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5 Great Argentina Cruises

Silver Whisper
Silver Whisper; credit: Pjotr Mahhonin, Wikimedia Common

For those looking to enjoy the perfect combination of South American beauty and culture, including the waterfalls, tango, salsa, the charming Italian district and a whole myriad of other attractions, Argentina is often one of the preferred choices. 

Every year, tourists embark on cruises of tailor-made itineraries as per their interests, budget and schedule. Below is a list of the best cruise options to Argentina. Compare and contrast the offers, then contact the agents directly for more information or to book.

1. Silversea: Buenos Aires, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile

Silversea’s 16-day Buenos Aires cruise on the Silver Whisper takes visitors to Argentina, Uruguay, the Falkland Islands and Chile. During the days in Argentina, explore:

San Telmo: Bohemian San Telmo’s cobblestone streets teem with early-19th-century colonial buildings, antiques shops, galleries, and tango halls.

La Boca: The vibrant working-class neighborhood of La Boca served as the first port of Buenos Aires. Cobblestones, tango dancers, and vividly painted conventillos (rooming houses) have has made La Boca the charming face of Buenos Aires.

Plaza de Mayo: Many of the country’s most significant historical events transpired around the center of Plaza de Mayo.

El Centro: Attraction cinclude the Obelisco (Obelisk) is one of Buenos Aires’s most prominent landmarks. Here, visitors can find a 865-acre Reserva Ecológica that was built over a landfill and is home to more than 500 species of bird and a variety of flora and fauna. 

La Recoleta: Elegant residential and shopping district, complete with boutiques, cafés, old apartment buildings, mansions, and cultural centres.

Palermo: Houses over 350 acres of parks, wooded areas, and lakes. Palermo provides a peaceful escape from the rush of downtown.

2. Seabourn: Patagonian Passage East

Be spoiled on the Seabourn Sojourn and enjoy 15 unforgettable nights on the Patagonian Passage East Cruise exploring South America. The 5 star cruise sails from Santiago and visits 14 ports in 5 countries before finishing at Buenos Aires.

The first destination in Argentina is Ushuaia, where optional excursions include a catamaran ride on the Beagle Channel and a hiking trip in the Tierra Mayor Reserve, a forested region at the base of the Alvear Mountains.

Cruisers also visit the Falkland Islands, 300 miles from the coast of Argentina, to explore Port Stanley, and then continue to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. This is the final port of call before the cruise returns to Argentina and ends in Buenos Aires.

3. Holland America Line

Holland America Line: 16-Day South America Explorer cruise encompasses destinations in Chile, Argentina, the Falkland Islands, Uruguay and Brazil. It begins in Santiago, heads south along the edge of the continent, circles Cape Horn then continues northward to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In Argentina, go penguin-spotting by catamaran, take a driving tour of Tierra Del Fuego National Park and even tour the landmarks of Buenos Aires by bicycle. Nine different wildlife, nature and cultural tours are available in the Falkland Islands off Argentina’s coast.

4. Celebrity Cruises: 14-Night Valparaiso-Buenos Aires Cruise

The 14-night Valparaiso-Buenos Aires cruise includes three ports of call in Argentina (Ushuaia, Puerto Madryn and Buenos Aires) and two in Uruguay (Punta del Este and Montevideo).

5. MSC Cruise

Argentina is a key destination for MSC Cruise lines on their South American itineraries. Cruise passengers can take part in their excursion packages to help them make the most of their time in Argentina and ensure full benefits from the best deals.

MSC’s cruise ships dock at Buenos Aires, the city often referred to as the ‘Paris of South America’. Here, visitors can experience a fabulous mix of beautiful European architecture and the famous Tango before tucking into excellent Argentinean beef in one of the city’s ‘parilladas’ or grill restaurants.

Moreover, there are guided tours of the top sights in the capital and its environs. This include the San Telmo district, Florida Street for shopping fans, the historic Plaza de Mayo square, the Eva Peron and fine arts museum.

It’s unquestionable that passengers who travel on cruise holidays to this special part of the world can look forward to a vacation marked by exuberance, passion, culture and history. On a final note, remember that on cruise itineraries that round the southern tip of Argentina, passengers may be able to sign up for a flightseeing excursion over Antarctica.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
February 17, 2020

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