Another world going to Antarctica

Zaandam Cruise Review to South America
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Zaandam

22 Night South America & Antarctica (Buenos Aires To Santiago)

Sail Date: January 08, 2019

Ship: Zaandam

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Review Summary

I can’t say enough good things about this cruise, It was my favorite. We were so fortunate with the weather and were able to explore parts of the Antarctic peninsula that the ship was unable to go to on previous tours. Our experience with the US Palmer Ststion explorers who visited the ship all day one day was great. learned so much about the research going on and the way of life at the ststion,

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Well organized and no problems at all

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food is always excellent on the Zaandam.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the hot tub and trivia on board.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Excellent entertainment

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Good morale on this ship and it showed with very positive interactions with staff and crew!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship is beautiful and well maintained. Our main dining area was lovely. The bars and cafes were well staffed and always cozy in cold weather.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabins on this ship have tons of convenient storage which I love. Lovely stateroom and kept so fresh all the time. No problems

Ship Tip

Bring some books to share. Although there is still a library on board, I enjoyed the free lend and share shelf the most.

Ports Of Call

Buenos Aires, Argentina

5 out of 5
Arrived 2 days early so had time to enjoy this lively city. Went to tango dinner and dance one night. Stayed centrally so walked a lot. Market was fun place.

Montevideo, Uruguay

5 out of 5
Enjoyed our stop here. Walked a lot and felt we had a good handle on the city for the most part.

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

5 out of 5
This was a great place to shop and enjoy the people and the food.

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

5 out of 5
Took a penguin tour to Cedar Bluff and got to meet the gentou and king penguins. The farm we visited also had a lovely little free cafe with tea and snacks.

Antarctic Experience

5 out of 5
Wow! Had superlative weather and wonderful educational commentaries on board, It is indeed a pristine world there and I hope it stays that way.

Cruise Drake Passage & Cape Horn

5 out of 5
Drake passage was an easy transit in both directions. Circled the island that is the location of Cape Horn and learned some history there,

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

5 out of 5
Took a tour to the national park by bus. It was fun and visited the southernmost post office in the world. Lakes and birds and beautiful mountain scenery. History museum at the visitors center was well done.

Cruise Beagle Channel

5 out of 5
Another beautiful day on the beagle channel. Saw lots of birds and seals and whales.

Cruise Glacier Alley

5 out of 5
Waterfalls and beautiful fjords.

Punta Arenas, Chile

5 out of 5
It was fun to be back in port after several days on board. Spent the day exploring the city and shopping at the market.

Cruise Strait Of Magellan

5 out of 5
More beautiful scenery. I loved hearing the talks on board about this part of the world. Viewed many birds, ect

Cruise Canal Sarmiento

5 out of 5
More beauty and lovely part of the world

Cruise Amalia Glacier Did not visit port

Too windy and rough

Cruise Chilean Fjords

5 out of 5
Wildlife and beauty best describe this area

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

4 out of 5
Small town with out much to do on shore, We did not do a tour but just walked and explored the Vin Del Mar wreck and the sightseeing overlook

Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile

5 out of 5
Fun town and island. Once again felt like just walking to explore the city.

Puerto Montt, Chile

5 out of 5
Busy and larger city. Enjoyed the port and walked a good deal. Opportunities for shopping and traditional foods.

San Antonio, Chile

5 out of 5
Wanted to take the cheap route to Santiago so opted for the Pullman bus. Easy to find at the port and cheap. It is a one and a half hour bus ride to the main bus stop in Santiago. Found a taxi inside the bus terminal and got an inexpensive ride to our hotel. Please be advised that taxis on the street were not recommended by our port agent telling us to be sure and book a taxi from inside the bus station, These drivers wear white dress shirts .

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We were in no rush to get off so our experience was fine.
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