Overview

Join us on the third installment of Friendship Force's Festival at Sea cruises! Your fifteen-day Voyage on the Holland America Zaandam, begins with two days in Buenos Aires and one in neighboring Montevideo, Uruguay. Then it is on to five port-calls in Patagonia, plus a visit to the Falkland Islands. You’ll round Cape Horn, one of the greatest cruising experiences anywhere, and visit the island of Terra del Fuego with the world’s southern-most towns. Come prepared for spectacular scenery and wildlife: fjords, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, penguins, eagles, and whales. You will also encounter the unique Patagonian culture – sheep and cattle ranches with communities that are able to thrive at the Edge of the Earth. Conclude your Journey in San Antonio (Santiago), Chile. Whether you come alone or with friends, you will be right at home with your fellow Friendship Force travelers during this two-week voyage of workshops, team-building activities, and of course, plenty of sightseeing in each of our ports-of-call!

Home Hospitality

There is no home hospitality on his Journey, but your cabin will become your home for the next 15 days and you will have the opportunity to meet new friends from all over the world on your new floating neighborhood.

Live With a Local

  •  Kick off the cruise by spending morning with FFI President and CEO, Jeremi Snook. Join his workshop to learn more about the future of Friendship Force, and get to know your fellow Friendship Force friends. There will be fun activities, discussion on best practices, and more. In the afternoon join us for happy hour, were we we will talk about best practices as you take a leadership role in your club.
  • Join us for engaging workshops throughout the cruise. Here you’ll have the ability to ask any questions about Friendship Force and use your new friends as resources.
  • On our last day at sea, we will have a farewell lunch as a group.

Sightseeing Highlights

Cities we visit will include:
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Puerto Madryn, Argentina
  • Stanley/Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas
  • Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Puerto Montt, Chile
  • San Antonio (Santiago), Chile
I also loved getting to know my fellow Friendship Force ambassadors and leaders on this voyage. I found the ‘soul mate’ activity [in which participants had to locate their “perfect match” during the voyage and have dinner with them] and ‘small group’ ideas intriguing. Bring on more of that for the 2019 Festival at Sea! - Ambassador on the 2018 Festival at Sea cruise

2019 Festival at Sea Cruise

15 Days / 14 Nights Program and Itinerary:

February 21, 2019 – March 8, 2019
Coordinator: Laura Romero, FFI
laura@friendshipforce.org

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Feb. 21-22, 2019

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Buenos Aires fascinates visitors with its chaotic energy and urban beauty. One suggested activity would be exploring Buenos Aires’ many walkable neighborhoods; Palermo especially stands out, due to its vibrant restaurant scene.

Feb. 23, 2019

Montevideo, Uruguay – A smaller and more relaxed town than Buenos Aires, Montevideo has a welcoming atmosphere, a beautifully restored historic buildings, and excellent steakhouses.

Feb. 24, 2019

Day at Sea

Start your morning with President and CEO, Jeremi Snook. Join his workshop to learn more about the future of Friendship Force, and get to know your fellow Friendship Force Friends. There will be fun activities, discussion on best practices, and more. In the afternoon join us for happy hour, where we we will talk about best practices as you take a leadership role in your club.

Feb. 25, 2019

Puerto Madryn, Argentina – Wildlife lovers, be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, and whales, residing around the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Península Valdés!

Feb. 26, 2019

Day at Sea

Join us for more engaging workshops! Here you’ll have the ability to ask any questions about Friendship Force and use your new friends as resources.

Feb. 27, 2019

Stanley/Falkland Is/Islas Malvinas – Stanley is the world’s southernmost capital, founded around whale and seal hunting, though the economy today is driven by fishing and tourism.

Feb. 28, 2019

Strait Of Magellan – linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Strait of Magellan divides the mainland of South America and Tierra del Fuego island. The Strait has stunning glaciers, as well as interesting wildlife including penguins and humpback whales.

Workshops

Mar. 1, 2019

Punta Arenas, Chile – Situated on the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas has activities including penguin spotting, kayaking, visiting area farms and dining on fresh surf-and-turf specialties.

Cockburn Channel

Beagle Channel

Daylight Cruising Glacier Alley

Workshops

Mar. 2, 2019

Ushuaia, Argentina – Known for its stunning landscapes, you will be awed by glaciers, mountains, lakes, and forests. Stop by the local maritime museum, and try some fresh crab while you’re there!

Mar. 3, 2019

Scenic Cruising Cape Horn – Travel the route that was once known for its rough water and dangers it posed to those who dared to sail it.

Workshops

Mar. 4, 2019

Canal Sarmiento – With its ragged coastline and massive glaciers, Canal Sarmiento is home to a variety of marine animals including southern elephant seals and orcas.

Workshops

Mar. 5, 2019

Chilean Fjords – Meander through the fjords and channels in an area that is known for its windswept scenery and many national parks.

Workshops

Mar. 6, 2019

Puerto Montt, Chile – Take in the volcanic landscapes, sit down for a meal in the fishing village of Angelmó, and see the German influences brought in by the area’s original settlers.

Mar. 7, 2019

Day At Sea

On our last day at sea, we will have a farewell lunch as a group.

Join us in the evening for happy hour to talk about your experience so far and make plans for the future.

Mar. 8, 2019

San Antonio (Santiago), Chile – Disembark the cruise ship and enjoy the rest of the day with your new friends on shore in this coastal city!

Rate:

$3150 USD

Price Includes:
Price starts at:
Interior cabins from $3,150 for double occupancy (ONLY 1O CABINS LEFT)

Oceanview cabins are sold out

Balcony cabins are sold out

*FFI Fees Included*

Availability:

Wait list only

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  • Journey number 14381
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  • You will be traveling aboard Holland America's Zaandam, designed to carry fewer guests while offering greater space. The Zaandam is elegant and comfortable, with décor inspired by music, featuring musical instruments including signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones and a Baroque-style pipe organ.
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Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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