Magazine article Geographical

Explorers' South America: Join Cunard's Majestic Flagship Queen Mary 2 for a Historic First Voyage around South America

Magazine article Geographical

Explorers' South America: Join Cunard's Majestic Flagship Queen Mary 2 for a Historic First Voyage around South America

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Opportunities of a lifetime may be few and far between, but when they're this exciting, they're easy to spot. Cunard's magnificent flagship Queen Mary 2, one of the most famous ships in the world, makes history in 2006 by circumnavigating South America via Cape Horn. And you can be part of this spectacular 39-day Grand Voyage from New York to Los Angeles. taking in the tropical delights of the Caribbean the glamour of Acapulco and Rio de Janeiro, and the spectacular coastline of an entire continent. Alternatively, you can choose from shorter voyages of 13 to 28 nights (with optional land stays in Rio de Janeiro or Santiago), making this a unique way in which to explore the bustling cities. cultures and ancient civilizations of this fascinating continent.

In rounding the fabled Horn, the veritable Mount Everest of sailing, Queen Mary 2 will become the largest passenger ship ever to do so. As you travel in the wake of legendary mariners from centuries past, you will also rub shoulders with modern day explorers taking part in Cunard's exploration-themed lecture series. Aptly, Everest veteran Sir Chris Bonington joins Queen Mary 2 for the Cape Horn to Chliean Fjords section (26 January-8 February 2006, fares from 2,499 [pounds sterling] to 17,469 [pounds sterling] for 14 nights). …

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