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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.

Top 10 Experiences on Cruises to South America

Top 10 Experiences on Cruises to South America

South America is full of contrasts. From the piercing blue ice of Antarctica to the lush jungles of the Amazon, it’s a continent that truly has something for everyone.

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: Cusco, Peru

Captain’s Log: Cusco, Peru

16th January, Cusco, San Martin, Peru; 17th-18th, at sea: Cusco is a relatively small port on the coast of Peru. One dock long enough to accommodate our length. We are surrounded by sand, the desert of the Atacama. Guests return from ‘interior’ tours here, particularly Machu Picchu and fly to see the Nazca Lines, vast…   read more of “Captain’s…”

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…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Ballestas Islands

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Ballestas Islands

The Ballestas Islands at the coast of Peru are populated with millions of birds; on the beaches are thousands sea lions and seals. What a sight! Jaap Wisse Chief Engineer ms Prinsendam