Please note that every sea day we will have 2 one-hour clinics each morning and then a session of Duplicate Bridge each afternoon. Even on many port days there will be an afternoon Duplicate Session should we get back to the ship in time. A partner is guaranteed so you always have a game.
Oosterdam is the second in Holland America Line’s series of Vista-class ships. Launched in 2003 with a capacity of 1900 passengers she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies and is the perfect, spacious, mid-sized ship. The centerpiece of Oosterdam is a magnificent Waterford crystal globe, prominently displayed in the three-story atrium. She features an extensive use of crystal, marble, inlaid woods and brass, lovely flower arrangements, priceless artwork and antiques and a full wraparound teak promenade deck with padded deck chairs. Throughout the ship there are restaurants to suit every mood, from authentic Italian cuisine to a legendary experience at Le Cirque to a perfectly grilled porterhouse steak. Savor the many diverse restaurants and delicious menus inspired by the latest trends. Evenings on board brim with choices. Take in a thrilling show in the lounge, try your luck in the Casino, or sing along in the piano bar. Explore the varied gathering places to suit every taste. A highlight is the BB King’ Blues Club. Direct from Beale Street, the B.B. King All-Star band brings the best of Memphis music to sea.
Welcome to another memorable Bridge Cruise/ Holiday with Gary Brown and his OZ Bridge Travel team. Gary is author of 6 Bridge books, with one winning the prestigious 2007 American Bridge Teachers’ Association’s ‘Book of the Year’. He also created Flash Cards (the Ultimate Guide by the Bridge Player’s Side). He runs duplicates, teaches and organises Bridge Holidays around the globe – having now hosted over 55 Cruise Holidays/Bridge Boot Camps. Our focus is always on making the experience – your ‘trip of a lifetime’. The Bridge program is extensive, but casual. You play only when you want. A partner is guaranteed. Non-Bridge playing spouses often join us, so please bring yours along! There is much to see and do!VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Saturday January 6, 2024 Santiago, Chile
Today we board our flight to Santiago. As we cross the International Date-Line we will arrive on the same date that we depart Australia. After clearing Customs we will be transferred to our hotel, with free time to relax.
DAY 2 Sunday January 7, 2024 Embarkation
This morning we will take a tour of Chile’s capital city, Santiago; including the Civic Centre, La Moneda Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas and the main square. We’ll head towards the Bellavista district, home to many of Santiago’s artisans, that is lined with galleries, open-air cafés and restaurants. The lookout on San Cristobal Hill, its tallest peak, has a wonderful panoramic view of the city. In the afternoon we will transfer to the Oosterdam for embarkation.
DAY 3 Monday January 8, 2024 At Sea
Our first day at sea and our first full day of Bridge!! This evening, join fellow group members at our welcome drinks to celebrate the start of our fabulous adventure to Antarctica.
DAY 4 Tuesday January 9, 2024 Puerto Montt, Chile
This morning we arrive into Puerto Montt, the heart of the Chilean Lakes Distric. We will tour the surrounding lake region – including an unspoiled Chilean National Park. Nearby is Rancavi Sound, a body of water located immediately south of Puerto Montt. It is where geologists tell us the ‘Intermediate Depression’ falls into the Pacific Ocean. It’s also an ideal place to catch a glimpse of three volcanoes, Mounts Oorno, Calbuco and in the distance, Puntiagudo.
DAY 5 Wednesday January 10, 2024 Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
Along the wild western coast of Chile’s fjord land, 400kms south of Puerto Montt, Patagonian ice-sheets fall into the sea in neon blue splendour. One of the last frontiers, there are few such remote and underdeveloped places left on this planet than Puerto Chacabuco. On our tour, we’ll also enjoy the Rio Simpson National Reserve 37kms west of the town Coyhaique, providing us with yet another opportunity to enjoy Chile’s remote natural beauty – canyon rivers, valleys, beaches, waterfalls and forests.
DAY 6 Thursday January 11, 2024 Chilean Fjords
Today, we continue cruising through the Chilean Fjords stretching from the Strait of Magellan to Puerto Montt, some of the most magnificent fjords in the world. As your eyes work their way up the jagged walls of mammoth glaciers, you may also be rewarded with an Andean condor sighting. On the ocean’s surface, the Magellan penguins always put on a good show.
DAY 7 Friday January 12, 2024 Chilean Fjords & Canal Samiento
The goal of these two days of cruising is to sight the Amalia Glacier, which is a highlight of the memorable few days of natural beauty all around us. In the central Southern Patagonian Ice Fields, the Amalia descends from the Andes Mountains and sits towering above the sea (and us). The glacier’s immense weight causes the oxygen to be pressed out of the ice, giving it a startlingly beautiful crystalline appearance. Amalia is hailed as one of three spectacular glaciers that are genuine once-in-alifetime sights. Cruising through the Tierra del Fuego gives us a chance to witness what some observers have poetically described as the “ethereal blue” glaciers of Canal Sarmiento.
DAY 8 Saturday January 13, 2024 Punta Arenas, Chile
Early next morning, we arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile’s most southerly city with a rich sheep farming history, as it is surrounded by Patagonian grazing plains. On our tour we explore the town lined by the impressive townhouses of the sheep barons and the tree-lined Plaza de Armas Square and La Cruz Hill. Back on board, we cruise through the Straits of Magellan, a 580km strait named for the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, who famously discovered a way to circumnavigate the globe. We’ll retrace Magellan’s route as we make the only natural crossing available between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans – with the notable alternative, of course, being the mechanised Panama Canal, far to the north of South America, in Central America!
DAY 9 Sunday January 14, 2024 Ushuaia, Argentina
This afternoon we arrive in Ushuaia, for all the obvious reasons known as the ‘city on the bottom of the world’. Located on the island of Tierra del Fuego (‘Land of Fire’), it’s a breathtaking landscape, known for its plains surrounded by snowcapped mountains. After disembarking, we take a sightseeing tour of the city and the surrounding Tierra del Fuego National Park to marvel at its endless nature and ever-changing geography. In the morning we cruise through Cockburn Channel – a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago on the extreme southern tip of South America, partly in Chile and partly in Argentina. We then enter Beagle Channel about 240 kilometres long and at its narrowest point only about 5 kilometres wide. It extends east to Darwin Sound and Cook Bay in the west. Glacier Alley is literally embedded in the Darwin Range on the north-west arm of the Beagle Channel. From a lookout at Pia Glacier, we have a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. Prepare to hear thunderous noises caused by large masses of ice cracking and dropping into the bay. Weather permitting; we will sail past glaciers such as Italia, Holanda, Alemania, Francia and Romanche, among others.
DAY 10 Monday January 15, 2024 Cape Horn, Argentina
We continue our journey through Drake Passage, then around the bottom of South America, past the tip of the continent. This deep waterway connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Cape Horn – the southernmost tip of South America – remains a maritime legend. Sailing around this remote point has always been regarded as one of the most challenging nautical routes on the planet with big seas and unpredictable conditions.
DAY 11 Tuesday January 16, 2024 Antarctic Sound
After 10 days of travel we’re in the Antarctic, starting with Antarctic Sound, a body of water about 50kms long and anything from 11 to 19kms wide. Cruise ships have been visiting this part of Antarctica for more than 10 years; The Sound separates the Joinville Island group from the northeast end of the Antarctic Peninsula.
DAY 12 Wednesday January 17, 2024 Antarctic Sound
As we continue south we begin to pass one iceberg then another. On board over these few days viewing the Antarctic region, expert lectures are on offer for those who prefer to stay indoors. Or, despite the potentially icy winds, you may find it hard to resist the lure of remaining outdoors all day to absorb the beauty of this area.
DAY 13 Thursday January 18, 2024 The Danco Coast, Antarctica
A highlight of the trip – the mainland of Antarctica! View the spectacular Antarctic scenery of icebergs and ice-covered mountains rising out of the ocean. The Danco Coast is the portion of the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula between Cape Sterneck and Cape Renard. This coast was first explored in 1898 by a Belgian expedition who named it after Emile Danco, who died during the expedition. History is easier to comprehend as we witness this rugged geography.
DAY 14 Friday January 19, 2024 The Palmer Archipelago, Antarctic
Enjoy the spectacular scenery from the Bridge room as we cruise. Today, we see the Antarctic islands – the scenery is spectacular! We cruise through the Palmer Archipelago, also known as Antarctic Archipelago, a group of islands off the northwestern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. It extends from Tower Island in the north to Anvers Island in the south and is separated by the Gerlache and Bismarck Straits.
DAY 15 Saturday January 20, 2024 At sea
A full program of Bridge today. Today we have a day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship.
DAY 16 Sunday January 21, 2024 At sea
A full program of Bridge today. Today we have a day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship.
DAY 17 Monday January 22, 2024 Stanley, Falkland Islands
Today, we arrive in Stanley, the capital of an archipelago of more than 700 islands that make up the Falklands, located off the east coast of South America. This quaint seaside town is dotted with colourfully painted houses, small shops and restaurants and a truly unique scenic landscape. On our sightseeing tour we will see the traditional British charm that is preserved in this overseas territory of the United Kingdom. We will see Stanley House, the only brick house in town and Government House, the home of the islands’ governor and beautiful flower gardens. We also take in some sights from the nasty 10-week Falklands conflict in 1982.
DAY 18 Tuesday January 23, 2024 At sea
A free day to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the facilities of the ship.
DAY 19 Wednesday January 24, 2024 Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Today we tie up at Puerto Madryn in the mind-boggling region of Patagonia. Taking in both Argentina and Chile, at ‘the south of the world’, Patagonia is one of those places that has the lot – immense natural beauty; vast plains, forests, lakes, snowcapped mountains, fertile valleys, ocean shores and glaciers! We will visit nearby Peninsula Valdés, a wildlife sanctuary for birds and marine species, including rheas, oystercatchers, flamingos, egrets, whales, elephant seals, sea lions and many other species of wildlife. In addition, Puerto Madryn itself has an interesting history. Long after Spanish explorers landed, this area was settled by Welsh colonists.
DAY 20 Thursday January 25, 2024 At sea
A full program of Bridge today. Today we have a day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship.
DAY 21 Friday January 26, 2024 Punta del Este
Mid-morning we arrive in the picturesque seaside city of Punta del Este, the Monte Carlo of South America. Our sightseeing tour takes in every corner of this majestic city, from its sandy beaches to busy city streets. We will see the 45-meter-high lighthouse, built in 1860 with volcanic sand from Rome. See the upscale shops and restaurants along the famed Avenida Gorlero and peruse the local handicrafts while at Plaza Artigas. We traverse the La Barra Bridge and experience the sensation of driving over the famous wave-like bridges. Created by Leonel Viera in 1965, this bridge served to expand the area of Punta del Este and helped pioneer the design of concrete segment bridges of this kind. We will also see gleaming yachts at the Port, the Brava Beach coast and stunning homes of the rich and famous in the residential districts such as San Rafael, the romantic Hotel L-Auberge, Beverly Hills and the iconic Casa Pueblo and Carlos Paez Vilaro Museum.
DAY 22 Saturday January 27, 2024 Montevideo, Uruguay
Today, we arrive in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of South America’. Geographically, Lonely Planet cleverly described this small country as “wedged like a grape between Brazil’s gargantuan thumb and Argentina’s long forefinger.” We have a sightseeing tour of the city with its blend of traditional and European architecture. We will visit the Old Town of Ciudad Vieja, the city’s cultural heart.
DAY 23 Sunday January 28, 2024 Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has been dubbed the ‘Paris of South America’. On our tour of this fascinating city we travel down 9 de Julio Avenue – said to be the widest avenue in the world, passing some of the city’s important buildings – the famous Colon Opera House, the Obelisk, commemorating the founding of the city in 1536, to get to Plaza de Mayo, Government House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, with the mausoleum of General Jose de San Martin – one of Argentina’s greatest independence heroes and political leaders. From there, we head into La Boca, a ‘typically Italian’ quarter where Argentina’s first Italian immigrants settled. These days it’s known for its colourful houses, tango-dancing and its soccer team. We continue our tour to the city’s port area and onto Palermo Chico, a ‘cool’ residential district with plenty of cafés, bars, restaurants, galleries, shops and artisan markets. Our tour ends in the elegant Recoleta district and a visit to the tomb of ‘Evita’ – the infamous late Eva Peron.We return to the ship for our final night aboard.
DAY 24 Monday January 29, 2024 Buenos Aires
Today, after disembarkation, we visit a ranch on the Pampas, South America’s fertile grassland plains – to experience some of the heritage of this country, including an authentic Argentinean B BQ – arguably a BBQ like no other in the world. We also see a group of Gauchos (legendary Argentinean cowboys) show us their prowess at throwing bolas (balls connected by strong cord used to catch cattle) and, lassoing. Originally, gauchos roamed most of Argentina and also much of Brazil and Uruguay. There’s an entire genre of dances, folktales, songs and even words exclusive to the gaucho culture. Later we will be transferred to our hotel.
DAY 25 Tuesday January 30, 2024 Buenos Aires
A free morning before we are transferred to the airport for our return flight to Australia.
DAY 26 Wednesday January 31, 2024 In flight
DAY 27 Thursday February 1, 2024 Arrival Australia
Having crossed the International Date Line east to west we lose a day and arrive in Australia today. What an unforgettable journey!
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