Come October, there will be a new ship exploring South America. Along with ms Maasdam and ms Prinsendam (who will do longer cruises), ms Zaandam will head south and spend the season rounding Cape Horn at the tip of the continent and traveling to Antarctica. The ship wraps up the season with a monthlong repositioning voyage to Canada.
If you’re looking to join us in South America on Zaandam, there are plenty of options to choose from:
To start the South America cruising season, Zaandam departs Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 18, 2013, on a 17-day “Inca Discovery” voyage to Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile. The itinerary includes a full transit of the Panama Canal in addition to an extended port call at Manta, Ecuador, and an overnight at Callao (Lima), Peru.
From October 2013 to April 2014, Zaandam will sail a series of six 13-day itineraries between Valparaiso and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and one 18-day cruise departing Nov. 30, 2013, from Valparaiso to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The sailings include multiple days cruising the scenic fjords and national parks of Chile, calls at exotic locations such as Ushuaia (the southernmost town in the world), sailing around Cape Horn and a visit to the Magellan Strait — gateway to Antarctica. A call at Puerto Madryn, Argentina, affords guests an opportunity to encounter Magellan penguins, sea elephants, sea lions and seals up close in their natural habitat.
Two 21-day “South America and Antarctica Explorer” sailings on Zaandam between Valparaiso and Buenos Aires depart Jan. 8 and 29. Those extended voyages sail farther south past Ushuaia for scenic cruising through the Antarctic Sound to the Palmer Archipelago on the northwestern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Zaandam then sets out March 30 on a new 33-day “South America Passage and Inca Discovery” repositioning voyage that takes the ship from Buenos Aires to Vancouver. Guests looking to disembark in the United States can take the 29-day segment that ends at San Diego, Calif. The monthlong journey takes guests to 11 countries and an extreme variety of climates, from the scenic blue ice of Glacier Alley to the tropical landscapes of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. A 16-day segment from Valparaiso to San Diego also is available.