Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.
Day Callao (Lima), Peru-- A 45-minute drive from the port city of Callao brings you to exciting Lima, the City of Kings. From its founding in 1535 until today, it remains one of the most important cities in all South America. The handsome old buildings from the earliest colonial days surrounding the Plaza de Armas contrast with the soaring modern towers rising in the newer sections of the city.
Day Callao (Lima), PeruDeparts 05:00 PM A 45-minute drive from the port city of Callao brings you to exciting Lima, the City of Kings. From its founding in 1535 until today, it remains one of the most important cities in all South America. The handsome old buildings from the earliest colonial days surrounding the Plaza de Armas contrast with the soaring modern towers rising in the newer sections of the city.
Day General San Martin (Pisco), PeruArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Pisco dates from 1640, and its Plaza de Armas is a Spanish colonial treasure. Another treasure is the Ballestas Islands, an offshore cluster of rocky outcroppings teeming with seabirds, penguins, sea lions, dolphins and other wildlife. Many visitors take the opportunity to take a scenic flight over the huge, mysterious Nazca Lines pictographs etched into the nearby desert surface 2,000 years ago. And still more belly up to a bar to sample a Pisco Sour cocktail made with the Pisco brandy distilled from locally grown grapes.
Day At Sea
Day At Sea
Day At Sea
Day Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa RicaArrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM The principal town of Costa Ricas Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas gives access to several of the nations ecological reserves, including the Monteverde Reserve, as well as highlights of the highlands such as the famous woodcarving center of Sarchi and the distinctive highland town of Grecia with its metal Gothic church. At the nearby Carara National Park, visitors can see the Pura Vida waterfall, some 650 feet high and keep an eye out for brilliant Scarlet Macaws.
Day San Juan del SurArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM San Juan del Sur's small-town lifestyle is centered around the sea. In fact, the majority of San Juan's residents make their living from it, fishing or managing dive and snorkel tours in and beyond the picturesque bay. International travelers also find San Juan's waters superlative for surfing, fishing, and other water sports, and its neighboring beaches ideal for embracing the Nicaraguan beachfront mantra: Relaxation, with a capital R.
Day Corinto, NicaraguaArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Puerto Corinto -- a small, tropical paradise in northwest Nicaragua's Chinandega department -- is a common stop for cruise ships touring the Panama Canal area. Puerto Corinto, founded in the 1858, is Nicaragua's largest port; it has lovely, white sand beaches and clear, cerulean water. The city sits on the Punto Icaco island and is connected to the mainland by bridges.
Day Puerto Quetzal, GuatemalaArrives 07:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala's largest port on the Pacific Ocean side of this Central American country, important for both cargo and cruise ships. There's not a great deal to see and do in Puerto Quetzal itself, and visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly. Yet you shouldn't despair, either; Puerto Quetzal is an ideal point of departure for exploring several corners of the country. Choose your mode of transportationplane, bus, car or boatand decide whether you want to take in Guatemala's stunning, volcano-studded landscape, one (or more!) of the country's Maya sites, the UNESCOrecognized colonial city of Antigua (the former capital), a coffee plantation or one of the many beguiling bodies of water. In addition to the gleaming Pacific, there's Lake Atitlán, which 19th-century German explorer Alexander von Humboldt described as the most beautiful lake in the world. All of these attractions are accessible as day trips, and getting to them is all part of your Guatemalan adventure.
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Day At Sea
Day Manzanillo, MexicoArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Acclaimed as "The World's Capital of Sailfish," Manzanillo is a superb nautical destination, boasting smooth waves, moderate currents and twenty golden beaches. Its maritime history dates back to the 17th Century, where it was the starting point for numerous expeditions to the Orient. Halfway between the United States and Guatemala, Manzanillo is slow in developing, which contributes to its charm. However, it is quickly gaining in popularity due to the railway and superhighway that now connect Manzanillo and Guadalajara. It isn't just accessibility that draws people to this rustic seaside town, but the spectacular beaches, the excellent deep sea fishing, and deluxe resorts like the unique Moroccan-styled Club Las Hadas that was featured in the film "10.
Day Puerto Vallarta, MexicoArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Unique compared to Acapulco, Cancún, Zihuatanejo and several other coastal resort towns in Mexicomany of which were created by the government as planned communitiesPuerto Vallarta ("PV" to locals), on the Pacific Ocean, retains quite a bit of its colonial-era charm. Its town square, Plaza de Armas, and the gorgeous parish church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, topped with an ornate crown and overlooking the port, serve as the loveliest representations of bygone ages. Alongside these echoes of the past are more modern attractions, including an ambitious public art project along the seaside walkway (the malecón) and trendy restaurants such as La Leche, serving contemporary Mexican cuisine. Round these out with plenty of fun-in-the-sun outdoor activities on and along Banderas Bay (whale-watching! snorkeling! jet-skiing!), excursions that reveal the best of Puerto Vallarta's flora and fauna, and a side trip to one of Mexico's pueblos mágicos (magical towns, a designation conferred by the government to recognize smaller towns that possess historical and cultural value), and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more pleasant place to spend part of your cruising vacation.
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Day At Sea
Day San Diego, California, USArrives 07:00 AM "Easygoing San Diego embodies the Southern California surfer town fantasy, with its more than 300 days of sun, mild year-round temperatures and accessible, sporty pastimes and tourist attractions. You can hike the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve to get a glimpse of whale migrations, go sailing in the bay and, of course, surf the famous swells of Del Mar, Oceanside and La Jolla (among many other superb spots). But the sixth-largest city in the United States is surprisingly nuanced, with distinctive neighborhoods: Old Town, North Park, Point Loma and Coronado are all within a few miles of the port, while the bustling Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy are within walking distance.
And while there are lots of things to do for everyonefrom visiting the countrys largest urban park to taking in the famous horse-racing season in Del Mar to riding the charming Old Town Trolleydefinitely dont pass up the chance to investigate San Diegos quickly growing reputation as a culinary destination. Its inventive new restaurants and huge craft-brewing industry are something to be explored."