Providing spectacular sights and experiences, South American cruises are still primarily for travel lovers who are looking for experiences off the more well-worn paths to the beach or the destination staples of Europe or Alaska — magnificent though they may be. No, South America and the Panama Canal generally attract more experienced travelers who have the time and the interest to appreciate a canal transit or an extended itinerary “Around the Horn,” as it’s called.
For those special enthusiasts, Celebrity Cruises has pulled the curtain back on its plans for the 2010-11 winter season with the Celebrity Infinity. This will be Celebrity’s 11th year working the Panama Canal and South America, and the menu of cruises looks delicious. The season will include visits to 13 countries via stops at a total of 30 ports. In addition to the cruise offerings, Celebrity is offering a variety of in-depth, fully escorted land tour programs that can be combined with a cruise to create a cruisetour vacation for even richer exploration of this region.
From late September to December, the ship will be making Panama Canal transits connecting Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale. Then she will sail six 14-night cruises throughout South America. These voyages, taking place from mid-December 2010 through February 2011, include sailings “Around the Horn” through the Straits of Magellan, between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Valparaiso, Chile, most of which feature an in-port overnight stay in Buenos Aires.
For the second consecutive year, there will also be two roundtrip-from-Buenos Aires “Antarctica” cruises, named for the fact that they sail through the region, past several Antarctic islands. Each of these cruises features a visit to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, as well as panoramic cruising by Elephant Island, Paradise Bay, and Gerlache Strait in Antarctica.