South America: Ports of Call

Cruises offer a wonderful way to sample the richness and variety of South America. This winter they will give passengers the opportunity to discover the magic of South America's ports.

Following is a survey indicating who is cruising where. Not included are Caribbean/Panama Canal cruises that include Cartagena, Colombia, in their ports-of-call but otherwise do not visit the continent.

  • Clipper Cruise Lines will introduce a new ship, the 122-passenger Clipper Adventurer, in October l998. Its roster of expedition cruises includes the Jungle Rivers (Orinoco & Amazon) of South America, Amazon & Colonial Brazil and the Great South American Odyssey and the Falklands & Antarctica.
  • Cunard's 677-passenger Vistafjord will make a 47-night circumnavigation of the continent, departing Jan. 3 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ports-of-call include Recife and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia in Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Punta Arenas, Chiloe Island, Puerto Montt, Antofagasta and Valparaiso in Chile, and Lima, Peru.
  • Crystal Cruises has increased its '98 sailings with a trio of cruises alternating on the Crystal Harmony and the Crystal Symphony in January and February. The first, a 12-night cruise, departs on Jan. 21 from Barbados to Buenos Aires. On Feb. 3, the 13-night Round Cape Horn cruise departs for the Falkland Islands, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas and Puerto Madryn. The final 15-night northbound sailing departs from Valparaiso on Feb. 17 for Barbados, and includes a two-night stop in Rio at Carnival time.
  • Holland America's 1,214-passenger Nieuw Amsterdam departs Jan. 4 from Fort Lauderdale to Rio on a 16-night cruise, calling at St. Kitts, St. Lucia and Trinidad in the Caribbean; Devil's Island off the coast of French Guiana, and Itajai, Fortaleza and Salvador in Brazil. On Jan. 20, the ship cruises from Rio to Valparaiso for 16 nights, calling at Montevideo, Buenos Aires, the Falkland Islands, Tierra del Fuego (Argentina and Chile), Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt. This cruise works in reverse Feb. 5.
  • Ivaran Lines' cargo vessels, the 12-passenger San Antonio and 88-passenger Americana, sail year-round on 26- to 48-day cruises from New Orleans up and down the east coast of South America (Brazil and Argentina), including ports-of-call in the Caribbean and Mexico. The ships are fitted with a pool, gym and library.
  • Mediterranean Shipping Cruises takes the 750-passenger Rhapsody along the Brazilian coast during January and February on 11- or 13-night sailings starting Jan. 6. Ports of call include Salvador, Recife, Natal, Maceio and Buzios, all in Brazil. These cruises alternate with sailings between Rio and Buenos Aires, calling at the Brazilian ports of Santos and Angra dos Reis.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line has a new series of 14-night sailings between Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile (Valparaiso). Starting on Jan. 17, sea travel will be aboard the 1,052-passenger Norwegian Crown and will include the Chilean fjords, penguin colonies in the Falklands, Tierra del Fuego's glaciers, Puerto Madryn and Montevideo. Positioning cruises between Miami and Santiago are available Jan. 3 southbound and March 14 northbound.
  • Princess Cruises is introducing an Amazon River cruise from Manaus, Brazil, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, aboard the Royal Princess. The new 11-day itinerary includes Devil's Island; Caracas, Venezuela, and the Amazon River ports of Boca de Valeria and Santarem in Brazil. The line's South American program offers five itineraries and 11 departures, including the 14-day Cape Horn/Strait of Magellan trip, featuring glacier cruising. The 17-day Andes/South America cruise offers the option of a Galapagos Islands tour.
  • Following a 12-night Christmas and New Year's voyage from Rio to Buenos Aires, Royal Olympic Cruises' 452-passenger Odysseus offers two 14-night sailings from Buenos Aires to Puerto Montt, calling at Mar del Plata (Argentina), Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, Romanche Glacier (Argentina), Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales (Chile) Jan. 2 and Feb. 27, sailing the routing in reverse Jan. 16. Two 14-night sailings from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn, the Magellan Strait, Romanche Glacier, Ushuaia, Cape Horn, the Falklands and Montevideo will depart Jan. 30 and Feb. 13.
  • Heading for the Amazon River is the company's 580-passenger Stella Solaris on four cruises between Fort Lauderdale and Manaus on 13- and 14-night voyages; southbound dates are Dec. 30 and Jan. 26, northbound Jan. 13 and Feb. 9.

  • Seabourn Cruise Line sends its 204-passenger Seabourn Pride on a 17-night voyage from Fort Lauderdale, transiting the Panama Canal to cruise the west coast of South America at Valparaiso on Jan. 6; ports of call include Guayaquil, Ecuador; Lima, and Iquique and Coquimbo in Chile. On Jan. 24, the ship cruises for 12 nights from Valparaiso to Puerto Montt, calling at Chiloe Island, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia and Puerto Natales; the itinerary then operates in reverse, departing Feb. 6.
  • On Jan. 24 and Feb. 7, the 296-passenger Silver Cloud of Silversea Cruises will sail from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, calling at Itajai and Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, and at Punta del Este and Montevideo in Uruguay. The itinerary operates in reverse from Rio de Janeiro departing Jan. 31.
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    Cruise Line Reservation Numbers

    Clipper Cruise Lines: Clipper Adventurer; (314) 727-2929, (800) 252-7745.

    Cunard: Vistafjord; (800) 528-6263.

    Crystal Cruises: Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony; (310) 785-9300, (800) 820-6663.

    Holland America: Nieuw Amsterdam; (800) 426-0327.

    Ivaran Lines: San Antonio, Americana; (800) 451-1639.

    Mediterranean Shipping Cruises: Rhapsody; (212) 764-4800, (800) 666-9333.

    Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Crown; (305) 436-0866, (800) 327-7030.

    Princess Cruises: Royal Princess; (310) 553-1770, (800) 774-6237.

    Royal Olympic Cruises: Odysseus, Stella Solaris; (212) 397-6400, (800) 872-6400.

    Seabourn Cruise Line: Seabourn Pride; (415) 391-7444, (800) 929-9595.

    Silversea Cruises: Silver Cloud; (954) 522-4477, (800) 722-9955.

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    Sailing to the Bottom of the World

    Travelers seeking adventure off the beaten path can't venture much further than Antarctica. The jump-off point is usually Ushuaia, Argentina, but many cruises depart and/or return to Punta Arenas, Chile. Itineraries run from two to three weeks, and routings include such far-south destinations as the South Shetland and Falkland Islands, South Orkney and South Georgia Island and the inlets and bays of the Antarctic peninsula.

    Following is a sampling of Antarctica cruises:

  • Abercrombie & Kent: Explorer; (800) 323-7308.
  • OdessAmerica: Marine Discovery, Marine Intrepid, Marine Spirit, Marine Voyager; (516) 747-8880, (800) 221-3254.
  • Orient Lines: Marco Polo, (954) 527-6660, (800) 333-7300.
  • Princess Cruises: Royal Princess, (310) 553-1770, (800) 774-6237.
  • Royal Olympic Cruises: Odysseus, (212) 397-6400, (800) 872-6400.
  • Society Expeditions: World Discoverer, (206) 728-9400, (800) 548-8669.
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