December 23 was the only time this year that the Veendam called at the small town of Puerto Chacabuco, Chile. The town itself is very small — there is only one street — but the scenery is stunning.
Category: South America
Veendam’s Security Officer John Cabalde submitted this post: These pictures were taken during ms Veendam’s first visit to Ushuaia, Argentina, this season. It was very cold and snowing hard so we really faced a tough challenge conducting security screening at the ship’s gangway. Despite the cold weather, the vessel left without any security issues.
The reason many people travel to Patagonia is to see the penguins. Today I was off the Veendam and on a catamaran to Magdalena Island where about 170,000 penguins live for the Off the Beaten Track: Magdalena Penguin Reserve excursion. It’s about an hour and a half ride from Punta Arenas to the island but… read more of “‘Chilling̵…”
There are two museums in Lima that provide a full exposure to the craftsmanship of those ancient societies who came long before the Inca. I visited both today on the Gold Museum & Ancient Treasures shore excursion. The Larco Museum is a private collection of 45,000 ceramic pieces that date back to well before Christ…. read more of “Exploring the…”
Cartagena, Colombia, was our last port of call. We booked the Medieval Cartagena by Horse Carriage excursion, visiting the Old City on a horse and carriage. It was quite enjoyable riding through the heart of the old walled city. The locals were very friendly people who waved at us during our ride throughout the town…. read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
Twenty-seven children from the Funvivir Nonprofit Group visited the Statendam for an afternoon of fun! Funvivir helps 166 children from poor families in the Cartagena area purchase much-needed medical supplies. The organization also provides activities for children to enjoy once they are doing better, in addition to a lot of other supporting roles to families… read more of “Statendam Spreads…”