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We are looking at HAL Zandaam for South America and Antarctica. Choices are Santiago to Buenos Aries January 9-31 OR BA to Santiago January 31-February 22. These are for 2020. Advice/information is welcome. Thank you.

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Is there any difference other than the order that they do things in?

 

If they’re the same, I personally like to go and put what I want to see most at the end of my trip. Then I would figure out what’s the most exciting thing for me, and go in the direction that puts that last.

 

 

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We did Zaandam Valparaiso to Buenos Aires. The Chilean Fjords we found absolutely underwelming. Cruising off the Antarctic Peninsula blew us away. We then had a brilliant day in the Falkland Islands. I was pleased we did it in the order we did.

The onboard speakers/naturalists were excellent.

It is a great trip - if you get good weather - which we did most of the time. I would repeat it.

 

Antarctica really impressed us. We are now looking forward to an expedition trip to Antarctic at the end of the year!

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We are looking at HAL Zandaam for South America and Antarctica. Choices are Santiago to Buenos Aries January 9-31 OR BA to Santiago January 31-February 22. These are for 2020. Advice/information is welcome. Thank you.

 

Can I gently suggest that you have a look at an expedition cruise which will provide a very different experience, including landings in Antarctica. There will be no landings on a HAL cruise. If you can include the Falkland Islands and South Georgia then even better!

 

Hurtigruten's Fram offers a good compromise (however you get to Antarctica involves compromises!) on comfort size and cost.

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We have decided on the Santiago to BA route and have booked it today. We did look at the Hurtigruten cruises but decided it may be a little too "adventurous" for our age.

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I don't know what your age is but on our expedition trip I was far from the oldest at 70.

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I don't know what your age is but on our expedition trip I was far from the oldest at 70.

 

Same with me on Fram. There was a senior lady on my cruise who cruised twice in one year - once at the beginning of the season, with her husband, and a return visit with another relative at the end of the year, as she loved Antarctica so much. We landed twice a day, plus my daughter did kayaking. On expedition ships, you receive a lot of assistance because safety is paramount.

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We did this cruise a few years ago. It was wonderful! The lecturers really made it fabulous. Have a great time!

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