South America Explorer March 2018 | Craig Travel

South America Explorer March 2018

South America Explorer
Buenos Aires to Valparaiso
Holland America Line
ms Zaandam
March 2, 2018 to March 20, 2018
19 Days
Moderately Easy
CT Rating:

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There is no better way to explore the wonders of Patagonia than in the gracious comfort of the ms Zaandam, one of the world’s finest cruise ships. Sit back and relax as we voyage to one of the most remote regions of the world! Patagonia, encompassing the southern tip of the Americas, is a region of unsurpassed beauty where mountains rise directly from the sea, a region that abounds in unusual flora and fauna, a region of hearty settlers who, for over a century, have survived the harsh winters to enjoy the short pleasant summers. Marvel at the power of nature as you pass Cape Horn, discover the gateway to the whales and penguins in Falkland Islands. This South American itinerary is full of spectacular moments. Breathtaking fjords and glaciers await.  

Limited space, only inside cabins available!

Alternate Departures

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Travel Info - Cruise

Moderately Easy
CT Rating:

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
  • 14 night cruise on the ms Zaandam, based on sharing a twin bedded stateroom in category selected
  • 2 nights accommodation in Santiago at the Hotel Plaza San Francisco (or similar) with breakfast daily, one lunch, one dinner, city tour, and transfer from the pier to the hotel
  • Baggage handling shipside
  • All meals and entertainment on board
  • All gratuities for included shipboard services
  • All cruise line taxes and fees
  • Services of local hosts and 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 breath-taking 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 Mondriaan Show Lounge, two decks high and a lounge stage that will fill your evenings with entertainment, to the twin levels of the Rotterdam 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
K Inside Twin (Main, Veranda, Navigation)
I Inside Twin (Lower Prom, Veranda, Navigation)
EE Outside Twin (Dolphin, Lower Prom)
DD Outside Twin (Main)
D Outside Twin (Dolphin, Lower Prom)
C Outside Twin (Main)

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.


Sample Airfares from cities across Canada
Departure LocationDeparture Price
Montreal / Ottawa
Halifax / Winnipeg
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 only prices are based on joining at the pier in Buenos Aires and leaving at the hotel in Santiago. Prices are based on taxes, airfares and exchange rates in effect February 2017 and are subject to change. Land arrangements are based on a minimum 6 passengers. An escort will accompany the group with a minimum of 20 members travelling, otherwise it will be locally hosted.  All visitors to Argentina are required to pay a Reciprocity Fee (US$98 - not included in the cruise cost), instructions and assistance will be provided. All government fees are subject to change.

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 $278 to $415 pp plus applicable taxes.  Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $196 to $405 pp plus applicable taxes.  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.  

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Monday, November 27, 2017