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Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Sat 3 Jan 2015 Fort Lauderdale, USA 11.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Fort Lauderdale is a city on the Atlantic coast of the U.S. in the state of Florida. As well as being a major yachting centre, it has a large and intricate canal system that results in its also being known as the ‘Venice of America’. While once home to a series of forts, today there are three forts named ‘Fort Lauderdale’. The city is considered a perfect holiday destination mainly for its stunning beaches and palm-lined shorelines. It is also famous for its arts, and cultural events. Don’t miss shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, taking a gondola ride on the canals, and visiting the historic riverfront.

Take a narrated 90-minute amphibious tour of quaint Las Olas Boulevard, the historical districts, and the mansions and yachts dotting Millionaires Row. Experience swimming with the dolphins, taking an amazing Everglades Safari, and go scuba diving from Deerfield to Hallandale Beach. Nature lovers can ‘touch’ nature at Butterfly World, and go hiking or canoeing at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Some visit the thoroughbred racing at Gulf Stream Park. Alternatively, "follow the red brick road" of Riverwalk and the landscaped park, to the Arts and Entertainment District.

Unusual and interesting to visit are: the numerous museums, such as the Bennet House Museum and Gardens and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum; the International Swimming Hall of Fame that also houses a large aquatic centre; the activities at Hollywood Beach and Downtown Riverwalk; the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum; and Fort Lauderdale’s greatest airboat attraction the Sawgrass Recreation Park where you can hold an alligator and visit wonderful mammals. Most come to see Fort Lauderdale’s 30km of beach-front and its award-winning wavewall. The beaches are some of the best in Florida, whether you're here for the sun, the ocean or simply people watching.

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2 Sun 4 Jan 2015 At Sea
3 Mon 5 Jan 2015 At Sea
4 Tue 6 Jan 2015 Isla de Providencia, Colombia 11.00am 5.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Isla de Providencia (or Old Providence) is perhaps the greatest hidden gem of the Caribbean. With a population of just 5000, just a dozen small hotels and a blissfully undeveloped landscape, this is the Caribbean of yesteryear. UNESCO has declared the island and it's seas as a Sea Flower Biosphere Reserve, in recognition of the area's immense natural biodiversity. Tourists who do experience Providencia are treated to stunning white sand beaches lapped by the tranquil Caribbean Sea. With the world's third largest barrier reef, Providencia Island is a scuba diver’s dream.

Trek into the interior of Providencia Island to see wildlife, rainforest and waterfalls. Hike to El Pico, the highest point on the island, and absorb the spectacular views of the distant reef. Go horseback riding around the island and along the beaches, or hire a golf buggy or moped to explore the island. The island is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will never leave you. If time permits, have a local fisherman take you on a tour to visit some of the tiny little surrounding islands.



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5 Wed 7 Jan 2015 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica 7.00am 4.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Puerto Limon - aka Limon - is the capital of Limón Province in Costa Rica. It is the country's main Caribbean port, and most of its citizens are of African descent. Originally from Jamaica, these workers were brought to the area in the late 19th century to build the railroad line from San José to Limón. It has some fascinating architecture and colourful open air market places. Another option is to catch a bus to Playa Bonita a nearby popular surfing beach, or take a panga-boat ride along the Tortuguero Canal, which encompasses more than 160km of waterways along the coast.

Nearly a quarter of Costa Rica’s landmass is designated as national parks and it houses 8,000 species of plants, 859 species of birds, 10% of the world's butterflies and innumerable snakes. It truly is the home to one of the greatest biological diversities in the world. There are also national parks, refuges, and reserves in all directions from the coast to the jungled mountains, and to the volcanic parks on the road to San Jose. Take the opportunity to ride in an Aerial Tram, to skim along and under the canopy. Alternatively, go white water rafting.

The main market in the centre of town is the place to go to buy everything from wood carved items to traditional souvenirs. Cashew nuts are big in this city, so be sure to try the cashew wine, which is a specialty here. Limon is famous in Costa Rica for its yearly fall festival, which occurs the week of October 12, the date Columbus first weighed anchor off Limón's coast in 1502. This festival draws tourists from across the country as well as from abroad, as well as a wide variety of merchants who sell everything from necklaces to doormats.

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6 Thu 8 Jan 2015 Panama Canal, Panama 5.00am 7.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Named one of the seven modern wonders of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Panama Canal is a 77 km ship canal in Panama that joins the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. Built from 1903 to 1914, nearly 850,000 vessels have passed through the canal. Interestingly, the 8-10 hour journey from the Pacific Ocean in the west and the Atlantic Ocean in the east is one from SE to NW. Crossing the Canal is something that we would all like to experience, and subsequently passenger ships provide a narrator giving excellent information during the crossing.

Of particular note is the man-made Gatun Lake, to the south of Colon, on the Atlantic side of Panama. It forms a major part of the canal, carrying ships for 33 km of their transit across the Isthmus of Panama. At the time it was created, Gatun Lake was the largest man-made lake in the world, and the dam was the largest dam on Earth. While the majority of the landscape is ‘just trees’, this is essential as the trees draw the rainfall, the rainfall feeds the lake, and the lake gravitates down into the locks. Subsequently, no pumping is required to fill the locks, and they empty into the oceans.

It is truly amazing to see how the locks fill and the big ships pass serenely between green lush mountains. The largest cruise ships to cross the canal are Costa Delizioso and Costa Luminosa (at 92,700 GT). With the Panama Canal Expansion project to be completed mid-2015, ships as large as Celebrity Solstice (at 121,878 GT) and maybe Queen Mary 2 (at 148,528 GT) could cross. It all depends on whether the ship can clear the Bridge of the Americas. Revenues from the expansion will transform Panama into a First World country. (Norwegian Pearl paid USD 375,600 to cross in April 2010.)

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7 Fri 9 Jan 2015 At Sea
8 Sat 10 Jan 2015 Manta, Ecuador 6.00am 10.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Manta is a major commercial and holiday resort centre and the second major port of Ecuador. It is possibly best known for the Playa Murciélago area of the Malecón, where the seafood is excellent as well as the music, beach aerobics, parties and general night life ambience. Also gathering momentum among tourists is the fact that this is the home of seeds of particular palms that are almost indistinguishable from ivory after they have been dried. Buttons, jewellery, and small sculptures, made from these seeds are quickly gaining in popularity.

Visit the main beach, Murcielago, with its modern boardwalk, as well as a variety of restaurants offering local culinary specialties and the region's most delicious drinks. There are many other beaches such as Santa Marianita where kite surfing is becoming extremely popular, while surfers prefer to travel to San Lorenzo. Sport fishing is also on offer. Others enjoy visiting the Banco Central Museum with its ceramic displays from the Huancavilca-Manteno culture, while most take the time to shop at the Paseo Shopping centre.

Nearby is the small town of Montecristi, founded in the early 1600s. With its colonial architecture, this small town is best known for its wickerwork weaving, and as the birth place of Panama hats which, although historically produced in Ecuador, were first widely distributed from Panama. Montecristi is also a great place for shopping for local crafts at a number of shops across from the main plaza, featuring ceramics, wickerwork and of course, Panama hats in a variety of shapes and colours.

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9 Sun 11 Jan 2015 At Sea
10 Mon 12 Jan 2015 Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru 5.00am 4.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Salaverry is the port for Trujillo, known as "The City of Eternal Spring" because of its very sunny and pleasant year-round weather, is the second largest city in Peru. It has numerous interesting archaeological sites of the Moche and Chimu civilisations, and has managed to retain much of its colonial flavour, as reflected in its historical city centre where not only are found the cathedral and city hall, but also numerous colonial mansions that have been preserved and are open to visitors. The fronts of many of these buildings have distinctive wrought-iron grillwork and are painted in pastel colours.

Trujillo aspires to be designated a World Heritage Site because of the proximity of both of those cultures. Most of the shore excursion options in Trujillo revolve around exploring some of the 2,000 archaeological sites in the river valley nearby. The ancient Chimu capital of Chan Chan, the largest mud city in the world, is near Trujillo and the most famous site. Visitors today are amazed primarily by the size of Chan Chan and by what it must have once looked like.

Another archaeological site that is very interesting is that of the Temples to the Sun and Moon. The Mochicas built them during the Moche period, over 700 years before the Chimu civilization and Chan Chan. These two temples are pyramidal and about 500 metres apart. The Huaca de la Luna has over 50 million adobe bricks, and the Huaca del Sol is the largest mud structure on the continent. The desert climate has enabled these mud structures to last for hundreds of years.

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11 Tue 13 Jan 2015 Lima (Callao), Peru Noon overnight
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Lima, although a sprawling desert city, is the capital and largest city of Peru. The Historic centre of Lima is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its large number of historical buildings dating from the Spanish colonial era. In particular, visit the Plaza Mayor with the 16th century Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. The numerous churches are also popular as they date from the 16th and 17th centuries. The most noteworthy of these are the Cathedral of Lima and the Monastery of San Francisco. These contain paintings from various schools of art and finely sculpted wood furnishings, as well as being connected by their subterranean catacombs.

Lima has many choices of stately museums to visit. The Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology is a most interesting museum with a superb collection of pottery and textiles from all the main cultures of ancient Peru. Then there’s the Museum of the Republic that contains exhibits from the colonial and independence periods. Impressive mock-ups of pre-Columbian archaeological sites are found at the National Museum, whereas the Museum of the Inquisition - where generations of supposed heretics were tortured in the underground dungeons - have on display the original stocks and torture chambers.

There are fascinating book stores and cavernous shopping malls and if there on the week-end then visit the Kennedy Park where artists sell paintings. Also well worth visiting are the exceptional eateries, from humble to ’high-brow’, all offering part of a gastronomic revolution more than 400 years in the making. The coastal area is characterised to be desertic but is home to a variety of beaches, some with calm waters, and others of big waves that are the delight of surfing lovers. This is Lima, shrouded in history, gloriously messy, and full of aesthetic delights.

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12 Wed 14 Jan 2015 Lima (Callao), Peru overnight
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Lima, although a sprawling desert city, is the capital and largest city of Peru. The Historic centre of Lima is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its large number of historical buildings dating from the Spanish colonial era. In particular, visit the Plaza Mayor with the 16th century Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. The numerous churches are also popular as they date from the 16th and 17th centuries. The most noteworthy of these are the Cathedral of Lima and the Monastery of San Francisco. These contain paintings from various schools of art and finely sculpted wood furnishings, as well as being connected by their subterranean catacombs.

Lima has many choices of stately museums to visit. The Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology is a most interesting museum with a superb collection of pottery and textiles from all the main cultures of ancient Peru. Then there’s the Museum of the Republic that contains exhibits from the colonial and independence periods. Impressive mock-ups of pre-Columbian archaeological sites are found at the National Museum, whereas the Museum of the Inquisition - where generations of supposed heretics were tortured in the underground dungeons - have on display the original stocks and torture chambers.

There are fascinating book stores and cavernous shopping malls and if there on the week-end then visit the Kennedy Park where artists sell paintings. Also well worth visiting are the exceptional eateries, from humble to ’high-brow’, all offering part of a gastronomic revolution more than 400 years in the making. The coastal area is characterised to be desertic but is home to a variety of beaches, some with calm waters, and others of big waves that are the delight of surfing lovers. This is Lima, shrouded in history, gloriously messy, and full of aesthetic delights.

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13 Thu 15 Jan 2015 Lima (Callao), Peru 5.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Lima, although a sprawling desert city, is the capital and largest city of Peru. The Historic centre of Lima is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its large number of historical buildings dating from the Spanish colonial era. In particular, visit the Plaza Mayor with the 16th century Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. The numerous churches are also popular as they date from the 16th and 17th centuries. The most noteworthy of these are the Cathedral of Lima and the Monastery of San Francisco. These contain paintings from various schools of art and finely sculpted wood furnishings, as well as being connected by their subterranean catacombs.

Lima has many choices of stately museums to visit. The Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology is a most interesting museum with a superb collection of pottery and textiles from all the main cultures of ancient Peru. Then there’s the Museum of the Republic that contains exhibits from the colonial and independence periods. Impressive mock-ups of pre-Columbian archaeological sites are found at the National Museum, whereas the Museum of the Inquisition - where generations of supposed heretics were tortured in the underground dungeons - have on display the original stocks and torture chambers.

There are fascinating book stores and cavernous shopping malls and if there on the week-end then visit the Kennedy Park where artists sell paintings. Also well worth visiting are the exceptional eateries, from humble to ’high-brow’, all offering part of a gastronomic revolution more than 400 years in the making. The coastal area is characterised to be desertic but is home to a variety of beaches, some with calm waters, and others of big waves that are the delight of surfing lovers. This is Lima, shrouded in history, gloriously messy, and full of aesthetic delights.

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14 Fri 16 Jan 2015 Pisco (San Martin), Peru 8.00am 5.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Pisco is a city located in the Ica Region of Peru is the capital of the Pisco Province, and is served by the port of San Martin which is named after the liberator General San Martin. This area is significant in Peruvian history as the birthplace of Peru's struggle for independence. Pisco is also the gateway to the ruins of Machu Picchu. From Pisco, explore the Paracas Peninsula, sail to beautiful Islas Ballestas, fly over the famed Nazca Lines, or travel by land to Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Another attraction in the area is El Candelabro, a giant lamp dug in the rough sand in the method used by the creators of the Nazca Lines.

The area is normally visited because of the concentration of marine animals and birds at the Paracas National Reservation, or the Peruvian Galapagos. At the reserve there are the Ballestas Islands that are off limits to visitors, but boat tours can get close. The Chincha Islands are also near its coast. On the islands there are many birds, including pelicans, penguins, cormorants, Peruvian boobies, and Inca terns. There are also sea lions, turtles, dolphins, and whales.

The city was very near the epicentre of the devastating 8.0-magnitude earthquake which struck south central Peru on Wednesday August 15, 2007. Eighty percent of the city was destroyed, including the central San Clemente Cathedral of Pisco, in which a service was being held at the time of the earthquake. As many as 100 deaths were reported within the cathedral. The church in Plaza de Armas was also destroyed during the earthquake while a service was in session killing nearly 150 people. Several 100s more were killed throughout the city. Till today, the city is still recovering from the damage done during the earthquake.

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15 Sat 17 Jan 2015 At Sea
16 Sun 18 Jan 2015 Arica, Chile 8.00am 4.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A The seaside resort city of Arica in the north of Chile lies just 18 km south of the border with Peru. Known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring,’ as it is sunny virtually every day of the year, it is located on the coast of the driest desert in the world. It has a great beach where you can enjoy the sun and take a swim. A tour or rental car enables visitors to explore the Green Uta valley that cuts through the desert, with water from rain and melting snow higher up in the Andes Mountains. This very beautiful, narrow green valley, full of olive trees, is also filled with the history and remains of ancient life in this area.

The famous hill, Morro de Arica, which appears to guard the area, is not only a national monument and home to an historical museum, but it also offers fantastic views of the entire city. A city tour leads visitors around the historical buildings such as Saint Mark’s Cathedral - the city’s first building constructed of steel and cast iron - as well as to the old part of town with its picturesque lanes that are home to the former Government House, the former Customs building, and the old railway station that today houses a museum.

Outside the city, visitors take a journey through time and visit the Valleys of Azapa, Lluta, and Codpa. At the archaeological museum of San Miguel de Azapa the amazing display of mummies up to 5,000 years of age is a fantastic place to visit. On return, be sure to visit the majestic Main Square, and take the time to relax at the Lauca National Park that is home to an amazing range of Chilean animal species. Another very popular place of interest is the Arica Fish Market where most visitors take the time to taste some of the amazing and very fresh Chilean foods, such as Chilean Ceviche.

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17 Mon 19 Jan 2015 At Sea
18 Tue 20 Jan 2015 Coquimbo, Chile 10.00am 6.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Coquimbo is a port city and capital of the Elqui Province, located on the Pan-American Highway, in the Coquimbo Region of Chile. Tourism has recently started to develop, particularly as an access point for popular beach towns to the south, such as the fisherman’s cove of Guanaqueros, and Tongoy, with its famous 5km beach of white sand. Then there is La Serena, the capital of the region, with multiple attractions from architecture to beaches and shopping. Coquiimbo itself is a source of legends of hidden treasures, due to the fact that in the past centuries it was assaulted by pirates.

The peculiar and fascinating architecture of Coquimbo is due to English and North American carpenters who did elaborate work with wood that has given the buildings a particular firmness and beauty. These wooden buildings are of great interest to visitors. The Arms Square with its fountain and scenery for artistic displays, the Animas Cultural Dome that exhibits the architectural vestiges of three graves, together with the English Neighbourhood where constructions from the 19th century and beginning of 20th century are concentrated and that is home to an English neighbourhood pub, are all very worth while visiting.

The Pratt Square in this English neighbourhood is a beautiful esplanade with steps over the port and attractive sculptures hanging from high posts. Go down to visit the Oceanside Avenue of Coquimbo, and to Santiago to see the port activity and small boats on the bay. Then visit the Culture and Tourism House, a pyramidal building that offers tourist information, a public library and permanent exhibits. The San Pedro creek is in front of the park and it offers marine products and a craft fair. Don’t forget to visit the Cross of the III Millennium located at Vigía Hill as it is the highest and most spectacular construction built in the country.

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19 Wed 21 Jan 2015 Santiago, Chile 10.00am overnight
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Due to its geographic location, Santiago in Chile is one of the few capital cities in the world that has easy access both to ski slopes - just 50 km away, and beaches 100 km away. It is in fact possible to visit the modern ski resorts as well as the famous beach resort of Viña del Mar or picturesque Valparaiso, Chile's main port, in just one day. Chile's steady economic growth has transformed Santiago into one of Latin America's most modern metropolitan areas, with dozens of shopping centers and impressive high-rise architecture.

Despite its long history, there are only a few historical buildings from the Spanish colonial period in the city, because Santiago - as the rest of the country - was regularly hit by earthquakes. The buildings from this period include the Casa Colorado (1769), the Church San Francisco (1586) and Posada del Corregidor (1750). Other buildings of note are the Palacio de la Moneda - the Classicist Presidential Palace, and the Contemporary Art Museum, to name but a few. The modern Constanera Centre with its 300-metre high "Gran Torre Costanera" (South America's tallest building) is also well worth visiting.

The Downtown area is a pleasant place for a stroll down some of its major Paesos (streets turned pedestrian walkways), but be aware of pickpockets. Relax at the Parque Forestal, a long park that runs parallel to the Mapocho River, and is also the site of the National Museum of Fine Arts and Modern Art Museum. In contrast there are numerous villages located in the countryside around Santiago that invite the visitor to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of country life. Tourists may also visit the vineyards and try the delicious Chilean wines.

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20 Thu 22 Jan 2015 Santiago, Chile 5.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Due to its geographic location, Santiago in Chile is one of the few capital cities in the world that has easy access both to ski slopes - just 50 km away, and beaches 100 km away. It is in fact possible to visit the modern ski resorts as well as the famous beach resort of Viña del Mar or picturesque Valparaiso, Chile's main port, in just one day. Chile's steady economic growth has transformed Santiago into one of Latin America's most modern metropolitan areas, with dozens of shopping centers and impressive high-rise architecture.

Despite its long history, there are only a few historical buildings from the Spanish colonial period in the city, because Santiago - as the rest of the country - was regularly hit by earthquakes. The buildings from this period include the Casa Colorado (1769), the Church San Francisco (1586) and Posada del Corregidor (1750). Other buildings of note are the Palacio de la Moneda - the Classicist Presidential Palace, and the Contemporary Art Museum, to name but a few. The modern Constanera Centre with its 300-metre high "Gran Torre Costanera" (South America's tallest building) is also well worth visiting.

The Downtown area is a pleasant place for a stroll down some of its major Paesos (streets turned pedestrian walkways), but be aware of pickpockets. Relax at the Parque Forestal, a long park that runs parallel to the Mapocho River, and is also the site of the National Museum of Fine Arts and Modern Art Museum. In contrast there are numerous villages located in the countryside around Santiago that invite the visitor to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of country life. Tourists may also visit the vineyards and try the delicious Chilean wines.

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21 Fri 23 Jan 2015 At Sea
22 Sat 24 Jan 2015 Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile 8.00am 5.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Robinson Crusoe Island, with its ragged and mountainous topography, is one of three islands in the Juan Fernandez Archipelago, situated 670 km off the coast of mainland Chile. It is a place that recalls stories of castaways, pirates and prisoners. It is an isolated volcanic mass chewed into by the cold currents of the Pacific Ocean. These days around 800 people live there, surviving on lobster, fishing and tourism. It is a stunningly beautiful place of dramatic cliffs and soaring mountains. The sailor Alexander Selkirk was marooned on this island in 1705 for four years and four months, eventually inspiring Daniel Defoe to write the novel ‘Robinson Crusoe’. The Chilean government renamed the island in 1966 to reflect this historical legacy.

Above the single village of San Juan Bautista is a steeply winding path that leads to ‘Selkirk's look-out’, a vantage point where, according to locals, the lone Scotsman would sit for hours, scouring the horizon for ships. One can visit the caves that housed Chilean political prisoners until 1817, and lovers of nature and trekking are in for a treat. Declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, there are many activities that appeal. These include hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, snorkelling and scuba diving, as well as sports fishing. It truly is a fascinating place of wild and unspoilt beauty.



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23 Sun 25 Jan 2015 At Sea
24 Mon 26 Jan 2015 Puerto Montt, Chile 8.00am 3.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Puerto Montt is a fast growing city in the south of Chile, just north of Chiloe Island. At the southern end of the Pan American highway in Chile, Puerto Montt is not only the end of the road, but the beginning of the fabled land of fjords, canals, islands, and the snow-capped mountains of the Andes. Fertile agricultural fields and green forested hills also add to the enchantment of Southern Chile. It is an all-season destination. Just a short drive away, and on a fine day, be astounded by the the volcanos Osorno, Calbuco, Puntiagudo, Yates, and the hill Tronador. Also on offer are delightful horseback riding day trips.

Places of interest within the city include the Municipal Museum with its very wide range of displays. These include fauna and flora, ancient archaeological artefacts, and fascinating religious icons from the churches of the Chiloe Islands. Visit the square and the delightful wooden Cathedral Church - the oldest building in the city with the founding stones of the city in its doorways - that are both most appealing. They contrast beautifully with the new high rises and the modern fountain on Plaza de Armas. Tenglo Island, right opposite the port, is an ideal spot to go hiking, or sunbathing.

Pueto Angelmo, a suburb of the city, has some interesting views and is home to a new shopping centre and market that caters to tourists. It is also renowned for its very much older buildings, such as a row of quaint handicraft shops with minuscule living quarters above. At the market one finds an extremely wide range of sea products and most visitors will be tempted to enjoy the delicious local speciality called ‘curanto’. Also worth visiting are the handcraft markets offering Lapis lazuli, found only in Chile and Afghanistan, plus woollen wear, basketry, wood, leather, shell, and metal works.

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25 Tue 27 Jan 2015 Chilean Fjords, Chile
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Strikingly rich in natural and historical attractions, the narrow fjords on the west coast of Chile penetrate deeply into the mountains of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, a major part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. This is the largest of the protected areas in Chile, and with no large rivers in the area the fjords drain water from outlet glaciers of the ice-capped, storm-swept elevations. It is a large area of uninhabited islands, deep sounds, breathtaking glaciers and narrow passages. Because of its rugged geography and the remoteness of the area, tourism in the park, as yet, has scarcely been developed.

Comprehensive expeditions afford a unique opportunity to visit the gorgeous landscapes of the Chilean fjords. It surely is a different world, a paradise of forests, ice and sea, a place where visitors are astonished by the rich variety of flora and fauna, especially if they have the option of ‘getting closer’ in motorboats. Many continue their trip to take in the last great wilderness left on Earth, Antarctica.

The stunning scenery of the Chilean coast's southernmost section has been discovered by the travel industry. Cruise ships now navigate its mountain-flanked channels and inlets in increasing numbers, and as all are involved with local authorities to create a sustainable tourism strategy, hopefully the ecology should remain intact. Combining the comfort of a cruise ship with the astounding natural wonders at hand make for an unforgettable experience.

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26 Wed 28 Jan 2015 Chilean Fjords, Chile
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Strikingly rich in natural and historical attractions, the narrow fjords on the west coast of Chile penetrate deeply into the mountains of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, a major part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. This is the largest of the protected areas in Chile, and with no large rivers in the area the fjords drain water from outlet glaciers of the ice-capped, storm-swept elevations. It is a large area of uninhabited islands, deep sounds, breathtaking glaciers and narrow passages. Because of its rugged geography and the remoteness of the area, tourism in the park, as yet, has scarcely been developed.

Comprehensive expeditions afford a unique opportunity to visit the gorgeous landscapes of the Chilean fjords. It surely is a different world, a paradise of forests, ice and sea, a place where visitors are astonished by the rich variety of flora and fauna, especially if they have the option of ‘getting closer’ in motorboats. Many continue their trip to take in the last great wilderness left on Earth, Antarctica.

The stunning scenery of the Chilean coast's southernmost section has been discovered by the travel industry. Cruise ships now navigate its mountain-flanked channels and inlets in increasing numbers, and as all are involved with local authorities to create a sustainable tourism strategy, hopefully the ecology should remain intact. Combining the comfort of a cruise ship with the astounding natural wonders at hand make for an unforgettable experience.

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27 Thu 29 Jan 2015 Punta Arenas, Chile 6.00am 6.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Punta Arenas, overlooking the Strait of Magellan in southern Patagonia, Chile, bustles with windswept trekkers en route to glacier-filled Torres del Paine National Park or an Antarctic cruise. Before leaving, be sure to take note of the mansion-lined main square, Plaza Muñoz Gamero where local vendors sell homemade crafts, the City Cemetery with its elaborate tombs, the Sara Braun Palace, and Braun Menendez Residence that presents great insight of the city's wealthy pioneer past. The city is also home to the former British Navy base and early Spanish colony of Puerto Hambre, and a popular ski centre that overlooks the Strait of Magellan.

Punta Arenas is the farthest south continental city in the world, and an important port for bioceanic traffic. Among its main attractions are museums, the monument to the shepherd, the cemetery, magnificent buildings, and regional history centres. Visit the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum housed in a former mansion that is dedicated to natural history and anthropology. Of great interest to visitors is Fort Bulnes, 62 km south of the port, rebuilt in the early 1940s and now a national monument complete with with a church, chaplain's quarters, jail, powder magazine, post office and stables.

Most of its attractions are natural rather than man-made, as the city lies near the famed Strait of Magellan and several other important landmarks. The Torres del Paine National Park is not too far away. It is a small group of mountains with some very scenic peaks and a favourite among hikers. You can also see penguin colonies in Otway Sound (about an hour away by car) or observe whales from the Rey Jorge Island Natural Sea Park. Back at the port there is also the Zona Franca, or Free Zone, where a large number of shops sell interesting goods for modest prices.

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28 Fri 30 Jan 2015 Ushuaia, Argentina 2.00pm 8.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city, is located on the Beagle Channel, where soaring mountains, ice-blue glaciers, and an historic lighthouse create an ideal backdrop.The capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego, it was first settled by British missionaries, but during the first half of the 20th C the major building of the city was a prison. It was built by the Argentinian government for repeat offenders and serious criminals, as the subpolar oceanic climate made escape difficult. Today the Old Prison has become a National Historical Monument and it houses the Museo Maritimo, where visitors can explore the maritime history collection of the Argentine Navy. It is an amazing treasure trove of models and exhibits of Antarctic discovery and research. Today, Ushuaia is a key port for Antarctic tourists and research traffic.

Step aboard the southernmost railway in the world and enjoy a scenic heritage train ride through the breathtaking scenery of Tierra del Fuego National Park. With its rugged peaks, pristine lakes and ancient forests of the Andes to the glacier-draped shores of the famed Beagle Channel, the park offers picture postcard scenes. Of course, it’s also the port of call nearest Antarctica, and hence a unique destination for kayaking, sailing or having a drink in a warm hotel bar. Be aware that one can experience four seasons in one hour at this port. Also a favourite with many is the ski area of Glaciar Martial, with its chairlift that runs both ways throughout the year. With a 1057m elevation, it allows for the longest skiing season in South America.

Also visit a Lumberjack Camp, a woodcutter's cabin in the forest that brings bygone days to life. Have a lumberjack lunch plus a two hour enticing nature hike to absorb the dramatic scenery of the Tierra Mayor Valley. The Natural Reserve is a leafy lenga forest, and the leafy canopy frames peat bogs, beaver dams, and the Five Cascades waterfalls tumbling from the Alvear Mountains. Its pristine habitat is home to unique wildlife such as red foxes, and plentiful bird life such as cara-caras and austral parakeets.

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29 Sat 31 Jan 2015 Cape Horn, South America
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Cape Horn in South America is the most southerly of the great capes, and marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage. For many years it was a major milestone on the clipper route, by which sailing ships carried trade around the world. While this was greatly reduced by the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, sailing around the Horn is widely regarded as one of the major challenges in yachting.

The Atlantic and Pacific oceans collide here and rock formations rip above the seascape. The sea is best described a wrathful, but it is a once in a lifetime experience better felt then read. If the weather is appropriate, it is possible to travel by zodiac and land at a temporary pontoon on Horn Island at the foot of a 160 step stairacase. Perched at the top is a dramatic, tall metal sculpture dedicated to those who have perished trying to round Cape Horn.

The sculpture is designed to create the silhouette of an albatross, and from the base of the sculpture we can see what, in strict geographic terms, is the true southernmost point of South America, which is on an almost inaccessible headland nearby. The fact is that Cape Horn is officially the southernmost headland on the Tierra del Fuego group of islands rather than the actual southernmost point of South America.

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29 Sat 31 Jan 2015 Drake Passage, Antarctica
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Drake Passage is the body of water between the southern tip of South America at Cape Horn, Chile, and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. Named after the sixteenth century English explorer Sir Francis Drake, although he never actually sailed the passage, it connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and is the shortest crossing from Antarctica to the rest of the world’s land. The reality is that conditions can change instantly in the Drake Passage.

Despite all the commercialisation and professionalism of Antarctic tours, this is still a serious venture prone to be unpredictable. For many, this adds to the excitement. Ships in the passage are good platforms for the sighting of whales, dolphins, and plentiful seabirds including giant petrels, other petrels, albatrosses and penguins. There are often enjoyable educational programmes offered, usually with a photography focus.

One important feature of the Southern Ocean is the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. This is the world’s biggest ocean current, flowing eastward at an astonishing rate of 153 million cubic meters per second, which is roughly a thousand times the flow of the Amazon River. Even if a little rough, the passage is extremely exhilarating.

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30 Sun 1 Feb 2015 At Sea
31 Mon 2 Feb 2015 At Sea
32 Tue 3 Feb 2015 Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica, the top one third actually lying north of the Antarctic Circle. It includes numerous islands and connecting ice sheets that reach to within 1600 km of the southernmost tips of Chile and Argentina. Due to its relatively mild climate and the early effects of climate change in the area, it has the highest concentration of research stations on the continent. Classic Antarctic scenery, dazzling in its beauty, is enhanced by the numerous high mountains, believed to be a continuation of the Andes, which reach to 2800m.

Antarctica’s two flowering plant species are found on the northern and western parts of the peninsula, which adds to the photographers’ creativity. Fish live in sub-zero temperatures, great varieties of penguins are abundantly evident, numerous birds including petrels, giant petrels and even cormorants add to the atmosphere, while vocalizations of the Sei Whale can often be heard emanating from the waters. There is no wonder that this is the most-visited region of Antarctica.



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33 Wed 4 Feb 2015 At Sea
34 Thu 5 Feb 2015 Port Stanley, Falkland Islands 7.00am 3.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Port Stanley is the capital and only town in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). It is located on the isle of East Falkland, on a north-facing slope, south of Stanley Harbour, in one of the wettest parts of the islands. It is very easy to see most of the islands’ worthwhile sites on a short walking tour. The tourist station at the pier provides a town map of the Stanley Harbour Maritime History Trail. Information panels document the shipwrecks that surround Port Stanley. While on the trail you will also pass Christ Church Cathedral, the southernmost cathedral in the world, and the adjacent Whalebone Arch - made from the jawbones of two blue whales - that was erected in 1933 to celebrate 100 years of British rule.

For historical exhibits, as well as the island’s fauna and flora, visit the Falkland Islands Museum. Continuing on Ross Road you will see the 1982 granite War Memorial, and pass the Government House built in 1845. Enjoying a hearty draught and some British-style ‘fish and chips’ at the Victory Bar on Philomel Hill is a must, although it is small and often crowded. Take the time to talk to the locals as you will find the hospitality and friendliness refreshing.

As you walk along the harbour, look out for the black-browed albatross, giant petrels and steamer ducks that inhabit the port in Summer. Explore the variety of gift shops, and if time permits hire a taxi to visit the penguin colony at Gypsy Cove, as it is often the first place that visitors to the Falklands will encounter penguins.

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35 Fri 6 Feb 2015 At Sea
36 Sat 7 Feb 2015 At Sea
37 Sun 8 Feb 2015 Montevideo, Uruguay 8.00am 5.00pm
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Montevideo is the largest city, capital, and chief port of Uruguay. Situated on the River Plate (Silver River), it is also home to almost half of the nation's population, and subsequently is a modern metropolis, though with a fascinating historical old town dating back to colonial times. Described as a vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life, it is the hub of commerce - while its architecture reflects its history, ranging from colonial to Art Deco, all influenced by either Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French or British immigrants. Certainly, the capital’s many embassies and foreign cultural centres add to the international flavour, while the city’s music and art scenes continue to thrive in a wide range of venues, including elegant modern theatres.

In Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), the heart of historic Montevideo, old buildings are being restored to make room for boldly painted cafes, hostels and galleries. The heart of the old city beats on the Plaza de la Constitucion. On one site is the Catedral with the historic Cabildo, opposite is the Museo Historico Nacional, while on the south side is a quite unusual fountain dating from 1881. Just west along the Calle Rincon is the Plaza Zabala with a monument to the founder of the city. Down by the port the the Mercado del Puerto has been modernised to accommodate a new city tourist office and the interesting Carnaval museum.

Cross the Plaza de la Independencia - the largest Plaza of the city - and here is where you enter the new city. Attractions include the mausoleum of Artigas, the Casa de Gobierno Historico and the Palacio Salvo. The delightful white sand beaches are visited by many, as are several parks, in many of which are placed bronze statues. The most remarkable statues are found in the parks "El Prado" and "Batlle". Well worth visiting is the ‘Cerro’, a hill opposite the Old City that offers a wonderful view of the city and its surrounds.

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38 Mon 9 Feb 2015 Buenos Aires, Argentina 7.00am
Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A Buenos Aires, an autonomous federal district, is the capital and largest city of Argentina. It is located on the eastern shore or the Rio de la Plata, on the SE coast of South America. Best known as the birthplace of the tango, the city is as captivating, seductive and bustling with excited energy, as the dance itself. Atmospheric old neighbourhoods are filled with romantic restaurants, while Buenos Aires' European heritage is evident in its architecture, parks, and boulevards. Be sure to stroll along the city’s major avenue, the longest in the world, fashioned after the Champs Elysee. Cafe Tortoni, the city's oldest bar, takes you back to 1858, and the spectacular Teatro Colon impresses just as it did in 1908. Latin America's shopping capital offers the promise of premium retail therapy along its wide boulevards. From visiting cobblestoned streets of the colonial era, to a tango show, a cultural tour to learn about Eva Peron, or one of the many musical festivals, there is a never-ending range of activities to suit all budgets. In 2008 readers of Travel and Leisure magazine voted Buenos Aires the second most desired city to visit.

Free guided tours of the Pink Palace that Eva Peron and Madonna made famous are worth the time. Conveniently located across from Plaza de Mayo it's a walk back in time with beautifully restored rooms, incredible artwork and you get to stand on the famous ‘balcony’. Then there’s the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes that does not charge for entry. It houses significant works of the European masters such as Degas, from pre-Renaissance days to the present, and a vast collection of 19th- and 20th-century Argentine sculptures and paintings. Don’t miss El Ateneo, a bookstore located in a fantastic venue of an old theatre. This gives it a great and grand atmosphere, and with Wifi available, one can actually be sitting in an old opera box while surfing the web. There is something very magical about it. To make the experience complete there is a cafe on the old stage.

Downloadable MP3 tours of Buenos Aires and bike tours have recently gained popularity. Although there are no world famous ‘must see’ sights, Buenos Aires is a city to be experienced, rather than to be toured. Though the port is less than a kilometre from the city centre, it is advisable to use the complimentary bus services or the readily available taxis (fixed prices), for safety reasons. Once in the city centre the integrated transport system (metro, trains and buses), ideal for the humid, sub-tropical climate, allow for easy access to the variety of fascinating neighbourhoods with their blend of old world atmosphere and modern conveniences.

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Prinsendam follows the sun, between South America and Europe. From November to February each year she circumnavigates South America, venturing 1500 km up the Amazon River and as far south as Antarctica. Climb Incan ruins, photograph a dozen glaciers, stroll the 20-lane boulevard of Buenos Aires, walk the dazzling sands of a Uruguayan beach. From March to October explore the entire coastline of Europe. Itineraries actually extend from Egypt and the Holy Land, to the northern tip of Continental Europe (North Cape in the Arctic). Cruises are port intensive, call at less-visited ports, from 14 nights and longer. This is an exciting smaller vessel that offers the feel of a classic yacht and the service of a cruise ship. It is suited to more mature travellers who appreciate contemporary conveniences. Holland America Line arranges excellent onshore tours.

Accommodation
Standard cabins are custom designed, spacious, and very well appointed, for example with walk-in closets, full length bath, and one or two single beds. Some have a third berth, and others have interconnecting doors. A few have a private balcony. All grades of cabins come with a basket of fresh fruit on request, flat-screen TV running movies, DVD player, bathrobes, hairdryers, make-up mirrors, kit of personal toiletries, plush bedding, and evening turn-down service. Filipino and Indonesian stewards give friendly and unobtrusive service. The décor is very pleasing and comfortable. Complimentary meals can be ordered for in-suite dining around the clock. Note that there are some single cabins, and four that are wheelchair-accessible. The self-service laundrettes are practical for the longer cruises.

Food and Dining
The ship has a variety of formal and casual dining areas. The La Fontaine Dining Room with its extensive ocean views serves open-seating breakfast and lunch. There are two seatings at dinner, at assigned tables, set with fine crystal and china ware. One section allows for guests who prefer to dine at their own schedule. Two nights in seven are formal nights, perhaps preceded with pre-dinner drinks, then after your meal retire to the Showroom at Sea or a musical recital. The alternative restaurant The Pinnacle Grill is well worth the additional cover charge, with meals served in most elegant settings. The venue specialises in fine steaks and seafoods. Ask about wine packages.

Entertainment
At night the tiered Showroom At Sea offers twice-nightly quality cabaret acts. Singles and older couples mingle sip drinks in elegant surrounds at the upper deck Crow’s Nest Lounge with its wrap-around views of the ship’s progress, the beautifully crafted Explorer’s Lounge, and the Ocean Bar. Evening entertainment includes the casino.

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Cruise summary

Cruise: Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise P510A
Duration: 37 nights
Ship: Prinsendam
Star rating:
Departs: Fort Lauderdale
Returns: Buenos Aires
Ports of call: 22
Forward departures: 1

What's onboard? ▼

  • Staterooms
  • Atrium social centre
  • Art collections
  • Shops duty free
  • DINING
  • Dining venues (6)
  • Traditional & As You Wish
  • In-room dining 24 h
  • Formal dining nights
  • Late night chocolate, snacks
  • Ice cream bar
  • Wine packages
  • Afternoon tea, High Tea
  • Lounges and bars
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show Theatre
  • Cinema
  • Nightclub, music, dancing
  • Casino
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Pools (2)
  • Whirlpools (4)
  • Sauna, steam rooms
  • Fitness Centre
  • Classes, walking, jogging
  • Spa & Salon
  • Enrichment presentations
  • Digital Workshop
  • Culinary Arts Centre
  • Sports court, table games
  • Photo gallery
  • Golf putting green
  • Golf simulator
  • Shore excursion desk
  • Pre/post cruise tours
  • Wedding packages (value!)
  • Library
  • Single guests program (most)
  • UNDER 18
  • Club HAL (5-7,8-12,13-17 y)
  • OTHER
  • Medical centre
  • Laundry self-serve (pay/coin)
  • Special dietary requests
  • Internet, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Mobile phone roaming
  • Telephone, fax ship-shore
  • 110V power
  • Wheelchair access
  • Daily newsletter

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Flight/s and/or transfers as specified
  • All main meals on-board
  • Open/anytime or traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • In-cabin dining at no charge
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs) (Prinsendam 5-17 yrs)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Special needs requests & service animals allowed
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues (unless specified)
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Service charge: USD 11.50 pp/night (suites USD 12). Adjust wth Guest Relations Manager if service inadequate
  • Service charge: bar and Dining Room wine 15%
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges

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