25 Night Cruise sailing from Vancouver to Puerto Caldera aboard Star Legend.
Sail from Vancouver’s Coastal Range vistas to the Pacific Coast’s warmer waters via Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market, Portland’s eccentric and artistic enclaves, San Francisco’s trendy Silicon Valley architecture and timeless Cabo San Lucas beach sunsets. Stay late for dining, dancing and exploring Portland’s Riverwalk and Sausalito’s lively waterfront. Along the way James Beard Foundation chefs will serve up culinary demonstrations and award-winning recipes. South of the border you’ll snorkel in the Sea of Cortez, shop Puerto Vallarta’s boardwalk, and seek out sleepy sloths and other rare and reclusive wildlife high in the lush canopies of Costa Rica’s cloud forests.
Highlights of this cruise:
Vancouver’s location at the mouth of the Fraser River and on the waterways of the Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and all their tributaries makes this busy seaport an easy place for meeting. It is one of Canada’s most populated, most ethnically diverse cities that is a popular filming location. Visit the interesting neighborhoods of Gastown, Granville Island and Chinatown. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge and stroll through Stanley Park. See the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology. There is an amazing variety of things to see and do here.
As the 4th busiest port in the United States, evergreen Seattle is surrounded by mountains, forests and water. Home to Microsoft, Starbuck’s and Amazon, Seattle’s most recognizable icon is the Space Needle. Northwest cuisine with Asian infusion includes apples, salmon, Dungeness crab, razor clams paired with fresh microbrews and Washington wines. Among the sights to see are Pike Place Market, Chihuly Gardens, Boeing Museum of Flight, Pioneer Square, and the Ballard Locks.
Just over the Golden Gate Bridge is the charming seaside town of Sausalito. Although it’s a delightful place to just stroll around, appreciate the gorgeous scenery and explore, there are many things to do here as well. There are also the 500 houseboats, the Marinship neighborhood and the Bay Model, a free exhibit with a 1.5-acre pneumatic model of San Francisco Bay, and numerous local eclectic restaurants and cafes for optimum cuisine and people watching.
Considered one of California’s most beautiful coastal cities, Monterey was the setting for several John Steinbeck novels including Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat. Cannery Row, the one-time sardine-packing center is now a delightful strip of restaurants, bars and gift shops. Equally as interesting is Alvarado Street, the main street of Monterey, also full of excellent restaurants, bars and unique stores. Monterey also boasts the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium with its thousands of marine plants and animals on display in both underwater and interactive exhibits.
Sometimes referred to as “America’s Finest City,” San Diego is home to lovely beaches and parks, a large naval fleet, including the USS Midway, numerous microbreweries and enormous Balboa Park, the site of the famous San Diego Zoo. This favorite travel destination is full of things to do on or off the water. Brave souls can take a ride on the Giant Dipper of Belmont Park, a historic wooden roller coaster on the coastal boardwalk, or spend some time at Legoland and Knott’s Soak City. Fantastic shopping and sightseeing can be found at Old Town or Seaport Village and kayaking and surfing opportunities are everywhere.
Recognized as Mexico’s busiest seaport, Manzanillo was also the location for the filming of Bo Derek’s slow-motion jog down the beach in the movie “10.” The large blue sculpture at the waterside plaza is a tribute to Manzanillo’s self-proclaimed status as “Sailfish Capital of the World.” The waters off Manzanillo offer a high concentration of marlin and other deep-sea fish and excellent dive sites with numerous coral reefs, shipwrecks. With 350 days of sunshine a year any day can be a beach day and Miramar Beach will attract with its waterfront promenade, golden sand and spectacular view of the twin bays here.
Santa Maria Huatulco is one of the few places on earth to earn the pure air EarthCheck Gold Certification. It is known for the nearby pre-Hispanic ruins found at Parque Eco-Arqueologico Copalita, including a large stone temple. Huatulco is home to nine bays together called Bays National Park, a protected reserve. The coral reefs provide excellent diving opportunities and kayaking the rapids and sport fishing are also popular activities here. A visit to the Museum of Oaxacan Art will provide an chance to purchase traditional clay creations known as “Barro Negro,” and date back several centuries. Each piece is unique and hand sculpted.
The coastal area of Bahia Herradura is known worldwide as the fishing capital of Costa Rica. It is a popular tourist destination with close proximity to Jaco Beach, with its excellent surfing conditions. This area offers many other outdoor recreational options along the black-sand beaches lined with palm trees. You will not have to worry about running out of daylight regardless of the time you visit because the sun rises and sets at the same time in Costa Rica all year long.
Absorb Costa Rica’s magnificent biodiversity by adding a land package to your cruise. Venture to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where 300-year-old trees and orchids form a spectacular backdrop to resplendent quetzals, tapirs, monkeys, sloths, and other rainforest residents. Or head to Tortuguero National Park, one of the most remote places in Costa Rica, known for being a primary nesting site of endangered green turtles.
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