Explore the wonders of the southern tip of South America and Antarctica aboard the Holland America MS Zaandam
Flight from USA departs JAN 27, 2018
Cruise Departing Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile Jan 28, 2018
Ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina Feb 19, 2018
The elegant Holland America Zaandam is your home while you explore exciting vistas:
Depart from Valpariso (Santiago), Chile after you have a chance to see this historic city.
Valparaíso is a major city, seaport, and educational center in the county or commune of Valparaíso, Chile. It is the second largest metropolitan area in the country, and is located 69.5 miles northwest of the capital, Santiago.. One of the South Pacific's most important seaports, Valparaíso is the capital of Chile's third most populated administrative region and is the headquarters for the Chilean National Congress. Valparaíso mushroomed during its golden age, as a magnet for European immigrants, when the city was known by international sailors as "Little San Francisco" and "The Jewel of the Pacific." In 2003, the historic quarter of Valparaíso was declared a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.
Next, make your way down the coastline of this very long country:
Spend time exploring the towns of Puerto Montt, Castro, Isla Chiloe, and Puerto Chacabuco. Glide through the Chilean fjords and cruise along the Amalia or Brujo Glacier, see the Canal (channel) of Sarmiento and the Strait of Magellan. Continue the adventure with a visit to Punta Arenas, the main city of Chilean Patagonia and where you can likely see Magellan Penguins. Continuing on to the Cockburn Channel, the Beagle Channel, and Glacier Alley will give you close up of marvelous views of Patagonia. Finally visit the southernmost city of the continent, Ushuaia, Argentina, then sail by Cape Horn, and into the Drake Passage.
And on to Antarctica!
Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent, and home of the geographic South Pole. It is almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 5,400,000 square miles, it is the fifth-largest continent in the world. For comparison, Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.2 mi; 6,200 ft in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Pennsulia.
Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. It has the highest average elevation of all the continents. It is considered a desert with annual precipitation of only 8 inches along the coast and far less inland. The temperature in Antarctica has reached −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F), though the average for the third quarter (the coldest part of the year) is −63 °C (−81 °F). There are no permanent human residents, but anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at the research stations scattered across the continent. There are many kinds of life on Antarctica – notably fungi, penguins, other birds, and fish. Vegetation is mostly tundra. The entire continent is set aside as a reserve for peace and scientific research. Military weapons are banned, nuclear waste disposal prohibited, and mining not allowed. Visitation on Antarctic is severely limited – largely as a way to avoid the introduction of foreign species. Nevertheless, it is an extremely exciting place to see and realize there is still a place on Earth which has had little damage from humans.
Now, explore the coast and islands by Argentina
In Stanley, the capital city of the Falkland Islands, the population (2,932 inhabitants in 2012) primarily consists of native-born Falkland Islanders, the majority of British descent. Other ethnicities include French, Gibraltarian, and Scandinavian. Immigration from the United Kingdom, the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena and Chile, has reversed a population decline. The predominant (and official) language is English, and Falkland Islanders are British Citizens. Stanley was once an important ship repair site for vessels damaged in rough seas. Since much more sea traffic uses the Panama Canal, the Falkland Islands has shifted to an economy largely based on tourist trade and supplying researchers in Antarctica.
The next stop is at Puerto Madryn, the major city of Argentine Patagonia. This land was originally settled by people from Wales, followed by more immigrants from Italy and Spain. It is an important center for people going to adventures in Patagonia.
The penultimate stop on the cruise is Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. It was established in 1724 as a strategic move amidst the Spanish-Portuguese dispute over the region. Under brief British rule in 1807, the city is now is home to headquarters of many Latin American organizations and is compared to the role of Brussels in Europe. Montevideo has consistently been rated as having the highest quality of life of any city in Latin America. Renowned for their meats, be sure to sample some of the world’s best beef while you are here.
Then end the cruise in beautiful and romantic Buenos Aries
Buenos Aires is the capital of the Argentine Republic. The name means fair winds, or literally good airs in Spanish, and is one of the largest cities in Latin America. With many cultural offerings, it is the point of departure for travelling to the rest of the country and much of South America. Inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called porteños, "people from the port", implying that many of the inhabitants are immigrants in some way or another. Buenos Aires is a destination that allows the visitor not only to view the city but also to have an exceptional urban adventure.
Walking is a great way to get around Buenos Aires during the day. With the grid system it is relatively easy, and because of the traffic it may even be quicker than a taxi or bus. The larger avenidas are lined with shops, so there is plenty so see. Buenos Aires has a reputation as one of the street art capitals of the world with huge murals covering tall buildings. The best street artists in the world come to Buenos Aires to paint due to the freedom the city offers.
If you missed the beef in Uruguay, or if you got your appetite whetted for it, you will want to try asado (beef/steak barbecue) at a parrilla, restaurants specializing in roasted meats. There are expensive parrillas, and more simple and cost effective ones. In either case you will likely have some of the best meat you have ever tasted. The bife de lomo (tenderloin) is unbelievably tender. Jugoso means rare (literally "juicy"); however the Argentine concept of rare is very different from that of someone from the States (perhaps its a tourist thing, but an American ordering rare is likely to get something between medium well and hockey puck). Argentines cook their meat all the way through, and they can only get away with this method because the meat is so tender that cooking it well does not necessarily mean it's shoe leather.
For Westerners, don't be afraid to order "azul" ("blue"), you will not get a blue steak, but one more like an American Medium Rare. If you like your meat "bloody", or practically "still walking" it might pay to learn words like "sangre" ("blood"), or to make statements like "me gusta la sangre" ("I like the blood"). Don't be afraid to spend two minutes stressing how rare you want your steak to your waiter. If you want it rare, you have to explain exactly how rare. Italian and Spanish food are almost native here, as the cultural heritage heralds in great part from these two countries. Other popular meals are pizzas and empanadas (small pastries stuffed with a combination of cheese and meats). They are a popular home delivery or takeaway/takeout option.
A trip to Buenos Aires is not complete without some sort of experience of the Tango, the national dance of Argentina. A good place to go and watch some authentic Tango is at the Confiteria Idéal Suipacha 384 (just off of Corrientes, near Calle Florida. However Tango is best experienced in the Milongas. A milonga is both a place where a Tango dance will take place, as well as a specific type of tango dance.
Buenos Aires is a world-class center of music and theatre. It is said there is more theatre going on in BA than in any other city in the world including New York City, London, or Paris. Often at least 300 performances of some sort will be happening at the same time.
Obviously, there is far too much to see and do here in just a short visit. You will probably want to return again and again or extend your stay.
DAY DATE PORT ARRIVE / DEPART
27 JAN 2018 Fly from USA to Valparariso (Santiago), Chile
0 28 JAN 2018 Valparaiso (Santiago) Chile 4:00 pm
1 29 JAN 2018 At Sea
2 30 JAN 2018 Puerto Montt, Chile 8:00 am 5:00 pm
3 31 JAN 2018 Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile 8:00 am 5.00 pm
4 1 FEB 2018 Puerto Chacabuco, Chile 8.00 am 5.00 pm
5 2 FEB 2018 Chilean Fjords (cruising)
6 3 FEB 2018 Scenic cruising Amalia or Brujo Glacier
6 4 FEB 2018 Canal Sarmiento (cruising)
7 4 FEB 2018 Strait of Magellan (cruising)
7 4 FEB 2018 Punta Arenas, Chile 6:00 am 6:00 pm
7 4 FEB 2018 Cockburn Channel (cruising)
7 4 FEB 2018 Beagle Channel (cruising)
8 5 FEB 2018 Glacier Alley (cruising)
8 5 FEB 2018 Ushauia, Argentina 2.00 pm 8:00 pm
9 6 FEB 2018 Cape Horn and Drake Passage (cruising)
10 7 FEB 2018 At Sea
11 8 FEB 2018 Antarctic Experience*
12 9 FEB 2018 Antarctic Experience*
13 10 FEB 2018 Antarctic Experience*
14 11 FEB 2018 Antarctic Experience*
*Antarcic Experience - cruising only, weather permitting,
route times 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.
15 12 FEB 2018 At Sea
16 13 FEB 2018 Stanley / Falkland Is / Islas Malvinas 8:00 am 4:00 pm
17 14 FEB 2018 At Sea
18 15 FEB 2018 Puerto Madryn, Argentina 8:00 am 4:00 pm
19 16 FEB 2018 At Sea
20 17 FEB 2018 Montevideo, Uruguay 9:00 am 6:00 pm
21 18 FEB 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina 8:00 am
22 19 FEB 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina 6:00 am
*All prices are per person, based on double occupancy
Inside from $4,749.00
Ocean View from $5,359.00
Vista Suites from $9,599.00
Neptune Suites from $15,849.00
Deposit $600.00 per person (fully refundable until final payment)
Final Payment due 30 OCT 2017
These prices include: cruise fare, government taxes, fees, port charges, and visa for Argentina.
Pricing above does not include airfare, first hotel night, transfers, trip insurance, gratuities, shore excursions, or visa for Chile.
Please note: All cruises to Antarctica sell out well in advance of the trip.