Antarctica & South America Cruise

23 day cruise/tour - January 10, 2015

with Chile, Argentina, Uruguay & the Chilean Fjords - NEW!

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Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Special Guest Educator

Optional Iguazu Falls Pre-Tour!

Take the best cruise, times it by ten and you may come close to how phenomenal this cruise is. The Antarctic is the most beautiful place on earth and January is the right time to experience the Antarctic. It really isn’t cold!!! The climate is dry and sunny with temperatures around 40 degrees 24 hours a day.

 

A few things you should understand

  • Cruising the Antarctic is not done from miles away!  You are able to get up and close to the most beautiful majestic land on earth.  It literally can take your breath away!  Compared to an Alaska cruise – Alaska is like a baby brother, there is no real comparison.
  • Your cruise includes:  The Antarctic, the Falkland Islands, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay with many ports of call.  It also includes the Chilean Fjords, Cape Horn, Terra Del Fuego, Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel, Drake Passage, penguins, seals, whales and a lot more.
  • We highly recommend you wittiness the staggering beauty of Iguazu falls – the most   beautiful waterfalls in the world! Take advantage of our optional two day pre tour that includes Iguazu Falls!

Last Chance? Make Sure You Read This...

I Know, I Know – we are starting to sound like the boy that cried wolf.  This is the fourth time we have said this is your last chance and the other three never ended up being your last chance.  We actually hope we are wrong again.  But you cannot afford to wait and take the chance!

  • Starting in 2012 environmentalists created a rule that every large ship had to burn a special biodegradable fuel.  It would require a large ship to be dry docked for almost two weeks.  During that time they would have to empty the unacceptable fuel, physically go inside the large fuel takes and manually scrub clean any residue left of the old fuel, add the new fuel and reset the engines to run on the special new very expensive fuel.   It was simply to expensive to do, so Princess and all other large ships have not returned again.  Only Holland has continued to return and each year there have been hints that this could be their last.
  • If they stop going the only choice left will be very small vessels that go from the bottom of Argentina for about 12,000 per person for an 11 day Antarctic Cruise.
  • Our whole 23 day cruise/tour on Holland America’s 4 star deluxe ship  that includes the Antarctic is about 60% less than you would pay for the 11 day Antarctic Cruise on a small 1 to 2 star boat!

Special Guest Educator

Special Guest Educator:  Dr. S. Michael Wilcox  
Michael Wilcox was on Holland America in 2010, went back to the Antarctic in January of 2011, 2012 & 2013.  He is going again on the Holland in 2014.  When we asked him if he would like to go again in 2015, he jumped at the chance to return to the “the most beautiful place on earth”!  With his vast knowledge & experience, Michael many lectures is the Icing on a beautiful cake.

Consider all that our special cruise and tour gives you

  • Tours and Ports of Call in Chile: Punta Arenas, Valparaiso and Puerto Montt & Puerto Chacabuco.
  • From the Ship: The Chilean Fjords (more majestic and beautiful than Norway’s fjords), Canal Sarmiento, Strait of Megellan, Beagle Chanel, Glacier Alley, Drake Passage and Cape Horn.
  • Tours and Ports of Call in Argentina: Buenos Aires and Ushuaia PLUS and Optional Tour to Iguazu Falls! It is a must.
  • Tours and Ports of Call in Uruguay: Montevideo.
  • The most beautiful place on earth – the Antarctic Continent. All of our passengers felt this was the most beautiful place they had ever traveled to AND the best day on tour anywhere in the world!
  • Fun For Less Tour’s Educator: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox.
  • You get all of this and more – Plus you are sailing on a Luxury Holland America Ship.
Now is the time to act. Call us now for more information or to reserve your space

Pricing Information

Package Price Includes:
Important Note:  Many travel companies show a low price, but by the time you add everything in, they become expensive.  Our pricing is a package that will actually give you more for less!  Below we have listed what is included in our discounted package price.
  • Inside Upgraded Cabin on Holland America’s MS Zaandam.
  • $380 in ship port charges and fees.
  • $395.38 in ship taxes.
  • All land taxes.
  • All booking fees and ticketing fees.
  • 5 star luxury hotel in Santiago Chile.
  • Transfer Buenos Aires airport to ship.
  • Transfer ship in Valparaiso to hotel in Santiago, Chile.
  • Transfer Santiago Chile to airport.
  • Tour of Valparaiso Chile, including guides, buses and entrance fees.
  • Tour of Santiago Chile, including guides, buses and entrance fees.
  • Special Guest Educator: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox.
  • Fun For Less Tours staff throughout the cruise, tour and shore excursions – “We don’t send you, we take you.”
  • Educational lectures on the ship.
  • Individual head set receivers that allow you to hear every word spoken by our guides, staff and educator, even when you step away from the group to take that important picture.
  • Shore excursions are not included in our package: We give you the OPTION to purchase our deeply (and we do mean deeply) discounted shore excursions, that are significantly less than the ship charges.  
  • Airfare is not included in our package: We give you the OPTION to purchase our group airfare.
Package Price: $4,995* 
 
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include shore excursions, airfare and tips. 
 
Roundtrip Los Angeles Airfare: $1,599
Roundtrip Salt Lake City Airfare: $1,799
You can also purchase your own airfare.

Day by Bay Itinerary

Day 1:  January 10:  Fly to Buenos Aires
You can purchase your airfare through us or arrange your own.  We fly from home to Buenos Aires. 
 
Day 2:  January 11:  Buenos Aires, Argentina – Holland America Ship
This morning you will arrive into Buenos Aires.  After your arrival we will transfer to our beautiful Holland America cruise ship.  Today we will overnight in port.
 
Day 3:  January 12:  Buenos Aires, Argentina
For those doing our optional package:  We will spend the day enjoying Buenos Aires – “Paris of the South”.  Our tour will include the Bocu District, the birthplace of the Tango and the Plaza De Mayo where Evita Peron once addressed adoring masses.  Our tour will also include Recoleta & Palarmo neighborhoods, the Ping house, the Cathedral, graveyard and more.  You will have time to shop and enjoy Buenos Aires, before returning to the ship. 
 
Day 4:  January 13:  Montevideo, Uruguay
For those doing our optional package:  We include a one half day tour of Montevideo’s water front, Legislative Palace, Parks, a trip to Montevideo Hill for a spectacular view and more before returning to the ship. 
 
Day 5:  January 14:  Fun Day at Sea
In addition to enjoying your ship, we will have our own get together social and hear from our Educator Dr. S. Michael Wilcox. 
 
Day 6:  January 15:  Fun Day at Sea
We will again meet to hear from Michael. 
 
Day 7:  January 16:  Pt. Stanley Falkland Island
Once you get past the end of town, it is the end of the road, from here you can only travel by 4 wheel drive.  We do not offer a shore excursion here, it is just fun to experience Scotland under the Southern Cross on your own.  Pt. Stanley is filled with moorland, pubs, red phone booths, sheep ranchers and “cuppa tea.”
 
Day 8:  January 17:  Fun Day at Sea
We will again meet to hear from Michael. 
 
Day 9:  January 18:  Antarctic sailing - Wilhelm Archipelago
Today we will sail by Anvers Island (Palmer Station) Cuverville Island and Peterman Island.  We will skirt jagged cliffs to Anvers Island, home of the U.S Antarctic Biological Research Center – Palmer Station.  In the past they were able to have some of the scientists to come aboard and talk to everyone.  We will also see the wide cobbled beaches of Cuverville Island, home to Antarctica’s extensive colony of Gentoo Penguins.  The Petermann Island is where French explorer/ scientist Dr. Jean Baptiste Charcot studied the Adelie Penguins during the winter of 1909. 
 
Day 10:  January 19:  Antarctic Sailing – The Danco Coast
We continue to sail through the Antarctic area and to some of the most beautiful places in the world. 
 
Day 11:  January 20:  Antarctic Sailing – The Antarctic Sound: 
To day we sail to Hope Bay (Esperanza Station), Paulet & Elephant Islands.  At Hope Bay the scarlet chalets of Esperanza, an Antarctic Argentine military and scientific station, stand in stark contrast to the white Ice.  Paulet Island has several million Adelie Penguins nesting on ever available beach – and at Elphant Island, you can hear the riveting account of Shacketon’s ill-fated expedition and the crew’s heroic daily struggle to survive. 
 
Day 12:  January 21:  Fun Day at Sea
We again will have time to spend with each other and Michael.
 
Day 13:  January 22:  Cape Horn – Drake Passage
Cape Horn marks the southernmost point of South America.  The cape’s steep and rocky cliffs rise up and extend into the Drake Passage, where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet.  Ancient Mariners dreaded rounding the Cape because of its reputation for bad weather.  We will only spend one hour cruising around the cape before heading out to sea toward the Antarctic. 
 
Day 14:  January 23:  Glacier Alley – Ushuaia
This morning we will pass through Glacier Alley, it is more impressive than anything you have seen in Alaska.  We will then dock at Ushuaia, the most southern city in the world.  For those doing our optional tour:  Our tour today will include a tour of Tierra Del Fuego National Park.  You will visit the end of the world’s longest stretch of road.  The Pan American Highway stretches 11,987 miles from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego.  We will also have time to tour Ushuaia and give you time to shop before returning to the ship. 
 
Day 15:  January 24: Strait of Magellan & Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas is a remote town, pioneered by Yugoslav settlers and sheep ranchers.  It sits on rolling hills overlooking the Strait of Magellan.  The Strait of Magellan is where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans converge.  The strait, protected by both the mainland and islands of the Tierra Del Fuego archipelago, was considered safer than Cape Horn or Drake Passage.  For those doing our optional tour package:  Today’s tour will bring you up close and personal to Magellan Penguins.  You cannot touch them but they can touch you.  Many of our passengers had the wonderful experience of having a penguin grab their shoe or pant leg as they walked by – you really will be able to get up close to the penguins.  We will tour Punta Arenas and spend some time shopping before returning to the ship. 
 
Day 16:  January 25:  Canal Sarmiento
You will be among the very few that have ever sailed through the Terra del Fuego, with its snow-capped peaks and beautiful blue glaciers of Canal Sarmiento.  Cutting through Chile’s Torres Del Paine National Park, this Majestic waterway is surrounded by beauty beyond description.
 
Day 17:  January 26:  Chilean Fjords
The Chilean Fjords are more spectacular than Norway’s or Alaska’s.  They stretch for over 1,000 miles of virgin-forested islands, glistening glaciers and more fjords than in all of Scandinavia! 
 
Day 18:  January 27:  Puerto Chacabucco
For those doing our option package:  You will discover the stunning scenery, dense rain forests, bright blue lakes and snow covered mountain peaks as well as a tour of Chacabucco. 
 
Day 19: January 28:  Puerto Montt, Chile 
The ship will spend the day in Port.  For those doing our option package:  Our tour will take you into the countryside, to see the beautiful azure-colored waters of the Petrohue Waterfall and river.  We also include a visit to the old German Village of Frutillar.  The Village is filled with timbered homes, gabbled roofs and German bakeries.  We will return to Puerto Montt in time to do a city tour before returning to our ship. 
 
Day 20:  January 29:  Fun Day at Sea
You have time to spend with each other and hear from Michael.
 
Day 21:  January 30:  Valparaiso – Santiago, Chile
Today we say good-bye to our beautiful cruise ship.  We will visit Valparaiso and its historic port.  We travel along the coastline to Vina Del Mar, a seaside resort with palm tree-lined avenues and lovely villas, truly the “Pearl of the Pacific”.  In the afternoon we will transfer to our Santiago hotel where we will overnight.
 
Day 22:  January 31:  Santiago, Chile
Today we will do a day tour of Santiago visiting many highlights in this beautiful city.  Later this evening we transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US. 
 
Day 23:  February 1:  US & Home
Group arrives early morning into the US and flies home.

Optional Package #1: Shore Excursions

Package Price includes:
  • 6 days of touring and shore excursions in:
    • Puerto Montt, Chile
    • Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
    • Punta Arenas, Chile
    • Ushuaia, Argentina
    • Montevideo, Uruguay
    • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Fun For Less Tour escorts on all tours and shore excursions
Our complete optional package #1 is only:  $499

Optional Package #2: Iguazu Falls Pre-Tour

Note;  This package is only available for those that also sign up for Option #1 – shore excursions. 
 
Pre-Tour Dates: January 8 - 10, 2015
 
Package Price includes:
  • Airfare Buenos Aires to Iguazu and airfare Iguazu to Buenos Aires.  ***Note:  when we add  airfare from Buenos Aires and Iguazu to our international carrier, you get a discount on the Iguazu airfare.  If you do your own airfare for this cruise and choose to add the option to Iguazu, you will have an additional cost.  Please ask and we will let you know the difference not saved when you buy the international air with Iguazu. 
  • 2 nights accommodations in a 5 star luxury Hotel.
  • All transfers to and from airports and hotels.
  • Complete tour of Iguazu area and Iguazu Falls.  It includes visiting the falls at the bottom, middle and top.
  • Jet boat ride up close to the bottom of the falls.
From what we understand Holland America has a 12 hour tour while you are in Buenos Aires.  It is done in one day.  It does not include any hotels, it just flies to the Falls, spends a few hours and flies back.  The Cost:  Over $1,300 for the one day tour.  Our tour includes 2 days of touring all of the falls and the area, two nights hotel in 5 star luxury and a jet boat ride to the falls and our price is under a thousand. 
 
Our complete optional package #2 is only:  $995

CANCELLATION POLICY

On most cruises when a person cancels more than 120 days before the cruise, the cruise line allows us to resell the cabin with only a name change fee. Starting sometime in January 2011 Holland America chose to keep every cabin cancelled, and would not allow any company to resell them. The Antarctic was so popular we had over 100 passengers on a wait list wanting any available cabin. We couldn’t accommodate any of them. Holland took back all cabins from our customers who had problems without allowing us to offer them to our wait list.

This creates a problem. Let’s say over the year we were to lose 10 cabins that had to be turned back in. That would mean we would lose 20 passengers that were helping to pay for buses, guides, educators, escorts, etc. We have based all of our costs on the total number of customers!  When you lose passengers, even for a good reason, you have less to share the fixed costs.  You can’t go back to the other passengers and say, “I am sorry, but we need to raise your cost because we had passengers cancel and the cruise line would not let us replace them.”  We also do not want to raise the prices so that everyone pays extra in case there are cancellations. Many of the cabins that were turned back were resold by Holland America for $800 or more than our passengers paid for them.  They can make more money keeping the cabin than letting us resell it.

The Antarctic cancellation policy will be a little different than our other tours or cruises. Our policy for 2015 is as follows:

  • Cancellation for any reason from the time of deposit until January 10, 2014, one year before the Antarctic 2014 cruise: The initial deposit of $850 is non-refundable. BUT the $850 deposit may be applied to any future tour or cruise with Fun For Less Tours within two years.
  • Cancellation for any reason after January 11, 2014 and before 121 days prior to departure: The amount of $1000 is non-refundable and non-transferable, so it cannot be used on future tours or cruises. This amount may increase if any airfare or non-refundable items have been purchased.
  • Cancellation for any reason between 120 days and 75 days prior to departure: 50% of the total invoice is non-refundable and non-transferable. This amount may increase if any airfare or non-refundable items have been purchased.
  • Cancellation for any reason 75 days or less prior to departure: 100% is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • EXCEPTION:  After January 10, 2014 until 90 days prior to departure:  If Holland America allows your cancelled cabin to be resold by Fun For Less Tours, and we have passengers willing to purchase your cancelled cabin, you will only pay a name change fee or the cost to make the change if it is possible.
  • We do recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance that will cover most cancellations and medical out of the country! For complete information on what is covered by the travel insurance we recommend you contact us or an insurance company.