Winter Grand Canyon & Panama Canal Cruise - Itinerary
Tour Starts: Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona
Tour Ends: Miami, Florida
Fly to Phoenix/Scottsdale
Welcome to Phoenix/Scottsdale, where the sun also greets you during winter. Guests who booked their air through YMT will be greeted by a YMT representative and transferred to your beautiful desert resort home for tonight.
✦ WeKoPa Resort or similar
Sedona and Grand Canyon
A scenic drive and impressive natural wonders await you today. First stop at Montezuma's Castle National Monument to marvel at the approx. 800 year old cliff dwellings of the Sinagua tribe. The continue through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona where you will be greeted by marvelous red rock scenery and a relaxed artist community. Enjoy some time for lunch on your own before your day ends at one of the seven Natural Wonders of the world: The majestic Grand Canyon! Enjoy sunset at the rim which will be a special treat during quiet winter season with few visitors and wildlife present and perhaps some snow caps in the canyon bouncing off the glowing purple and orange hues - a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
✦ Yavapai Lodge or similar
Before we depart for Las Vegas, why not take the opportunity to take in the sunrise or fly over the Canyon by helicopter (optional)? Once en route you can "Get your kicks on Route 66" before ending the day in Las Vegas, the "Entertainment Capital of the World." With a multitude of activities, attractions and dining options, Las Vegas is always open! Enjoy your evening at leisure to take advantage of the seemingly endless offerings.
✦ Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino or similar
Day 4 & 5
Embarkation of Norwegian Star in Los Angeles and At Sea
This morning transfer to Los Angeles. Passing through the Mojave Desert enjoy the sights of Joshua Tree along the way, then embark the Norwegian Star in the afternoon. On board, you'll find 16 unique places to eat and 10 exciting bars and lounges! Remember all your meals on board are included.
Day 6 & 7
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 the round out this vacation destination. Day 7 at sea will let you take full advantage of the "freestyle" life - try your luck in the casino or enjoy the spectacular entertainment.
Day 8 & 9
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 Day 9, 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–6:00 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 16 & 17
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
Today your vacation comes to an end, but you'll depart for home with new friends and memories to reflect on for years to come!