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Tue, Jan 03, 2023 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, US BOARDING TIME TO BE ASSIGNED -- 5:00 pmWed, Jan 04, 2023 AT SEA -- --Thu, Jan 05, 2023 GEORGETOWN, CAYMAN ISLANDS TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 5:00 pmFri, Jan 06, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Jan 07, 2023 PUERTO LIMON (SAN JOSE), COSTA RICA 8:00 am 5:00 pmSun, Jan 08, 2023 ENTER PANAMA CANAL CRISTOBAL CRUISING ONLY TRANSIT TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE 5:00 am 5:00 amSun, Jan 08, 2023 CRUISING PANAMA CANAL CRUISING ONLY -- --Sun, Jan 08, 2023 EXIT PANAMA CANAL BALBOA CRUISING ONLY TRANSIT TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE 7:00 pm 7:00 pmSun, Jan 08, 2023 FUERTE AMADOR, PANAMA OVERNIGHT TIMES SUBJECT TO CANAL TRANSIT 8:00 pm --Mon, Jan 09, 2023 FUERTE AMADOR, PANAMA -- 5:00 pmTue, Jan 10, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Jan 11, 2023 MANTA, ECUADOR 5:00 am 8:00 pmThu, Jan 12, 2023 AT SEA -- --Fri, Jan 13, 2023 CALLAO (LIMA), PERU OVERNIGHT 4:00 pm --Sat, Jan 14, 2023 CALLAO (LIMA), PERU OVERNIGHT -- --Sun, Jan 15, 2023 CALLAO (LIMA), PERU -- 6:00 pmMon, Jan 16, 2023 GENERAL SAN MARTIN (PISCO), PERU 8:00 am 5:00 pmTue, Jan 17, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Jan 18, 2023 AT SEA -- --Thu, Jan 19, 2023 COQUIMBO (LA SERENA), CHILE 8:00 am 5:00 pmFri, Jan 20, 2023 SAN ANTONIO (SANTIAGO), CHILE 8:00 am 5:00 pmSat, Jan 21, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sun, Jan 22, 2023 ISLA ROBINSON CRUSOE, CHILE TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 5:00 pmMon, Jan 23, 2023 AT SEA -- --Tue, Jan 24, 2023 PUERTO MONTT, CHILE TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 5:00 pmWed, Jan 25, 2023 PUERTO CHACABUCO, CHILE TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 11:00 am 6:00 pmThu, Jan 26, 2023 CRUISING CHILEAN FJORDS CRUISING ONLY -- --Fri, Jan 27, 2023 SCENIC CRUISING AMALIA OR BRUJO GLA CRUISING ONLY -- --Fri, Jan 27, 2023 SCENIC CRUISING SARMIENTO CHANNEL CRUISING ONLY -- --Fri, Jan 27, 2023 STRAIT OF MAGELLAN CRUISING ONLY -- --Sat, Jan 28, 2023 PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE 7:00 am 8:00 pmSat, Jan 28, 2023 COCKBURN CHANNEL CRUISING ONLY -- --Sat, Jan 28, 2023 BEAGLE CHANNEL CRUISING ONLY -- --Sun, Jan 29, 2023 SCENIC CRUISING GLACIER ALLEY CRUISING ONLY -- --Sun, Jan 29, 2023 SCENIC CRUISING CAPE HORN CRUISING ONLY -- --Mon, Jan 30, 2023 USHUAIA, ARGENTINA 6:00 am 8:00 pmTue, Jan 31, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Feb 01, 2023 ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE CRUISING ONLY ROUTE SUBJECT TO WEATHER/ICE WEATHER,PERMISSIONS PERMITTING 8:00 am 6:00 pmThu, Feb 02, 2023 ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE CRUISING ONLY ROUTE SUBJECT TO WEATHER/ICE WEATHER,PERMISSIONS PERMITTING 8:00 am 6:00 pmFri, Feb 03, 2023 ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE CRUISING ONLY ROUTE SUBJECT TO WEATHER/ICE WEATHER,PERMISSIONS PERMITTING 8:00 am 6:00 pmSat, Feb 04, 2023 ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE CRUISING ONLY ROUTE SUBJECT TO WEATHER/ICE WEATHER,PERMISSIONS PERMITTING 8:00 am 6:00 pmSun, Feb 05, 2023 AT SEA -- --Mon, Feb 06, 2023 STANLEY/FALKLAND IS/ISLAS MALVINAS TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED TENDER SUBJECT TO WEATHER COND 8:00 am 5:00 pmTue, Feb 07, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Feb 08, 2023 PUERTO MADRYN, ARGENTINA 8:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Feb 09, 2023 AT SEA -- --Fri, Feb 10, 2023 PUNTA DEL ESTE, URUGUAY TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 3:00 pmSat, Feb 11, 2023 MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY TIME SUBJECT TO TRANSIT WINDOW 8:00 am 6:00 pmSun, Feb 12, 2023 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA OVERNIGHT TIME SUBJECT TO TRANSIT WINDOW 8:00 am --Mon, Feb 13, 2023 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA OVERNIGHT -- --Tue, Feb 14, 2023 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA TIME SUBJECT TO TRANSIT WINDOW -- 3:00 pmWed, Feb 15, 2023 AT SEA -- --Thu, Feb 16, 2023 AT SEA -- --Fri, Feb 17, 2023 SANTOS (SAO PAULO), BRAZIL 8:00 am 7:00 pmSat, Feb 18, 2023 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL OVERNIGHT 8:00 am --Sun, Feb 19, 2023 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- 3:00 pmMon, Feb 20, 2023 AT SEA -- --Tue, Feb 21, 2023 SALVADOR DA BAHIA, BRAZIL 9:00 am 11:00 pmWed, Feb 22, 2023 AT SEA -- --Thu, Feb 23, 2023 RECIFE, BRAZIL 8:00 am 11:00 pmFri, Feb 24, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Feb 25, 2023 FORTALEZA, BRAZIL 8:00 am 2:00 pmSun, Feb 26, 2023 AT SEA -- --Mon, Feb 27, 2023 ICOARACI (BELEM), BRAZIL TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Feb 28, 2023 CROSSING THE EQUATOR CRUISING ONLY -- --Tue, Feb 28, 2023 CROSSING THE AMAZON RIVER BAR, BRAZ CRUISING ONLY -- --Wed, Mar 01, 2023 CRUISING THE AMAZON RIVER CRUISING ONLY -- --Wed, Mar 01, 2023 CROSSING THE EQUATOR CRUISING ONLY -- --Thu, Mar 02, 2023 SANTAREM, BRAZIL 8:00 am 6:00 pmFri, Mar 03, 2023 BOCA DA VALERIA, BRAZIL TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 2:00 pmSat, Mar 04, 2023 MANAUS, BRAZIL OVERNIGHT TIME SUBJECT TO DAYLIGHT HOURS 10:00 am --Sun, Mar 05, 2023 MANAUS, BRAZIL TIME SUBJECT TO DAYLIGHT HOURS -- 5:00 pmMon, Mar 06, 2023 PARINTINS, BRAZIL TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 2:00 pmTue, Mar 07, 2023 ALTER DO CHAO, BRAZIL TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 2:00 pmWed, Mar 08, 2023 CRUISING THE AMAZON RIVER CRUISING ONLY -- --Wed, Mar 08, 2023 CROSSING THE EQUATOR CRUISING ONLY -- --Wed, Mar 08, 2023 CROSSING THE AMAZON RIVER BAR, BRAZ CRUISING ONLY -- --Thu, Mar 09, 2023 AT SEA -- --Fri, Mar 10, 2023 DEVILS ISLAND, FRENCH GUIANA TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED VACCINATION RECOMMENDED 8:00 am 5:00 pmSat, Mar 11, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sun, Mar 12, 2023 BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS 8:00 am 6:00 pmMon, Mar 13, 2023 ROSEAU, DOMINICA 8:00 am 5:00 pmTue, Mar 14, 2023 SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO 1:00 pm 11:00 pmWed, Mar 15, 2023 AT SEA -- --Thu, Mar 16, 2023 AT SEA -- --Fri, Mar 17, 2023 HALF MOON CAY, BAHAMAS TENDER REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 3:00 pmSat, Mar 18, 2023 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, US 7:00 am --
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Welcome to Holland America Line, recognized for nearly 150 years as a leader in premium cruising. Today, our fleet of 14 ships visit more than 470 ports of call in 98 countries connecting with all seven continents. Holland America Line guests are endlessly curious, looking to go beyond typical tourist experiences.
They''re not looking for things like waterslides, go-karts, roller coasters or climbing walls when they cruise. They are explorers who appreciate the one-of-a-kind experiences curated by the experts who manage our exclusive Explorations CentralTM destination immersion programming, with local cultural insights, insider travel tips, and unique shore excursions for an authentic experience in each destination. They are foodies who want unrivaled experiences in food, wine and spirits, and enjoy the award-winning dining influenced by our Culinary Council of seven world-renowned celebrity chefs.
They''re music lovers who appreciate the best in live music - exclusively on board at Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King''s Blues Club, Billboard Onboard, Rolling Stone Rock Room, Postmodern Jukebox, and more.* And, they want to pursue these passions on perfectly sized, refreshingly uncrowded ships that combine classic design with contemporary elegance - all with service that attends to every detail, every day. Come, savor the journey.*Venues vary by ship.
Elegant and spacious, Volendam takes her decor cues from the garden. Her grand public spaces are graced with floral fabics and tapestries, as well as huge vases of fresh floral arrangements. While on board, explore the wonders of nature in BBC Earth Experiences. Enjoy a cooking show or hands-on workshop with America's Test Kitchen. Relax with a spa treatment at the Greenhouse Salon & Spa. Or dine in one of our selection of fine restaurants.
Explore a world of intriguing culinary possibilities in the Lido Market. Steps from the Lido pool, this modern marketplace includes a curated selection of delicious options that you can grab on the go or have made to order: Breadboard, with freshly baked breads and pastries; Wild Harvest, offering a bountiful selection of hearty salads; Homestead, serving up comfort classics; Distant Lands, featuring global cuisine; Sweet Spot, for ice cream creations and desserts; Roasting Pan, hand-carved meats, fish and other hearty entrees; Perk, freshly brewed beverages and chilled juices; Quench, premium coffee, beer, wine, and soda available for purchase; Rise, savory quiches, croissants and sandwiches, and more.
Reserve a table in the intimate Pinnacle Grill for lunch or dinner and celebrate the day's adventures with cuisine inspired by the bounty of America's Pacific Northwest. In this elegantly appointed room, service is warm and engaging, and a meal is an event. The menu focuses on premium ingredients expertly prepared-from wild-caught king salmon from Alaska to sustainably raised beef from Washington State's Double R Ranch. And, every evening in this venue offers a chance for you to experience the signature recipes of Culinary Council Chef David Burke. Complementing your perfectly prepared meals are boutique wines from the Pacific Northwest and other celebrated vineyards from around the world. *Meals at Pinnacle Grill are half price for kids 12 years old or under, or free when they order from the kids' menu.
In Italy, there's nothing more important than coming together to celebrate the joy of great food. This is the inspiration for our onboard Italian restaurant, Canaletto. Enjoy amazing Italian classics like braised chicken cacciatore al forno, branzino ai ferri or garlic shrimp ravioli. And for dessert: tiramisu, cannoli alla Siciliana, gelato, and more. Buon appetito! Including pasta made fresh daily. Buon Appetito!
Dive-In offers a variety of casual culinary classics, using the highest quality ingredients. Enjoy a burger, grilled to perfection and served on a toasted brioche with our own trade-marked secret sauce. Savor a succulent Nathan's Famous gourmet hot dog with golden French fries. Or choose a grilled chicken breast sandwich or juicy portabella mushroom stack. Dive-In is the perfect spot to dine poolside on the best burgers at sea.
At Explorations Cafe, presented by The New York Times, relax in a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through one of the most extensive libraries at sea, view a wide array of audio and video programming, or simply read the morning paper. Guests can also enjoy fresh pastries and their favorite espresso drink.More Choices
- The Dining Room
- New York Pizza
- 24-Hour In-Room Dining
On Holland America Line cruises, your every wish is our pleasure to fulfill
Always at the heart of the Holland America cruise experience is our warm and award-winning style of service that is never in the way and never out of reach. We sail with nearly one crew member for every two guests, providing the intuitive, gracious service that has long defined classic cruising. Our extensive onboard services, from special dining requests to full service laundry and dry cleaning services, are designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. Our specially trained crew takes pride in anticipating and fulfilling your every wish. From our waiters and bartenders to our chefs and wine experts, our spa technicians and fitness instructors to our officers and housekeeping staff, everyone is dedicated to providing you with the gracious and personalized service that will make your cruise vacation memorable. On board the ships of Holland America Line you'll discover a cruise experience that is modern, fresh and appealing - in an ambiance that is timeless and refined.
Holland America Line offers you a wide selection of lounges onboard. The panoramic view takes center stage in The Crow's Nest at the top of the ship, where you can relax just about any time of day and enjoy your favorite drink.
The Explorer’s Lounge is an elegant and refined space to enjoy a glass of wine, a cocktail, or your favorite liqueur.
Holland America Line offers you a wide selection of lounges and gathering places onboard. Explore Mix for Champagne, Martinis, and Spirits and Ales.
Enjoy live music in this popular bar perfect for pre-dinner cocktails.
Enjoy a wide variety of duty-free shopping in such signature shops as The Vault, Diamonds and Gemstones by Mirabella, which offers the best diamonds at sea, brought to you by Sophia Fiori.
Your Holland America Line ship's Casino offers a wide array of gaming options. Whether you prefer slot machines or want to try your hand at blackjack or poker, our dealers and staff are available to provide complimentary instruction - and we offer many engaging tournament options. The Casino is only open at sea.
Greenhouse Spa & Salon
Refresh, Relax and Rejuvenate During a leisurely day at sea, few places help you refresh, relax and rejuvenate like the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. This heavenly retreat nurtures every aspect of your well-being with renowned spa rituals and healing touches. In the spa, pamper your skin with facial treatments featuring premium, naturally sourced ingredients. Nurture your body, too, with massage treatments employing time-honored, hands-on massage techniques gleaned from around the world.
Holland America Line's youth activities program, Club HAL, offers an array of entertaining events for kids and teens ages 3-17, supervised by a full-time, professionally trained staff. They'll have an opportunity to join other kids their age for arts and crafts, sports, video game competitions, scavenger hunts, challenging team games and themed parties. Club HAL is offered on board all ships except for ms Maasdam.
Stop by the professionally staffed Fitness Center equipped with the latest cardio and weight machines. Try one of our classes on indoor cycling, Pilates and more or work out at your own pace. You can also head out for fresh air and exercise on deck, where you'll find basketball and volleyball courts, and two refreshing pools (available on select ships). Some classes may have a nominal fee.
BBC Earth In Concert
We have partnered with BBC Earth to bring you unforgettable new ways to experience the world's natural wonders. Through the innovative and breathtaking programming, guests will be taken closer to the ocean and the natural world through groundbreaking concerts and films.
Explorations Central (EXC), Holland America Line's exclusive destination programming, is designed to deepen your understanding of the places you visit. Its indispensable travel resources and opportunities to engage with experts and local insiders, make exploring each port of call more vivid and meaningful.
Showcasing music, song, dance, comedy and more, the World Stage presents a myriad of performances and presentations to entertain and inform throughout your voyage.
Fifty years of chart-topping hits rock the house as two pianists play music that you know and love. It’s all part of Billboard Onboard, an interactive experience made possible by a partnership with Billboard, the leading global destination for charts, news, trends and innovation in music.
Movies On Board
Screening nightly in the movie theatre (on select ships) are recent-release films and perennially popular classics. You can also watch movies any time in your stateroom or suite.
- Entered Service: 1999
- Ship's Registry: The Netherlands
- Passenger Capacity: 1,432
- Gross Tonnage: 61,214 grt.
- Length: 781 feet
- Beam: 105.8 feet
- Maximum speed: 23 knots
Please note: Stateroom images and features are samples only. Actual furniture, fixtures, colors, configurations and window/porthole views may vary.
There are many options to cruising South America, and there is no better way to explore this vast continent than on a cruise vacation.
Originally a fort built by the U.S. Army in 1838 during the Second Seminole War, Fort Lauderdale welcomes visitors with broad, palm-fringed beaches and an easy pace of life. Stroll along fashionable Las Olas Boulevard with its stylish shops or enjoy a sightseeing cruise through the city''s canals, boasting more waterways than Venice. Or, venture out and explore the cosmopolitan city of Palm Beach, or the wildlife sanctuary of the Everglades.
Survey the neatly shuttered shops for bargains, or the twisted rock formations known as "Hell." But there's nothing hellish about the white-sand heaven of Seven Mile Beach. Sample the rum distilled here and be sure to visit the world's only sea turtle farm.
But truth be told, this isn't a tourist town per se, compared to other destinations in the Caribbean Sea . Nevertheless, there are things to see and do while you are in port.
Spend an unforgettable day cruising the Panama Canal, a fifty-one-mile waterway through the rainforest that is one of the world's engineering masterpieces. The ship glides down the canal with inches to spare, through locks that raise and lower it like a toy. Along the way it crosses enormous Gatun Lake, and the amazing Gaillard Cut, blasted out of a solid mountainside.
...The port of Manta is the busiest fishing port on earth.The Museo del Banco Central is a fantastic museum ...Manta's beaches are spacious as well as beautiful, and are home to a wide array of wildlife.There are a few truly great restaurants in Manta, and the nightlife is fantastic.
Callao is your port of entry to the glittering, elegant city of Lima, the darling of Peru. Founded by Pizarro and the Conquistadors, the capital city today offers priceless collections ranging from the Museum of Gold to the Museum of Anthropology and Archeology. Pizarro's remains can be found in the Cathedral, built in 1746. From Lima, you can also take a tour to Machu Picchu, the mysterious lost city of the Incas high in the Andes, or to Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire.
Evocative of Switzerland, Chile's lake district is noted for its pristine, almost Alpine scenery and bracing climate. Visit Lake Llanquihue (pronounced "Yankee-way"), and explore the rugged coastline leading to Ensenada. Marvel at a Fuji-like volcano, Mount Osorno, which rises to a height of 8,500 feet. View the rushing falls and turbulent rapids of Petrohue and cruise the blue-green waters of placid Lake Todos Los Santos. Taste Chilean country specialties and enjoy folklore entertainment at a rustic hosteria.
The Amalia Glacier is located in the Southern Ice Fields of Chile along the Peel Inlet. It is a beautiful site to see the white and blue silhouettes of towering ice descend from the Andes Mountains to create a frontal face that covers approximately 1km and as high as 50 meters. This size of this ice mass is generated by blizzards that help to will be amazed by the crystal aspect of this glacier.
Located within the Straits of Magellan, Punta Arenas is proud of being a frontier whaling town. Conveying the flavor of a Northern European seaport, mansions show that some early settlers made fortunes here. Tour the scenic landscapes of Patagonia, with its myriad of wildlife and breathtaking views. Or fly in a chartered airplane over the White Continent of Antarctica.
The world's southernmost city, Ushuaia overlooks Beagle Channel, named after the ship that took Charles Darwin to the bottom of the world. Founded just over one hundred years ago, this rustic town is situated amidst incredible snowcapped mountains, dramatic waterfalls, massive glaciers, and a forest known for its red foliage. Tierra del Fuego, the "Land of Fire," twelve miles to the west of Ushuaia, is known for its glacial landscape and its national park, which is a bird-watcher's paradise.
Nestled in a protected bay on the Gulf Nuevo, this unique hamlet was founded by adventurous Welsh colonists in 1865 and has maintained Welsh as its official language. Visit the Valdez Peninsula, the only known continental breeding place for elephant seals. Also watch for sea lions, whales and exotic birds.
This charming capital city, with its broad boulevards and beautiful parks, will entice you to explore the coastline. You'll also want to visit the Parque Batille y Ordonez, honoring the Father of Uruguay, and to see La Carreta-The Oxcart-a monument sculpted by Bellini.
Latin America's most sophisticated city, dubbed the "Paris of South America," invites you to stroll along broad, tree-lined boulevards to the picturesque Plaza San Martin. Tour the dazzling Teatro Colon, one of the world's greatest opera houses, and the tomb of Evita Peron. Perhaps you would enjoy a dinner ashore, followed by a performance of the Tango or an optional excursion into the pampas to visit an estancia (ranch) with traditional gaucho hospitality.
Santos is the port for Sao Paulo, the largest city in South America and the economic heart and soul of Brazil. Originally built as a Jesuit mission in the 1500's, the city's towering skyscrapers and a bustling population of 11 million now lend it the air of a subtropical New York.
Undoubtedly the highlight of everyone's South American experience, glittering Rio is a city that enchants mind, body and soul. Radiant beaches, like Ipanema and Copacabana, stretch like bejeweled arcs around the city's perimeter. The monumental 120-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer towers over Rio atop Corcovado Mountain. Take a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain for stunning panoramic views of the mountains, beaches and skyline. Visit world-renowned nightclubs where samba bands and disco dancers jump all night long.
Salvador is a dynamic collage of diverse religious and cultural groups, colorful open-air markets, tropical flowers, majestic colonial buildings, golden-sand beaches and the bubbling sensuality of the Bahian people. Visit the Sao Francisco Chapel, whose interior is paved with gold. Sample Salvador's Afro-Brazilian cuisine, including such mouth-watering specialties as "ensopada" (seafood poached in fresh coconut milk) and "vatapa" (spicy fresh shrimp).
Known as the "Venice of Brazil," lovely Recife is built on islands and connected by bridges. The tropical city is graced with churches from its Portuguese colonial past, with their frescoes and bright tiles. Browse the teeming market, spend the day at popular Boa Viagem Beach, or visit the beautiful suburb of Olinda, a perfectly intact 16th century town.
This 16th-century Portuguese town offers the most exquisite handmade lace and embroidery in all Brazil. In addition to its wonderful handicrafts, Fortaleza offers some of the loveliest golden beaches on Brazil's northeast coast. Take a drive along the coast to Brabco, where the sand dunes are beautified by watefalls. Dotting the coastline, you'll see many "jangadas," rustic fishing craft that are the unofficial symbol of the state.
Gateway to the mysterious world of the Amazon, the 371-year-old city of Our Lady of Bethlehem (now shortened to Belem) bears all the gifts of the jungle. Vendors in dug-out canoes bring tropical fish, fruit, Amazonian handicrafts and religious artifacts to Ver-O-Peso, Brazil's largest outdoor market. See the 18th century Baroque Merces Church, one of Belem's many beautiful churches.
A cultural outpost in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Manaus was famous for the extravagant lifestyle and architecture of the 19th century rubber barons who made their fortunes here. The renovated opera house stands as an opulent testament to their vast wealth.
Turning out of the muddy Amazon, you will cruise into the blue Rio Tapajos, to anchor off the village of Alter do Chao. Here you can tour the Center for Preservation of Indigenous Arts, with displays on the lifestyles of local tribes. Or cross to a white sand beach for a refreshing swim in the clear river waters.
The most notorious of the three Salvation Islands, Devil's Island functioned for generations as a French penal colony. Once known as the "Dry Guillotine" because so many prisoners died there, the island today seems haunted by the spirits of former prisoners. Henri Charriere, better known as "Papillon," claimed to be the only prisoner ever to escape the Island.
The Bajan British accent is very distinctive, reflecting both the Scepter'd Isle and the lovely one they live on. Barbados still has lovely parish churches, great manor houses and a proper Trafalgar Square along with white-sugar beaches and waving fields of cane.
The fortress of El Morro guards the harbor against long-gone Sir Francis Drake and his British privateers. The colorful streets of Old San Juan retain the Latin flavor of its seafaring past, when this was the heart of the Spanish Main. Sample the fiery rum made here, or indulge in an icy treat made from fresh tropical fruit and enjoy the Caribbean atmosphere.
Half Moon Cay has the attraction of other private islands plus some! This 2500 acre island, prides itself in maintaining the natural ecology; it protects 2400 of its acres by keeping them wholly unspoiled. Located one hundred miles SE of Nassau, its large protected bay used to be a famous refuge for pirates (or as famous as a pirate refuge can get). Enjoy nature activities, beach fun, or just swing in the hammock to the island steel band. Make sure to take at least one dip in the beach which is only chest deep 60 ft out!