Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Clipper Cruise Special Caribbean, Venezuela, Columbia, Panama Canal


A 14-night sailing cruise through the southern Caribbean, calling at a string of exotic islands and ports along the northern coast of South America and culminating in a crossing of the Panama Canal, is scheduled for November 6 this year.

The luxury clipper ship Star Flyer will operate the cruise from Bridgetown, Barbados to Balboa, Panama, after a 29-night re-positioning cruise from Cannes.

After leaving Bridgetown, Star Flyer stops for a laid-back beach day at one of the 30 magical Grenadine islands before heading for the popular tourist port of St George's Grenada.

Closer to the Venezuelan coast, ports of call include the islands of Margarita, famous for stunning white-sand beaches, and Blanquilla, home of the renowned "Venezuelan Wall" a 300m drop-off of coral and sea life which plummets straight down only 20m from the shore.

Star Flyer continues westwards along the northern coast of South America stopping at three islands in the Lesser Antilles -- Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba – a mecca for scuba divers from many parts of the world.

Next is the pulsating tropical city of Cartagena in Columbia, a racy party scene for wealthy Latin Americans and Europeans  -- a prelude to the quiet Panama Canal crossing which takes around 10 hours to reach the Pacific Ocean terminal port of Balboa.

The 14-night cruise costs from $6210 including all meals and entertainment on board, port charges and gratuities.

From Balboa, Star Flyer will operate a seven-night cruise to Puerto Caldera in Costa Rica (from $2900) where it will be based until March 2012 cruising the pristine coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

All three ships in the Star Clippers fleet -- flagship Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer -- are currently sailing more than 70 wide-ranging itineraries to the best of the Mediterranean's cruising playgrounds until October when they head west to the Caribbean and  Costa Rica.

For reservations contact your travel agent or Star Clippers on 1300 362 599 or email:starclippers@creativecruising.com.au
www.starclippers.com