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SEATTLE — Holland America Line has unveiled details of its South America and Antarctica 2019-2020 program, which will see four of its ships sailing the region.
From September 2019 through April 2020, the Amsterdam, Koningsdam, Volendam and Zaandam will offer cruises ranging from 14 to 48 days, with departures beginning on both coasts of North and South America including Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, Callao (Lima), San Antonio (Santiago), Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires.
Here are some of the highlights:
This ship will embark on a 33-day Panama Canal, Inca & South America Discovery Collectors Voyage on Oct. 16, 2019 from Fort Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro, visiting ports in Aruba, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. It will also include a transit of the Panama Canal and an overnight at Callao.
Guests can choose two segments of this voyage: a 17-day ‘Inca Discover & Panama Canal’ itinerary from Fort Lauderdale to San Antonio (Santiago), and a 16-day ‘South America Passage from San Antonio (Santiago) to Rio de Janeiro.
Zaandam will then sail a series of 14- or 16-day South America Passage cruises between San Antonio (Santiago) and Buenos Aires through March that features calls including Puerto Montt, Puerto Chacabuco and Punta Arenas, Chile; Ushuaia, Argentina; Stanley, Falkland Islands; and Montevideo, Uruguay, as well as scenic cruising in the breathtaking Chilean Fjords and around Cape Horn.
For the holiday season, guests can embark on the 22-day ‘South America & Antarctica Holiday’ Dec. 18 voyage from Buenos Aires to San Antonio. The cruise includes calls in Uruguay, Argentina, the Falkland Islands and Chile. The sailing features an overnight in Buenos Aires and four days exploring the incredible vistas of Antarctica, as well as scenic cruising in the Chilean Fjords. Guests also can embark on this itinerary Jan. 9 or Jan. 31.
Zaandam concludes its South America season with a 31-day South America, Inca & Panama Canal Discovery Collectors’ Voyage from Buenos Aires to Fort Lauderdale. The sailing includes overnights at Buenos Aires, Callao and Fuerte Amador, as well as calls in the Falkland Islands, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Aruba and the Bahamas. For a shorter cruise, guests can embark on a 17-day segment from San Antonio to Fort Lauderdale.
Departing Sept. 23, Amsterdam will sail a 21- to 35-day Incan Empires cruise from Seattle to San Diego down the Pacific coasts of North and South America visiting Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The voyage includes an overnight in Callao (Lima), allowing time for a visit to Machu Picchu. Holland America Line also offers a 21-day cruise from Seattle to Callao.
In addition to departures from Seattle, guests can book a 34- or 20-day segment from Vancouver; a 14- or 28-day segment from San Diego; or a 14-day sailing from Callao.
On March 15, 2020, Koningsdam will embark on a 48-day ‘Voyage of the Americas’ from Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver. The cruise calls at ports in Barbados, French Guiana, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Canada. The sailing also includes an overnight in Buenos Aires.
Along with the full 48-day itinerary, guests can book nine segments: 18-, 32- or 44-day segments from Fort Lauderdale; 14-, 26- or 30-day segments from Buenos Aires; or 12- or 16-day segments from Callao.
Conveniently sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Nov. 20, 2019, Volendam will set sail on a 30-day Amazon Explorer voyage. The ship will sail throughout the Caribbean visiting St. Bart’s, St. Lucia, Barbados, Curaçao and Grand Cayman. However, the highlight of this cruise is Brazil. Guests will enjoy two weeks exploring this dynamic country with calls at multiple ports, including an overnight at Manaus at the end of the Amazon River and three full days of cruising the world’s longest river.