Antarctica Christmas Cruise 2021

from€5149
for 16 nights

Set sail for adventure with this spectacular 16-night cruise to South America and Antarctica, with Christmas and New Year spent onboard the 5 Star Diamond Princess.

What's Included
  • Flight from Dublin to Santiago, Chile
  • Return transfers from airport to port
  • 16 nights onboard the 5* Diamond Princess based on 2 sharing
  • All-Inclusive – Premium Drinks Package included
  • Ocean MedallionTM wearable smart device
  • Superb dining on a full board basis while on board
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Wi-Fi Included
  • Onboard Gratuities
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Flight from Buenos Aires to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Departing from Santiago in Chile you cruise south to Punta Arenas in the heart of the Chilean fjord land. Next is Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Christmas Day is spent cruising around Cape Horn and onward south towards Antarctica. You will enjoy 4 days of cruising the Antarctica Peninsula while a knowledgeable port lecturer points out significant sites you’ll be able to see from onboard. As you wave goodbye to Antarctica, you sail to the remote Falkland Islands arriving on New Years Eve. You’ll be back on board the Diamond Princess for the big New Years Eve celebrations. You return to mainland South America to Uruguay’s capital city, Montevideo. Your cruise comes to an end as you sail into Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina.

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Diamond Princess

Diamond Princess is a treasure trove of exceptional delights waiting to be discovered. Dine on freshly prepared sashimi in Kai Sushi, watch street performers in the dazzling Atrium, or take in a lavish production show in our state-of-the-art theatre. And for a unique treat visit the Izumi Japanese Bath, the largest of its kind at sea.

  • Last Refurbished: March 2014
  • Guest Capacity: 2,670 lower berths
  • Number of Crew: 1,100
  • Tonnage: 115,875
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Prices
Dates Cabin Type Price
18 Dec 2021 Inside €5149 Book Now
18 Dec 2021 Oceanview €5799 Book Now
18 Dec 2021 Balcony €6259 Book Now
Agent
Eleanor M
Eleanor M
Booking Remarks
Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
Non-refundable non-transferable deposit of 15% required at time of booking unless otherwise specified.
Balance due 16 weeks from departure
Optional Insurance available (call for details)
Child and family prices available on request
These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
Itinerary
Day 1-2

Santiago (San Antonio), Chile

Following your overnight flight from Dublin, you will be transferred to the port where your ship will be waiting.

Nestled between rolling hills topped with colorful houses and meandering coastal dunes, the bustling city of San Antonio enjoys its reputation as the gateway to Chile’s central valley and the capital of Santiago. With a population of over five million people, Santiago sprawls at the feet of the snow-capped Andes. Inland lies the sun-kissed wine regions of Casablanca and Maipo Maipo Valley, Chile’s internationally renowned wine district.

Day 3-5

At Sea

Day 6

Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas is a city near the tip of Chile’s southernmost Patagonia region. Located on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, it’s often used as base for excursions to the surrounding wilderness and Antarctica. The Plaza Muñoz Gamero has a memorial to explorer Ferdinand Magellan, and the Museo Nao Victoria features a replica of one of his galleons.

Day 7

Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Argentina

Christmas Eve.

Magellan called it Tierra del Fuego, “the Land of Fire,” having seen flames rising from the darkened islands. For over three centuries, the name struck fear in the hearts of mariners. Howling headwinds, mountainous seas and rocky coastlines spelled a sudden end to many voyages. Today, Ushuaia, a former Argentine penal colony, serves as your gateway to this wilderness where snow-capped mountains plummet to the icy waters of the Beagle Channel.

In the late 19th century, Reverend Thomas Bridges spent years working with local tribes, compiling a dictionary of their Yaghan tongue. The work outlived the Yaghan: by the beginning of the 20th century, they had succumbed to disease.

Day 8

Cape Horn (Scenic Cruising)

Christmas Day.

Located on Chile’s Isla Hornos in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Cape Horn is widely considered to be the southernmost tip of South America. The culmination of the Andes mountain range, the legendary Cape is prone to unpredictably strong winds, choppy waters, icebergs and rogue waves – none of which phase the Princess ships that sail here. Nevertheless, hazardous maritime conditions have protected the rocky region from human settlement, so you’ll enjoy the same views as the earliest explorers discovered centuries ago. Unusual rock formations with deep grooves and granite cliffs covered in trees are its signature features.

Navigating around the Cape was a near-impossible feat for sailors who braved its intense winds and treacherous waters in the 17th century. However, those fortunate enough to return from a successful trip were entitled to numerous benefits, including dining with one foot on the dinner table and wearing a gold loop earring to boast of their seafaring victory.

Though Cape Horn became a significant trade route between the 18th and early 20th centuries, the opening of the Panama Canal rendered this route obsolete – but that hasn’t prevented adventurers from recreational journeys to the Cape, or the bragging rights that come along with them!

Day 9-12

Antarctic Peninsula (Scenic Cruising)

The most isolated continent on earth, this rugged landscape is some 1,200 miles long and reaches beyond the Arctic Circle. Its shores are comprised of unusually sculpted icebergs, blue-tinged glaciers, majestic mountain peaks and a steep ice shelf that continues to shrink at an alarming rate.

Though the peninsula is covered in icy tundra, it actually features the mildest climate in Antarctica, the perfect environment for hosting the only flowering plants on the entire continent, Antarctic Hair Grass and Antarctic Pearlwort. In addition, the icy waters surrounding the peninsula cater to various species of seals, penguins and seabirds, including the Cape Pigeon, the American Sheathbill and the Antarctic Tern.

Enjoy your scenic cruise in this remote area of the world – it’s a breathtaking wonderland nestled in nature’s frosty embrace.

Note: Antarctic Peninsula is a scenic cruising site. Ships will slowly travel past while a knowledgeable port lecturer points out significant sites you’ll be able to see from onboard.

Day 13

At Sea

Day 14

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

New Years Eve.

Capital of the Falklands since 1845, tiny Stanley lies on the windswept tip of East Falkland Island. The Falklands long served as a way station for ships, particularly whalers, bound to and from Cape Horn. The islands’ rigorous environment is immediately apparent: Stanley Harbor is dotted with the hulks of vessels that succumbed to the fierce winds and waves of the South Atlantic. While their strategic location led to important roles in both World Wars, the islands are best remembered as the cause of the 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Today, travelers increasingly journey to the islands to view their rich assortment of bird and marine life.

Colorful houses occupy the low rolling moorland bordering Stanley Harbor. Stanley’s climate resembles London’s – cool and rainy though summer visitors are often blessed with clear, sunny skies.

Note: Stanley is an anchorage port. Guests transfer to shore via ship’s tender.

Day 15-16

At Sea

Day 17

Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, is a major city along Montevideo Bay. It revolves around the Plaza de la Independencia, once home to a Spanish citadel. This plaza leads to Ciudad Vieja (the old town), with art deco buildings, colonial homes and landmarks including the towering Palacio Salvo and neoclassical performance hall Solís Theatre. Mercado del Puerto is an old port market filled with many steakhouses.

Day 18

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Following your departure from the Coral Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.

Founded in the early 16th century, Buenos Aires was transformed from a colonial port into a cosmopolitan metropolis – the “Paris of the South” – by the cattle boom of the 1880s. As in the American West, boom was followed by bust. But that did not stop Buenos Aires from becoming the city it is today. With its air of haunted grandeur, Buenos Aires is a place of icy intellect and smoldering passion. It is a city where the elegant Colon Theater, one of the world’s great opera houses, stands in counterpoint to the working class barrios that gave birth to the tango. Perhaps the city’s enigmas and contradictions are best embodied by its two most famous citizens – the reclusive librarian and literary genius Jorge Luis Borges and the showgirl turned First Lady, Evita Peron.

The “Paris of the South” flaunts its European heritage. One of the pleasures of Buenos Aires is simply absorbing its charm and flavor, from Parisian-style confiterias – cafés – to the city’s popular tango clubs.

Option to extend your stay in Chile or Argentina available – call for details

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