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Join the Star Princess for 17 exciting nights aboard the Andes & South America cruise through the waters of Mexican Riviera. Your ship starts out from San Francisco, the cruise will take you to 9 ports in 7 countries before arriving at Santiago. This 4 star voyage from Princess Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Wed 5 Dec 2012 San Francisco, USA 4.00pm
Andes & South America San Francisco, on the Californian coast, is one of America’s most attractive cities with its famous Golden Gate Bridge, steep streets that provide panoramic views of the beautiful San Francisco Bay and surrounding mountains, and its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. Perhaps also famous for the nearby Silicon Valley, this ‘City by the Bay’ has become even more international with large numbers of immigrants from Asia and Latin America. Explore the amazing Fisherman’s Wharf that offers great food, and the numerous boutiques. Take a hop-on hop-off bus that crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy the beautiful scenery and expensive homes at the Marin Headlands.

Cruise on one of the many ferries, visit the famed Alcatraz Island with its abandoned prison in the middle of the bay, and possibly even visit Oakland and Berkeley that lie just across the Bay. One couldn’t possibly leave without taking a ride on one of its antique cable cars that still shuttle passengers up and down the city slopes. Then there are the ethnic neighbourhoods like Chinatown and Japantown, each with their traditional shops and their own uniqueness. North Beach is known as an Italian neighbourhood, the Mission District as a Hispanic community, and Castro Street for its gay and lesbian population.

The unique mixture of diverse cultures is reflected in the great San Francisco cuisine. There are many highlight walks you can take. Some of the best ones are: Fillmore, between Pine and Broadway, lined with a good mix of shopping, views, steep slopes, and some of the city's largest and most expensive homes; and Columbus that runs from North Point in Fisherman's Wharf, through the grand church, and famous cafes at the heart of North Beach to the landmark Transamerica pyramid. A day’s coach tour will take you to Yosemite National Park.

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2 Thu 6 Dec 2012 At Sea
3 Fri 7 Dec 2012 At Sea
4 Sat 8 Dec 2012 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 8.00am 5.00pm
Andes & South America Cabo San Lucas, or just Cabo, is an interesting destination that captures the essence of the Baja Peninsula Mexico. Once a base for pirate vessels waiting to pounce on Spanish treasure ships, today with its many resorts, championship golf courses, world-class dining, and amazing outdoor activities, it is a great tourist attraction. Future plans include an artificial island to sit in the bay, complete with restaurants and bars. With some of the best all-around sports fishing in the world and every water sport imaginable, Cabo is the ultimate destination for travellers looking for outdoor adventure.

Cabo San Lucas's main attractions include: an underwater nature preserve only a few minutes boat ride from the harbour; and the striking Land's End rock formations at one end of the bay, with its pristine beach right around the corner. Visit the state of the art Cabo Dolphins Centre; the Los Cabos Winery to enjoy the wine tasting and great snack food treats; the Vitrofusion Glass Blowing Factory that recycles glass to make beautiful products, and you have just started. The Golden Corridor along the ocean front with its resorts and gated residential communities of the rich and famous is also of interest.

The numerous pretty beaches including Medano, Santa Maria, Chileno and Lovers’ beaches, with their turquoise waters are extremely popular. Visitors are made welcome at the golf courses such as the Cabo Real, with dramatic views of the sea from every hole. Take a glass-bottom boat to visit Land’s End, the southernmost tip of Baja California, and absorb the amazing geological formations. All in all, Cabos offers something for everyone in a natural wonderland where the desert collides with the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Your last impression will be a bay full of sleek, radar-equipped fishing yachts.

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5 Sun 9 Dec 2012 At Sea
6 Mon 10 Dec 2012 Acapulco, Mexico 7.00am 4.00pm
Andes & South America Best known as one of Mexico’s oldest and most well-known beach resorts, Acapulco is located on a deep, semi-circular bay on the Pacific Coast and has been a port since the early colonial period of Mexico’s history. By many, considered to be one of the most exciting cities in the world, Acapulco is famous for its explosive nightlife, postcard beaches, unlimited water sports, first-class hotels, gourmet restaurants and the breathtaking physical beauty of Acapulco Bay!

Traditional or Historical Acapulco that has remained unchanged through time is certainly one of the main attractions. Take a stroll and visit the San Diego Fort that served as protection against the attacks of dangerous buccaneers when pirates were a common threat, Roqueta Island with its Aca-Zoo - a small zoo with some native species, El Zócalo with its well-known and curiously designed Cathedral, the very daring divers of La Quebrada, and the popular beaches of Caleta and Caletilla.

Visit the many delightful beaches, go fishing, do some parasailing, and even board a high speed Jet Boat - and experience an adventure you'll never forget! Spend a couple hours exploring the Central Market the local people use to sell products to tourists and you are sure to treasure the cultural experience. Visitors also appreciate swimming with the dolphins that many view as a life changing experience, and if at all possible visit the Historical Museum with its 12 exhibition halls filled with unique relics, including products from Asia.

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7 Tue 11 Dec 2012 At Sea
8 Wed 12 Dec 2012 San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua 12.00pm 7.00pm
Andes & South America San Juan del Sur is a municipality and coastal town on the Pacific Ocean in SW Nicaragua. San Juan del Sur started off as a fishing village, and its history makes it such an interesting town. It retains its historical and brightly painted original wooden houses, making sure that the place maintains its charm. San Juan del Sur is popular among surfers, and is a vacation spot for tourists with its mix of solitude, culture, activity and fiesta. This quaint harbour village offers traditional Nicaraguan cuisine in thatch-roofed bars and restaurants which line the long, sandy beach.

Apart from surfing, there are many fascinating activities in which to take part. Receive a deep massage at one of the many spas such as the Bonnie Lassie Spa right next to the beach. Ride a horse along the beaches, engage in the best paintball course in the country at Surf Ranch Paintball, and take part in a game of Frisbee Golf at Marsella Golf, while viewing the parrots and monkeys. At sunset, both locals and visitors gather at the water's edge to relax and watch children play soccer on the beach.

For the adventurous there is the Cutirre Canopy Tour of about 200 m of cable stretching between 17 platforms from one to ten metres above the forest floor. From here, take in the majestic views of the Mombacho Volcano and Lake Nicaragua. Be sure to visit the Central Market in town to take in the local customs, obtain some great bargains, and taste Nicaraguan cuisine. There are dozens of spectacular remote beaches both north and south of downtown where pounding surf and dramatic rock formations await the intrepid photographer. Then there’s the Surf Ranch Skateboard Park that is the largest skateboard plaza in the whole country.

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9 Thu 13 Dec 2012 Puntarenas, Costa Rica 7.00am 7.00pm
Andes & South America Puntarenas is the capital and largest city in the province Puntarenas, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and is one of the country’s most important tourist regions. Its coasts are decked with plenty of islands, inlets, beaches and beautiful natural treasures, many of which lie within protected zones, and it is also home to some of the country’s highest mountain peaks. Of great interest is a small ‘old town’ where the buildings are of both historical and architectural interest. There are also many National Monuments, while the old San Lucas Penitentiary on San Lucas Island is very often visited.

There are many activities on offer, with the most important, for many, taking a ride through the amazing Valley of Monkeys. There you will see bird life - including macaws, toucans and parakeets - and the 100-year-old trees are draped with orchids, ferns and bromeliads. In addition, screams of the howler monkeys in the distance make this an amazing way to explore the rainforest. Also well worth exploring is the largest crater and some of the most varied flora in the world, on a breathtaking tour of Poas Volcano National Park.

Take the opportunity to learn the techniques of coffee-farming, harvesting, milling and roasting. A great place to taste excellent food is Pura Vida, where one can also appreciate the beautiful gardens and native deer. Shoppers who enjoy bargains should be sure to visit Sarchi, about one hour outside of San José, where many authentic arts and crafts, including wood figures, carved walking canes, toys, leather goods, wall hangings and much more are to be found. If possible get the thrill of the zip line, as you also get to enjoy walking through natural beauty, and see the waterfalls. Follow this with a delightful cool drink and snack.

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10 Fri 14 Dec 2012 At Sea
11 Sat 15 Dec 2012 Esmeraldas, Ecuador 7.00am 7.00pm
Andes & South America The coastal city of Esmeraldas is the major seaport of NW Ecuador, and together with its warm tropical weather, its beaches are a major attraction. Also fascinating is the mixture of cultures, with roots spanning the globe, which results in varied scrumptious sea food dishes, such as lobster in coconut milk and soup with coconut and peanuts. The culture of the majority of Afro-Ecuadorians is vibrantly evident in the hypnotic drumbeats and sensual dance steps of the marimba. Blessed with the rich biodiversity of the region, including a number of endemic bird species, visitors appreciate visiting some of the best Ecological Reserves in the area. There are also basic whale watching tours offered from June to September.

Rugged types should head to Reserva Biológica Bilsa, with its crashing waterfalls and great range of spectacular wildlife. Here visitors see howler monkeys and endangered birds such as the long wattled umbrella bird. Another place to be visited is the profound and profuse Cayapas-Mataje ecological reserve, located in northern Esmeraldas. Here the El Majagual Forest, the world's tallest mangroves are seen. In the city, the Centro Cultural Esmeraldas houses a museum, a library and a bookstore. Home to fine ceramics and gold work from the ancient Tolita culture, it also features recent local history.

If you love the ocean you must go to Sua, an important fishing village with flocks of seabirds flying after fishing catches. Those who enjoy shopping are sure to browse through the Centro Artesnal, a new handicrafts centre. However, don’t forget Atacames, a tourist resort in the middle of the city, with great shopping for beautiful handicrafts such as jewellery, and coral products in the crafts market. Also popular are its goodly number of seaside restaurants.

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12 Sun 16 Dec 2012 At Sea
13 Mon 17 Dec 2012 Lima (Callao), Peru 12.00pm overnight
Andes & South America Lima, although a sprawling desert city, is the capital and largest city of Peru. The Historic centre of Lima is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its large number of historical buildings dating from the Spanish colonial era. In particular, visit the Plaza Mayor with the 16th century Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. The numerous churches are also popular as they date from the 16th and 17th centuries. The most noteworthy of these are the Cathedral of Lima and the Monastery of San Francisco. These contain paintings from various schools of art and finely sculpted wood furnishings, as well as being connected by their subterranean catacombs.

Lima has many choices of stately museums to visit. The Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology is a most interesting museum with a superb collection of pottery and textiles from all the main cultures of ancient Peru. Then there’s the Museum of the Republic that contains exhibits from the colonial and independence periods. Impressive mock-ups of pre-Columbian archaeological sites are found at the National Museum, whereas the Museum of the Inquisition - where generations of supposed heretics were tortured in the underground dungeons - have on display the original stocks and torture chambers.

There are fascinating book stores and cavernous shopping malls and if there on the week-end then visit the Kennedy Park where artists sell paintings. Also well worth visiting are the exceptional eateries, from humble to ’high-brow’, all offering part of a gastronomic revolution more than 400 years in the making. The coastal area is characterised to be desertic but is home to a variety of beaches, some with calm waters, and others of big waves that are the delight of surfing lovers. This is Lima, shrouded in history, gloriously messy, and full of aesthetic delights.

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14 Tue 18 Dec 2012 Lima (Callao), Peru 2.00pm
Andes & South America Lima, although a sprawling desert city, is the capital and largest city of Peru. The Historic centre of Lima is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its large number of historical buildings dating from the Spanish colonial era. In particular, visit the Plaza Mayor with the 16th century Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. The numerous churches are also popular as they date from the 16th and 17th centuries. The most noteworthy of these are the Cathedral of Lima and the Monastery of San Francisco. These contain paintings from various schools of art and finely sculpted wood furnishings, as well as being connected by their subterranean catacombs.

Lima has many choices of stately museums to visit. The Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology is a most interesting museum with a superb collection of pottery and textiles from all the main cultures of ancient Peru. Then there’s the Museum of the Republic that contains exhibits from the colonial and independence periods. Impressive mock-ups of pre-Columbian archaeological sites are found at the National Museum, whereas the Museum of the Inquisition - where generations of supposed heretics were tortured in the underground dungeons - have on display the original stocks and torture chambers.

There are fascinating book stores and cavernous shopping malls and if there on the week-end then visit the Kennedy Park where artists sell paintings. Also well worth visiting are the exceptional eateries, from humble to ’high-brow’, all offering part of a gastronomic revolution more than 400 years in the making. The coastal area is characterised to be desertic but is home to a variety of beaches, some with calm waters, and others of big waves that are the delight of surfing lovers. This is Lima, shrouded in history, gloriously messy, and full of aesthetic delights.

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15 Wed 19 Dec 2012 At Sea
16 Thu 20 Dec 2012 At Sea
17 Fri 21 Dec 2012 Coquimbo, Chile 7.00am 6.00pm
Andes & South America Coquimbo is a port city and capital of the Elqui Province, located on the Pan-American Highway, in the Coquimbo Region of Chile. Tourism has recently started to develop, particularly as an access point for popular beach towns to the south, such as the fisherman’s cove of Guanaqueros, and Tongoy, with its famous 5km beach of white sand. Then there is La Serena, the capital of the region, with multiple attractions from architecture to beaches and shopping. Coquiimbo itself is a source of legends of hidden treasures, due to the fact that in the past centuries it was assaulted by pirates.

The peculiar and fascinating architecture of Coquimbo is due to English and North American carpenters who did elaborate work with wood that has given the buildings a particular firmness and beauty. These wooden buildings are of great interest to visitors. The Arms Square with its fountain and scenery for artistic displays, the Animas Cultural Dome that exhibits the architectural vestiges of three graves, together with the English Neighbourhood where constructions from the 19th century and beginning of 20th century are concentrated and that is home to an English neighbourhood pub, are all very worth while visiting.

The Pratt Square in this English neighbourhood is a beautiful esplanade with steps over the port and attractive sculptures hanging from high posts. Go down to visit the Oceanside Avenue of Coquimbo, and to Santiago to see the port activity and small boats on the bay. Then visit the Culture and Tourism House, a pyramidal building that offers tourist information, a public library and permanent exhibits. The San Pedro creek is in front of the park and it offers marine products and a craft fair. Don’t forget to visit the Cross of the III Millennium located at Vigía Hill as it is the highest and most spectacular construction built in the country.

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18 Sat 22 Dec 2012 Santiago, Chile 5.00am
Andes & South America Due to its geographic location, Santiago in Chile is one of the few capital cities in the world that has easy access both to ski slopes - just 50 km away, and beaches 100 km away. It is in fact possible to visit the modern ski resorts as well as the famous beach resort of Viña del Mar or picturesque Valparaiso, Chile's main port, in just one day. Chile's steady economic growth has transformed Santiago into one of Latin America's most modern metropolitan areas, with dozens of shopping centers and impressive high-rise architecture.

Despite its long history, there are only a few historical buildings from the Spanish colonial period in the city, because Santiago - as the rest of the country - was regularly hit by earthquakes. The buildings from this period include the Casa Colorado (1769), the Church San Francisco (1586) and Posada del Corregidor (1750). Other buildings of note are the Palacio de la Moneda - the Classicist Presidential Palace, and the Contemporary Art Museum, to name but a few. The modern Constanera Centre with its 300-metre high "Gran Torre Costanera" (South America's tallest building) is also well worth visiting.

The Downtown area is a pleasant place for a stroll down some of its major Paesos (streets turned pedestrian walkways), but be aware of pickpockets. Relax at the Parque Forestal, a long park that runs parallel to the Mapocho River, and is also the site of the National Museum of Fine Arts and Modern Art Museum. In contrast there are numerous villages located in the countryside around Santiago that invite the visitor to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of country life. Tourists may also visit the vineyards and try the delicious Chilean wines.

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Star Princess cruises the Pacific coasts of North and South America. During the northern summer she cruises the Alaskan fjords. In 2014 itineraries are 11 nights ex San Francisco to the Inside Passage. In 2015 7-night one-way cruises will ply between Anchorage in Alaska and Vancouver. During the northern winter she sails the Mexican Riviera and to Hawaiian islands. From December 2015 through March 2016 she cruises around South America – think Inca culture, Andean peaks, glaciers, Cape Horn, and the flavours of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Princess Line has an excellent range of on-shore programs for each port of call, possibly the best of any major Line, and these can be planned ahead of the cruise, or organised during the cruise.

Accommodation
There are six types of cabin and 35 price categories: insides, outsides (some obstructed), balcony cabins, outside mini-suites (with and without balconies) and balcony suites. Cabins are roomy and nicely appointed, with satellite TV access to major channels. Standard cabins are practical and attractive, many have additional upper berths for children, and some have inter-connecting doors. The larger the stateroom, the more additional facilities. All guests receive turndown service, chocolates on pillow at night, bathrobes and amenity kits, and complimentary room service on most items 24 hours a day. There are no single cabins, 28 wheelchair-accessible cabins, and some cabins accommodate families of three and four.

Food and Dining
Traditional dining in Amalfi Dining Room offers you a pre-selection of one of two seating times throughout the cruise. Anytime Dining (sitting when and with whom you choose) is offered in Portofino and Capri Dining Rooms. Both serve five course meals changed daily, with chefs inducted into the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs gastronomic society. Sabatini’s serves Italian cuisine and Crown Grill serves steak and seafood (for an extra cover charge). Dress code is smart casual, and on cruises longer than three days dress for a formal night for every week of sailing. Breakfast and lunch are provided in an open seating arrangement. (Of course a continental breakfast can be delivered to your stateroom, and there is a stateroom menu.) Passengers booked in cabins with balconies can order several special, romantic meals to be served restaurant-style on the verandah - Ultimate Balcony Dining. Order special dietary requests before sailing.

Entertainment
As for entertainment, there is more than can be squeezed into a week. The Princess Theatre is two decks high, featuring glamorous production shows every second or third evening. The Vista Show Lounge with its three stages presents cabaret, and doubles for lectures, bingo and horse-racing during the day. Explorer’s Lounge hosts cabaret acts and dance bands. Movies first-run feature films pool-side at Under the Stars on Sun Deck. There are 12 bars and lounges with live music and dancing. A new feature is the new three-deck-high street-cafe-style Piazza, for sipping coffee and watching the occasional passing performer. Stroll around and shop duty-free, or check your email at the Internet Café.



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Cruise summary

Cruise: Andes & South America
Duration: 17 nights
Ship: Star Princess
Star rating:
Departs: San Francisco
Returns: Santiago
Ports of call: 9
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Stateroom
  • Piazza-style Atrium
  • Shops duty free (4)
  • DINING
  • Main dining rooms (3)
  • Traditional & Anytime Dining
  • 24-h room service & menu
  • Special dietary requests
  • Formal dining nights
  • Ultimate Balcony Dining
  • The Chef’s Table
  • Italian dining
  • Steakhouse & seafood
  • Buffet, Pizzeria
  • Internet café
  • Patisserie, Wine bar
  • Ice cream sundae bar
  • Drink & coffee packages
  • Afternoon tea
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show lounges (3)
  • Lounges, bars, nightclub, disco (12)
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Onboard games, parties, tours
  • Casino
  • ScholarShip@Sea courses
  • Library
  • Art auctions
  • Celebration packages
  • Conference Centre
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Pools (5)
  • Lap pool with current
  • Whirlpools (9)
  • The Sanctuary adult oasis
  • Fitness Centre, jogging track
  • The Lotus Spa, beauty salon
  • Sports deck & table games
  • Golf simulator
  • Putting green
  • UNDER 18
  • Princess Pelicans (3-7 y)
  • Shockwaves (8-12 y)
  • Remix (13-17 y)
  • Video games
  • OTHER
  • Weddings (selected itineraries)
  • Medical centre
  • ATM on board
  • Internet, phone, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Laundromat
  • 110V AC
  • Mobile phone reception
  • Wheelchair access
  • Daily newsletter

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Australia: Gratuities for Sun and Dawn Princess departures, and Sea Princess departing and returning to Australia.
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
  • Oplen/anytime dining (not in Australia)
  • Traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • Cocktail or champagne reception
  • In-cabin dining at no charge
  • Complimentary mini-bar setup (Suites)
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs most ships)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Onboard newsletter
  • Port maps and/or guide books
  • Destination seminars and/or lectures
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues
  • Room service menu items (unless specified)
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Outside Australia: Service charge USD 11.50 (suites USD 12) pp/night all ages. Adjust or remove on board.
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Outside Australia Service charge: bar and wine 15%
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Laundry services (Complimentary for Suites & Elite Capltain's Circle
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Childcare night services (3-12 yrs, 10pm-1am)

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