21 Day South America and Antarctica

Zaandam Cruise Review to South America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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South America & Antarctica Explorer

Sail date: January 31, 2017

Ship: Zaandam

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 7056

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Seeing Antarctica and the Chilean fjords was amazing! The weather was great and the scenery is unbelievable. Perfect size ship for this cruise.

Be prepared for many days at sea. The ship offers lectures from naturalists and people who have actually lived in Antarctica.   

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Port side if you leave from Chile is best for viewing scenery.

Ports of call

Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile

3 out of 5
We arrived in Santiago a week before cruise and stayed at the Doubletree - a smaller, modern hotel with great service and staff. It is located near the large mall and other tourist attractions. We made arrangements through the hotel with One Tour - Claudio Sierralta for several private tours and transfer to Vina del Mar. Claudio is very personable, flexible, knowledgeable and professional. He took us to the Andes, to wineries and on a city tour. He is reasonably priced, punctual and made our time in Chile a great experience.

Puerto Montt, Chile

3 out of 5

Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile

3 out of 5

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

3 out of 5

Punta Arenas, Chile

3 out of 5

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

3 out of 5

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

3 out of 5

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

3 out of 5

Montevideo, Uruguay

3 out of 5

Buenos Aires, Argentina

3 out of 5
We stayed a week longer in Buenos Aires at the Anselmo Hotel - Curio by Hilton - in San Telmo neighborhood on Dorrego Plaza. Great small, modern hotel in safe area. Tango dancers in plaza most afternoons and evenings. Sunday is antique flea market and tango dancing at night. 10 blocks from Plaza Mayo - main downtown plaza.
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