South America Passage

21 February - 7 March 2019

Duration

14 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

10 Ports

21-22 February

Setting sail from Buenos Aires

The streets of Buenos Aires are redolent of a grand old European capital, lined with elegant architecture that wouldn't look out of place in Madrid or Paris. There is also plenty of Latin passion on display: Argentina is the home of tango, that most electrifying of dances, and the central Plaza de Mayo has played host to countless revolutions and rallies over the years. Food is an important part of life here, and carnivores shouldn't pass up the opportunity to try the world's finest beef at one of the many steakhouses, known as parrillas. Other attractions include the beautiful Recoleta cemetery, the grand Teatro Colón and the colourful, arty district of La Boca.

Don't miss

An evening dinner and tango show, a must-see in the home of this passionate dance.

23 February

Uruguay: Montevideo

24-25 February

At sea

26 February

Falkland Islands: Stanley

27 February

At sea

28 February

Chile: Punta Arenas

28 February

Chile: Glacier Alley

1 March

Argentina: Ushuaia

2 March

Chile: Cape Horn

3 March

At sea

4 March

Chile: Chilean Fjords

5 March

Chile: Puerto Montt

6 March

At sea

7 March

Arriving in Valparaíso

Characterful, colourful and a little chaotic, the port city of Valparaíso enjoys a somewhat awkward setting, scattered across 45 vertiginous hills. Thanks to this difficult topography the city streets are punctuated by steep staircases and funicular elevators, and energetic explorers will be rewarded with wonderful views of the pastel hued buildings that hug the slopes. Valparaíso's most famous former resident was the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and you can visit one of his former residences, La Sebastiana, which now houses a small museum.

Our tip

Amble through the city, taking the really cheap cable cars when you can to help you up and down the hills!

The Ship

Your home from home

Holland America Line cruises - MS Volendam
Holland America Line cruises - MS Volendam Verandah Suite
Holland America Line cruises - MS Volendam pool deck

The lovely sisters Volendam and Zaandam, carrying just over 1,400 guests each, are the perfect size to combine intimacy with extensive facilities, and a great onboard experience with a comfortable ride.

What we love

The Holland America hallmark décor is distinctive and memorable, with a huge collection of art and sculptures as a backdrop to the stylish public areas. Volendam and Veendam have distinctive themes in play - a floral garden focus for Volendam, and great world music through the ages on Veendam.

Capacity 1,432 Guests
Crew 615 International Staff
Style

These intimate ships are perfect for meeting new people, so the atmosphere is elegant but friendly, with lots to do and plenty of choice.

Year Built 1996 (Volendam) / 2000 (Zaandam)
Last Refurbished 2014 (Volendam) / 2013 (Zaandam)
Tonnage 61,214 grt (Volendam) / 61,396 (Zaandam)
Length 781 feet
Breadth 106 feet
Cruising Speed 23 knots
More about MS Zaandam

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires

Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Just steps away from the elegant Santa Fe Avenue and famous Florida Street, we love the Alvear Art Hotel.

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires

Explore Buenos Aires

Take a private city tour to see all the highlights including the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo, colourful La Boca, the Colon Theatre and the Recoleta cemetery, resting place of Evita.

Hotel Palacio Astoreca, Valparaíso

Where to stay in Valparaíso

The 23 room Palacio Astoreca comprises two buildings, including a completely restored national monument.

Viña del Mar, Chile

Around Valparaíso

For contrast, visit clean and orderly Viña del Mar just up the coast.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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