Royal Caribbean announces Winter 2014-2015 Brazil cruises-Splendour of the Seas to continue seasonal South America cruises for eighth year

Royal Caribbean International today announced the winter 2014-15 Brazil and South America season of Splendour of the Seas. Sailing roundtrip from Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil, Splendour of the Seas will sail three- to eight-night Brazil cruises, calling at Buzios, Ilha Grande, and Ilhabela, and seven-night Argentina and Uruguay cruises, calling at Punta Del Este and Montevideo, Uruguay; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. A special eight-night sailing, departing December 27, 2014, will take guests to Porto Belo, Buzios, Ilha …

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Rounding the Horn of South America on the MS Veendam

In the 19th and early 20th centuries the safest way to get from the U.S. East Coast to the West Coast was to sail around the tip of South America. “Rounding the Horn,” they called it, referring to the often rough and dangerous passage for sailing ships via the island promontory called Cape Horn. Prospectors from the east chose clipper ships to make it to the California Gold Rush. Commercial shipping, too, continued to use the difficult …

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Azamara Quest sails into Buenos Aires, Argentina

ABOARD THE AZAMARA QUEST — Our nine-day cruise aboard the Azamara Quest has come to an end. After a night in port, we will disembark in the morning and move to a hotel for a few days of sightseeing in BA. This morning we did a shore excursion that was a city sightseeing trip and got an overview of this historic – and quite beautiful – Argentinean capital. As a fan of the Broadway and West End …

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Still in Brazil with Azamara, one small fishing village after another

ABOARD THE AZAMARA QUEST — So what do passengers aboard Azamara Quest do in Brazilian waters (for the fourth day) as the ship visits – and tenders passengers to the shore – one quaint fishing village/resort town after another?  Azamara Quest is not RCCL’s Allure of the Seas — no zip-lining, no FlowRider, no climbing walls — just a lot of great places to relax, play bridge, trivia games, read that best seller you’ve been trying to …

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Our Azamara journey begins, but we are still in Brazil

ABOARD THE AZAMARA QUEST — Today Azamara Quest visits another historic and coastal town in Brazil: Parati.  Established in the mid 1600s, Parati is an Indian word for “river of fish” and the name eventually covered the entire region.  The area was home to the Guaianas Indians long before the arrival of the Portuguese. The Gold Trail led from gold mines deep in the interior of the country to the port of Parati. Indigenous slave labor —  …

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Our journey begins…we board the Azamara Quest

ABOARD THE AZAMARA QUEST —About 15 years ago my husband and I sailed on a Renaissance ship through the Baltic regions. We loved the ship, its size and décor and the comfortable English country house feel noticeable the second you enter the vessel. Flash forward to Tuesday, December 18, 2012. Our embarkation of Azamara Quest worked like clockwork and our stateroom, all the way aft, was ready within an hour of boarding. The cabin, 7121, is long …

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Aboard the ms Veendam: Montevideo by Geezer Bus

ABOARD THE ms VEENDAM–Yesterday, Sunday, was a sea day, always a experience in individual self-discovery. Everyone made themselves busy with ship activities or their own projects as we sailed from Puerto Madryn toward Montevideo, Uruguay. I for one discovered that I was not in good enough physical condition for the shore excursion I had booked for today: “Montevideo Architecture & Old Town” had a graphic symbol with three hikers alongside the description – triple difficulty – yikes, …

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Aboard the ms Veendam: Puerto Madryn, my hero

I have to admit that I never heard of Puerto Madryn before this cruise. But it will be forever remembered now as the place where I got my smile back. Harking back to the day we were traversing the Chilean fjords, you may recall that a large cap on my front tooth suddenly decided dislodge itself in my stateroom when I was doing nothing more vigorous than typing on my laptop. For one reason or another, I …

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Aboard the ms Veendam: Pinnipeds and pinnacles

ABOARD THE MS VEENDAM-“I simply can’t believe where we are!” a woman said. Many of our group of about 100 felt the same way. We cruisers had deserted the Veendam to board a local ferry. It resembled more a World War II vehicle beach assault boat. In this craft we would invade an island penguin colony two and one-half hours away from Punta Arenas in the Strait of Magellan. Luckily the weather was just about perfect for …

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Aboard the MS Veendam: Strait talk about ice and soup

Aboard the MS Veendam–  I’ll always remember yesterday, November 11, because it’s the day I lost a front tooth aboard ship – or rather a very large crown, anyway. It doesn’t hurt much, but it’s pretty awful to look at. Actually I recovered the thing, but there was no way to re-install it on board. I went to the medical office down on “A” Deck, but the nurse there said quite definitely: “We don’t do dental work.” …

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