Norwegian Cruise Line is offering three new South American cruise tours. These pre- or post-cruise land-based tours are available for guests sailing on Norwegian Sun’s South America itineraries, beginning in November. Ranging from three to five days, these in-depth experiences are hosted by English speaking local tour guides who will take guests off the beaten path in Argentina and Chile.
Among the offerings is the three-day Tour & Tango in Buenos Aires where guests overnight in Buenos Aires, tour the city, dine in Argentinian restaurants known to locals, attend an evening dinner and tango show, and round-out the trip by going cheek-to-cheek with a tango lesson from professional dancers. Norwegian Sun will cruise through South America from Nov. 21 through April 9, 2016, sailing alternating eastbound and westbound 14-day voyages between Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The two-week sailings provide guests with the opportunity to see the many of the marvels of South America, including the European charm of Montevideo, Uruguay, the penguin-packed Falkland Islands, and through the mystical Strait of Magellan and beyond. Info: ncl.com.
In the footsteps of Shackelton
Silversea Expeditions will be operating a series of four Shackleton Centenary Voyages to Antarctica in 2015 and 2016 to mark the 100-year anniversary of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition.
Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, sailed from Plymouth, U.K., toward Antarctica when, in 1915, just 200 miles from the Antarctic mainland, it was trapped between two ice floes in the Weddell Sea. The story of how Shackleton led his men over ice and ocean to safety is one of the greatest survival tales in human history. The itinerary for Silver Explorer’s 18-day Shackleton Centenary Voyages, sailing round-trip from Ushuaia, offers guests the possibility of exploring on foot or by Zodiac the lands and waterways of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Elephant Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Voyage departure dates are Nov. 14, Jan. 3, Feb. 2, and Dec. 22. Info: silversea.com
Panama Canal voyages
Six Holland America ships will sail 11 full transits of the Panama Canal and one ship will offer 14 itineraries that feature both the southern Caribbean and partial canal transits through spring 2016. Cruises range from 10 to 22 days. Full transits will be featured on the Amsterdam, Maasdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Ossterdam, Veendam and Westerdam. Guests can set sail from Boston, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. On the 14- to 22-day full transits the ships visit destinations in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Caribbean, along with Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s private island in the Bahamas. In addition to the full transits, the Zuiderdam will make 14 partial transits from November 2015 through April 2016. The 10- and 11-day partial transits, called Panama Canal Sunfarer itineraries, include an exploration of the canal’s Gatun Lake and a combination of southern Caribbean calls in Aruba, Bonaire, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Panama and Half Moon Cay. Info: hollandamerica.com.
New sailings from Miami
Among Disney Cruise Line’s new voyages for 2016 are the line’s first seven-night cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Miami.
On Nov. 20 and Dec. 4, 2016, the Disney Magic will sail from Miami to the Western Caribbean including Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. On Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, 2016, the ship will sail to the Eastern Caribbean including Tortola, St.
Thomas and Castaway Cay. On Dec. 23, 2016, the Disney Magic will sail to Tortola, San Juan and Castaway Cay. Additional Miami sailings include a four-night Bahamas cruise on Nov. 16, 2016, a five-night Bahamas cruise departing on Dec. 18, 2016 and a six-night Western Caribbean cruise departing on Dec. 30, 2016. Each sailing will include a stop at Castaway Cay. Visit disneycruise.com