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NEW YEAR’S
CRUISE OF PENGUINS, PATAGONIA FJORDS
AND SOUTH AMERICAN HIGHLIGHTS


With Included New Year’s Eve three night pre cruise land package celebrations in Santiago Chile
(Consistently rated the Safest City in All of S. America)
And optional two night post cruise land package to Iguazu Falls Argentina  - The largest/widest waterfall in the world (so wide it spans across 2 countries and so large it comprises 275 waterfalls in that span)

On this special cruise you can mingle among the real “March of the Penguins” to see the King Penguins, plus elephant seals and sea lions in the Falkland Islands. Visit Puerto Madryn, home to the World’s Largest colony of Magellenic Penguins and visit Puerto Arenas known for its huge natural penguin colony on Magdalena island where penguins as far as the eye can see frolic everywhere across a huge sandy plain.  Also you will marvel at breathtaking waterfalls, towering mountains of the Andes range and other scenic wonders as you cruise the Patagonic Channel, Strait of Magellan, Cape Horn and the stunning Chilean Fjords

Cruise dates January 2-16, 2021
Included Pre cruise land package Dec. 30, 2020-Jan. 2, 2021
Optional post cruise land package Jan 16-18, 2021
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Escape the winter blues by heading south – South America that is.

Join us for a cruise of scenic treasures where we will visit three ports offering excursions to see penguins and other wildlife in their natural habitats in Chile, Mainland Argentina, as well as the pristine Falkland Islands. We will also see the stunning beauty of the fjords of Patagonia in Chile, as well as mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes and even cruise past magnificent Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America

The North American Winter is the South American Summer making for ideal conditions for our New Year’s Eve in Santiago and the cruise ports we will be visiting.

 We will start in Santiago, Chile, home to the famed Concho y Toro Winery

Enjoy an included three night pre cruise stay in Santiago Chile Dec. 30-Jan 2, with an included city tour of this wonderful cultural city and a full free day to see more of its culture and its charm at your own leisure or via an optional excursion to the winery or other optional excursions.

Also enjoy an amazing New Year’s Eve celebration with free musical performances/street festival  and fireworks over the Entel Tower which is walking distance from our hotel.

Our cruise will have many highlights.  In each port we will have one optional group shore excursion, as well as several other optional shore excursions offered by the cruise line.  Highlights of our cruise ports include:

Puerto Mont – Chile’s scenic lakes district, where we will witness  soaring volcanoes, towering mountains, picture postcard lakes and other dramatic scenery.
If you wish, join us on our optional group excursion to see the beauty of nature in the region’s, stunning lakes, mountains, waterfalls and even volcanoes

Punta Arenas, Chile – Gateway to Patagonia and Antarctica,  Join us for an optional shore excursion to see the huge penguin colony on the sands of Magdelena island.

Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. Join us for an optional shore excursion through the southernmost national park in the world

Cape Horn - The mountainous tip of the South American continent. Relax on deck as our ship glides by the magnificent Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America

The Falkland Islands (Stanley)  - .A tiny British outpost where the absence of traffic lights, abundance of pubs and tremendous wildlife colonies of penguins, seals and sea lions, makes this a truly unique and special place

 Join us for an optional excursion to see the King Penguins, the 2nd largest species of all penguins

Puerto Madryn - If you want to see wildlife, you will love our shore excursion to the Punta Tombo Nature Reserve, where you will see a penguin colony that is wonderful beyond words, as the penguins literally walk amongst the tourists at the nature preserve! .
 
Punta Tombo Nature Reserve is home to the largest colony of Magellenic penguins anywhere outside of Antarctica.   At Punta Tombo between September and April, hundreds of thousands of penguins call this place home and it is a truly amazing site to witness both the adult penguins and the babies being nurtured. Join us for an optional group excursion to see them in this natural habitat.

Puerto Chacabuco - Keep an eye out for Black Necked swans and the endangered Giant Condor flying overhead. Sculptured icebergs, soaring fjords and Andean peaks are all around you. Puerto Chacabuco, one of the few places where the Andes touch the coastline Witness the stunning scenery along with cascading waterfalls of Riserva Nacional Rio Simpson.

Montevideo Uruguay, A charming city made up of 19th century Beaux Arts buildings, parks, and historic monuments
 In each port we will have optional group shore excursions taking us to see the highlights of that region including the wildlife, scenery and more. You may also choose from many varying shore excursions offered by the cruise line if you wish.

Lastly, we will end our cruise in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the option to extend to see Iguazu Falls, the largest/widest falls in the world on our optional 2 night iguazu Falls extension.

 

Trip Itinerary:

December 30th, 2020 -   Arrive on your own flight arrangement into Santiago today.  Transfer by taxi or shuttle which can be purchased in advance to our hotel for our included three night pre cruise hotel stay.

We will be staying at the fabulous 5 star Crowne Plaza, ideally located in the heart of the city center, walking distance to the Entel Tower where the New Year’s Eve street festival with free musical performances and a fabulous fireworks display will take place tomorrow.  The hotel is also walking distance to great shopping and dining venues and only a short walk to the metro station. Our hotel is also only 10 miles from the airport, making transit into the hotel easy and cost effective.

The Crowne Plaza features both an indoor and an outdoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, massage/spa services, sauna, as well as free Wifi in all rooms. The hotel is a non-smoking property for the comfort of its guests.

 The 5-star Crowne Plaza Santiago offers well-equipped rooms with 32-inch TVs and panoramic views of the city and the mountains.

Crowne Plaza Santiago offers 293 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Pillowtop beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. 32-inch LCD televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.

December 31, 2020 – Enjoy our included half day city tour showing you the sites and culture of Santiago Chile, featuring such sites as the presidential palace, the stock exchange, cathedral of beautiful architecture, fish market, equestrian center, old historic neighborhoods, farmer’s market, Costanera Center (tallest building and largest shopping center in all of South America) and Parque Bicentario where the festivities were held celebrating Chile’s 200 years of Independence.

Tonight we will enjoy an amazing fireworks display to ring in the new year.

The Entel Tower, (Torre Entel) which is found opposite La Moneda, is the hub for all festivities in Santiago on New Year's Eve and by far the largest celebration due to its fireworks display and live music, all free on the main street in downtown Santiago, walking distance from our centrally located downtown hotel.  The fireworks in Santiago are truly spectacular and you’ll be able to see them wherever you are in the city, so – prepare yourself for plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs, while ejoying the ambience of the city consistently ranked the Safest City in South America


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Santiago is consistently ranked the safest city in all of South America, thus making watching this display of the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks, a joy for locals and tourists alike.

January 1st , 2021 Today is a full free day to explore Santiago on your own or take an optional excursion. You may wish to visit the famed winery or take an excursion to see the lake or the mountains which frame Santiago in beauty. You may also wish to just relax in the facilities of our five star hotel.

January 2nd, 2021 – We will be picked up at our hotel and transferred to the cruise ship .

Your unforgettable adventure around the southern tip of South America begins the moment you depart Santiago. Marvel at breathtaking waterfalls and other scenic natural wonders as you cruise the Patagonic Channels, Chilean Fjords and Strait of Magellan. Mingle among the real “March of the Penguins” in the Falkland Islands, Puerto Madryn and Puerto Arenas and catch your breath and some multicultural charm in Montevideo.

Our ship is Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star.  Recently refurbished as part of The Norwegian Edge program, Norwegian Star features 15 delicious dining options, 10 bars and lounges, a sprawling spa, an always-exciting casino, 6 hot tubs on the sun deck, one indoor hot tub, plus both indoor and outdoor pools. There is also a jogging track, fitness center and many shopping opportunities.

The Star has many bars.  Some of the most popular are the Champagne Bar, The Irish Pub, The Mojito Bar, the Sky High Bar, outdoors offering panoramic sea views and of course, the Spice H20 Adults Only Bar/Pool/Jacuzzi complex.

Spice H20 - Adults Only Pool, jacuzzi, sun lounging and dance under the stars complex –

For the first time, Norwegian Star will offer an adults-only enclave -  Spice H2O. This well-appointed venue features an adults only pool, adults only hot tubs, adults only sun bathing, full bar, and uninterrupted ocean views. During the day, it makes an ideal spot for adults only sunbathing, swimming and relaxing, and then at night, it transforms into an open-air outdoor lounge with live entertainment, DJs, and energizing themed nights under the stars

The ship holds 2300 passengers plus 1000 crew.

 

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14-Day South America from Santiago (San Antonio)

  • Saturday January 2nd-Saturday January 16th, 2021

Day

Cruise Ports

Arrive

Depart

Sat

Santiago (San Antonio), Chile (EMBARK)

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7:00 pm

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Sun

At Sea

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Mon

Puerto Montt, Chile

8:00 am

6:00 pm

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Puerto Montt, Chile

See the Osorno Volcano, often compared to Mt. Fuji for its perfect symmetry. Visit the jewel of the Lake District, Lago Todos Los Santos. Your gateway to Chile's Lake District, a land of green rapids, waterfalls and awesome scenery.

If you wish, join us on our optional group excursion to see the beauty of nature in the region’s, stunning lakes, mountains, waterfalls and even volcanoes.

 

Tue

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

10:00 am

5:00 pm

Description: Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Keep an eye out for Black Necked swans and the endangered Giant Condor. Sculptured icebergs, soaring fjords and Andean peaks are all around you. Visit the cascading waterfalls of Riserva Nacional Rio Simpson.

 If you wish join us for an optional group excursion to explore these natural scenic wonders.

Wed

At Sea

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Thu

At Sea

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Fri

Punta Arenas, Chile

6:00 am

6:00 pm

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Punta Arenas, Chile

From the original name "Sandy Point," this southernmost capital city in Chile had its humble beginnings as sparse penal colony near the Straits of Magellan. Today, Punta Arenas is regarded as a geopolitical point of interest given its strategic location as a gateway to the Antarctic Peninsula.

If you wish, join us for an optional shore excursion to the Penguin colony of Magdelena island to observe the Magellan penguins in their natural habitat. A large colony of penguins nest and breed here, each year between October and March. They bury their eggs in sandy burrows and under shrubs.  At this time of year most of the chicks will have hatched. They’re naturally curious and amazing to watch the waddle across the desolate sandy moon like landscape.  You will see hundreds of penguins as far as the eye can see.

 

Sat

Ushuaia, Argentina

12:00 pm

8:00 pm

Description: Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina
Visit beautiful lands framed by the sea, forests, lakes and mountains. See Andean Condors and the rugged beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Ushuaia is one of two main cities on the island territory of Tierra del Fuego.  Join us for an optional excursion to visit the southernmost national park in the world

Sun

Cape Horn, Chile

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Overnight

 

Cape Horn, Chile
Located on the small island of Hornos Island, Cape Horn is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile. Although it’s not the most southern point of South America (the Diego Ramírez Islands holds that claim), Cape Horn marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Pacific Ocean. Discovered and first rounded by the Dutchman Willem Schouten, Cape Horn was a major point where ships carried trade around the world until the Panama Canal opened in 1914.
 

Mon

Stanley, Falkland Islands

9:00 am

5:00 pm

Description: Stanley, Falkland Islands

Stanley, Falkland Islands

Arrive to the capital of the Falkland Islands, also known as Port Stanley and you’ll find a coastal town worthy of a jigsaw puzzle. This quaint city is home to a small population (so few are the residents that the town’s only “jail” can only hold thirteen people.) But it’s a place big on things to see and do. Whether you visit the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral, the southernmost cathedral in the world, or look for penguins.

Join us for an optional excursion to see the King Penguins, the 2nd largest species of all penguins

Tue

At Sea

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Wed

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

7:00 am

4:00 pm

Description: Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

If you want to see wildlife, join us as we go to the Punta Tombo Nature Reserve. Discover Punta Tombo, home to the world’s largest nesting colony of Magellanic penguins and a place that attracts wildlife researchers and conservationists from around the world.

Join us for an optional group excursion to the Punta Tombo Penguin Rockery. This is the largest penguin nesting ground in the world outside of Antarctica and from September through April this vast rookery and breeding area hosts hundreds of thousands of Magellanic penguins. With two nurturing parents foraging at sea and taking turns with their care,

January. IS WHEN THE BABY PENGUINS START TO THRIVE AND YOU CAN SEE THEM BOTH IN THE NURTURING FROM THE ADULT PENGUINS AND MANY OF THE BABY PENGUINS STARTING TO FORAGE ON THEIR OWN

Magellanic penguins mate with the same partner year after year and live approximately 25 years. Males reclaim the burrow from the previous year and wait to reconnect with their mates. You’ll enjoy walking among the thousands of nests and marvel at this wonder of nature and these unforgettable birds


Thu

At Sea

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Fri

Montevideo, Uruguay

9:00 am

5:30 pm

Description: Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay

Resting on the southernmost point of the Rio de la Plata, Uruguay's capital is a charming city. Tour the Establecimiento Juanico winery with buildings dating back to 1849. Wander the Plaza Independencia or take in the scenery at Estancia La Rabida.

Join for an optional excursion to explore the culture and history of this great world capital city.

 

Sat

Buenos Aires, Argentina (DISEMBARK)

5:30 am

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Today we disembark our ship and those wishing to take our optional 2 night post cruise excursion to Iguazu Falls will be taken together to the domestic airport for our flight to Iguazu Falls Argentina.  Those choosing not to take our optional 2 night extension, should book their own flight home from Buenos Aires (The Buenos Aires International Airport is airport code EZE for your flight planning ).  The cruise line offers seats on their airport transit buses providing service from the ship to the airport for purchase anytime during your cruise or up to 120 days in advance of the sailing.

OPTIONAL 2 NIGHT EXTENSION TO IGUAZU FALLS ARGENTINA
DAY 1 – JAN. 16TH, 2021

We will be picked up at the cruise port and taken to the airport. If time permits, we will make a photo stop to see the Pink House, the government building where Evita Peron gave her famous speech announcing to her faithful followers that she was dying.

Upon arrival in Puerto Iguazu Argentina airport we will be picked up and taken to our four star hotel in Puerto Igazu for our two night stay. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to relax.

If you wish, join us this evening for an optional dinner, wine tasting and cooking class

Start the night at 6 pm with the Wine Cocktail Experience, where a wine sommelier will teach you how to make three wine-based cocktail before you make your own. Taste different varietals along local specialties. Suit up with an apron and chef's hat, and start your cooking lesson with local empanadas. Take part in a creative and fun empanada-making competition to win prizes from the local tour operator. Next, enjoy a picada: a typical Argentinian appetizer made of fine delicatessen and cheeses, accompanied with warm bread. Learn to order a juicy or perfectly cooked bife de lomo (Argentina is renowned for its beef, making their steaks some of the finest in the world) and enjoy your delicious steak with a variety of oven-roasted vegetables. A combination of cheeses and sweets will be served as a typical Northern Argentina pre-dessert.  .For a sweet finish, learn how to make alfajores, a treat that combines dulce de leche, melted chocolate and coconut shavings.

During the whole dinner, well-known Zuccardi wines will be served. As a digestive, learn how to prepare the best mate drink, made of special herbs and warm water and beloved as one of Argentina's national pastimes. The experience ends around 11:00 pm, after a fun night of learning and savoring the best food Argentina has to offer.


Day 2 – Today we will enjoy a guided full day tour in the national park to see the grandeur of Iguazu Falls and her many cataratas.

Iguazu Falls is located in a beautiful national park. The national park comprises a series of 275 waterfalls at the heart of the Paranaense Rainforest.  The falls offer easy walking paths to stroll along the many waterfalls which together comprises Iguazu Falls. 

In Spanish, Cataratas do Iguaçu [kataˈɾatɐs du iɡwaˈsu], they  are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. Together, they make up the largest (by volume of water) and the widest waterfall in the world.[2]


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The enormous and amazing Iguazu Falls are 60 percent larger than Niagara Falls in the U.S.  It was also voted in 2011 as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World by the combination of an expert panel and millions of traveler votes

Upon seeing Iguazu, the United States First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed, "Poor Niagara!"[3] (which, at 50 m or 165 feet, are a third shorter). Often, Iguazu also is compared with Victoria Falls in Southern Africa, which separates Zambia and Zimbabwe. Iguazu is wider, and because it is split into roughly 275 distinct falls and large islands, Iguazu is often said to be the more visually spectacular to witness.

Marvel over the mighty Iguazu Falls on this full-day tour of the Argentinean side, including hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from Puerto Iguazu. Arrive at the New Visitors Center, then set out on a tour of the falls, following three equally thrilling walking circuits. Look out over the thundering Devil's Throat, stand in awe at the foot of the falls and see landmarks like the Bella Vista rock, Two Sisters, Dos Hermanas and Bosetti.


Itinerary of our visit to Iguzu Falls National Park

The guide will pick us up from our hotel located in downtown Puerto Iguazu. ...

Stop At: Parque Nacional Iguazu - Once you board the bus we will head to the National Park. The park is located in both Argentina and Chile but most of it is Argentina and that is where our tour will be today.  (Americans do not need a visa to enter Argentina)

Stop At: Garganta del Diablo- Inside the park the real experience will start!  You will leave our bus to start traveling through the nature. You will board a train from the Visitors Center that goes to our first stop, the “Garganta del Diablo” station, where a 1000 meters (just over.half a mile) path leads us to the biggest waterfall in the park. The name is Spanish for The Devil’s Throat.  You only have to follow the sound of the water and be amazed at the sight of the falls flowing over the Devil's Throat!  You will get fantastic up close pictures from the boardwalk in front of the Devil’s Throat and if you wish, walk near the railing at the end of the boardwalk and feel the spray and mist from the falls.
 
Stop At: Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino

Once you are back, you will take the train to the “Cataratas” Station in order to start the Upper Path, a 800 meters(slightly less than half a mile)  walk that will take us to the rest of the most important falls of the park, such us “Tres Hermanas and Bosetti”. After this walk, you will have time to have lunch at one of the restaurants located inside the park (not included).

Once lunch is over, the group will be divided for the rest of the afternoon’s activities: •  Passengers can choose to either enjoy a thrilling boat ride under the falls and a truck ride through the jungle, learning about the jungle or passengers can choose to enjoy a beautiful walk along the lower falls path, seeing still more of the seemingly endless, but oh so different views of the 275 waterfalls that make up Iguazu Falls .

Those choosing the afternoon walk will be lead to the Low Path, a trail that takes you to the foot of many more breathtaking falls, another exciting experience to witness and more wonderful photo opps.

Those choosing the Jungle Boat Ride will be taken for an afternoon of thrills featuring a tour inside the jungle via a jungle truck ride, where a guide will teach us about the flora and fauna and the amazing events of nature that happen inside the forest, as well as a thrilling boat ride taking us to experience Iguazu Falls right up close for a truly wet and wild experience. .Our boat will take us right under the falls for a truly exciting and once in a lifetime experience.   Don't forget to bring extra clothes and a towel!  You will definitely have quite a “shower” during the boat ride. 

(Both the boat/truck ride option and the lower falls walking path option are included in your tour price.  We only need you to tell us which you wish to take by approx. 30 days before the trip, so we can book you into the afternoon option of your choice.)

At the end of the day we will reconvene and be taken back to our hotel for the evening at leisure.

Day 3 – We will be driven back to the airport for our included domestic flight back to Buenos Aires to connect with your own independently booked flight back to your home cities.


 
CRUISE  PORTS OF CALL, HIGHLIGHTS

Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile

With a population of over five million people, Santiago sprawls at the feet of the snow-capped Andes.

Puerto Mont – Chile’s scenic lakes district.  Chile’s Lake District boasts soaring volcanoes, towering mountains and other dramatic scenery

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Puerto Montt is your gateway to Chile's magnificent Lake District. Here, snow-capped volcanoes gaze down on alpine valleys nestled among low hills. Glaciers carved out this terrain, leaving the jewel-like lakes in their wake. The Lake District was a magnet for German immigrants, and their legacy can be seen today in the manicured rose gardens of Puerto Varas, the "German Villages" like Frutillar, and the gabled homes with elaborate balconies of Puerto Montt.

Despite a population of more than 130,000, Puerto Montt retains the feel of a small town. For a simple introduction to the city, walk along the waterfront road to the fishing port of Angelmo and browse the local artisans' stalls, then tuck into one of the small cafés along the way.
 You may also wish to join our optional group shore excursion to visit some of the highlights of the region


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REGION:

Osorno Volcano

Owing to its near perfect symmetry, this mountain is one of Chile's most famous volcanoes.

Puerto Varas

Established in 1854, Puerto Varas is hailed as the "City of Roses."

Petrohue River

Sculpted from volcanic rock over thousands of years, the river's greenish-blue water swiftly flows to form impressive rapids and small waterfalls.

Punta Arenas, Chile – Gateway to Patagonia and Antarctica

 

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Punta Arenas lies atop rolling hills, looking out over the Strait of Magellan. In the days before the Panama Canal, this was a major port as ships plied the waters of Cape Horn. Punta Arenas remains a prosperous town, today, thanks to its rich natural resources.

The city is also the gateway to Chilean Patagonia, a maze of fjords, rivers, steppes and mountains to the north. To the south lies the great frozen mass of Antarctica. Adventure awaits at this port near the end of the earth.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REGION:

Patagonia Institute

This outdoor museum features historical exhibits on Patagonian life.

Plaza Muñoz Gamero

Punta Arenas' central plaza boasts the Magellan monument.

Magdalena island Penguin Reserve- Feel like you are walking on a moon like surface with craters and sandy baths and nothing but penguins and more penguins as far as your eyes can see.

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    Magdelena island Penguins Reserve

 

Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Argentina

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Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and one of two main cities on the island territory of Tierra del Fuego. Shared by Argentina and Chile, "The Land of Fire" features unforgettable scenery and trails of discovery framed by the sea, forests, lakes and mountains.


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REGION:

Tierra del Fuego National Park

This protected land includes the beautiful Lakes of Fagnano and Roca, the Beagle Channel, and the southernmost sub-Antarctic forests. Explore the natural beauty -- horseback riding, rock climbing and diving.

Cape Horn (Scenic Cruising)

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Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America, is where sailors on epic journeys are tested. The rough waters and prevailing winds make this region a place of great beauty and danger. Many attempts to "round the Horn" have failed and it has been reported that some 800 ships and 10,000 sailors have gone down trying.

The route around Cape Horn, prior to the Panama Canal and the transcontinental railroad, was important for trade and passenger ships taking goods and people from either coasts of the United States. It was also an essential supply route for the Spanish empire. Sailing ships had to battle the elements for extended periods, some never being able to round the Horn and forced to turn back or perish. The waters were so treacherous that ships passed this way for centuries before discovering Antarctica, a mere 90 miles to the south. It's a breathtaking journey to round the Horn.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REGION:

Albatross Monument

A large sculpture of an albatross has been erected here on the Cape, in honor of the sailors who died while attempting to round the Horn.

Chilean Station

The Cape lies within Chile's territorial waters and they man a station and maintain a lighthouse on this desolate point.

Falkland Islands (Stanley)

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 KING PENGUINS IN STANLEY, FALKLAND ISLANDS


Stanley, capital of the Falklands, is a tiny British outpost where the absence of traffic lights and abundance of pubs in comparison to its size makes this a unique place. Indeed, armed only with hospitality, this rural community at the end of the world has no shortage of friendly locals.

Situated near Cape Horn in South America, the harbor at Stanley was one of the world's largest shipping graveyards of the 19th century. Many of the ships that set out for faraway ports met their destiny here, battered by Cape Horn's treacherous waters.

The Falklands is also a bird-watchers haven, with an amazing diversity of seabirds and mammals that breed in the Falklands — black-browed albatross, giant petrels, five types of penguin, including the 2nd largest penguin species the King Penguins, plus elephant seals, sea lions, striated caracara, crested caracara, night heron to name a few.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REGION:
Stanley Harbor
Along the seven-mile harbor, you can see the hulks of some 20 ships that were tossed by Cape Horn, never to leave the Falklands.

Britannia House Museum

Learn about the tumultuous past of these islands at this fascinating museum.

Fly Fishing

The fly-fishing is excellent for sea trout, with recorded catches in excess of 20 pounds.

A sampling of optional shore excursions offered in Stanley


Volunteer Point & King Penguin Colony

Travel by 4WD vehicle to Volunteer Point, which lies between a sandy beach and a saltwater lagoon. The point is home to a colony of over 1,300 King penguins. Standing 3 feet tall, these penguins sport a beautiful plumage that is colored black, yellow and gold.

Sparrow Cove Penguin Adventure

Board a motor launch and cruise to Sparrow Cove, where you transfer to a 4WD vehicle. Your destination is a protected rookery that is home to both Gentoo penguins and a small number of breeding King penguins

Bluff Cove Penguin Rookery

Approximately 1,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins nest by the beautiful beach at Bluff Cove, while Magellanic penguins burrow in the sand nearby. Occasionally King penguins are spotted at the rookery.

Rockhopper Penguin Colony

Travel by 4WD safari to Berkeley Sound, home to a colony of over 400 Rockhopper penguins. Enjoy approximately 1 1/3 hours observing and photographing these small crested penguins with elaborately curled eyebrows.   A knowledgeable guide is on hand to answer your questions.

Falkland Battlefields

A local battlefield expert leads a tour that visits major battle sites from the 1982 Falkland War. Visit Fitzroy and Port Pleasant, where Argentine planes attacked a British landing force. View the memorials to the fallen as you survey three important mountain battlefields, sites of bitter combat.

Montevideo, Uruguay
Description: Montevideo


Uruguay is nestled between the continent's two giants, Brazil and Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay's capital city, is located at Uruguay's southernmost point on the Rio de la Plata.  Montevideo is the very lively capital of Uruguay. It is a stylish city with a strong European feel to it.

A charming city made up of 19th century Beaux Arts buildings, parks, and historic monuments, Montevideo is home to more than half of the nation's three million citizens. Small in size, but large in status, Montevideo is an example of stability and democracy envied by her larger neighbors, and she is one of the most literate nations in the world, with a tradition of humanism and social justice.

Highlights of the region:

Estancia La Rabida
Try your hand at some of the daily ranch chores or take in the scenery of this 2,470-acre ranch.

Establecimiento Juanico
Tour this internationally acclaimed winery, its vineyards and stone buildings that date back to 1849.

Plaza Independencia
Montevideo's oldest city square and site of an enormous monument to Uruguayan hero Jose Artigas

 

TRIP PRICING:

INCLUDING

  • 3 NIGHT PRE CRUISE HOTEL STAY AT THE FIVE STAR CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN SANTIAGO CHILE DEC. 30-JAN. 2
  • HALF DAY CITY TOUR OF SANTIAGO ON DEC. 31
  • TRANSPORT FROM THE HOTEL TO THE SHIP ON JAN. 2
  • 14 DAY CRUISE of South America from Santiago to Buenos Aires Jan. 2-16 on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star

 

All prices include free roommate matching of the same gender
 With an Inside cabin on the cruise Jan. 2-16, 2021 : Only $2440 per person plus tax
With an Ocean View cabin category OF on the cruise: Only $2789 per person plus tax
With an Ocean View Cabin with private balcony Category BA: $3899 per person plus tax

Optional single room supplement (please add the below listed supplement to the above pricing for your selected cabin category:)
With Inside cabin on the cruise: $1718
With Ocean view cabin on the cruise: $2089
With a Balcony cabin: $3199

TAX FOR ALL PASSENGERS IN ALL CABINS IS $408 PER PERSON.

 

Optional 2 night post cruise stay in Iguazu Falls Argentina including

  • Round trip air between Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls Argentina
  • Two nights accommodations in Puerto Iguazu Argentina at a 4 star hotel
  • Full day tour of Iguazu Falls Argentina
  • Round trip airport/hotel transport

$999 per person with free roommate matching
Optional single room supplement: Only $199

PAYMENTS:

A DEPOSIT OF $750 IS DUE WITHIN 7 DAYS OF BOOKING YOUR SPACE ON THIS TRIP
THE BALANCE PAYMENT IS DUE MONDAY JULY 6th.

CANCELATION POLICY FOR THIS TRIP:

If you have traveled with us before and are travelling in single occupancy or with your own roommate then you can cancel for a full refund of your $750 deposit by Friday June 5th

If you have travelled with us before and have requested that we assign you a roommate then you can cancel for a full deposit refund by May 5th.

If you have not traveled with us before and are travelling in single occupancy or with your own roommate then you can cancel for a future trip credit of $750 good for two years from the start date of your canceled trip reservation if canceling by June 5th.

If you have not traveled with us before and have requested that we assign you a roommate then you can cancel for a future trip credit of $750 good for two years from the start date of your canceled trip reservation, if canceling by May 5th.

Americans do not need any visa to enter any of the countries on our cruise, pre cruise or post cruise.

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