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Grand South America & Antarctica Voyages


Two continents, a million memories

A complete circumnavigation, from Incan empires to Brazilian beaches, icy Antarctica to the steamy Amazon — all roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale aboard ms Prinsendam.

It is classic cruising—aboard the smallest and most intimate ship in our fleet—what better way to experience these southernmost continents in style.

If you’re going to visit South America, why not see it all: every key region plus all three big “A”s — the Peruvian Andes, Brazil’s exotic Amazon, the ethereal ice world of Antarctica.




Compass Magazine
 

What people are saying

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Yes we just came back from an amazing trip to South America/Antarctica. I can't say anything but positive comments. We are total fans because they strive for excellence. Everything about our cruise was first class all the way. We were on the cruise for 3 weeks and it was fabulous. Every day was a pleasant surprise from our cabin steward to the Captain. Thank you Holland America Linequotation mark

Marsha N.
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Went around "the horn" last March and loved every minute, South America is so amazing!quotation mark

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cruise to Buenos Aires


They dance the tango in the street in this South American cultural and commercial capital. Because celebrations are simply a way of life here, local passions for excellent food and wine prevail as well. As world famous ports go, Buenos Aires offers the best of everything from luxe country living, to modern highlights, to more rustic excursions to the pampas — the fertile lowland ranches where gaucho cowboys roam and work. Gifts from the sea and land make for the most joyous of occasions while ashore. Plan on extending your stay in Buenos Aires so you can spend more time before or after your cruise and explore this intriguing city more comprehensively. Please contact your travel professional or Holland America Line to learn more.

 Cruise to Buenos Aires on a South America Passage voyage


Stanley/Falkland Is/Islas Malvinas

Cruise to Pt. Stanley, Falkland Islands/Malvinas/Islas Malvinas


Scotland under the Southern Cross: moorlands, pubs, red phone booths, sheep ranches, a "cuppa tea." Plus penguins of every type: gentoo, Magellanic, king.

 Explore the Falklands (and South America) on an Inca Discovery Cruise


Manaus, Brazil

Manaus, Brazil

Cruise to Manaus


It's a port city, but the ocean is almost a thousand miles away. One of the world's great boomtowns, Manaus rose to glory as the rubber trade exploded in the late 19th century, minting fortunes and redefining extravagance for its nouveau riche. All the better for today's visitors, as the boom-time landmarks still enchant. The Teatro Amazonas is a copy of the Grand Opera de Paris, the Mercado Municipal echoes Les Halles, and the Palacio Rio Negro evokes old Portugal. Of course, the endless jungle stretches all around. From Manaus, cruise visitors can venture even deeper into the heart of the Amazon, on the lookout for jungle birds, manatees, and giant alligators.


Callao (Lima), Peru

Cruise to Lima


Spain’s former capital of their vast New World empire retains its wealth of cultural and historical character from centuries of colonial activity, breathtaking natural beauty, and indigenous wonders from Inca times and even earlier. Most visitors on a Holland America Line cruise have an overnight stay in Callao, affording opportunity to take advantage of Lima as the gateway to Machu Picchu, once abandoned by the Incas and rediscovered by Europeans in 1911. The mountaintop escape provided a secure locale to build intricately designed altars, temples, and other extraordinary archaeological remnants. In Lima, UNESCO designated the historic district a World Heritage Site due to the collection of Baroque architecture. Note that the Spanish built their grand Plaza de Armas directly above foundations laid in stone by Inca master builders for their own uses. Today, visitors also enjoy Lima's gastronomic history which employs Spanish, Andean, and European influences.

Highlights
Lima, the gateway for travel to Machu Picchu, also has celebrated ancient and modern treasures within. UNESCO has Lima's historic plaza on its list of World Heritage Sites, as its grand old buildings attest to Lima's longtime role as one of the queen cities of the Spanish empire.

 Visit the Gateway to Machu Picchu on an Inca Discovery voyage


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cruise to Rio de Janeiro


Rio de Janeiro resists all adjectives. Even if you get that absolute vista from the top of Corcovado Mountain, you'll still thirst for more – for the taste of an acai berry drink, the pulse of samba, and the feel of the Atlantic on your toes. Drink deeply, you have such a journey before you. A cruise to Rio de Janeiro with Holland America Line brings you the stunning setting and joyous lust for life make Rio a cidade maravilhosa, "marvelous city." Ipanema, Copacabana, samba - the words alone conjure Brazilian paradise. Learn more.

Explore the City Further
Your cruise from Rio de Janeiro will allow you to spend a few days before or (if you are disembarking) after to explore this city more fully. To learn more about hotel packages that will extend your cruise vacation, please contact your travel professional or Holland America Line.


Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile

Cruise to Valparaiso (Santiago)


Find the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Old Quarter of Valparaiso, which hugs its steep amphitheater-like hillside peppered with bright and colorful residences and charming church steeples. Ride one of the city's many funiculars to take in the views of land and sea. About two hours inland, the steppes of the Andes rise up behind Santiago, Chile's capital and economic center. Explore such city landmarks as the Plaza de Armas, La Chascona (one of Pablo Neruda's homes), or one of the paseos in the Centro. But first, consider stopping for a stroll up Santa Lucia hill, which features ornate designs and architecture. Get your bearings, then toast the city at the end of the day with a glass of Carménère, cherry, deep-red, and smoky.

Highlights
Part of Chile's culinary explosion revolves around its huge wine production as well as other European influences that combine with traditional ingredients. Visit alpine villages, art studios, vineyards, or thriving fish markets; or take cooking classes or tour architectural wonders — so much to do and all for pure enjoyment.

 Explore Valparaiso on a South America Passage cruise


Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina

Cruise to Ushuaia


The southernmost town in the world, where dominating peaks loom on three sides; the fourth opens to the Beagle Channel, where sea lions bellow and king crab rules.


Culinary Arts demonstration

Holland America Line is hosting some of the world’s most celebrated guest culinary experts who will showcase their expertise and share culinary tips with guests aboard ms Prinsendam's 68-day South America & Antartica Voyage.

Jan. 5 - 9   Ash Fulk - Chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market in Brooklyn
 

Ash Fulk hails from Pleasant Hill, California and is known as one of the competitors from the Emmy award winning season six of Bravo’s hit series TOP CHEF. Fulk has recently been the chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market in Manhattan, where he delivered the restaurant two stars from the NY Times and made it the highest rated Barbecue spot in NYC. He is currently the chef of the new Hill Country Barbecue Market in Brooklyn, NY. Fulk is an entirely self-taught locavore who focuses on regional and seasonal preparations and operates by the principle “If it grows together, it goes together.”

  View Culinary Guest Biography


Jan. 25 - Feb. 9   Mark Bittman - Food Journalist, Cookbook Author and Columnist for The New York Times
 

Creator of the New York Times cooking column "The Minimalist," with its accompanying web videos, and daily blog, Bitten; Chef Mark Bittman is the author of blockbuster cookbooks and appears regularly on commercial and public television, where he has had his own series. His best-selling books include How to Cook Everything, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian and Food Matters. In addition to his writing, Mr. Bittman is also the host of the Public Television series Bittman Takes on America's Chefs. He also appears twice a month on NBC's Today show, alternating Wednesday appearances with Martha Stewart.

  View Culinary Guest Biography


  

Do You Offer A Cancellation Protection Plan?

Holland America Line's Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) is designed to help protect your vacation investment from loss. CPP is available for purchase on Holland America Line Cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, and is offered as a Standard Plan or a Platinum Plan. Be it illness, family matters, unforeseen work events - anything, CPP is a product that enables you to cancel your vacation plans before you leave, for any reason and receive a refund.

Frequently Asked Questions


Four reasons to choose the Holland America Line Cancellation Protection Plan:


  1. YOU CAN CANCEL BEFORE DEPARTURE FOR ANY REASON. Even if it's up to 24 hours before departure under our Standard Plan or right up to departure with our Platinum Plan. Your reservation may be easily cancelled for any reason whatsoever - no claim forms to submit or fine print to review.


  2. YOU GET MONEY BACK. Holland America Line refunds 80-90% of eligible amounts paid, regardless of your reason for canceling, as long as you cancel more than 24 hours prior to departure (right up to departure with the Platinum Plan).


  3. SAME PRICE FOR ALL AGES. We offer the same excellent protection for everyone, at the same cost.


  4. NO PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. Our Standard and Platinum Plans do not contain pre-existing condition exclusions.


Our Standard and Platinum plans at a glance

Unforeseen events do happen. When you book your next cruise, be sure to ask about our Cancellation Protection Plans to protect your cruise investment.


CPP Standard Plan – Provided by Holland America Line

Our Standard Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP Standard Plan) will allow you, for any reason, to provide written cancellation up to 24 hours prior to the start of your scheduled travel (sea, land and/or air) arrangements made by Holland America Line and receive a refund equal to 80% of the eligible amounts paid. CPP Standard is available to all guests, regardless of residency.

In addition, Holland America Line (HAL) automatically assumes an additional $500 (USD) of liability for lost, damaged or delayed baggage of guests who purchase the CPP Standard Plan still subject, however, to the limitations in our baggage policies. For example, we do not cover losses while baggage is in the custody of airlines. Please review our Baggage Policy.

Please note: The CPP Standard Plan is not insurance – this is an optional purchase offered by and administered by Holland America Line. It may be added to your reservation to provide you with trip cancellation protection for up to 24 hours prior to the start of your scheduled travel. It provides no rights other than those explained above. For example, it does not protect double-triple-quad occupancy rates should one or more members of your party cancel, nor does it cover expenses for unused services due to trip interruption.

The CPP Standard Plan is available for purchase prior to the date on which cancellation fees begin to accrue. Payment is due at time of purchase. The cost of CPP Standard is non-refundable. The per person, per cruise cost is listed with the cruise fares. To add our Cancellation Protection Standard Plan to your new or existing bookings, please call us at 1‐877‐932‐4259.

CPP Platinum

Our Platinum Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP Platinum) enables you to supplement the benefits provided under the CPP Standard Plan with higher cancellation reimbursement and extends the eligible cancellation period up until the start of your scheduled travel (sea, land and/or air) arrangements made by Holland America Line. CPP Platinum also provides insurance coverage for trip delays and interruptions, medical expenses and much more. In addition, CPP Platinum includes 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services.

CPP Platinum is comprised of the following:

SECTION I
Cancel for Any Reason Waiver
Provided by Holland America Line

You may cancel for any reason prior to the start of your scheduled travel (sea, land and/or air) arrangements made by Holland America Line and receive reimbursement equal to 90% of the eligible amounts paid to Holland America Line. Note: CPP Platinum does not protect double-triple-quad occupancy rates should one or more members of your party cancel prior to departure.

SECTION II
TRAVEL INSURANCE PROGRAM
Underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company

  • Trip Interruption: Enables you to cancel or interrupt your cruise vacation for illness, injury or death to you, an immediate family member or a traveling companion, as well as certain other non-medical reasons affecting you or your traveling companion, and receive up to 150% of your cruise vacation cost.
  • Trip Delay: If you miss the departure of your cruise due to carrier-caused delays or other specified reasons, you will be reimbursed up to $500 for additional accommodations, meals and “catch-up” transportation expenses.
  • Baggage Protection: If your baggage or personal property is lost or damaged, you will be reimbursed up to $1,000. If your bags are delayed or misdirected by a common carrier for more than 24 hours, you will be reimbursed up to $500 for the purchase of necessary personal effects.
  • Medical Expense Coverage: Should you become injured or sick during your vacation, you will be reimbursed up to $10,000 for medical expenses.
  • Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation: In the event that serious illness or injury requires air or ground transportation to a specialized facility or to return home, you will be provided up to $50,000 in covered medical services and supplies (coordinated by our 24-hour assistance provider) to help ensure your safe transport. Repatriation coverage provides for shipment of remains in the event of death during the cruise vacation.

The Travel Insurance Program is underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio; NAIC #10952 (all states except as otherwise noted) under Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5000. In CA, HI, NE, NH, PA, TN and TX Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5100 and TAHC5200. In IL, IN, KS, LA, OH, OR, VT, WA and WY Policy Form #'s TAHC5100IPS and TAHC5200IPS. Certain coverages are under series TAHC6000 and TAHC7000.

SECTION III
WORLDWIDE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES
Provided by On Call International

Provides 24-hour assistance services including: pre-cruise health, safety and weather information; assistance with travel changes; lost luggage assistance; emergency cash transfer assistance; emergency medical and dental assistance; lost travel document assistance; and emergency medical payment assistance.

Note that the benefits and services provided in CPP Platinum are available only to guests who enroll in and pay the appropriate program cost to Holland America Line. Payment of the required cruise deposit does not automatically activate enrollment in CPP Platinum Protection. In order to activate enrollment, you must pay the appropriate program costs in addition to the required cruise deposit amount.

IMPORTANT: This is only a brief description of the program. A summary of the terms, conditions and exclusions will be sent to you or your travel advisor. For details of the terms, conditions and exclusions of CPP Platinum, view the CPP Platinum plan description.

The CPP Platinum Plan is in effect for cancellations for any reason up to the start of your scheduled travel. Other benefits and services provided in CPP Platinum are effective once you depart on your trip.

The CPP Platinum Plan is optional and available for purchase prior to the date on which cancellation fees begin to accrue. Payment is due at time of purchase. The cost of the cancellation portion of CPP Platinum is non-refundable. The per person, per cruise cost is listed with the cruise fares. To add our Cancellation Protection Platinum Plan to your new or existing bookings, please call us at 1‐877‐932‐4259.

If you have any questions regarding CPP Platinum Protection, please contact Aon Affinity at 1‐800‐453‐4047.

NOTICE TO NEW YORK RESIDENTS ONLY
The Holland America Cancel For Any Reason Waiver may be purchased separately from the Travel Insurance Program. Contact 1-877-538-3815 for details.

This program was designed and is administered by Aon Affinity.
Aon Affinity is the brand name for the brokerage and program administration operations of Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. (TX 13695); (AR 244489); in CA & MN, AIS Affinity Insurance Agency, Inc. (CA 0795465); in OK, AIS Affinity Insurance Services, Inc.; in CA, Aon Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. (CA 0G94493), Aon Direct Insurance Administrators and Berkely Insurance Agency and in NY, AIS Affinity Insurance Agency. Affinity Insurance Services is acting as a Managing General Agent as that term is defined in section 626.015(14) of the Florida Insurance Code. As an MGA we are acting on behalf of our carrier partner.

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updated 4/21/15