Monday 6 December 2010


For many cruising Australians, it's an intriguing, little-known part of the world –- from the Caribbean, along the northern coast of South America, through the historic Panama Canal to the pristine Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

With a good quality atlas, a little help from everyone's friend Google, and 21 days in which to explore, a string of  (sometimes unpronounceable) ports of call leap from the pages:

Bridgetown (Barbados), St George's  (Grenada), a ' Captain's Choice' island in the Grenadines Group, Margarita Island and Blanquilla (Venezuela), Kralendijk (Bonaire), Willemstad (Curacao), Oranjestad (Aruba), Cartagena (Colombia), San Blas Islands, Balboa, Isla Iguana and Isla de Coiba (Panama), then five places in Costa Rica – Golfito, Isla del Cano, Drake Bay, Quepos, Curu National Reserve, Isla Tortugas and Puerto Caldera.

The cruise is the combination of two on the clipper ship Star Flyer that can be taken separately – 14 nights from Bridgetown on November 6   next year through the Panama Canal  to Balboa  (from $6210 per person including port charges and gratuities); and seven nights from Balboa on November   20 to Puerto Caldera from $2900.

A discount of 25% (50% for children) applies for the seven-night cruise for bookings before April 30, 2011 subject to conditions.

Star Flyer will be based in Puerto Caldera until March 12, 2012, when the ship and the two other clippers in the fleet (Royal Clipper and Star Clipper) will make westbound crossings for a season in the Mediterranean.

All three clippers offer a novel cruise experience, blending the adventure of traditional sailing with the luxury of a modern cruise ship.

For reservations contact your travel agent, or Star Clippers on 1300 362 599 or <> <>


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