From the Amazon to Antarctica, cruises in south America offer a variety of experiences not often found in other cruise regions.
From Buenos Aires, Argentina, around Cape Horn to Valparaiso, Chile, or in the reverse direction, “Round Cape Horn” cruises are the most popular South America cruises.
On such itineraries, you’ll typically spend two weeks on your South American cruise. Some ships overnight in the embarkation/disembarkation ports so that you’ll have time to tango in Buenos Aires or visit the wineries between Valparaiso and Chile’s capital, Santiago.
The continent of South America spans from the equatorial tropics to Antarctica, making cruises around south America quite diverse. On select South America cruises the mysteries and marvels of Antarctica are explored for three days of cruising, including the Neumayer and Lemaire channels, known as “Kodak Gap” for its dramatic scenery. Penguins gliding down icecaps into the sea and island-sized glaciers are ethereal sights that leave visitors in admiration of the secluded continent.
Voyages to the ice-capped fjords of South America treat guests to some of the most impressive scenery in all of travel. As albatross soar over the water, guests marvel at the unearthly beauty of the Chilean fjords via the Darwin Channel and Strait of Magellan. Another ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ adventure awaits those on the Chilean Fjords sailings — scenic cruising past historic Cape Horn. Passable at only certain times of the year due to fierce weather conditions, journeying to the Cape remains a milestone in sailing cultures.
Remember that South America’s seasons are reverse from North America’s, so the summer cruise season is staged during the North American winter.