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Our South American Cruise during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Doreen Ames and Alan Galley

Our Holland America cruise around southern South America was something both of us had looked forward to for a long time, with one of the highlights being a trip to Cape Horn. Cape Horn is one of those places sailors read about but only the most experienced blue water sailors would attempt to sail there due to its tendency towards very rough weather.

Street in La Boca neighbourhood, Buenos Aires near the old port


We joined Holland Americas MS Zaandam on March 7 in the port of Buenos Aires, Argentina for a 14-day cruise to end on March 21 near Santiago, Chile. This is a mid-sized cruise ship with capacity for 1400 passengers and around 700 crew, our trip maxed out at 1243 passengers and 586 crew. Before going aboard we spent 4 days touring around this fascinating city. It has a very young, vibrant and friendly feeling, with great music and food. And, of course, you can’t go to Buenos Aires without going out to a night of Tango! We had fun while eating a late lunch alfresco in the funky neighbourhood La Boca, with tango and guacho (cowboy) dancing on the outside patio.

Learning to tango (message from our son “That’s not my mom”!!)

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