South America & Antarctica Cruise
24 day Antarctic Cruise - January 6, 2014
with Chile, Argentina, Uruguay & the Chilean Fjords - SOLD OUT!
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Special Guest Educator
Optional Iguazu Falls Extension!
Take the best cruise, 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 to experience the Antarctic. It really isn’t cold!!! The climate is dry and sunny with temperatures around 40 degrees 24 hours a day.
You Get a Last Chance...Again You really need to read this!
I know, I know - we are starting to sound like the boy that cried wolf. This is the third time we have said this is your last chance and the other two never ended up being your last chance. We will understand if you don’t believe us, in fact we hope we are wrong again. BUT you cannot afford to wait and take the chance they will offer the Antarctic again after 2014. Here is why:
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 & 2013. When we asked him if he would like to go again in 2014, he jumped at the chance to return to the “the most beautiful place on earth”! With 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
Package Price Includes:
Please Call For Pricing Information
The cruise line is willing to let us book through the individual department because our group space is sold out.
We will have to call to get pricing and cabin availability. We can usually get you a quote within a half hour.
The quote will include cruise, port charges, taxes, airfare and all fees. If you book your individual cabin through us,
you will be able to join with our group activities and discounted shore excursions.
We also offer two optional packages to our 24 day cruise / tour package:
Option #1: Adds to your 24 day hotel and cruise package – 12 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 Valparaiso where and its historic port. In the afternoon we will transfer to our Beautiful Holland America Cruise Ship.
Day 4: January 9: 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 10: Puerto Montt, Chile
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 11: Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile
For those doiong our option package: Today we begin witha tour of Castro to get a feel for the culture and learn of its lengthy history including Spanish Conquistadores and Dutch pirates in the 16th Century and Darwin's visit in the 1834. Later we explore the verdant countryside on our way to visit three villages Dalcahue, San Juan and Tenaun. Each of these rural villages boast a unique heritage from beautiful churches, local handicraft markets and rich fishing heritage. This full day tour will leave you with a deeper understanding of the people and history of Chiloe Island.
Day 7: January 12: 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 8: January 13: Chilean Fjords
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 9: January 14: 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 10: January 15: 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 safer 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 11: January 16: 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 12: January 17: Cape Horn – Drake Passage
Cape Horn marks the southernmost point of South America. The cape’s steep and rocky cliffs rise up and 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 13: January 18: Fun Day at Sea
We will again meet for our own social and take time to hear from Michael.
Day 14: January 19: 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 Penguins. The Petermann Island is where French explorer/ scientist Dr. Jean Baptiste Charcot studied the Adelie Penguins during the winter of 1909.
Day 15: January 20: Antarctic Sailing – The Danco Coast
We continue to sail through the Antarctic area and to some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Day 16: January 21: 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 17: January 22: Fun Day at Sea
We again will have time to spend with each other and Michael.
Day 18: January 23: Fun Day at Sea
We again will have time to spend with each other and Michael.
Day 19: January 24: Puerto Madryn, Argentina
For those doing our optional package: We will take you to experience wildlife 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 25: Fun Day at Sea
You have time to spend with each other and hear from Michael
Day 21: January 26: Punta del Este, Uruguay
Known as the St. Tropez of Uruguay for its miles of beautiful, pristine beaches, sports activities, shopping, and temperate climate, Punta del Este offers something for everyone. For those doing our optional excursion we will do a half day tour of this beautiful area.
Day 22: January 27: Montevideo, Uruguay
For those doing our optional package: We include a one half day 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 23: January 28: 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 Aires, before returning to the ship.
Day 24: January 29: Buenos Aires – Flight Home
Mid Morning you will disembark the ship. For those that have added the Option to Iguazu, you will fly today 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 25: January 30: 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 12 days of buses, tours, shore excursions, guides and entrance fees you could easily spend over $1,800 per person. Our special package is less than 1/2.
Our complete optional package #1 is only: $899
Optional Package #2: Iguazu Falls Extension
Note; This package is only available for those that also sign up for Option #1 – tours and shore excursions.
Extension Dates: January 30 - February 1, 2014
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 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 2014 is as follows: