Make your way along the stunning western coast of South America on a cruise that includes transiting the one-and-only Panama Canal. In Santiago, take a funicular ride for wonderful views of the harbour and the surrounding hills. When calling at Arica, Chile’s northernmost city, enjoy an overnight expedition to the marvellous ruins of Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Inca citadel. Head just outside Manta, Ecuador, to Montecristi – birthplace of the Panama hat – for charming colonial architecture. Also transit through the Panama Canal, making your way through all of the Gatun Locks. And make time when you arrive in Miami to explore the trendy Art Deco District in South Beach and Little Havana’s Calle Ocho.

Package Includes
  • Airfare to Santiago and return from Miami
  • 16 night cruise aboard Norwegian Sun
  • Round trip transfers from airport to pier and pier to airport

March 15, 2019  Vancouver
Inside $2199
Oceanview Obstructed $2499
Balcony $4099
Taxes & Fees $898
Victoria, Kelowna, Comox add from $300 more
Calgary, Edmonton add from $200 more

Please call to inquire for flights from other departure cities.


16-Day South America Explorer from Santiago (San Antonio)

March 16 – April 1, 2019

Day Cruise Ports Arrive Depart
Sat Santiago (San Antonio), Chile (EMBARK)

Santiago (San Antonio), Chile
San Antonio is your gateway to Valparaiso, just 30 miles up the coast. There, enjoy the charm and colour of the hillside old quarter, or visit lovely nearby Viña del Mar and its famed floral clock. Head inland to Chile’s scenic Central Valley, the country’s breadbasket, and on to the Andes with their world-class vineyards and ski resorts. Or spend the day in metropolitan Santiago, considered the safest city in Latin America.
5:00 pm
Sun Coquimbo, Chile

Coquimbo, Chile
The quaint harbour town of Coquimbo was once the centre of Chile’s thriving gold and copper industry. And while it’s still an important shipping port, it’s also a convenient access point for beaches in all directions. While you explore, be sure to ask about locally produced wine that’s also a delicious part of the area’s culture.
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Mon At Sea
Tue Arica, Chile

Arica, Chile
Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its verdant valleys and sublime climes, Arica is a lush city amid the Atacama Desert where humans have been living for the past 10,000 years. Look out for Morro de Arica, important not only to the history of the region but a great view for those who make it to the top of this hill on the harbour.
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed At Sea
Thu Lima (Callao), Peru

Lima (Callao), Peru
Arrive in Callao, the chief port of Peru, right outside Lima to a place where fishermen in colourful boats fit right in to the picture alongside our ship. Trading routes of the 16th century saw goods from all over Peru make their way across the Andes (by mule!) to Callao, for ships headed to Spain.
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Trujillo (Salaverry), Peru

Trujillo (Salaverry), Peru
We dock in the port town of Salaverry in Trujillo, a historic city on the banks of a picturesque river in the Moche Valley. While it bustles like an emerging modern city now, it was once home to the great prehistoric cultures of the Moche and Chimu.
11:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat At Sea
Sun Manta, Ecuador

Manta, Ecuador
Pristine beaches, picturesque villages and a unique tropical dry forest await your exploration outside Manta. Or spend your day discovering the charming atmosphere and colonial architecture of nearby Montecristi, which was founded in the early 1600s. As the birthplace of the famed Panama hat, a stop at Montecristi’s local hat shops to view these pieces of woven art are a must while touring the small town.
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Mon At Sea
Tue Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Stroll the seaport town with its multi-coloured cottages and local markets. Head to Carara Tropical Rainforest to explore exotic flora and fauna with a naturalist guide. Or opt for a tour of San Jose – home of the Teatro Nacional and Museo del Oro.
9:00 am 7:00 pm
Wed At Sea
Thu Daylight Transit Panama Canal

Experience one of the world’s best short cuts! Journey 40 miles through the Panama Canal for an unforgettable experience. Witness first-hand one of the world’s manmade short cuts that has changed travel and the transport of goods worldwide.

Fri Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia
The old walled city of Cartagena reflects a turbulent history of conquistadors and pirates. Climb “las murallas” for an unforgettable view of the harbour. Shop for emeralds and leather goods along the cobblestone streets of this enchanting city.
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Sat At Sea
Sun At Sea
Mon Miami, Florida (DISEMBARK)

Miami, Florida
Miami’s amazing medley of cultures and flashy urban settings makes it a scene to be seen. Visit the trendy Art Deco district of South Beach, Calle Ocho in Little Havana, the super-upscale neighborhoods of Coconut Grove and Coral Gables and the unique ecosystem of the Everglades. Looking for a cruise from Miami?
8:00 am

Please Note:

  • Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
  • Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
  • Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.


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