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Cruise Diary: Scenic Cruising in the Chilean Fjords

In addition to wonderful ports of call on a cruise vacation, another special part of taking a cruise is the ability to reach parts of the world that would otherwise be nearly impossible, if not totally impossible, to reach by car, plane or on foot.

But on a cruise ship, these areas are shown in their full splendor … whether it’s a dramatic waterfall, gorgeous cliffs, lush New Zealand fiords or snow-covered glaciers, Holland America Line ships can take guests to the ends of the earth and all places in between.

When you see the words “scenic cruising” on an itinerary, grab your camera, make sure you have a spare battery and head out on deck for some of the most breath-taking sights you’ll ever see.

On their recent Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage aboard Prinsendam, Sharon and Al Johnson we’re taken to the Amalia Glacier in Chile to see one of nature’s most beautiful scenes. Come along with them through their gorgeous photos below.

This morning Captain Timothy Roberts returned Prinsendam to the inside passage of the Chilean Fjords after having spent some of the early morning in the Pacific Ocean. We arrived at Amalia Glacier around 7 a.m. and spent approximately two hours viewing this white river of ice which is also called Skua Glacier.

The Amalia Glacier is a tidewater glacier located in the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. The glacier originates in the Patagonian Ice Field and has retreated dramatically over the past 60 years. It was a beautiful calm day for viewing the Glacier which we didn’t get to see when we did this portion of the Grand Voyage three years ago. Later in the morning, the sun made an appearance and Captain Roberts remarked that is was one of the best days that he has had in cruising to and from Amalia Glacier. — Sharon

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Promenade Deck on  Prinsendam as the ship departs from Amalia Glacier on the Sarmiento Channel.

Promenade Deck on Prinsendam as the ship departs from Amalia Glacier on the Sarmiento Channel.

Sharon and Al enjoying the view of the Chilean Fjords.

Sharon and Al enjoying the view of the Chilean Fjords.

Prinsendams' Lido Pool and a view of Amalia Glacier.

Prinsendams’ Lido Pool and a view of Amalia Glacier.

Captain Timothy Roberts, left, and senior staff on the Flying Bridge of Prinsendam.

Captain Timothy Roberts, left, and senior staff on the Flying Bridge of Prinsendam.

Passengers viewing the Amalia Glacier from the Sports Deck of Prinsendam.

Passengers viewing the Amalia Glacier from the Sports Deck of Prinsendam.

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