We had long wanted to go around the Cape of South America, and one day a brochure arrives from Princess Cruise Lines (Our Favorite line) with an outstanding price for a 16 day rountrip cruise out of Buenos Aires. After many conversations with our travel agent (Sheryl @ Go Travel) we finally booked the cruise and the airfare to go with it. The airfare became the most challengeing, because to get a half way decent rate to Buenos Aires, we have to travel from Tampa Bay to Chicago and then onto Buenos Aires (an 11 hour flight). We have a 5 hour layover in Chicago but at least it gives us time to get between terminals and hopefully enough time for our luggage to get transferred. We decided to go in a day early both to enjoy Buenos Aires and to make sure we are they early enough so we don't miss the start of the cruise. We have reservations at the Claridge Hotel there, and they also will pick us up at the airport. Now one of the challenges of this cruise, of course it is summer there now, but gets very cold both in the ports around the cape and the Falkland Islands, so we have to pack with hot (Buenos Aires & Montevideo) and cold (around the cape) clothes. After searching thru the closets we finally came up with enough different clothes to fill the bill. We are going to Tampa on Monday and staying the night there so we have a place to leave the car and also a shuttle early on Tuesday to the Airport for the start of our journey. We will add at least a journal entry on a somewhat daily basis (I hope) but probably will have a difficult time of uploading the pictures until we return home. Even tho we can add to the journal aboard the Star Princess, the internet connection is very slow, and will take forever to upload the pictures, but every opportunity that we get to upload we will, and will complete the picture portion of the trip when we return home.