STAR COLLECTOR: IN SEARCH OF SPANISH GALLEONS & COSTA RICAN CLOUDFORESTS

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Star Collector: In Search of Spanish Galleons & Costa Rican Cloudforests

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Nov 20 Wed
6:00 PM
 
Nov 21 Thu
11:00 AM
9:00 PM
 
Nov 22 Fri
7:00 AM
4:00 PM
 
Nov 23 Sat
At Sea
Nov 24 Sun
9:00 AM
9:00 PM
 
Nov 25 Mon
9:00 AM
10:00 PM
 
Nov 26 Tue
At Sea
Nov 27 Wed
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Nov 28 Thu
4:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Nov 28 Thu
10:00 PM
11:59 PM
 
Nov 30 Sat
12:01 AM
5:00 PM
 
Dec 1 Sun
At Sea
Dec 2 Mon
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Dec 3 Tue
8:30 AM
6:00 PM
 
Dec 4 Wed
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Dec 5 Thu
6:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Dec 6 Fri
6:00 AM
9:00 PM
 
Dec 7 Sat
6:00 AM
 
WED NOV 20
TO 6:00 PM San Juan

day 1 San Juan, Puerto Rico


San Juan, Puerto Rico
The imposing façade of El Morro fortress is just one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in San Juan. Admire the colorful colonial buildings from your casually elegant ship, docked right in the heart of Old San Juan. 
THU NOV 21
11:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Isla Catalina

day 2 Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic


Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic
Small Isla Catalina boasts gleaming white-sand beaches ringed by coral reefs beckoning snorkelers. The island is a protected Natural Park where one beach is completely protected from the wind and the sea is delightfully calm. While beaches occupy more than 2/3 of the coastline, Isla Catalina also has unique rocky coasts and cliffs. One of the best diving sites of the Dominican Republic, Muro, can be found here. It boasts an impressive underwater wall over 328 feet deep. Isla Catalina is also the only place in the D.R. where raccoons and wild hares can be found.
FRI NOV 22
7:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Santo Domingo

day 3 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
La Capital, as Santo Domingo is affectionately known, is a UNESCO site and one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean, with Zona Colonial buildings dating back to the 1500s. Santo Domingo is also considered the most modern metropolis in the Caribbean doing a great job of converging old and new.  At the heart of the Zona Colonial, a pedestrian-friendly maze of cobblestones and interesting architecture is the first cathedral built in the New World. Find time to sample the aromatic coffee and cacao.
SUN NOV 24
9:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Santa Marta

day 5 Santa Marta, Colombia


Santa Marta, Colombia
Romantic Santa Marta has it all: history (Colombia’s oldest city), natural beauty (from gentle bays and beaches to the highest coastal mountain range in the world), and its very own celebrity. Simon Bolivar  (“The Liberator”) is known as the George Washington of South America, and this was his Mount Vernon. Visit his beautiful estate or head to one of  the two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves nearby.  
MON NOV 25
9:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Cartegena

day 6 Cartagena, Colombia


Cartagena, Colombia
Welcome to the sparkling city of Cartagena, where the gold and jewels of the Spanish Main awaited shipment across the Atlantic. No pirate could resist, nor will you be able to when you visit this historic city. The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surrounded by 400-year-old walls and contains a plethora of churches, fortresses, and restored colonial mansions. Outside the walls are more treasures: Climb the massive Castillo de San Felipe to investigate its maze of hidden tunnels, or shop for the perfect emerald.
WED NOV 27
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Colón

day 8 Colón, Panama


Colón, Panama
Explore the inner workings of the Panama Canal, head into the jungle to meet with Embera Indians, or take an aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy. 
THU NOV 28
4:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Panama Canal

day 9 Panama Canal, Panama


Panama Canal, Panama
At nearly 48 miles long, on your transit through the Panama Canal you will enter three sets of locks that raise and lower the vessel 85 feet between the calm Pacific Ocean and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic. Your voyage features a daylight hours transit with numerous observation vantage points for outside viewing and comfortable indoor air-conditioned lounges. Expert onboard commentary enhances your journey as you watch the day to day workings of this bucket list experience. 
THU NOV 28
10:00 PM TO 11:59 PM Balboa / Fuerte Amador

day 9 Balboa / Fuerte Amador, Panama


Balboa / Fuerte Amador, Panama
One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, Balboa/Fuerte Amador was founded in 1519 and is a short distance from Panama City.  In 2012 Balboa was ranked #1 in Latin America in the category of world's busiest container ports. Sightseeing highlights include the colonial homes, the Administration Building, the Goethals Memorial, the Prado, and the local handicraft markets of traditional Panamanian crafts.
SAT NOV 30
12:01 AM TO 5:00 PM Balboa / Fuerte Amador

day 11 Balboa / Fuerte Amador, Panama


Balboa / Fuerte Amador, Panama
One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, Balboa/Fuerte Amador was founded in 1519 and is a short distance from Panama City.  In 2012 Balboa was ranked #1 in Latin America in the category of world's busiest container ports. Sightseeing highlights include the colonial homes, the Administration Building, the Goethals Memorial, the Prado, and the local handicraft markets of traditional Panamanian crafts.
MON DEC 2
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Isla Parida

day 13 Isla Parida, Panama


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Located within a Nature Preserve of 50 islands, and part of Chiriqui Marine National Park lovely Isla Parida boasts magnificent beaches, one of which is over 1,300 feet long.  The crystal clear waters stay at 82 degrees year round and are filled with marine life. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees. Here you will be treated to Windstar's Signature Beach Party on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.
TUE DEC 3
8:30 AM TO 6:00 PM Golfo Dulce

day 14 Puerto Jimenez (Golfo Dulce), Costa Rica


Puerto Jimenez (Golfo Dulce), Costa Rica
Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots  of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. Golfo Dulce is one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas, where both the jungle and the sea brim with life. Explore the canals by kayak in search of javelinas, butterflies, and more bird species than in all of North America. This port is accessed with a wet landing.
WED DEC 4
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Bahia Drake

day 15 Bahia Drake, Costa Rica


Bahia Drake, Costa Rica
Bahia Drake, a UNESCO site, offers a wide variety of activities for you.  Explore the vast rainforest and expansive mangroves – home to monkeys, crocodiles, and more.  Traverse the rainforest’s canopy on a zipline tour or join a naturalist guide on a horseback ride.  Snorkel the waters off Cano Island, where sea turtles, dolphins, parrot fish, manta rays and more reside.  Join a hiking tour through the peaceful green world of the Osa Biological Corridor listening for red macaws, toucans and other small mammals. This port is accessed with a wet landing.
THU DEC 5
6:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Quepos

day 16 Quepos, Costa Rica


Quepos, Costa Rica
The former banana-exporting town of Quepos is your basecamp for a day of rainforest adventure. Take a walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls, or ride horseback to a beautiful jungle pool. A float trip through a mangrove swamp populated by monkeys, crocodiles, egrets, and herons is also available. Or you may choose a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and abundant animal life. 
FRI DEC 6
6:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Bahia Herradura

day 17 Bahia Herradura, Costa Rica


Bahia Herradura Costa Rica
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. This port is accessed with a wet landing.
SAT DEC 7
6:00 AM TO Puerto Caldera

day 18 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica


Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Located on the Gulf of Nicoya, the small town of Puerto Caldera is one of Costa Rica’s top attractions, perfect for travelers who like more off the beaten path destinations where the native Tico lifestyle can be experienced. It is the gateway to San Jose, Jaco and the big city of Puntarenas, plus Los Suenos and Tortuga Island. Carara National Park is nearby, the rainforest home to crocodiles, over 400 species of birds and is considered the most likely place to see scarlet macaws.

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