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Barbados to Balboa - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Star Flyer
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Experience tropical life with a refined twist on this incredible 15-day cruise aboard the tall ship Star Flyer. Enjoy a wonderful journey of discovery with options for hiking, snorkeling, diving, swimming, and boating, or simply relaxing in a hammock on the beach. Immerse yourself in local culture and the laidback lifestyle of the charming islands of the Grenadines, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, and more! Scour the streets of the UNESCO-listed cities of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia and Willemstad, Curacao. Swim in the protected, crystal-clear waters that surround the paradise island of Bonaire. Conclude your voyage with the chance to watch one of the world’s greatest engineering feats, the Panama Canal, in action.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bridgetown, Barbados | Embark
Day 2 : Captain's Best, Grenadines
Day 3 : St. George's, Grenada
Days 4-5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Kralendijk, Bonaire
Day 7 : Willemstad, Curacao
Day 8 : Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Santa Marta, Colombia | Playa Bahia Concha, Colombia
Day 11 : Cartagena, Colombia
Day 12 : At Sea
Day 13 : San Blas Islands, Panama
Day 14 : Panama Canal Transit
Day 15 : Balboa, Panama | Disembark

Highlights

  • Reward yourself with blissful, laid-back beach days
  • Take in the aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla on Grenada
  • Discover the Dutch colonial city of Willemstad, Curacao
  • Transit the historic Panama Canal and see yachts from around the world

Ship

Star Flyer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sunset over Cartagena Boats Moored to the Quay at Bridgetown Harbour Spectacular Grenadines Islands An old lighthouse on Curacao Ship being pulled through the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal

Day 1 Bridgetown, Barbados | Embark

On the wild and rugged east coast of Barbados, the isolated beaches are the color of sunrise, the red sands having blown all the way across the Atlantic from the Sahara. The easternmost island of the Windwards, and indeed, of the entire Caribbean, reaches out to Africa and the Old World, as if not quite part of the New. Bridgetown, Barbados, is an interesting town full of contrasts. George Washington actually slept here! Trafalgar Square reminds you that the laidback, rum- and fun-loving island's British-influenced heritage includes revered traditions like cricket and high tea.

Day 2 Captain's Best, Grenadines

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Thirty islands and specks of sand make up the gloriously untouched Grenadines. Call on one of these islands for a blissful, laid-back beach day. You won't be disappointed.

Day 3 St. George's, Grenada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla baking in the sun - these are the tropical flavors of Grenada. From the horseshoe-shaped Carenage at St. George's, follow the Sendall Tunnel (hand-built in 1895) to the Esplanade and old Ft. George for a spectacular view of Grenada.

Day 4-5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Day 6 Kralendijk, Bonaire

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pink flamingos, divi-divi trees, Papiamento, and the best diving in the Caribbean - you can only be in Bonaire. The blinding white salt flats of Bonaire were once marked by tall obelisks of red, white, blue and orange (the colors of the old Dutch flag) to guide mariners. Today they are marked by clouds of pink - enormous flocks (500 or more!) of fluttering flamingoes feasting on the orange brine shrimp that gives the flamingos their unmistakable color.

Day 7 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 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 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 10 Santa Marta, Colombia | Playa Bahia Concha, Colombia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 11 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 12 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 13 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 14 Panama Canal Transit

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 15 Balboa, Panama | Disembark

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

Star Flyer

Per person starting at
$3,990
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
  • 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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