South America and Antarctica 2020

22-Day South America and Antarctica Knitting Adventure
w/ Beth Brown-Reinsel

Craft Cruises overview of this cruise:

We invite you to join Beth on this knitting cruise to South America and the “White Continent.” This itinerary offers spectacular scenic beauty, plenty of yarn shopping opportunities and many relaxing days at sea allowing participants time to relax, rejuvenate and learn new knitting skills.

South America is one of the world’s largest producers of natural fiber, including wool and alpaca, so knitting and yarn can be found everywhere. In Buenos Aires, for example, you’ll find a yarn district with numerous shops along the same street. Buenos Aires is a beautiful city where visitors enjoy people watching, fresh baked pastries at outdoor cafes or simply sharing in the excitement of watching a street tango. Some of the most succulent steaks in the world are raised on the rich grasses of the Argentinian Pampas. Visit the Falkland Islands and see sheep and penguins living cohesively at the Bluff Cove Farm and Penguin Rookery. This entire region has conditions perfect for sheep; large herds of sheep thrive on the pampas â?? a vast expanse of flat grasslands where only low vegetation grows due to the harsh Patagonian winds. Throughout the cruise there will be opportunities to spot herds of sheep, visit ranches where you can learn about sheep farming, fiber processing and the shepherds who work the land and care for the animals.

Few people get to experience Antarctica, which is one of the most exhilarating places on earth. This continent can be summed up in a single word, spectacular. On this trip you’ll be visiting both the Patagonian region of South America and Antarctica where you’ll find some of the most remote and scenically beautiful places on earth. You will be inspired by dramatic seascapes in one of the world’s truly last wilderness frontiers. Here cruisers are exposed to rugged, natural beauty that blows Alaska out of the water. Sea life is everywhere and is visible from the ship as well as in the numerous wilderness areas home to some of the largest penguin rookeries in the world. There are 17 penguin species worldwide with only 4 living and nesting in Antarctica, where you can get up close and very personal with wildlife and view the breathtaking mountain peaks that seem to stretch on forever.

South America is home to yarn companies producing some very gorgeous yarns including Manos del Uruguay, Malabrigo and Quintessence Alpaca. Yarn is produced throughout South America and producers have found success through their color expertise while using traditional methods for dyeing. Yarn shopping and fiber activities abound on this itinerary including shopping with an English-speaking guide in the Buenos Aires yarn district, touring the dye rooms at Malabrigo, and shopping at Manos del Uruguay in Montevideo. Other highlights include visiting a sheep farm in the Falkland Islands and a fiber co-operative in Puerto Montt where local weavers, spinners and dyers host our group with demonstrations and a market of their wares. Come on this trip and you’ll experience the best of Antarctica and South America in the company of knitters while learning new skills and being pampered onboard a luxury cruise ship.

(See the itinerary below the highlights section.)

22-Day South America & Antarctica Knitting Adventure – Cruise Highlights

    • Shop for yarn in the Buenos Aires yarn district where you’ll be overwhelmed with block after block of yarn shops stocked with yarn from floor to ceiling.
    • Learn the tango and dine on succulent Argentinian steak in Buenos Aires.
    • Tour Malabrigo to see where this beautiful yarn is created and shop at factory prices.
    • Learn how women have banded together to translate their knitting and spinning skills into sustainable incomes at Manos del Uruguay in Montevideo.
    • Shop for Manos del Uruguay yarn and garments in Montevideo.
    • Take knitting classes with expert Beth Brown-Reinsel, who is most known for her expertise in traditional knitting techniques of the 19th century.
    • Dine at one of Montevideo’s most popular restaurants specializing in fusion cooking.
    • Shop for Malabrigo and Manos del Uruguay yarn at prices far below those found elsewhere.
    • Get up close and personal with a penguin at the Bluff Cove Sheep Farm & Penguin Rookery in the Falkland Islands and shop for the unique yarns produced there.
    • Enjoy unbeatable nature viewing opportunities with on-board experts and up to six days of exploring in Antarctic waters.
    • Cruise around Cape Horn and through Glacier Alley and the Chilean Lake District.
    • Visit Lanas Chucao in Puerto Montt, Chile and learn about dyeing yarn using native plants and weaving using traditional Mapuche methods.
    • While in Santiago shop for Quintessence Alpaca and learn all about these magnificent animals at the Quintessence Alpaca Farm

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrival Date: January 31, 2020
Departure Date: February 1, 2020 Departure Time: 06:00 PM

Buenos Aires conjures up an image of sophistication, romance, friendly people, Latin sizzle, fabulous meals and robust Argentine wine. Commonly referred to as “The Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires is to many, much more appealing and affordable than many other world-class cities.

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Montevideo, Uruguay
Arrival Date: February 2, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: February 2, 2020 Departure Time: 04:00 PM

Montevideo, Uruquay is a friendly and refined city, less cosmopolitan than many of the other cities in Argentina and Brazil while still offering plenty of sightseeing possibilities. As Uruguay’s major business center, Montevideo still practices colonial customs including siestas, long lunches and high tea.

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At Sea
Arrival Date: February 3, 2020
Departure Date: February 3, 2020

While at sea you can enjoy the vast amenities offered aboard the cruise ship. Craft Cruises holds various classes during times at sea.

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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Arrival Date: February 4, 2020 Arrival Time: 10:00 AM
Departure Date: February 4, 2020 Departure Time: 06:00 PM

Puerto Madryn is located in Patagonia and is an area that is virtually untouched and has been explored by few. Most known for its gorgeous landscapes, incredible fauna and marine wildlife. Punto Tombo is home to one of the largest colonies of Magellanic penguins in the world.

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Day at Sea
Arrival Date: February 5, 2020
Departure Date: February 5, 2020

Explore the ship and enjoy taking our various classes.

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Stanley, Falkland Islands
Arrival Date: February 6, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: February 6, 2020 Departure Time: 05:00 PM

Stanley is the only true town in the Falkland Islands and is also one of the most remote and smallest capitals in the world. The islands are windswept, treeless and boggy, which lends itself to a perfect setting for the many colonies of Penguins, including Gentoo, King and Magellenic penguins. Because the winds and seas around Port Stanley are so fierce, about only half of the cruise ships scheduled to stop actually make it. With the rough seas hampering even the navigation of the tenders, it’s not surprising that the harbor and surrounding areas have more shipwrecks than any other harbor in the world. When the tide is out, you can see up to 20 hulls of shipwrecks from the 19th century shipping trade.

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At Sea
Arrival Date: February 7, 2020
Departure Date: February 7, 2020

While at sea you can enjoy the vast amenities offered aboard the cruise ship. Craft Cruises holds various classes during times at sea.

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Antarctic Experience
Arrival Date: February 8, 2020
Departure Date: February 11, 2020

After a day and a half crossing the Drake Passage, which separates South America from Antarctica, your Holland America ship will arrive at the White Continent. You’ll begin your Antarctic Expedition…

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Day at Sea
Arrival Date: February 12, 2020
Departure Date: February 12, 2020

Explore the ship and enjoy taking our various classes.

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Cape Horn and Drake Passage
Arrival Date: February 13, 2020
Departure Date: February 13, 2020

Cape Horn and Drake Passage – Scenic Cruising

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Ushuaia, Argentina
Arrival Date: February 14, 2020 Arrival Time: 07:00 AM
Departure Date: February 14, 2020 Departure Time: 03:00 PM

Ushuaia, Argentina is the southernmost city in the World and offers everything from the sea, mountains and forests. Surrounded by lakes, bays, forests and glaciers this extremely colorful town is flanked by the Beagle Channel and the Andes mountains. The climate in Ushuaia is far from what you would expect that close to Antartica. Unlimited sporting opportunities abound in Ushuaia. From mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, climbing, diving and sport fishing, there is something for everyone. If you would rather, you can enjoy a day trip along the Beagle Channel and Lapataia Bay in Tierra del Fuego National Park and take in the spectacular sights of southern Argentina.

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Glacier Alley
Arrival Date: February 14, 2020
Departure Date: February 14, 2020

Glacier Alley – Scenic Cruising

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Beagle Channel
Arrival Date: February 14, 2020
Departure Date: February 14, 2020

Beagle Channel – Scenic Cruising

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Punta Arenas, Chile
Arrival Date: February 15, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: February 15, 2020 Departure Time: 04:00 PM

Punta Arenas is another beautiful, colorful city and the gateway to Chilean Patagonia. The dividing line between Antarctica to the south and Patagonia to the north, Punta Arenas is the capital of Chile’s wool industry and first became a thriving city during the California gold rush when it served as a port for clipper ships. Perhaps one of the most dazzling places on earth, Chilean Patagonia boasts many islands, mountains, glaciers and icebergs in a truly beautiful arrangement.

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Strait of Magellan
Arrival Date: February 15, 2020
Departure Date: February 15, 2020

Strait of Magellan – Scenic Cruising

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Canal Sarmiento
Arrival Date: February 16, 2020
Departure Date: February 16, 2020

Be among the lucky few to spend a glorious day scenic cruising through Tierra del Fuego and the snow-capped peaks and ethereal blue glaciers of Canal Sarmiento. Cutting through Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, this majestic waterway is surrounded by other-worldly beauty. Enjoy breakfast or lunch on your private verandah and watch as Amalia Glacier comes into view and witness countless seabirds that make their home in this dramatic landscape.

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Amalia Glacier
Arrival Date: February 16, 2020
Departure Date: February 16, 2020

Amalia Glacier – Scenic Cruising

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Chilean Fjords
Arrival Date: February 17, 2020
Departure Date: February 17, 2020

Fjords more spectacular than those in Norway or Alaska? See them here along the southern coastline of Chile . . .a 1,000-mile maze of virgin-forested islands, glistening glaciers and more fjords than in all of Scandinavia.

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Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
Arrival Date: February 18, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: February 18, 2020 Departure Time: 05:00 PM

Here in the heart of the Chilean archipelago, discover stunning scenery: dense rain forests, bright-blue lakes and snow-covered mountain peaks.

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Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile
Arrival Date: February 19, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: February 19, 2020 Departure Time: 05:00 PM

A 30-minute ferry crossing away from mainland Chile across the Chacao Channel, verdant Isla Chiloe – the largest in the Chiloe archipelago – is another world. Sixteen wooden churches are clustered around Castro on the island’s east coast, each with UNESCO World Heritage status. Traditional palafitos (houses on stilts) dot its shores. To the west, Chiloe National Park is home to foxes, sea lions and otters, and provides unspoiled terrain for horseback riding, sea kayaking and fishing. Many Castro houses are elaborately shingled with intricate designs, and the cathedral is a lovely, vaulted structure made with local hardwoods.

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Puerto Montt, Chile
Arrival Date: February 20, 2020 Arrival Time: 08:00 AM
Departure Date: February 20, 2020 Departure Time: 05:00 PM

Puerto Montt is tucked into a mountainside and was originally covered by a thick forest. Due to its close proximity to the open sea, an expedition began clearing the area in 1851 and building houses for the new inhabitants. Named for Manuel Montt who was the president of Chile when it was founded in 1852, this small town still enjoys Germanic influence from the days when the town was populated by German immigrants. As the capital of Chile’s Lake District, Puerto Montt experiences 220 days of rain annually. Although there is plenty to do in town, the main focus of the area is the outdoor opportunities.

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At Sea
Arrival Date: February 21, 2020
Departure Date: February 21, 2020

While at sea you can enjoy the vast amenities offered aboard the cruise ship. Craft Cruises holds various classes during times at sea.

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Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile
Arrival Date: February 22, 2020 Arrival Time: 07:00 AM
Departure Date: February 22, 2020

Santiago is the official capital of Chile with the cruise port actually located in the City of Valparaiso, a vibrant center of Chilean culture. Before traveling to Santiago, plan on spending some time in this beautiful resort town with cable cars, tiered city plans and the magnificent sea views. Enjoy an excellent three course meal at one of the many restaurants.

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