Yes, I admit it…..I’m a planner. I like to have a goal, or trip in mind so I can have fun researching, planning and of course saving for it. Blogger Hubby and I have looked at our bucket list again, re-prioritized it and found what we want to be our next trip. Since we are taking off next year from big travel (putting money into our house) I had to begin looking at 2018. I know, I know – that’s a L O N G time off but because it is a long time off, I was able to get a really great deal. The best deals for trips are really far out or last minute.
One cruise that we have wanted to do for about 5 years now is the cruise around South America and Antarctica. Having Antartica as part of the trip added on about a week and several thousand dollars more to the. Regretfully, I let go of that dream.
My next decision was when to go. Obviously, their summer was the best time or was it? Summer is considered the rainy season, not like monsoons but more like here where the heat of the summer will cause afternoon thunderstorms. I’ve also become sensitive to the heat and that needs to be taken into consideration. Last year’s trip to Europe, where it was in the high 80’s and low 90’s almost every day was a major drain on my energy as well as how much time we spent out of doors and waiting in long lines. I read that the early fall is a wonderful time to visit – think of New England in the fall. From what I read, drier air will move up from Antarctica and will give us those azure blue skies that we see in the spring and fall.
I have been on Celebrity, Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Holland America as well as two river cruise lines. I fee like I have a taste of their personalities and know what to expect from the ships. I chose Holland America (HAL) because of what it offers me. I really enjoy their Culinary Arts Kitchen where they will give you small group cooking lessons, large group demonstrations, the rocking and rolling Piano Bar, easy access to loungers and tables around the pool, entertainment that we enjoy. With all this information in hand, we chose to begin our cruise on March 5, 2018 on Holland America’s Zaandam.
We begin our cruise outside of Santiago, Chile and sail past beautiful, green and lush forests and lakes, through the Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel, seeing many glaciers. Did you know that there are more glaciers in Chile than in all of Scandinavia? We will go to the southernmost town in the world, Ushuaia, Argentina. We will enter Glacier Alley and stand at the front of the ship with warm beverages in hand as we gaze at the glaciers that may be gone in our grandchildrens time. Have you ever seen a glacier calving – that’s when a chunk breaks off and falls into the water and hear the noise they make? We will see penguins in their natural habitat and so much more. But it’s not all scenery. We’ll spent a day in Montevideo, Uruguay and overnight in Buenos Aires. I’m planning on having a custom made leather jacket made for me in Buenos Aires. We’ll also stop in the Falkland Islands and be able to have a spot of tea, British style.
While in are in South America, this would be an opportunity to visit Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Galapagos, or Iguazu Falls
My fantastic travel agent, Michelle, of McCabe World Travel outside of Washington DC, will be coordinating the group travel. She has been able to lock in for our group the lowest prices for us. In addition to the lowest prices, there will be amenities for our group. I’ll try to arrange some excursions that are more personalized and smaller than what the ship offers though you are free to do what you want. Remember, we are a group in name only so we can get the best prices. Of course, we are all a friendly group and it will be run to see each other and share stories. Don’t you want to be part of this great group?
Am I tempting you a little bit?