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Presidents Cruise Around South America March 2020

President's Cruise Around South America
Buenos Aires to Fort Lauderdale
Holland America Line
ms Zaandam
March 4, 2020 to April 7, 2020
35 Days
Escorted By:
CT Rating 2 Moderately Easy

2 Moderately Easy

Email specialist Mayrela Donis to discuss your travel plans

One of our annual traditions, the President’s cruise, is always an exciting affair. Join us in March as we escape from the cold winds of winter with a warm water cruise around South America. Explore jaw-dropping scenery, fascinating wildlife, and incomparable cultures. Patagonia will surprise you as it is a region of unsurpassed beauty where mountains rise directly from the sea. Stroll the lively streets of Buenos Aires and Santiago. Learn of the Incas and their heritage still visible in Peru. Cruise through the famous Panama Canal before enjoying the tranquil waters of the Caribbean and relaxing on endless beaches. You will be completely spoiled by the friendly staff and wonderful amenities onboard the luxurious ms Zaandam with its spacious cabins, gourmet cuisine, and world class service. Your time on board will be relaxing, lazy, busy, romantic; whatever you wish it to be without ever having to pack a bag until you are ready to head for home. We have arranged our South America cruises so that you can take either departure or you can combine them into one glorious Holland America South America Odyssey offering even greater savings. |

For shorter cruising options refer to the 19 day Inca and Panama Canal Discovery from Santiago to Fort Lauderdale here or the 19 day South America Passage from Buenos Airs to Santiago here .  Do call today to reserve your places on one or both of these departures, and savour the journey with us. 

Optional Iguassu Falls arrangments - a visit to Iguassu Falls can be arranged prior to this voyage, an experience of a life time!  More details...

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Travel Info - Cruise

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CT Rating 2 Moderately Easy

2 Moderately Easy

This cruise is suitable for all passengers who meet our basic criteria for group travel. Members should be aware that optional shore visits may be more difficult.


Inclusive Features
  • 31, 17, or 14 night cruise on the ms Zaandam, based on sharing a twin bedded stateroom in category selected
  • 2 nights accommodation in Buenos Aires at Hotel Kenton Palace or similar, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 1 dinner and Tango Show, city tour, and transfer from the hotel to the pier (Odyssey and South America Passage cruises only, not applicable if booking Iguassu extension)
  • 1 night accommodation in Santiago at Hotel Plaza San Francisco or similar with breakfast, city tour, and transfers between pier / hotel / airport (post Inca Panama Discovery cruise only)
  • Baggage handling shipside
  • All meals and entertainment on board
  • All gratuities for included shipboard services
  • All cruise line taxes and fees
  • Services of our cruise escort and / or cruise director
  • Air - inclusive rates also include: return economy airfare from cities listed, transfers between airports and pier / hotel, all related air taxes and current fuel surcharges, airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value

Ports of Call

ms Zaandam

Holland America Line

The ms Zaandam is breathtaking in every detail, from the truly spacious staterooms to the priceless antiques that line the halls. At 61,000 tons, she carries just 1,432 guests in truly spacious comfort. Fifteen different lounges and restaurants are ours to enjoy from the Mainstage, two decks high, that will fill your evenings with entertainment, to the twin levels of the Dining Room with its grand staircase and floor to ceiling windows. The list goes on: the redesigned Lido for casual breakfasts, lunches and dinners, the full size theatre for first-run movies, a complete casino, card room and numerous intimate lounges for a quiet conversation or a pre-dinner dance. Recent additions to the ship are the beautiful Explorations Café with its in depth library, internet access and coffee bar, Children’s Zone, and the Culinary Arts Centre for cooking classes and presentations. Ample deck area, a complete Promenade Deck, two pools and the superb Greenhouse Spa and fitness area are all ours to enjoy. There need never be a dull moment as we cruise - a host of activities are ours to enjoy, from fashion shows to dance classes and bridge tournaments, from gala evening shows to a quiet piano concert or a first-run movie. Join the morning exercise class, walk the Promenade Deck, enjoy a sauna and massage or relax on deck with a good book and the fresh sea air. The choice is ours as is the enjoyment. Luxurious accommodations await and each stateroom will feature two lower beds (most of which can convert to a queen-size bed), plush pillow top mattresses, fine Egyptian cotton sheets, personal terry cloth bathrobes, a private bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning, telephone, multi-channel in-room music and ample closet space, a flat-panel television and DVD player. Some staterooms can accommodate up to 4 guests. All staterooms feature a separate sitting area and vanity and average stateroom size is over 190 square feet, some of the largest in the industry. Most outside staterooms feature picture-window viewing and all feature a bathtub/shower. The deluxe mini-suites feature a private balcony, floor to ceiling windows, mini-bar, whirlpool bath and more.


Cruise cost in Canadian Dollars, per person:
Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)SingleDouble
L Inside (Deck - Main, Lower Promenade)
K Inside (Main, Veranda, Navigation)
I Inside (Lower Prom, Veranda)
F Outside (Dolphin)
EE Outside (Dolphin, Lower Prom)
DA Outside (Main, Veranda)
D Outside (Dolphin, Lower Prom)
C Outside (Main)
B Vista Suite (Veranda, Navigation)
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AA Vista Suite (Veranda, Navigation)
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A Vista Suite (Veranda, Navigation)
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SB Veranda Suite (Navigation)
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Above rates are per person based on sharing the category chosen and include all of the applicable inclusive features. See deck plan for full details on various categories available. Single rates are based on sole occupancy. Ask for prices or visit our website.

We have arranged our South America cruises so that you can take either the 19 Day South America Passege voyage or the 19 day Inca and Panama Discovery voyage or you can combine them into one glorious Holland America South America Odyssey offering even greater savings.  For details on itinerary and pricing for the 19 day only journeys refer to the 4-page brochure in the itinerary tab or by clicking here.    


Sample Airfares from cities across Canada
Departure LocationDeparture Price
Ottawa / Montreal
St John’s
Regina / Saskatoon
Calgary / Edmonton / Vancouver

Airfares from other gateways are available on request.  Airfares and air carrier are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to final payment. Refer to inclusive features for details. Cruise price is based on sharing a twin-bedded stateroom with private bathroom. Prices are based on rates, taxes, and fees effective February 2019 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control. This cruise will operate with a minimum of two members as listed - our escort will accompany the group with a minimum of 20 travelling.

Preliminary air pricing: air prices are estimated (subject to confirmation).  Final pricing will be advised once flights are confirmed. 

Shore Excursions are not included in your cruise cost, allowing you the freedom to choose from several optional tours that will be offered in each port. Excursions will be available for purchase through the Holland America Line website or after embarkation. 


Pricing Details

Prices DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of insurance which is available and is highly recommended. Premiums vary with the cost, length of the trip, and the traveller’s age. For passengers up to and including 74 years on departure date, premiums will range from $353 to $928 pp plus applicable taxes. Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $228 to $614 pp plus applicable taxes. Clients 86 years and older and/or clients residing outside Ontario – please contact our staff for procedures. This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Refer to terms and conditions for more details.

Deposit Amount:
Full Odyssey deposit is $1,500 pp | 10 day cruises is $900 per person (Note for the 19 day Inca Panama cruise final payment is due Dec 16, 2019)
Final Payment Date:
Monday, December 2, 2019