ms Zaandam

ms Zaandam

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The Netherlands
61,396 grt
781 feet
23 knots
May 2000
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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Feb 2015

Rounding Cape Horn: Take a HAL Cruise on the Ultimate South America Adventure

Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team

Get the full South America experience on a trip 'round the horn.
Get the full South America experience on a trip 'round the horn.
Photo of Cape Horn by RalieTravels,

There are a few destinations so iconic — even fabled — that they draw adventure-seekers from around the world. Cape Horn, the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile, fits the bill. The rocky terrain extends into Drake Passage, rising to a height of 1,391 feet. 150 years ago the trip ’round the horn’ was an arduous trip — especially during the gold-mining push of the late 1800s when passengers crammed into whaling ships to make their way from the east coast to California. It was such a feat that it inspired nations to work together to build the Panama Canal. Today travelers can cruise there in comfort, safety and style with Holland America Line, and it is an incredible sight to add to your bucket list. Holland America Line features seven South America itineraries that visit Cape Horn in 2015, with more to follow in 2016. Cruises range from 14- to 32-day adventures, visiting some lesser-known ports along the way. The 32-Day Inca Discovery & South America itinerary on Zaandam, the longest of the South America voyages, begins in San Diego and calls at several ports in Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala. Here’s a snapshot of the voyage by the numbers! On this itinerary, guests can discover South America’s coffee, chocolate, ancient civilizations and lush green landscapes. Imagine a day in the life of the ancient Mayans with Tikal, Maya City of Voices. Visit the Pyramid of the Great Jaguar, the Central Plaza, the Palace of the Masks and Pyramid IV. Marvel at the size of the Central Acropolis and the North Acropolis, as well as the temples that tower above the tree line. Holland America Line guests Virginian said, “Tikal was breathtaking. There is a fantastic history of the Mayans at San Diego’s Museum of Man. We were there on November 1, All Saint’s Day. Tikal is a National Park, and there were many locals visiting and enjoying family gatherings. It was a festive day and, in spite of an armed presence at the gate, we felt safe and welcome.” Then it’s on to Peru! […]

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