5 Star South America & Antarctica

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Set sail for adventure with this spectacular 16-night cruise to South America, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands, from the comfort of the 5 Star Coral Princess.

Departing from Santiago in Chile you cruise south to Punta Arenas in the heart of the Chilean fjord land. Next is Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, before you cruise around Cape Horn and continue south to Antarctica. You will enjoy 4 days of cruising the Antarctica Penninsula while a knowledgeable port lecturer points out significant sites you’ll be able to see from onboard. As you wave goodbye to Antarctica, you sail to the remote Falkland Islands before you return to the mainland to Uruguay’s capital city, Montevideo. Your cruise comes to an end as you sail into Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina.

Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Santiago, Chile
  • Return transfers from airport to port
  • 16 nights onboard the 5* Coral Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis while on board
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Flight from Buenos Aires to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1-2 Santiago (San Antonio), Chile

Following your overnight flight from Dublin, you will be transferred to the port where your ship will be waiting.

Nestled between rolling hills topped with colorful houses and meandering coastal dunes, the bustling city of San Antonio enjoys its reputation as the gateway to Chile’s central valley and the capital of Santiago. With a population of over five million people, Santiago sprawls at the feet of the snow-capped Andes. Inland lies the sun-kissed wine regions of Casablanca and Maipo Maipo Valley, Chile’s internationally renowned wine district.

Day 3-5 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 6 Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas lies atop rolling hills, looking out over the Strait of Magellan. In the days before the Panama Canal, this was a major port as ships plied the waters of Cape Horn. Punta Arenas remains a prosperous town today, thanks to its rich natural resources. The city is also the gateway to Chilean Patagonia, a maze of fjords, rivers, steppes, and mountains to the north. To the south lies the great frozen mass of Antarctica. Adventure awaits in any direction at this port located near the end of the earth. Across the Strait of Magellan lies Tierra del Fuego, the lonely, windswept island discovered by Magellan in 1520. The region was settled by Yugoslavian and English sheep ranchers in the 19th century.

Day 7 Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Argentina

Magellan called it Tierra del Fuego, “the Land of Fire,” having seen flames rising from the darkened islands. For over three centuries, the name struck fear in the hearts of mariners. Howling headwinds, mountainous seas and rocky coastlines spelled a sudden end to many voyages. Today, Ushuaia, a former Argentine penal colony, serves as your gateway to this wilderness where snow-capped mountains plummet to the icy waters of the Beagle Channel. In the late 19th century, Reverend Thomas Bridges spent years working with local tribes, compiling a dictionary of their Yaghan tongue. The work outlived the Yaghan: by the beginning of the 20th century, they had succumbed to disease.

Day 8 Cape Horn (Scenic Cruising)

Day 9-12 Antarctic Peninsula (Scenic Cruising)

The most isolated continent on earth, this rugged landscape is some 1,200 miles long and reaches beyond the Arctic Circle. Its shores are comprised of unusually sculpted icebergs, blue-tinged glaciers, majestic mountain peaks and a steep ice shelf that continues to shrink at an alarming rate. Though the peninsula is covered in icy tundra, it actually features the mildest climate in Antarctica, the perfect environment for hosting the only flowering plants on the entire continent, Antarctic Hair Grass and Antarctic Pearlwort. In addition, the icy waters surrounding the peninsula cater to various species of seals, penguins and seabirds, including the Cape Pigeon, the American Sheathbill and the Antarctic Tern. Enjoy your scenic cruise in this remote area of the world – it’s a breathtaking wonderland nestled in nature’s frosty embrace.

Note: Antarctic Peninsula is a scenic cruising site. Ships will slowly travel past while a knowledgeable port lecturer points out significant sites you’ll be able to see from onboard.

Day 13 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 14 Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Capital of the Falklands since 1845, tiny Stanley lies on the windswept tip of East Falkland Island. The Falklands long served as a way station for ships, particularly whalers, bound to and from Cape Horn. The islands’ rigorous environment is immediately apparent: Stanley Harbor is dotted with the hulks of vessels that succumbed to the fierce winds and waves of the South Atlantic. While their strategic location led to important roles in both World Wars, the islands are best remembered as the cause of the 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Today, travelers increasingly journey to the islands to view their rich assortment of bird and marine life. Colorful houses occupy the low rolling moorland bordering Stanley Harbor. Stanley’s climate resembles London’s – cool and rainy though summer visitors are often blessed with clear, sunny skies.

Note: Stanley is an anchorage port. Guests transfer to shore via ship’s tender.

Day 15-16 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 17 Montevideo, Uruguay

Nestled between the continent’s two giants, Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America. More than half of the nation’s population of three million reside in the capital of Montevideo, located at Uruguay’s southernmost point on the Rio de la Plata. Although small in size, Uruguay has proven to be big-hearted – the country is one of the most literate nations in the world while Montevideo is one of South America’s most interesting and cosmopolitan capitals. Montevideo is a charming city made up of 19th-century Beaux Arts buildings, parks, and historical monuments.

Accommodation

Coral Princess

Coral Princess, with more than 700 balcony staterooms, was custom built to navigate the historic Panama Canal. Be sure to try the Bayou Café and Steakhouse, which features New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine, join friends for cocktails and Movies Under the Stars® by the pool or try some decadent treats at the International Café.

  • Last Refurbished: January 2016

  • Guest Capacity: 2,000 lower berths

  • Number of Crew: 895

  • Tonnage 91,627

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable non-transferable deposit of 15% required at time of booking 
    • Balance due 16 weeks from departure
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Child and family prices available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €4,109pp
  Number of nights: 16

04 January 2020 €4,109 Inside Cabin
04 January 2020 €4,769 Oceanview Cabin
04 January 2020 €4,889 Balcony Cabin

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