South America & Antarctica Cruise
24 day Antarctic Cruise - January 8, 2013
Optional Iguazu Falls Extension - SOLD OUT!
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Special Guest Educator
The Antarctic is the most beautiful place on earth!
2013 - You Get Another Chance. You really need to read this!
Take the best Alaska cruise and times it by ten and you may come close to how phenomenal this cruise is. The Antarctic is the most beautiful place on earth and January is the right time of year to experience it. It really isn’t cold, the average temperature in January is near forty and dry. If you haven’t been, this should be your highest priority for 2013!
- You Get Another Chance -
In 2011 both Princess and Holland had a cruise that went around South America, with a visit to the Antarctic. The only other way you can visit the Antarctic is on a few very, very, very expensive small ships (about 3 times the cost of the large ships). Starting 2012 the large ships are required to use a very expensive biodegradable fuel during the time they go to the Antarctic. The expense and changes necessary to use this special expensive fuel caused both Princess and Holland to state they would no longer be doing cruises to the Antarctic. Princess said they would be required to pull their gigantic ship out of the water to dry dock. They would then be required to empty the fuel tanks of the outlawed fuel, take the time to complete scrub the inside of the ships fuel tanks of any residue of the old fuel, then add the new expensive fuel. This would cost them time in dry dock, plus the cost of the much more expensive acceptable fuel. Both Princess and Holland said they would never return.
For Princess the statement was true, they are not returning to the Antarctic in 2012 or 2013, but for Holland, for at least 2012 & 2013 they are returning. We do not know if they will do it again in the future or go the way of Princess and stop all together. We just know you can’t make the mistake of a life time and pass up going to the Antarctic!
We started offering the Holland American 2012 cruise to the Antarctic in December of 2012, by February of 2012 the ship was completely sold out. The world figured out very few if any of the large ships would be doing the Antarctic and jumped on the Holland. Fun For Less had a wait list of over 100 passengers that wanted to go, but never was able to get a cabin for the 2012 sailing.
Holland America (June 2011) has just opened up sales for their sailing in 2013. We usually do not offer thing more than a year out, but in this case if we wait for January 2012 to sale their 2013 sailing, there will be nothing less. We requested our cabins months ago before they even opened up the sale of 2013’s Antarctic Cruise. We believe there is a very small window of time before their 2013 will be sold out.
Don’t pass up this chance to see “the most beautiful place on earth” at a price you can afford! Note: The only other cruise line we found taking a large ship, charges $7,700 for their cheapest inside cabin for a 17 day itinerary and without airfare, transfers, tours, hotels and shore excursions. Our 24 day package on Holland is half the cost!!!
Consider this: The owners of Fun For Less Tours a number of years ago, went to the Antarctic on one of the small ships. It cost over 10,000 per person for an 11 day cruise on what would be best described as a one or two star ship with poor food, poor accommodations, along with the fun of feeling every wave. While going through the most beautiful channel in the Antarctic they were passed by a Holland America ship. As they looked up at the luxury cruise line passing them, and realizing they were seeing everything they were seeing (in luxury) at a fraction of the cost, they decided Holland would be the best way to do the Antarctic. Don’t miss out, Holland too may soon go the way of the other big ships and stop doing the Antarctic.
A few things you should understand
Special Guest Educator
Special Guest Educator: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Michael Wilcox was on Holland America in 2010, went back to the Antarctic in January of 2011. is going again on the Holland in 2012. When we asked him if he would like to go again in 2013, he jumped at the chance to return to the “the most beautiful place on earth”! With his many his vast knowledge & experience, Michael many lectures is the Icing on a beautiful cake.
Consider all that our special cruise and tour gives you
Now is the time to act. Call us now for more information or to reserve your space
Your 24 Day Cruise Package
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We also offer two optional packages to our 24 day cruise / tour package:
Option #1: Adds to your 24 day hotel and cruise package – 10 days of tours, shore excursions and all transfers to and from the ship, hotel and airport. This package is close to 50% off of what the ship charges. Plus you will have Fun For Less Tour staff with every group.
Option #2: Iguazu Falls Extension: It includes 2 nights hotel, airfare to and from Iguazu, all tours, all transfers and boat jet boat ride to the base of the falls.
Complete information on both options can be found after the day by day itinerary.
Day by Bay Itinerary
Note: The hotel and ship are part of the main package. Transfers, tours and shore excursions below are optional and part of our Optional Package #1. If you do not choose our optional package, you will be responsible for your own transfers. All tours and shore excursions would be on your own or from the ship at a much higher price.
Day 1: January 8: Fly to Santiago
You can purchase your airfare through us or arrange your own. We need to be in Santiago one day before the ship departs.
Day 2: January 9: Santiago
This morning you will arrive into Santiago Chile. We will do a tour of Santiago before going to your hotel in the afternoon.
Day 3: January 10: Valparaiso – Holland America Ship
Today we will travel along the coastline to Vina Del Mar, a seaside resort with palm tree-lined avenues and lovely villas, truly the “Pearl of the Pacific”. We then visit Valpraiso where and its historic port. In the afternoon we will transfer to our Beautiful Holland America Cruise Ship.
Day 4: January 11: Fun Day at Sea
In addition to enjoying your ship, we will have our own get together social and hear from our Educator Dr. S. Michael Wilcox.
Day 5: January 12: Puerto Montt
The ship will spend the day in Port. For those doing our option package: Our tour will take you into the countryside, to see the beautiful azure-colored waters of the Petrohue Waterfall and river. We also include a visit to the old German Village of Frutillar. The Village is filled with timbered homes, gabbled roofs and German bakeries. We will return to Puerto Montt in time to do a city tour before returning to our ship.
Day 6: January 13: Puerto Chacabucco
For those doing our option package: You will discover the stunning scenery, dense rain forests, bright blue lakes and snow covered mountain peaks as well as a tour of Chacabucco.
Day 7: January 14: Chilean Fjords – Amalia Glacier – Canal Sarmiento
The Chilean Fjords are more spectacular than Norway’s or Alaska’s. They stretch for over 1,000 miles of virgin-forested islands, glistening glaciers and more fjords than in all of Scandinavia! .
Day 8: January 15: Canal Sarmiento – Amalia Glacier
You will be among the very few that have ever sailed through the Terra del Fuego, with its snow-capped peaks and beautiful blue glaciers of Canal Sarmiento. Cutting through Chile’s Torres Del Paine National Park, this Majestic waterway is surrounded by beauty beyond description, including the Amalia Glacier.
Day 9: Jan. 16: Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas, Cockburn & Beagle Channels
Punta Arenas is a remote town, pioneered by Yugoslav settlers and sheep ranchers. It sits on rolling hills overlooking the strait of Magellan. The strait of Magellan is where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans converge. The strait, protected by both the mainland and islands of the Tierra Del Fuego archipelago, was considered safter than Cape Horn or Drake Passage. For those doing our optional tour package: Today’s tour will bring you up close and personal to Magellan Penguins. You cannot touch them but they can touch you. Many of our passengers had the wonderful experience of having a penguin grab their shoe or pant leg as they walked by – you really will be able to get up close to the penguins. We will tour Punta Arenas and spend some time shopping before returning to the ship.
Day 10: January 17: Glacier Alley – Ushuaia
This morning we will pass through Glacier Alley, it is more impressive than anything you have seen in Alaska. We will then dock at Ushuaia, the most southern city in the world. For those doing our optional tour: Our tour today will include a tour of Tierra Del Fuego National Park. You will visit the end of the world’s longest stretch of road. The Pan American Highway stretches 11,987 miles from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego. We will also have time to tour Ushuaia and give you time to shop before returning to the ship.
Day 11: January 18: Cape Horn – Drake Passage
Cape Horn marks the southernmost point of South America. The cape’s steep and rocky cliffs rise upa dn extend into the Drake Passage, where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet. Ancient Mariners dreaded rounding the Cape because of its reputation for bad weather. We will only spend one hour cruising around the cape before heading out to sea toward the Antarctic.
Day 12: January 19: Fun Day at Sea
We will again meet for our own social and take time to hear from Michael.
Day 13: January 20: Antarctic sailing - Wilhelm Archipelago
Today we will sail by Anvers Island (Palmer Station) Cuverville Island and Peterman Island. We will skirt jagged cliffs to Anvers Island, home of the U.S Antarctic Biological Research Center – Palmer Station. In the past they were able to have some of the scientists to come aboard and talk to everyone. We will also see the wide cobbled beaches of Cuverville Island, home to Antarctica’s extensive colony of Gentoo Pengins. The Petermann Island is where French explorer/ scientist Dr. Jean Baptiste Charcot studied the Adelie Penguins during the winter of 1909.
Day 14: January 21: Antarctic Sailing – South Shetland Islands
Today we will sail to Deception, Livingston and Half Moon Islands. Deception Island is really the crescent-shaped caldera of a volcano that is still active. You should be able to see the Chinstrap Penguins that call this island home. More surprises await at Half Moon Island where whales are often seen patrolling the shores and Elephant Island home of huge elephant Seals.
Day 15: January 22: Antarctic Sailing – The Antarctic Sound:
To day we sail to Hope Bay (Esperanza Station), Paulet & Elephant Islands
At Hope Bay the scarlet chalets of Esperanza, an Antarctic Argentine military and scientific station, stand in stark contrast to the white Ice. Paulet Island has several million Adelie Penguins nesting on ever available beach – and at Elphant Island, you can hear the riveting account of Shacketon’s ill-fated expedition and the crew’s heroic daily struggle to survive.
Day 16: January 23: Fun Day at Sea
We again will have time to spend with each other and Michael
Day 17: January 24: Pt. Stanley Falkland Island
Once you get past the end of town, it is the end of the road, from here you can only travel by 4 wheel drive. We do not offer a shore excursion here, it is just fun to experience Scotland under the Southern Cross on your own. Pt. Stanley is filled with moorland, pubs, red phone booths, sheep ranchers and “cuppa tea”.
Day 18: January 25: Fun Day at Sea
You have time to spend with each other and hear from Michael
Day 19: January 26: Puerto Madryn
For those doing our optional package: We will take you to experience wild life today. Depending on the weather, we will either travel 111 miles up the coast to visit the Magellan Penguins or closer by we will visit Elephant Seals and Sea Lions. We also include a tour of Puerto Madryn.
Day 20: January 27: Fun day at Sea
Another day to enjoy the ship, you new friends and listen to Michael.
Day 21: January 28: Montevideo, Uruguay
For those doing our optional package: We include a tour of Montevideo’s water front, Legislative Palace, Parks, a trip to Montevideo Hill for a spectacular view and more before returning to the ship.
Day 22: January 29: Buenos Aires
This ship is parked here today and tonight. You disembark tomorrow. For those doing our optional package: We will spend the day enjoying Buenos Aires – “Paris of the South”. Our tour will include the Bocu District, the birth place of the Tango and the Plaza De Mayo where Evita Peron once addressed adoring masses. Our tour will also include Recoleta & Palarmo neighborhoods, the Ping house, the Cathedral, graveyard and more. You will have time to shop and enjoy Buenos Aries, before returning to the ship.
Day 23: January 30: Buenos Aires – Flight Home
Mid Morning you will disembark the ship. For those that have added the Option to Iguazu, you will fly this afternoon to Igauzu. For those going home this evening you will do a little sight seeing and then spend the rest of the day on the Buenos Ares special walking street or exploring Buenos Ares. Early this evening you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US
Day 24: January 31: US & Home
Group arrives early morning into the US and flies home.
Optional Package #1: Tours, Shore Excursions and Transfers
Package Price includes:
By the time you paid the ship for 6 transfers and 10 days of buses, tours, shore excursions, guides and entrance fees you could easily spend over $1,600 per person. Our special package is less than 1/2.
Our complete optional package #1 is only: $779
Optional Package #2: Iguazu Falls Extension
Note; This package is only avliable for those that also sign up for Option #1 – tours and shore excursions.
Extension Dates: January 31 - February 2, 2013
Package Price includes:
From what we understand Holland America has a 12 hour tour while you are in Buenos Aires. It is done in one day. It does not include any hotels, it just flies to the Falls, spends a few hours and flies back. The Cost: Over $1,300 for the one day tour. Our tour includes 2 days of touring all of the falls and the area, two nights hotel in 5 star luxury and a jet boat ride to the falls and our price is under a thousand.
Our complete optional package #2 is only: $895
On most cruises when a person cancels more than 120 days before the cruise, the cruise line allows us to resell the cabin with only a name change fee. Starting sometime in January 2011, 1 year before the 2012 sailing to Antarctic, Holland America chose to keep every cabin cancelled, and would not allow any company to resell them. The Antarctic was so popular we had over 100 passengers on a wait list wanting any available cabin. We couldn’t accommodate any of them. Holland took back all cabins from our customers who had problems without allowing us to offer them to our wait list.
This creates a problem. Let’s say over the year we were to lose 10 cabins that had to be turned back in. That would mean we would lose 20 passengers that were helping to pay for buses, guides, educators, escorts, etc. We have based all of our costs on the total number of customers! When you lose passengers, even for a good reason, you have less to share the fixed costs. You can’t go back to the other passengers and say, “I am sorry, but we need to raise your cost because we had passengers cancel and the cruise line would not let us replace them.” We also do not want to raise the prices so that everyone pays extra in case there are cancellations. Many of the cabins that were turned back were resold by Holland America for $800 or more than our passengers paid for them. They can make more money keeping the cabin than letting us resell it.
The Antarctic cancellation policy will be a little different than our other tours or cruises. Our policy for 2013 is as follows:
We do recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance that will cover most cancellations and medical out of the country! For complete information on what is covered by the travel insurance we recommend you contact us or an insurance company.