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Panama to St. Maarten - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Star Flyer
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A transit of the Panama Canal ranks high on the “wish list” of most small ship cruise enthusiasts. But this travel rite of passage is only one of the highlights of this unique itinerary. Embark at Balboa, Panama, then sail to the vivid colors of the San Blas Islands, undoubtedly the inspiration for the fanciful birds, fish and animals in brilliant reds, oranges, blues and greens that decorate the intricately appliquéd molas created by the indigenous Kuna women. Next, visit sophisticated Aruba and “Holland in the Tropics” — Curaçao. Disembark the Star Flyer in Dutch-flavored St. Maarten.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Balboa (Isla Flamenco), Panama
Day 2 : Panama Canal Transit
Day 3 : San Blas Islands, Panama
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Cartagena, Colombia
Days 6-7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 9 : Willemstad, Curacao
Days 10-11 : At Sea
Day 12 : White Bay, Jost Van Dyke | Soper's Hole, Tortola
Day 13 : Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda
Day 14 : Gustavia, St.Barts
Day 15 : Philipsburg, St. Maarten | Disembark

Highlights

  • Admire the breathtaking beauty and unique landscapes of the San Blas Islands
  • Discover Cartagena, a world famous UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Relax on spectacular beaches at Jost Van Dyke & Tortola Islands
  • Visit St. Barts, a tropical paradise with a unique French flair

Ship

Star Flyer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Panama's turquoise waters San Pedro Claver Plaza, Cartagena An old lighthouse on Curacao Pelicans hanging out in the ocean St Barts harbor view

Day 1 Balboa (Isla Flamenco), Panama

Day 2 Panama Canal Transit

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 San Blas Islands, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The vivid colors of the San Blas Islands are undoubtedly the inspiration for the fanciful birds, fish, and animals in brilliant reds, oranges, blues, and greens that decorate the intricately appliquéd molas created by the indigenous Kuna women. Strung along the throat of Panama's dramatically beautiful Kuna Yala coast, the remoteness of these coral atolls protects an independent people who prize their communal culture with its rich oral history and artistic heritage.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 Cartagena, Colombia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located on the north coast of Colombia, Cartagena host a spectacular collection of buildings and massive fortifications dating from the early 1600s. The Fortresses were built to protect Cartagena from pirates. City highlights include Saint Philip of Barajas Fortresses and the Fort Ferdinand Fort.

Day 6-7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Day 8 Oranjestad, Aruba

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bon boni means welcome in the local dialect, Papiamento, and it's universally understood by all who visit little Aruba. Just 15 miles from Venezuela, this almost independent nation still has a ceremonial Dutch Governor General. Once it depended on oil for income, but tourism is the new king. No wonder Aruba's endless beaches and spectacular diving are too tempting to pass up.

Day 9 Willemstad, Curacao

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The gabled houses and warehouses of Dutch colonial Willemstad march in tight formation along the entrance to St. Anna Bay, an incongruous vision of a tropical Amsterdam where the floating market sells mangos and papayas instead of tulips. In Curacao's interior cunucu, a few Dutch landhuis or farm owners still wrest a living by ranching on the near-desert soil.

Day 10-11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Day 12 White Bay, Jost Van Dyke | Soper's Hole, Tortola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 13 Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 14 Gustavia, St.Barts

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 15 Philipsburg, St. Maarten | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast and continue your independent trip back home.

Star Flyer

Per person starting at
$3,190
Star Flyer Category 6 Cabin
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Category 6
Located on the Commodore Deck, this inside stateroom features upper/lower berths and a private bathroom with shower.
Star Flyer, Star Clipper Cabin
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Category 5
Located on the Clipper & Commodore Decks, this inside/outside stateroom features two lower beds, double beds, or triple berths and a marble-lined bathroom with shower. In several cabins beds are raised 4' off the ground with a small ladder to bed.
Star Flyer, Star Clipper Cabin
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Category 4
Located on the Commodore Deck, this outside stateroom features two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
Star Flyer, Star Clipper Cabin
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Category 3
Located on the Clipper & Commodore Decks, this outside stateroom features two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths, and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
Star Flyer, Star Clipper Cabin
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Category 2
Located on the Clipper Deck, this large outside stateroom features two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
Star Flyer, Star Clipper Cabin
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Category 1
Located on the Main & Sun Decks, this deluxe outside deck stateroom features two lower beds that convert to a double bed, minibar, marble-lined bathroom with whirlpool bath, and cabin doors that open onto deck.
Star Flyer Owner's Cabin
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Owner's Cabin
Located on the Clipper Deck, this luxurious large outside stateroom features a double bed, sitting area, minibar, and private marble bath with whirlpool bath.

Notes

Single supplement: A single supplement fare is available at 150% of the published cruise fare for categories 2-6. It is available at 200% for category 1 cabins, Deluxe Suites, and Owner's Suites. Single space is capacity controlled and may not be available on all departures.

Included in cruise fare:
  • Accommodation
  • Full board meal plan with mineral water, tea and coffee served during meal times
Not included in cruise fare:
  • Port charges
  • Shore excursions are not included but can be purchased onboard
  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, and purchases from the gift shop
  • Gratuity to staff
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Medical services, travel insurance, or visas
  • All transfers to/from the boat from airports
  • International and domestic airfare
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