With the premium accommodations of the Holland America ms Prinsendam and a spectacular itinerary, the 2017 Grand South America and Antarctica Cruise is a dream cruise vacation.
Setting off from Ft. Lauderdale, this highly-rated cruise ship will show you the best features of the entire continent of South America. After traversing the Panama Canal, you’ll be dazzled by the sites of Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, among other scheduled ports and countries.
You will cruise along the Amazon River and the Antarctic Sound, with stunning views of the most memorable scenery offered around the globe. To entice you with a preview of this 67-day journey, we’ve picked out our top 10 highlights of the Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage.
Highlights of the 2017 Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise:
1. Panama Canal
Sailing through the Panama Canal gives you a first-hand view of one of the most marvelous engineering wonders of the modern world. You have to see it to believe it! Opened in 1914, this canal has both international and historical meaning. It drastically reduced the travel time for ships going between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.
2. Callao (Lima), Peru
Lima, the capital of Peru, displays a diverse selection of architecture for you to appreciate. From pre-Hispanic ruins to Renaissance buildings, there are also plenty of museums that exhibit a range of incredible pre-Columbian artifacts. The UNESCO district, which should not be missed, spans 117 blocks. The extraordinary Plaza Mayor will also delight you, along with other noteworthy sites that are situated nearby, such as the Archbishop’s Palace, Government Palace and Lima Cathedral. Be sure to turn your gaze upwards towards the numerous, beautiful balconies that are a unique feature of this city and under constant renovation.
3. Touring the Cities of Chile
Our cruise heads to the warmth of Chile for a week filled with natural and man-made splendor. We start in Arica, where the weather and beaches are perfect year-round. The next destination, Coquimbo-La Serena, is a lovely coastal city built up with a combination of modern and traditional style that testifies to the rich heritage of this country. There is a popular old fort that attracts many visitors, as well as a multitude of impressive churches to visit.
We’ll also spend time in Valparaiso (Santiago) where you’ll be intrigued by the eye-catching colors of the bohemian buildings, and you’ll be able to wander through the quaint maze of alleyways and streets constructed on the steep hillsides.
4. Robinson Crusoe Island and Chiloe Island
Located west of Chile, in the South Pacific Ocean, Robinson Crusoe Isle boasts a rolling and rocky terrain composed from lava flows that built up over time as a result of many volcanic explosions. Scuba diving is a popular attraction here, with many divers aiming to glimpse the wreck of the German cruiser Dresden, which was sunk in World War I.
With indigenous blue whales, Chilean dolphins, marine otters, sea lion and penguins, you’re sure to catch sight of a wide array of marine life off the coast of Chiloe Island, located in the Los Lagos Region.
5. Amalia Glacier and El Brujo Glacier
Viewing these colossal glaciers up close is a breathtaking experience that you’ll never forget. With imposing crags of blue ice and deep crevices, they are an awe-inspiring work of nature. Amalia is located on the east side of the Peel Fjord, in Chile, and El Brujo is found in another glacier descended from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
6. Strait of Magellan
This narrow sea route navigates the most important marine connection between the Pacific and the Atlantic. Officially under the auspices of Chile since 1843, it offers spectacular views with more than 40 impressive lighthouses in the waterway, some of which have been declared historic monuments.
From here we’ll continue our cruise by passing the majestic Cape Horn and then the panoramic islands of the Palmer Archipelago while en route.
7. Montevideo, Uruguay
Stroll leisurely through this port city, which is the lively capital of Uruguay. We’ll dock here for a full day, giving you enough time to take in the dramatic beach vistas and be charmed by the fanciful colonial era buildings. Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo’s oldest neighborhood that was once walled in, is a celebrated touring experience.
8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
We begin our time in Brazil in with a sojourn in Rio de Janeiro, the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere. With a lively city center, there are plenty of attractions that will dazzle you. Relax on the magnificent beaches for which the city is renowned, soak up some rays and don’t miss the impressive surf waves cresting on the coast. Thrilling views of the region are granted from Sugarloaf Mountain.
With exquisite sunsets and glorious days, your time in Rio de Janeiro and the many other vibrant Brazilian cities that we will visit is certain to be memorable.
The 67-Day South America & Antarctica Voyage overnights in Rio de Janeiro, so you will get to enjoy one of the most spectacular night time city views in the world.
Rio De Janeiro at night:
9. The Amazon River
As the second longest river in the world, the powerful Amazon crosses through South America. You’ll cruise through a vast rainforest full of gorgeous examples of natural growth. This amazing river path will also provide you with one-of-a-kind views of special and uncommon wildlife, including tamarin monkeys, macaws, electric eels, jaguars and sloths.
10. On the Way Back to Ft. Lauderdale
After crossing the Equator, we’ll stop first in Devil’s Island, French Guiana, which was an infamous prison and is now a popular tourist site. When you walk around this island covered in lush greenery, the ghastly history will come to life beneath your feet.
Another stop will be made in Bridgetown, which is the largest city in Barbados. With a pleasing mix of history and modernity, you’ll love the nonstop action and duty-free shopping found in this city.
Our last port before returning to Ft. Lauderdale will be at Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, which is the port for many unbelievable mega yachts. Known as the yachting center of the Caribbean, St Maarten is visually stunning, with a central mountain range encircled by twisting roadways through provincial villages.