support day visitors from cruise ships but not for visitors staying longer (even though there is only one flight in and one flight out a week). I felt that tourists were being ripped off from the tourist agency (who didn't seem to want to help), car hire (minimum 4 days) and the bank (who charged more for exchanging to sterling than Falklands pound even though they have parity). All in all Port Stanley was disappointing. But the rest of the area is fabulous.

5  Thank OughtiJohn
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

We had previously been to the Falklands and like many on our cruise ship purchased one of the tours while aboard ship. We went to those places the tourist go to on cruise ship tours and saw several penguins. On another trip we decided to see if there was a trip we might make that was close to Stanley. We purchased local transportation to the cove just about a mile or so from downtown Stanley. This time we decided to try something different. We went ashore early and found a driver with a Range Rover that advised he could take us off the beaten path to a cove where there were many penguins. The charge for the trip was an astonishing $80 for the tow os of. That was only 20% of the price being asked by the tour office abaord ship. We road on gravekl roads and thru thee laocked gates as we crossed a large ranch. We passed fensed off areas what warend of live land mines beign present fromt eh 1982 war with Argnetine. Once we got the the top of a ridge there were well over two hundred penguins and these guys were just a few feet from where we stood. There was just a rope on the ground which the driver ask us not to cross. He talked about the birds and explained their habits and their nesting grounds to us. We were on top of the world. No big groups of tourist around to disturb the penguins, no lines, just us in the wilderness. We left after observing the penguins for about 45 minutes. As we worked out way back to the main gravel highway we could see a long caravan of Range Rovers filled with the ship;s passengers ands making their way to the area where we had been. We were ahead of ll of them at a fraction of the price. One of the best days and experiences we have had in the Falklands. At Port Stanley there is a very large general store (groceries. clothing, liquor, etc.) that also has a neat little coffee shop and since it was cold and windy we went in to warm up. The people are all nice in nice and especially at this store. Our time was too short on the islands as we could have spent all day however had to return to the ship where we encountered another chapter in out adventure. The wind was blowing quite hard and tender service was suspended. Were we stranded on the Falklands? No that was not happen as the tender serve restarted and e headed for the ship only to learn that the winds were so strong we could not come along side the ship for the passengers to deboard. We tried for over an hour as we bobbed around in the tender and finally we approached the ship and a rope was thrown out snagging one of the hooks on the tender. It looks like we will still be having diner aboard the cruise ship---aw shucks----I wanted to return to Post Stanley.

12  Thank texaswillie
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