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South America & the Chilean Fjords Luxury Cruise

Begin your journey in the bustling city of Santiago, Chile, and prepare to embark on a majestic voyage to the lively city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. One of the highlights of your trip will be your visit to Port Stanley, a quaint town known for its abundant penguin population. The picturesque surroundings of Ushuaia, known as the "End of the World", are perfect for nature lovers and those who seek serenity. Don't miss this unforgettable opportunity to experience the splendour of South America.
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South America & the Chilean Fjords Luxury Cruise

DEPARTURE DATE: November 25, 2024
Countries Visited: Argentina, Chile, Falkland Islands, Uruguay
Departure Port:Santiago (Valparaíso), Chile

OVERVIEW

Journey to the end of the world

Soak in the eclectic mix of Latin and European influences in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, the birthplace of the tango. Visit Port Stanley, home to more than one million penguins, and explore the scenic surroundings of Ushuaia, the city at the “End of the World.” Sail through the Strait of Magellan, passing rugged mountain peaks and blue-tinted icebergs, and experience the vibrant atmosphere of Chile’s seafaring capital, Santiago.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
November 25, 2024from $8,599 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 17 night cruise from Santiago (Valparaíso), Chile in veranda stateroom
  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Taxes and port charges

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42" flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Mon Nov 25Santiago (Valparaíso), Chile
2Tue Nov 26Santiago (Valparaíso), Chile
3Wed Nov 27Sail the Pacific Ocean
4Thu Nov 28Puerto Montt, Chile
5Fri Nov 29Scenic Sailing: Chilean Fjords
6Sat Nov 30Scenic Sailing: Amalia Glacier
7Sun Dec 1Punta Arenas, Chile
8Mon Dec 2Ushuaia, Argentina
9Tue Dec 3Scenic Sailing: Cape Horn
10Wed Dec 4Sail the Atlantic Ocean
11Thu Dec 5Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
12Fri Dec 6Sail the Atlantic Ocean
13Sat Dec 7Puerto Madryn, Argentina
14Sun Dec 8Sail the Atlantic Ocean
15Mon Dec 9Sail the Atlantic Ocean
16Tue Dec 10Montevideo, Uruguay
17Wed Dec 11Buenos Aires, Argentina
18Thu Dec 12Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 1 – Santiago (Valparaíso), Chile

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Chile’s modern capital of Santiago is one of the largest cities in the Americas. Its impressive neoclassical, neo-Gothic, art deco and other architecture spans several centuries. Santiago’s gateway, Valparaíso, is often compared to San Francisco for its many cerros, or hills. The city prospered as a major port until the opening of the Panama Canal rendered it unnecessary. Quaint Victorian-era architecture recalling its 19th-century affluence and steeply sloped barrios are linked by ascensores, or funiculars, and winding byways. From Los Cerros, the views are spectacular.

Day 2 – Santiago (Valparaíso), Chile

Valparaíso is the gateway to Santiago, Chile’s scenically set capital boasting a rich repository of historic architecture. Fashioned in 1910 after the Petit Palais of Paris, the impressive Palace of Fine Arts houses Santiago’s celebrated National Museum of Fine Arts. Palacio de la Moneda, a neoclassical gem, was built as a mint during Chile’s early days. Meanwhile, the city’s theater, Teatro Municipal, with its graceful arcades and Corinthian columns, hosts Chile’s ballet, opera and symphony, which enthrall concertgoers as much as their home’s elegant facade does.

Day 3 – Sail the Pacific Ocean

Sail Mar Pacífico, meaning “peaceful sea,” dubbed by Ferdinand Magellan when he crossed these waters almost 500 years ago. As you sail today, savor a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from a variety of international flavors at the World Café, enjoy al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, or regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Day 4 – Puerto Montt, Chile

Puerto Montt is considered the capital of the nation’s Northern Patagonia province. The city was founded in 1853 after government-sponsored immigration brought Germans here to populate and develop the remote region. By 1912, a train linked Puerto Montt to Santiago, opening up trade and transport with larger cities. Beyond this cultural center, Chile’s second-largest lake, Llanquihue Lake, is watched over by the snowcapped volcanoes Osorno and Calbuco. On the lake’s shores, villages boast endless delights, magnificent gardens and charming architecture from Old Europe.

Day 5- Scenic Sailing: Chilean Fjords

A pristine paradise of soaring peaks, countless lush islands teeming with wildlife and a tapestry of glaciers and rivers spilling into shimmering waters, the fjords of Chile are heralded as one of the most rugged and untamed places on earth. The crystal waters are a breathtaking sight as they journey through vast ice fields, towering mountainsides and serene fishing villages that hug tranquil shores against backdrops of dramatic forested hills.

Day 6 – Scenic Sailing: Amalia Glacier

The Amalia Glacier, part of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, is a marvel of nature. This massive glacier skirts the northern rise of the Reclus volcano located behind it, slowly eroding the hulking mound’s slopes. Amalia’s ice floe journeyed here millennia ago from the heights of the Andes—a fractional segment of one of the world’s largest continuous ice fields, the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. In the vicinity, Andean condors and cormorants soar above, and marine otters reside in the waters below.

Day 7 – Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas was founded as a penal colony by Chile in 1848. Nestled amid spectacular mountain vistas on the eastern shores of the Brunswick Peninsula, it played host to mariners crossing the continent by ship. Europeans followed, searching for newly discovered gold and establishing vast swaths of sheep farms locally and throughout the surrounding region. Over time, Punta Arenas became one of Chile’s most important ports as, before the opening of the Panama Canal, it laid on the northernmost transcontinental shipping route.

Day 8 – Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Its splendid setting, tucked between the Beagle Channel and the southernmost slopes of the Andes, lends it an outpost atmosphere, as do the Antarctic explorers readying for the expeditions that depart from here. Ushuaia is the capital of and gateway to the celebrated Tierra del Fuego, the “Land of Fire,” named by Spaniards upon seeing the constant flames burned by the indigenous Yámana to keep warm. This largely unspoiled region comprises the large island of Tierra del Fuego and countless Chilean and Argentine islands.

Day 9 – Scenic Sailing: Cape Horn

Rising above the point where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, Cape Horn, named for the Dutch city of Hoorn in The Netherlands, is part of the Hermite Islands archipelago. This remote, stark and treeless place is often considered the continent’s southernmost point. Soaring from Hornos Island is an enormous prehistoric-looking massif of Jurassic volcanic rock. Atop, stands its historic lighthouse near the water’s edge. A beacon of assurance and safety for countless sailors since 1991, it is the world’s southernmost traditional-style lighthouse.

Day 10 – Sail the Atlantic Ocean

Sail the Atlantic Ocean, divided in half, north to south, by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Longer than the Rockies, the Himalayas and the Andes combined, this underwater mountain range is the longest on Earth. Renew your body, mind and spirit in our Scandinavian-inspired Spa, a Nordic sanctuary of holistic wellness, today while at sea. Whether you unwind in the Sauna, refresh in the Snow Grotto or take a dip in the Thermal Pool, you will feel recharged and revitalized.

Day 11 – Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory comprising almost 800 small islands. Visitors to the main island of East Falkland, from curious travelers to expedition ship crews en route to Antarctica, experience British warmth in Port Stanley’s pubs and at the charming Victorian stone church. Remarkably, there are about 200 sheep for every person in this starkly beautiful archipelago, yet the Falklands are also known for their biological diversity. Five penguin species call the islands home, from the king penguins to the gentoo, and the Magellanic on farther shores.

Day 12 – Sail the Atlantic Ocean

Sail legendary waters, where medieval Europeans believed “there be dragons” beyond the ocean’s horizon. As you sail, explore our well-curated Library, tucked in a private alcove of the Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

Day 13 – Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn is Argentina’s second-largest fishing port. In the mid-19th century, the Argentine government encouraged European emigration to remote Patagonian territories. But the heritage of the original immigrants lives on in the region’s distinctive windmills and chapels. Several towns have retained their Welsh names; Puerto Madryn was named for the estate of Sir Love Jones-Parry, one of the colony’s founders. Today, the city is the gateway to the scenic Peninsula Valdés, an important nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Days 14 & 15 – Sail the Atlantic Ocean

The nutrient-rich waters of the Atlantic Ocean are home to more than half of the world’s fisheries, annually providing millions of tons of fish and other marine species for human consumption and industrial purposes. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail. Perhaps take a breath of fresh air on a brisk walk around the Promenade or begin your day with a workout in the well-equipped Fitness Center.

Day 16 – Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo enjoys a scenic setting on the Plata River. The Portuguese were the first to settle here, seeking a strategic advantage near open ocean. But Spain, already having established Buenos Aires nearby, expelled them in 1724. This was the beginning of the golden era of Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja, or Old City: Within its walls, some of the most impressive colonial-era buildings were built, from the parliamentary Legislative Council building to the stunning Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral. The wall has long since disappeared, but the character of old Montevideo remains.

Day 17 – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, is an eclectic combination of Latin and European influences. The tree-lined streets and postcolonial architecture draw on the city’s Spanish, French and Italian heritage, while the many cafés and bodegas and vibrant nightlife are decidedly Argentine. Its barrios, or neighborhoods, exude an intimate atmosphere that belies the city’s size. Full of bohemian flair, historic San Telmo’s cobblestone streets and Belle Époque–style buildings reverberate with the mesmerizing melodies of the tango.

Day 18 – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires boasts one of the liveliest cultural scenes in the world. The stately Kirchner Cultural Center, the largest of its kind in Latin America, and the internationally renowned Colón Theater host some of the world’s most highly recognized symphony orchestras. The National Museum of Fine Arts houses an impressive collection of works by European impressionists, while the Museum of Latin American Art focuses on 20th- and 21st-century Latino artists. Buenos Aires is also home to hundreds of bookstores and libraries, affording it the nickname “City of Books.” After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

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