Rose Parade and Panama Canal Cruise
Tour Starts: Los Angeles, California
Tour Ends: Miami, Florida
Day 1 – 5
Los Angeles and Pasadena
Join YMT for the annual New Year’s tradition as only YMT can present it: Five days in Los Angeles filled with activities around the parade. Includes a private evening presentation by the Tournament committee with dinner, exclusive evening access to the float barn where you can see the floats in the making, a reserved grandstand seat, everything you need to watch the parade on New Year’s day, and an option to add the postparade up close float viewing on the day after. (See our Rose Parade & Los Angeles Tour for a more detailed itinerary on the events of Days 1 - 5.)
✦ Westin Hotel LAX or similar
Santa Barbara and Solvang
Head north along the beautiful coastline to Santa Barbara, known as “the American Riviera.” Enjoy a walking tour and an opportunity for lunch on your own before continuing a bit inland to nearby Solvang, which is Danish for “sunny fields.” Situated in the Santa Ynez Valley wine area, the city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the facades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. Enjoy an evening at leisure here and perhaps enjoy the local wine.
✦ Marriott Santa Ynez Valley or similar
Hearst Castle and Pismo Beach
In the morning, tour famous Hearst Castle, o ering splendid views of the coast, the vast and beautiful former estate of media mogul William Randolph Hearst. Then, head to Carmel via Big Sur*, enjoying breathtaking views, surely among the most scenic routes in the United States. Overnight in Monterey, the birthplace of John Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row.” Enjoy the evening at leisure in this former sherman’s community.
*Note: Access to Big Sur and scenic Highway One is dependent upon reopening of the coastal route, which has been closed for reconstruction since early 2017. At the time of print of this catalog, the reopening of the road is not expected before December 2017. In the event the route has not been opened in time, an alternate route will be taken but guests will still be able to visit all major sightseeing points.
Day 8 & 9
Embarkation of Norwegian Star and at sea
After a leisurely morning, transfer to San Pedro and embark the Norwegian Star. Onboard, you’ll find 16 unique places to eat and 10 exciting bars and lounges! Remember all your meals onboard are included.
Day 10 & 11
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (10:00 AM–6:00 PM) and At Sea
The Los Cabos region of the Southern Baja Peninsula is home to the bustling towns of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. In the past few years, swanky new hotels and sleek condos have been added to round out this vacation destination. Day 11 at sea will let you take full advantage of the “freestyle” life — try your luck in the casino or enjoy the spectacular entertainment.
Day 12 & 13
Acapulco (8:00 AM–6:00 PM) and At Sea
La Quebrada where the cliff jumpers of Acapulco hurl themselves into the ocean is the most iconic site here. Be sure to visit it during the day in port, or enjoy some last opportunities for Mexican souvenir shopping. On Wednesday, enjoy another relaxing day at sea and check out the many entertainment options on board.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (8:00 AM–4:00 PM)
The somewhat sleepy port of Puerto Quetzal showcases the vibrant colors of Guatemala’s culture and takes you away from the hustle and bustle of more populated ports. Perhaps choose an excursion to nearby Colonial Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit a coffee plantation.
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua (10:00 AM–5:00 PM)
Welcome to Nicaragua! A lush, tropical landscape in and around port will greet you. Take advantage of the many activities, such as a tour to the nearby Lake Nicaragua or the conquistadores founded settlement of Granada.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)
Sitting amid some of the most beautiful rainforests in the country, Puntarenas is a city in transition from important historical shipping port to tourist mecca.
After three days of port activities, it is time to sit back, relax with a book or perhaps get pampered in the spa.
Scenic Cruising of the Panama Canal
Linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, the Panama Canal provides one of cruising’s most unforgettable experiences. After over 10 years in the making, the canal was finally completed in 1914.
Cartagena, Colombia (10:00 AM–7:00 PM)
Cartagena is full of history and charm. For example, from La Popa Monastery, you have a panoramic view of the city and harbor. You can enjoy the artisan center of Las Bovedas (The Dungeons), Plaza Bolivar, the Palace of Inquisition, and the Church of San Pedro Claver.
Day 20 & 21
At Sea (10:00 AM–7:00 PM)
The day is yours to enjoy—that is what “freestyle” cruising is all about! Two final days to relax and take in everything the Star has to offer before it is time to say goodbye!
Disembarkation and Depart Home from Miami
Disembarkation and Depart Home from Miami