No matter where you sail, you’ll enjoy the star treatment on board the sparkling Star Princess. From her relaxed ambience to tantalizing dining options and incredible features like the piazza-style Atrium, Movies Under the Stars® and The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved for adults, you’re sure to feel indulged every moment of your stay.
- Airfare to Los Angeles and return from Santiago
- 16 night cruise aboard Star Princess
- Round trip transfers from airport to pier and pier to airport
Book by Aug 7: Travel Best Bets Exclusive: $85 USD per cabin onboard credit!
|December 4 – 20, 2018||Vancouver|
|Taxes & Fees||$898|
|Victoria, Kelowna, Comox add from $300 more|
|Calgary, Edmonton add from $300 more|
Please call to inquire for flights from other departure cities.
|Date||Port of Call||Arrive||Depart|
|Dec 4||Los Angeles, California||–||4:00pm|
|Dec 5||At Sea||–||–|
|Dec 6||Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Tender Required, Wheelchair Access Limited
|Dec 7||At Sea||–||–|
|Dec 8||At Sea||–||–|
|Dec 9||At Sea||–||–|
|Dec 10||Puntarenas, Costa Rica||9:00am||8:00pm|
|Dec 11||At Sea||–||–|
|Dec 12||At Sea||–||–|
|Dec 13||At Sea||–||–|
|Dec 14||Lima (Callao), Peru||7:00am||–|
|Dec 15||Lima (Callao), Peru||–||6:00pm|
|Dec 16||Pisco (San Martin), Peru||8:00am||5:00pm|
|Dec 17||At Sea||–||–|
|Dec 18||At Sea||–||–|
|Dec 19||La Serena (Coquimbo), Chile||7:00am||3:00pm|
|Dec 20||Santiago (San Antonio), Chile||5:00am||–|
The City of Angels always hovers between dream and reality. Once a near-forgotten colonial outpost, the pueblo metamorphosed into an agrarian paradise before reinventing itself as a movie colony. Perhaps no other city owes so much to the technological innovations of the 20th century, from the automobile to the airplane. Little wonder that LA is oft described as the “dream machine.” In LA, reinvention is a way of life. Yet this talent for change has created a city with a rich ethnic diversity and a sizzling culture. LA is the source for trends that migrate across the country and then the world. Where else can you enjoy a Thai taco or munch on a kosher burrito? Or travel from downtown’s high rises to the beaches of Malibu, shopping in Beverly Hills along the way?
Cabo San Lucas
Millennia ago, Cabo San Lucas was part of the Mexican mainland. Then a massive rupture of the San Andreas Fault sent the waters of the Pacific crashing into the newly formed depression, creating the Sea of Cortez and the Baja Peninsula. Lying at the very tip of Baja, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas – or “Cabo” – is one of the premier resort destinations in the Western Hemisphere. Swim in the transparent waters, marvel at the wealth of marine life, relax on one of the white-sand beaches or try your hand at some of the finest sportfishing in the world.
To Spanish explorers, the rumors of gold and vast riches could only mean that this section of Central America was the costa rica – the “Rich Coast.” Hailed as the Switzerland of the Americas, Costa Rica occupies a unique position, lying between two oceans and two continents. On both coasts, tropical rainforests rise to the mountains of the interior, many of which soar over 13,000 feet above sea level. In the west, a seemingly endless succession of brown-sand beaches forms the nation’s Pacific coast. Puntarenas is your gateway to Costa Rica’s wonders – and to its capital city of San Jose.
In 1535, Francisco Pizarro labeled the open plains where Lima now stands as inhospitable. Despite the verdict of the great conquistador, Lima became the center of imperial Spanish power, a “City of Kings” where 40 viceroys would rule as the direct representatives of the King of Spain. With independence in 1821, Lima became Peru’s capital. Near Lima, one of the world’s most desolate deserts is home to the famed drawings of Nazca. These drawings inspired Erik von Daniken’s best-selling book “Chariots of the Gods.” With mysteries seeming to be part of Peru’s history, perhaps these “drawings” are in fact “the largest astronomy book in the world.”
San Martin is your gateway to the quiet colonial town of Pisco and its fertile coastal valley. For thousands of years, pre-Columbian societies thrived in river valleys such as this. Utilizing sophisticated systems of irrigation, they transformed the harsh coastal desert into productive farmland. The legacy of these ancient people, from their giant geometric etchings on the desert floor to their ancient burial grounds, continues to draw curious adventurers from around the world. San Martin is also your gateway to two other mysterious marvels: the Inca palace complex at Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Archipelago.
The port of Coquimbo is the gateway to La Serena, founded in 1544. Located in the transition zone between Chile’s austere Atacama Desert and the country’s fertile central valley, La Serena is a popular holiday resort. The nearby Elqui Valley is an agricultural center famed for grapes, papaya and cherimoya. The region was also home to the pre-Columbian Diaguita and El Molle cultures, noted for their fine ceramics and jewelry. La Serena’s central Plaza de Armas is home to superb colonial buildings and a 19th-century cathedral. La Recova – the artisan’s marketplace – features copper and silver jewelry, glass works and ceramics.
Nestled between rolling hills topped with colorful houses and meandering coastal dunes, the bustling city of San Antonio enjoys its reputation as the gateway to Chile’s central valley and the capital of Santiago. With a population of over five million people, Santiago sprawls at the feet of the snow-capped Andes. Inland lies the sun-kissed wine regions of Casablanca and Maipo Maipo Valley, Chile’s internationally renowned wine district.