Friday, 22 June 2012

Crystal's South American Bonanza

First-time visits to the Chilean Fjords and Puerto Chacabuco, plus nearly 100 Crystal Adventures on shore, highlight Crystal Cruises' new itinerary around the tip of South America on Crystal Serenity next winter. 
Sailing from Lima to Buenos Aires for the first time on February 2, 2013, the Crystal World Cruise segment takes guests on an immersive 24-night journey to some of the most awe-inspiring and culturally exciting sites in the Southern Hemisphere, including the breathtaking Seno Eyre Fjords, the dramatic landscapes and wildlife of Patagonia, the sprawling hillsides of Valparaíso (or “Paradise Valley”) and even the birthplace of the tango.
The many adventures include: 

  • A rare visit to Earth’s last great wilderness, Antarctica, with a guided trek on King George Island and zodiac ride to view penguins in their natural habitat.
  • Flying over the mysterious Nazca Lines, ancient geoglyph figures in the desert floor that can only be seen from above.
  • An overnight option to Perito Moreno Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Various expeditions offer: 

  • Exploration of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego by horseback.
  • Hiking to the mouth of the magnificent Iguazú Falls.
  • Kayaking through the Strait of Magellan.
  • Pitching in at a working Uruguayan ranch.

The cultural and culinary experiences range from: 

  • Exploring vineyards and tasting wines to visiting beachfront communities of the “jet set.”
  • Perusing local markets and taking cooking lessons with local cuisine experts to browsing the art and homes of renowned Latin American artists such as poet Pablo Neruda.
  • Tracing the footsteps of Argentina’s famed “Evita” and dancing the night away at a Buenos Aires nightclub.
As part of Crystal’s 2013 World Cruise, the voyage features expanded enrichment programming and courses in wellness, language and music. The line’s exclusive Ocean Views series will present expert lecturers discussing the day’s hot topics.
Until June 30, all-inclusive Book Now fares for the “Southern Fjord Exploration” start at £10,071 per person fly/cruise and can be combined with other World Cruise segments for greater savings. Crystal’s 2013 complete 74-night Grand South American Exploration sails round-trip from Miami starting January 16 with a Book Now starting price of £19,197 per person fly/cruise.
For bookings, follow this link to The Cruise Line Ltd, the UK's specialist luxury cruise experts.