Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
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Panama - Cuba - Star Flyer

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
10 days
From: $ 2,351 $ 235 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit to Grand Cayman
  • Sailing through Panama Canal
  • Enjoy the beauty of Caribbean beaches

Short Description

Sailing through Panama Canal and visiting four nations including Cuba and Panama.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Balboa
End City Cienfuegos

Trip Includes

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • Ocean transportation
  • Ship’s water sports programme (except SCUBA diving)
  • All meals
  • On board entertainment

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Itinerary

Day 1: Balboa (Isla Flamenco), Panama

Along the piers of Balboa, the port marking the Pacific terminus of the Panama Canal, you'll see yachts from all over the world. Balboa was built to house American administrative headquarters for the Canal and many of the buildings are handsome examples of the American colonial style of the early 1900's.

Day 2: Panama Canal Transit

Day 3: At Sea

Day 4: San Andres, Colombia

Because San Andres and nearby Providencia were founded by British puritans in 1628, English is spoken as much as Spanish on both islands. Nearer to Nicaragua than Colombia, San Andres was a British colony for several centuries, subsisting on tobacco and cotton growing, but the island's main source of income was privateering. Henry Morgan was a welcome visitor and he and his ilk carried out continuous raiding parties on any of bullion-laden Spanish galleons that dared come near the island. A Baptist church built in 1847 atop the highest point of the island once served as a lighthouse for returning mariners.

Day 5: Providencia, Colombia

Part of the same island group as San Andres, Providencia is one of most invitingly attractive islands in the Caribbean. You can see its volcanic origins in the high verdant hills, gentle streams, palm-lined beaches and amazing rock formations, many of which are named after sundry body parts of the pirate Henry Morgan, who made his home in Providencia. Walk across the100-meter footbridge that leads to nearby Santa Catalina Island. Learn about the unique island sign language used by some local residents. Providencia is also the site of an annual migration of black land crabs in which thousands of females descend from the hills to lay their eggs in the sea.

Day 6: At Sea

Day 7: George Town, Grand Cayman (U.K.)

It's amazing to realize that this once unknown small Caribbean island is now the center of once of the world's largest banking economies, the home of uncounted billions in offshore assets. Tax-free, duty-free and largely restriction-free, Grand Cayman is a magnet for money. Shopping is a full-time occupation here. But there is another side to Grand Cayman, where endless beaches, quiet lagoons and laid-back beach bars beckon. Grand Cayman was the first island to offer close encounters with tame sting-rays, and it is also the home of the famous Atlantis submarine tour.

Day 8: Cayman Brac (U.K.)

Christopher Columbus discovered Cayman Brac in 1503. He named it and departed, little knowing what wonders lay beneath the island’s shores. In Bloody Bay,1000 feet of nearly vertical cliff wall descend to the ocean floor, making it one of world’s premier diving experiences. It was first explored and made famous by Jacques Cousteau, but today even novice divers can marvel at the amazing variety of fish, corals and other marine life that make their homes in nooks, crannies and cavities at every depth on the wall. If you prefer your sightseeing above, a pond on Cayman Brac holds a huge rookery of red-footed boobies – probably the largest in the world.

Day 9: Casilda (Trinidad), Cuba

Five hundred years ago, cane sugar became the first export from Cuba and it was the impetus for the founding of Trinidad. Trinidad’s Valley of the Sugar Mills is a walk back to the 17th and 18th centuries when each tall tower marked the site of a thriving sugar refinery. The town itself boasts an old and charming Plaza Mayor paved in cobblestones. It might remind you of New Orleans with its ornate iron grillwork and graceful colonial buildings. Trinidad may be the only World Heritage Site where you will find a lively bar in an 18th century church and a nightclub in a cave that once housed a hospital.

Day 10: Cienfuegos, Cuba

When you gaze at the lovely neo-classical homes and elegant public buildings lining the Prado, Cienfuegos mile-long main boulevard, you can see the Empire origins of this gracious city on the Bahia de Cienfuegos. Founded in 1819 by French immigrants, Cienfuegos is a World Heritage Site which, because of the relative isolation of Cuba, has escaped the ravages of many modern cities. Architectural highlights of the city and nearby Punta Gorda include the fanciful Palacio de Valle, the Jagua Fortress, the luxuriant Jardin Botanico, the Cathedral and the Victorian-era yacht club.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Port charges
  • Baggage handling and travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Airport facility charges, taxes/fees
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, laundry, gratuities

Meals Included:

All meals included

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