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Epic South America
Includes a Voyage from the Caribbean to Chile and a Hotel Stay in Fort Lauderdale
Discover the Caribbean, Panama Canal & South America
Price from
£2,199pp
Promo code:
AME7256
Duration
18 nights
Departing
15 Oct 2019

Your Experience:

  • 1 night hotel stay at The Westin in Fort Lauderdale
  • 17 night full-board cruise on board ms Zaandam
  • All transfers
  • All flights (London departure)

Your Holiday Itinerary

  • Day 1 Fort Lauderdale Hotel Stay
  • Day 2 Fort Lauderdale Embark ship
  • Days 3 - 4 At Sea
  • Day 5 Aruba
  • Day 6 At Sea
  • Day 7 Panama Canal/Panama City
  • Days 8 - 9 At Sea
  • Day 10 Manta
  • Day 11 At Sea
  • Day 12 Salaverry
  • Day 13 Callao
  • Day 14 At Sea
  • Day 15 Pisco
  • Days 16 - 17 At Sea
  • Day 18 Coquimbo
  • Day 19 San Antonio Disembark ship
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    Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale - Hotel Stay
    During your overnight night stay in Fort Lauderdale, you can explore its iconic waterways, world-class restaurants and shopping or venture further afield to enjoy the sights of Miami’s South Beach or the amazing Everglades.
    Fort Lauderdale Beach

    Day 1

    Fort Lauderdale - Hotel Stay

    During your overnight night stay in Fort Lauderdale, you can explore its iconic waterways, world-class restaurants and shopping or venture further afield to enjoy the sights of Miami’s South Beach or the amazing Everglades.

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    Day 2
    Fort Lauderdale - Embark ms Zaandam
    Today you’ll begin your wonderful cruise holiday on board the elegant, attractive and spacious ms Zaandam; this musically themed ship offers a unique shipboard atmosphere. There are lots of luxurious yet cosy lounges and lovely pool decks, as well as superb restaurants offering fine dining.
    ms Zaandam

    Day 2

    Fort Lauderdale - Embark ms Zaandam

    Today you’ll begin your wonderful cruise holiday on board the elegant, attractive and spacious ms Zaandam; this musically themed ship offers a unique shipboard atmosphere. There are lots of luxurious yet cosy lounges and lovely pool decks, as well as superb restaurants offering fine dining.

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    Days 3 - 4
    At Sea
    You’ll be spoilt for choice for entertainment on board ms Zaandam. Spectacular shows will dazzle you in the Mondriaan Show Lounge, the twinkling lights of the casino will tempt you to have a flutter, and you can have a boogie in the Crow’s Nest before calling it a night.
    Entertainment on Board

    Day 3

    At Sea

    You’ll be spoilt for choice for entertainment on board ms Zaandam. Spectacular shows will dazzle you in the Mondriaan Show Lounge, the twinkling lights of the casino will tempt you to have a flutter, and you can have a boogie in the Crow’s Nest before calling it a night.

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    Day 5
    Aruba
    This colourful Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela enjoys more sunny days than other Caribbean islands and is kept pleasantly cool by trade winds. With pristine beaches, excellent restaurants and boutiques and up market stores - including jewellery stores as gold used to be mined here – Oranjestad is a popular destination in Aruba.
    Flamingos in Aruba

    Day 5

    Aruba

    This colourful Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela enjoys more sunny days than other Caribbean islands and is kept pleasantly cool by trade winds. With pristine beaches, excellent restaurants and boutiques and up market stores - including jewellery stores as gold used to be mined here – Oranjestad is a popular destination in Aruba.

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    Day 6
    At Sea
    There are so many opportunities to pursue new interests or relax and rejuvenate on board ms Zandaam. Hone your video-editing skills, revitalise at the Greenhouse Spa, attend an engaging lecture, take a cooking class from a master chef, go to a wine tasting or simply relax and unwind.
    Wine Tasting

    Day 6

    At Sea

    There are so many opportunities to pursue new interests or relax and rejuvenate on board ms Zandaam. Hone your video-editing skills, revitalise at the Greenhouse Spa, attend an engaging lecture, take a cooking class from a master chef, go to a wine tasting or simply relax and unwind.

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    Day 7
    Panama Canal/Panama City
    Quite simply, the Panama Canal is so much more than a functional link between the world’s two great oceans. Immense locks along the Panama Canal’s 80km raise cruise ships 26 metres, as you come face to face with the canal sides and then enjoy the sights and sounds of the colourful birds and animals that inhabit the lush forests beyond.
    Panama Canal Wildlife

    Day 7

    Panama Canal/Panama City

    Quite simply, the Panama Canal is so much more than a functional link between the world’s two great oceans. Immense locks along the Panama Canal’s 80km raise cruise ships 26 metres, as you come face to face with the canal sides and then enjoy the sights and sounds of the colourful birds and animals that inhabit the lush forests beyond.

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    Days 8 - 9
    At Sea
    During your cruise, you’ll enjoy an enviable choice of delicious dining options — everything from a burger and fries by the Lido Pool to the Pan-Asian flavours of Tamarind to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at the Pinnacle Grill.
    Dining Options on Board

    Day 8

    At Sea

    During your cruise, you’ll enjoy an enviable choice of delicious dining options — everything from a burger and fries by the Lido Pool to the Pan-Asian flavours of Tamarind to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at the Pinnacle Grill.

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    Day 10
    Manta
    This port town has some interesting museums and pretty parks but for most travellers it is a stepping stone to visit Quito and the Galapagos Islands, an archipelago renowned for its astonishing variety of wildlife. During your time here, you could also visit the quaint colonial town of Montecristi, home of the Panama hat. It’s full of Spanish charm and market stalls selling colourful handicrafts including, of course, Panama hats.
    Sunset Beach, Manta

    Day 10

    Manta

    This port town has some interesting museums and pretty parks but for most travellers it is a stepping stone to visit Quito and the Galapagos Islands, an archipelago renowned for its astonishing variety of wildlife. During your time here, you could also visit the quaint colonial town of Montecristi, home of the Panama hat. It’s full of Spanish charm and market stalls selling colourful handicrafts including, of course, Panama hats.

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    Day 11
    At Sea
    Enjoy the musical heritage on board ms Zaandam. The Lincoln Centre Stage showcases outstanding live chamber music performances whereas B.B. King’s All-Stars Band brings the best of Memphis music to sea. From funky and fast to soulful and smooth, this eight-piece band performs nightly in the Queen's Lounge.
    Live Music on Board

    Day 11

    At Sea

    Enjoy the musical heritage on board ms Zaandam. The Lincoln Centre Stage showcases outstanding live chamber music performances whereas B.B. King’s All-Stars Band brings the best of Memphis music to sea. From funky and fast to soulful and smooth, this eight-piece band performs nightly in the Queen's Lounge.

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    Day 12
    Salaverry
    Salaverry is close to many of northern Peru’s attractions including colourful Trujillo, with its bright blue, yellow and red buildings. The archeological site of Chan Chan, and the sacred pyramids of the Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna are also within easy reach, as are some sleepy beach villages where you can sit back with a cerveza and watch the fishing boats come and go.
    Ancient Mural at Huaca de la Luna

    Day 12

    Salaverry

    Salaverry is close to many of northern Peru’s attractions including colourful Trujillo, with its bright blue, yellow and red buildings. The archeological site of Chan Chan, and the sacred pyramids of the Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna are also within easy reach, as are some sleepy beach villages where you can sit back with a cerveza and watch the fishing boats come and go.

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    Day 13
    Callao
    Lima’s UNESCO-protected historic centre is a wonder to behold with remnants of ancient city walls, baroque cathedrals and colonial buildings. It’s is also a great place to try Peruvian cuisine which has a huge variety of ingredients from coast, mountain and Amazon regions. As well as fantastic fish and seafood, you could try the legendary dish of lomo saltado pisco (beef stir-fried with tomatoes, peppers, onions and chips).
    Plaza de Armas, Lima

    Day 13

    Callao

    Lima’s UNESCO-protected historic centre is a wonder to behold with remnants of ancient city walls, baroque cathedrals and colonial buildings. It’s is also a great place to try Peruvian cuisine which has a huge variety of ingredients from coast, mountain and Amazon regions. As well as fantastic fish and seafood, you could try the legendary dish of lomo saltado pisco (beef stir-fried with tomatoes, peppers, onions and chips).

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    Day 14
    At Sea
    Make the most of your evenings on board in one of ms Zaandam’s bars. Try the Crow’s nest for incredible sea views or select from a Master Mixologist’s cocktail menu in the Gallery Bar. Share stories of your adventures as the pianist serenades you in the Piano bar or celebrate a fantastic holiday with champagne in the Mix bar.
    Bars and Lounges on Board

    Day 14

    At Sea

    Make the most of your evenings on board in one of ms Zaandam’s bars. Try the Crow’s nest for incredible sea views or select from a Master Mixologist’s cocktail menu in the Gallery Bar. Share stories of your adventures as the pianist serenades you in the Piano bar or celebrate a fantastic holiday with champagne in the Mix bar.

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    Day 15
    Pisco
    The islands and waters around Pisco are so rich in marine life that they are nicknamed the Little Galapagos. Take tour around the rocky outcrops of the Ballastas Islands to spot sea lions sunbathing, endangered Humboldt penguins, whales, dolphins and cormorants. Or visit the Paracas National Reserve to spot pelicans, flamingos and Peruvian boobies among the unusual rock formations.
    Sea Lions

    Day 15

    Pisco

    The islands and waters around Pisco are so rich in marine life that they are nicknamed the Little Galapagos. Take tour around the rocky outcrops of the Ballastas Islands to spot sea lions sunbathing, endangered Humboldt penguins, whales, dolphins and cormorants. Or visit the Paracas National Reserve to spot pelicans, flamingos and Peruvian boobies among the unusual rock formations.

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    Days 16 - 17
    At Sea
    With Holland America’s famously friendly and attentive service, and a range of great fine dining options, it’s easy to see why the ms Zaandam continues to attract passengers who appreciate real cruising quality. You’ll find that all dining scenarios are covered - fine dining, pizzas, grilled and barbecued food, snacks and sandwiches.
    Dining on Board

    Day 16

    At Sea

    With Holland America’s famously friendly and attentive service, and a range of great fine dining options, it’s easy to see why the ms Zaandam continues to attract passengers who appreciate real cruising quality. You’ll find that all dining scenarios are covered - fine dining, pizzas, grilled and barbecued food, snacks and sandwiches.

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    Day 18
    Coquimbo
    The town of Coquimbo lies just on the edge of the Elqui Valley, where fertile vineyards produce quality Syrah and Carmenere wines as well as a grape spirit called piscos at the feet of the mountains. If you follow the Ruta de Estrellas (Route of the Stars) further, the green stripes of the vines give way to a desert landscape which is one of the best places in the world for stargazing.
    Vineyards in Elqui Valley

    Day 18

    Coquimbo

    The town of Coquimbo lies just on the edge of the Elqui Valley, where fertile vineyards produce quality Syrah and Carmenere wines as well as a grape spirit called piscos at the feet of the mountains. If you follow the Ruta de Estrellas (Route of the Stars) further, the green stripes of the vines give way to a desert landscape which is one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

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    Day 19
    San Antonio - Disembark ms Zaandam
    Your final port of call is San Antonio, the port for Santiago, where your cruise ends. You’ll disembark here and fly home.
    Disembark your Ship

    Day 19

    San Antonio - Disembark ms Zaandam

    Your final port of call is San Antonio, the port for Santiago, where your cruise ends. You’ll disembark here and fly home.

ms Zaandam

You can enjoy your wonderful cruise holiday at a leisurely pace on board the elegant, attractive and spacious ms Zaandam. The musically themed ms Zaandam offers a unique atmosphere on board. Memorabilia from a variety of musical genres decorate the ship - from Bill Clinton's saxophone to signed guitars from Queen and the Rolling Stones. At the heart of the ms Zaandam is a soaring three-storey atrium with a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ. There are lots of luxurious yet cosy lounges and lovely pool decks where you’ll love unwinding and watching the world go by, as well as superb restaurants offering international fine dining in charming surroundings.

Key Facts

Entered Service: 01/05/2000

Number of Decks: 10

Passenger Capacity: 1,440

Total Crew: 561

Number of Cabins: 720

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Number of Pools: 3

Number of Restaurants: 2

Formal Nights: Yes

Kids Club: Yes

Great places to visit on board:

Digital Workshop

Learn how to edit, display and share your holiday photos and videos.

Pinnacle Grill

Celebrate the day’s adventures at this intimate restaurant with signature recipes.

The Explorer’s Lounge

Enjoy a glass of wine, a cocktail, or your favourite liqueur in this elegant and refined space.

Prices per person from

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    1. £2,199pp
  • Ocean View
    1. £2,599pp
  • Suite
    1. £3,499pp
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