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EXC In-Depth Field Notes: Callao, Easter Island, Henderson Island and Pitcairn Island

EXC In-Depth Field Notes: Callao, Easter Island, Henderson Island and Pitcairn Island

Our EXC In-Depth Voyage made way to South America, and Holland America Line’s Director of Explorations Dr. Peter Carey is still on board. He and the EXC In-Depth Guides are sharing their up-close adventures and encounters our guests are having at every port. After departing Costa Rica, the ship visited ports in Peru, Chile and…   read more of “EXC In-Depth Field…”

Rounding Cape Horn: Take a HAL Cruise on the Ultimate South America Adventure

Rounding Cape Horn: Take a HAL Cruise on the Ultimate South America Adventure

There are a few destinations so iconic — even fabled — that they draw adventure-seekers from around the world. Cape Horn, the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile, fits the bill. The rocky terrain extends into Drake Passage, rising to a height of 1,391 feet. 150 years ago the trip…   read more of “Rounding Cape Horn:…”

See More of South America With an Overland Adventure

See More of South America With an Overland Adventure

Travelers looking to see more of the South American ports beyond a tour that lasts only a few hours can embark on an overland journey or extended shore excursion that goes to places unreached by cruise ships.

Port Hightlight: Lima, Peru

Port Hightlight: Lima, Peru

Callao, Peru, is the port city for Lima, enabling guests to take a variety of tours throughout the area or go exploring on their own. The capital of Peru and the country’s largest city, Lima is a bustling metropolis that is the gateway to the incredible Macchu Pichu, the mysterious Nazca Lines and so much…   read more of “Port Hightlight:…”

Captain’s Log: Mercer Back Cruising the Grand World Voyage

Captain’s Log: Mercer Back Cruising the Grand World Voyage

Jan. 4-5: I joined the “Amsterdam” again, yesterday, yet another World Cruise beckons, a circumnavigation of the globe; 32,500 nautical miles, 38 ports of call and 113 days.

Captain’s Log: Callao, Peru

Captain’s Log: Callao, Peru

14th and 15th January. Callao, Peru: Thick fog as we approached the port and the approach was done solely on radar, as there was nothing ‘visually’ to be seen. The visibility improved as we came through the breakwaters and became sufficient enough to dock. Callao is a ‘hub’ port for the west-coast of South America…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Dinner at Casa de Alagia in Lima

Dinner at Casa de Alagia in Lima

Among the many fun things we did was to go to a Candlelight Dinner at Casa de Alagia one evening in Lima. The house was the first colonial building constructed in Lima and belonged to a representative of Queen Isabella. Construction took place in 1543, mud brick walls 4 feet thick covered with stucco, three…   read more of “Dinner at Casa de…”