43 DAY FORT LAUDERDALE – RIO DE JANEIRO CRUISE
Silversea Silver Shadow 24th January 2019
Join the Luxurious Silversea Silver Shadow in Fort Lauderdale for this magical 33 day cruise to Buenos Aires with ports of call at: Fort Lauderdale, At Sea, Cartagena, Colon, Panama Canal, At Sea, Guayaquiz, At Sea, Salaverry, Callao, Pisco, At Sea, Arica, At Sea, At Sea, Valparaiso, At Sea, Castro, Puerto Chacabuco, Laguna San Rafael, At Sea, Chilean Fjords, Punta Arenas, At Sea, Stanley, At Sea, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Punta Del Este, At Sea, Itajai, Paraty, Rio De Janeiro.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Fort Lauderdale|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
|Flights & Transfers||All Suite – Drinks & Gratuities. In Port Transport|
|43 Day Cruise|| Full Board|
|On Board Gratuity|
YOUR HOLIDAY HOME AT SEA
SILVERSEA SILVER SHADOW
Silversea’s Millennium Class luxury cruise ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper offer you freedom and space to design your day. Slightly larger in size than Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, Silver Shadow retains Silversea’s essence – spacious suites, a complement of only 382 guests, superior service – paired with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and enhanced amenities. Aboard the Silver Shadow, energize body and soul with complimentary Pilates and yoga in the expanded fitness center. Savor fine wines and regional culinary creations in La Dame, the only Wine Restaurant by Relais & Châteaux at sea. Or simply gaze at endless ocean views. Relish, relax, recharge … repeat … Silver Shadow. As with all of the vessels in Silversea’s fleet, Silver Shadow delivers a luxury cruise experience that is hard to beat.
GUESTS: 382 CREW: 302 LENGTH: 610 Feet/ 186 Meters. TONNAGE: 28,285 Tons
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR CRUISE
- All Flights.
- Suite with Butler Service
- Free WiFi
- All Transfers
- 13 Day Full Board Cruise
- In Suite beverages including Champagne
- In Port Transport
- Onboard Gratuities
Embark Silver Whisper
Day 1: Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Friday 24 January 2019. Depart at 6 pm.
Like many southeast Florida neighbors, Fort Lauderdale has long been revitalizing. In a state where gaudy tourist zones often stand aloof from workaday downtowns, Fort Lauderdale exhibits consistency at both ends of the 2-mile Las Olas corridor. The sparkling look results from upgrades both downtown and on the beachfront. Matching the downtown’s innovative arts district, cafés, and boutiques is an equally inventive beach area, with hotels, cafés, and shops facing an undeveloped shoreline, and new resort-style hotels replacing faded icons of yesteryear.
At Sea from Saturday 25 Jan to Sunday 26 Jan
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Cartagena. Arriving Monday 27 Jan at 2 pm and departing Tuesday 28 Jan at 6 pm
Cartagena’s magnificent city walls and fortresses, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enclose a well-restored historic center (the Cuidad Amurallada, or walled city) with plazas, churches, museums, and shops that have made it a lively coastal vacation spot for South Americans and others. New hotels and restaurants make the walled city a desirable place to stay, and the formerly down-at-the-heels Getsemaní neighborhood attracts those seeking a bohemian buzz.
Colon. Arriving Wednesday 29 Jan at 12 pm and departing at 7 pm
The provincial capital of Colón, beside the canal’s Atlantic entrance, is named for the Spanish-language surname of Christopher Columbus, though the Americans called it Aspinwall in the 19th century. It was once a prosperous city, as the architecture of its older buildings attests, but it spent the second half of the 20th century in steady decay. Though the 21st century brought relief to the city’s chronic unemployment problems, much of it remains a slum, and crime is endemic.
Panama Canal Transit. Thursday 30 Jan arriving at 5.30 am and departing at 7 pm
The Panama Canal bisects the country just to the west of Panama City, which enjoys excellent views of the monumental waterway. Between the canal and the rain forest that covers its islands, banks, and adjacent national parks, there is enough to see and do to fill several days. Central Panama stretches out from the canal across three provinces and into two oceans to comprise everything from the mountains of the Cordillera Central to the west, to the Caribbean coral reefs and colonial fortresses in the north, to the beaches of the Pearl Islands in the Bahía de Panamá (Bay of Panama) in the south.
At Sea Friday 31 Jan
Guayaquil. Arrive at 5 pm 1 Feb and depart at 2 Feb at 6 pm.
The second major jumping off point for the Galapagos Islands after Quito, this is a little city with a big heart. A sea port first and foremost, the city’s personality has been founded on that, and all the better it is for it too. Almost Caribbean in feeling, the clement climate coupled with the intermingling rhythms floating from the windows and abundance of fresh seafood make this a very tropical destination. Once not even considered by the travel books as a potential destination in its own right, the city has undergone something of a resurgence in the past few years.
At Sea. Monday 3 Feb
Salaverry. Arrive at 8 am 4 Feb and depart at 6 pm
Located about nine hours north of Lima, Trujillo was founded in 1534 by the Spanish conquistador Pizarro. The attractive, colonial city retains much of its original charm with elegant casonas, or mansions, lining the streets. Nearby is Chan Chan, the ancient capital of the Chimú, a local Indian tribe who came under the rule of the Incas. The area has several other Chimú sites, some dating back about 1500 years. The region is also famous as the home of the Peruvian Paso horses, as well as excellent beaches offering world-class surfing and other water sports.
Callao (Lima) arrive at 1 pm Wednesday 5 Feb. Depart 6 pm Friday 7 Feb at 6 pm.
When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru’s capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife.It’s true that the city—clogged with traffic and choked with fumes—doesn’t make a good first impression, especially since the airport is in an industrial neighborhood.
Pisco, arrive at 8 am, depart 10 pm.
Lending its name to the clear brandy that is Peru’s favorite tipple and a source of fierce national pride, the coastal town of Pisco and its surroundings hold a special place in the national psyche. It’s the point where the Argentinean hero General San Martín landed with his troops to fight for Peru’s freedom from Spanish rule. It’s the city from which pisco was first exported, and it’s also an important seaport that had its heyday during the 1920s, when guano (bird droppings used as fertilizer) from the nearby Islas Ballestas were worth nearly as much as gold.
At Sea, Sunday 9 Feb
Arica, Monday 10 Feb, arrive at 7 am, depart 8 pm.
Arica boasts that it is “the land of the eternal spring,” but its temperate climate and beaches are not the only reason to visit this small city. Relax for an hour or two on the Plaza 21 de Mayo. Walk to the pier and watch the pelicans and sea lions trail the fishing boats as the afternoon’s catch comes in. Walk to the top of the Morro and imagine battles of days gone by, or wonder at the magnitude of modern shipping as Chilean goods leave the port below by container ship.
At Sea, Tuesday 11 Feb to Wednesday 12 Feb.
Valparaiso, Thursday 13 Feb arrive at 8 am, depart at 6 pm.
Valparaíso’s dramatic topography—45 cerros, or hills, overlooking the ocean—requires the use of winding pathways and wooden ascensores (funiculars) to get up many of the grades. The slopes are covered by candy-color houses—there are almost no apartments in the city—most of which have exteriors of corrugated metal peeled from shipping containers decades ago. Valparaíso has served as Santiago’s port for centuries. Before the Panama Canal opened, Valparaíso was the busiest port in South America
At Sea, Friday 14 Feb.
Castro, 15 Feb, arrive at 12 pm, depart at 7 pm.
Bright, wooden huts teeter on stilts over Castro’s estuary waterfront, inviting you into a patchwork of colour that’s sure to brighten any day. These traditional palafitos give the warmest of welcomes, as you prepare to experience Chile at its most vibrant. Castro has faced something of a tumultuous past, having been hit by a by a succession of earthquakes and fires – the most recent a devastating earthquake in 1960. But this city is incredibly resilient, and today the capital of Chiloe Island makes for a fantastic base for exploring the archipelago that surrounds it.
Puerto Chacabuco, Sunday 16 Feb, arrive at 10 am, depart at 7 pm.
The drive from Coyhaique to the town of Puerto Aisén and its port, Chacabuco, is beautiful. The mist hangs low over farmland, adding a dripping somnolence to the scenery. Dozens of waterfalls and rivers wend their way through mountain formations. Yellow poplars surround charming rustic lodges, and sheep and cattle graze on mossy, vibrant fields. The picture of serenity terminates at the sea, where the nondescript town of Puerto Aisén and its port Chacabuco, Coyhaique’s link to the ocean, sits, a conduit to further beauty.
Laguna San Rafael, Monday 17 Feb, arrive at 7 am, depart at 7 pm.
Some 150 nautical miles south of Puerto Chacabuco lies Laguna San Rafael National Park. Getting here is in itself a wonderful experience as the ship cruises through waterways, fjords and estuaries that offer stunning scenery. Within the park is the tallest peak in the Southern Andes, Mount San Valentín at 13,310 feet. Fields of ice extend over this mountain and the surrounding hills and from it 19 glaciers are born. However, the most famous attraction is the Mount San Valentín glacier.
At Sea, Tuesday 18 Feb.
Cruising The Chilean Fjords. Wednesday 19 Feb.
Winding through the vast expanses of the Chilean Fjords will reveal mountains looming on both sides, waterfalls, and the marvel of hardy flora clinging to barren rocks. Seals and dolphins patrol the length of these uninhabited fjords as they have done for millennia. Small fishing-boats come out of Punta Arenas luring fish and trapping for king crab, while terns dip and glide coaxing their own small fish out of the deep, dark fjord waters amongst tiny islands thick with vegetation.
Punta Arenas, Thursday 320 Feb arrive 7 am, depart 8 pm.
Impenetrable forests, impassable mountains, and endless fields of ice define Chilean Patagonia, and meant that the region went largely unexplored until the beginning of the 20th century. Located in the southernmost part of the country, this area is still sparsely inhabited, though you will find a few populated places—like the colorful provincial city of Punta Arenas, which looks like it’s about to be swept into the Strait of Magellan. Some unique wildlife, particularly colonies of elephant seals and penguins, call this breathtaking topography home.
At Sea, Friday 21 Feb.
Stanley (Falkland Islands), Saturday 22 Feb, arrive at 8 am, depart at 5 pm.
Tiny Stanley, capital of the Falklands, seems in many ways like a British village fallen out of the sky. Many homes are painted in bright colours, adding visual appeal to this distant outpost. Not far offshore, the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth, is one of the many vessels remaining as a silent testimonial to the region’s frequent harsh weather conditions. The islands, also known by their Spanish name of Islas Malvinas, are home to arguably more tuxedo-clad inhabitants of the penguin variety than human residents.
At Sea, From Sunday 23 Feb to Monday 24 Feb.
Buenos Aires, Tuesday 25 Feb arrive at 6 pm, Depart Thursday 27 Feb at 6 pm.
Glamorous and gritty, Buenos Aires is two cities in one. What makes Argentina’s capital so fascinating is its dual heritage—part European, part Latin American. Plaza de Mayo resembles a grand square in Madrid, and the ornate Teatro Colón would not be out of place in Vienna. But you’ll know you’re in South America by the leather shoes for sale on cobbled streets and impromptu parades of triumphant soccer fans. Limited-production wines, juicy steaks, and ice cream in countless flavors are among the old-world imports the city has perfected.
Montevideo, Friday 28 Feb, arrive at 8 am, depart at 7 pm.
Uruguay’s capital city hugs the eastern bank of the Río de la Plata. A massive coastal promenade (malecón) that passes fine beaches, restaurants, and numerous parks recalls the sunny sophistications of the Mediterranean and is always dotted with Montevideans strolling, exercising, and lounging along the water. Montevideo has its share of glitzy shopping avenues and modern office buildings, balanced with its historic old city and sumptuous colonial architecture, as well as numerous leafy plazas and parks.
Punta Del Este, Saturday 29 Feb, arrive at 8 am, depart at 6 pm.
Part Hamptons, part Cote d’Azur, part South Beach (with a dash of Vegas tossed in for good measure), Punta del Este is a flashy destination. “Punta”—five minutes here and you’ll shorten the name just as everyone else does—and the handful of surrounding beachfront communities are, famously, jet-set resorts—places where lounging on golden sand and browsing designer boutiques constitute the day’s most demanding activities. The resort takes its name from the “east point” marking the division of the Río de la Plata on the west from the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
At Sea, Sunday 1 Mar to Monday 2 Mar.
Itajai, Tuesday 3 Mar, arrive at 8 am, depart at 5 pm.
Though founded in the early 18th century, Itajai only started to develop during the mid-19th century when surrounding parts in the Brazilian southern state of Santa Catarina began to see an arrival of European immigrants who generated business for the port. Toward the close of that century, the town itself received a considerable influx of Italian, German and Polish immigrants, whose descendants now make up the bulk of the population. Out in the countryside, neat farms and distinct European architecture are still evidence of these early immigrant settlers.
Paraty, Wednesday 4 Mar, arrive at 2 pm, depart at 7 pm.
The Costa Verde’s main attraction, the coastal village of Parati, is about 180 miles south of Rio de Janeiro. Inhabited since 1660, this small town has remained fundamentally unaltered since its heyday. It was a staging post for 18th-century trade in Brazilian gold from Minas Gerais to Portugal. Raids and pirate attacks necessitated the establishment of a new route linking Minas Gerais directly with Rio de Janeiro. A decline in Parati’s fortunes resulted; being off the beaten track, it remained quietly hidden away.
Buzios, Thursday 5 Mar, arrive at 8 am, depart at 10 pm.
Around two hours from Rio de Janeiro, Búzios is a string of beautiful beaches on an 8-km-long (5-mile-long) peninsula. It was the quintessential sleepy fishing village until the 1960s, when the French actress Brigitte Bardot holidayed here to escape the paparazzi and the place almost instantly transformed into a vacation sensation. Búzios has something for everyone. Some hotels cater specifically to families and provide plenty of activities and around-the-clock child care. Many have spa facilities, and some specialize in weeklong retreats.
Rio De Janeiro, Friday 6 Mar to Saturday 7 Mar arrive at 8 am.
Disembark The Silver Shadow Saturday 7 March for your return flight to the UK.