Storied Surf of the Pacific to the Metropolitan Cities of the Atlantic
A land of contrasts. Vast geographical diversity. Distinct cultures within a culture. America’s two coasts could not be more different. From a small ship moorage in Sausalito to the bustling metropolis of Manhattan, join Windstar to experience the very essence of what makes the U.S. so unique. Explore the hotbed of American culture along the Eastern seaboard with the world’s most iconic skyline in New York, the rich history of Philadelphia, and the unmistakable Southern charm of Charleston. Discover the best of the wild West Coast known for its rugged natural beauty, laid back lifestyle and emerging food and wine scene as you visit the charismatic Northwest cities of Seattle and Portland, the marvels of San Francisco, and San Diego, the heart of Southern California surf culture.
New York City to San Juan - 11 Days
This 11-day, southbound journey crosses 23 degrees of latitude to tropical islands where the average temperature difference between winter and summer can be less than 10 Fahrenheit degrees. Not long after Manhattan’s glowing skyline slips beyond the horizon, you turn south for Philadelphia, a city full of rich history. The elegant antebellum charm of Charleston greets you on your way to warmer breezes as you approach Bimini’s blue waters, a favorite fishing haunt and drinking destination for writer Ernest Hemingway. Swim along a quiet beach near Samana in the Dominican Republic, or search for rare birds and animals along the mangroves in Los Haitises National Park. Your final destination is just a day away among San Juan’s vibrantly painted buildings and the brooding, weathered walls of Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Nearby you’ll find sandy beaches and lively cantinas to help you completely forget about the encroaching winter months ahead.
Vancouver to San Diego - 10 Days
Ten days fly by as you take inventory of the West Coast’s most intriguing ports of call and cuisines. Small ship-only moorages in places like Portland alternate with grand dames like Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego. Go wine tasting in Sonoma and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Take a cable car to lunch in San Francisco’s Chinatown and taste wild California sardines at Monterey’s famous Cannery Row. From food trucks to fine dining, farmers’ markets to cooking classes that put you at the heart of the action, this is a cruise for people who have a taste for life and a thirst for adventure.
Vancouver to San Diego - 22 Days
Sail among the evergreen reaches of British Columbia’s unspoiled Inside Passage. Gaze awestruck as Alaskan glaciers rumble and calve beneath the glassy surface of Misty Fjords and Tracy Arm. Admire California’s rugged coastline as you indulge in flavorful alder-smoked salmon paired with aromatic Columbia Valley Rieslings or fresh oysters and tart, Los Carneros sparkling wines. Linger late among the Portland skyline, sampling strawberry and raspberry notes in Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs, and watch the evening fog roll into Sausalito over a plate of fresh crab. This deliciously detailed 22-day cruise offers ample time for wandering waterfronts, mingling in farmer’s markets and rediscovering Alaska’s wild frontier history.
Miami to Puerto Caldera - 17 Days
Uncover little-known secrets and remote destinations throughout Key West and Central America during this remarkable cruise to the small ports like Puerto Limon and Isla San Andres, Mayan ruins and remote cloud forests throughout Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Panama, and Costa Rica. Hang out with the 6-toed descendants of Ernest Hemingway’s cats in Key West, Florida. Explore the weathered columns and altars of a Mayan civilization near Cozumel in Mexico. Sip sweet and fruity rum cocktails beneath a thatched roof along the waterfront of Belize City. Sample native ereba, a regional bread made with tapioca, paired with fresh fish in Trujillo, Honduras. Take a guided daylight transit of the Panama Canal and learn about challenges and setbacks encountered by American and French engineers at the Panama Canal Museum. This remarkable journey concludes along the warm shoreline of Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, where you can explore tropical rainforests at the nearby Carara National Park, or sit and watch surfers in the nearby town of Jacó.
Montreal to San Juan - 23 Days
The sugary, cinnamon sweetness of a doughy beavertail pastry overwhelms your taste buds as you stroll along the cobblestones throughout Old Montreal’s Parisian-themed shops, cafes and brasseries. Relax on a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride or savor buttery-rich lobster among Bar Harbor’s brightly painted boutiques and galleries. Amble along New York’s Central Park serpentine paths, or take in the skyline from a departing Staten Island Ferry bound for the Statue of Liberty. Sample regional wines from Long Island, Finger Lakes, and Hudson River Valley in a Manhattan wine shop. Brush the gray armor plating of USS Wisconsin’s imposing 16-inch guns on Virginia’s Elizabeth River, or admire more than 450 fragrant rose flowers at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Then relax and break out your shorts and light cotton shirts for the sea days leading up to the warm beaches and mangrove mysteries in Bimini and Samaná. Your journey culminates in San Juan’s Old City, within walking distance of El Morro’s scarred fortress walls. Wander the storied streets where traders plied their wares or made idle chatter about the tobacco trade and worrisome pirates. Order a potent rum drink at a raucous neighborhood pub or request a fruit cocktail from a quiet, sundrenched table overlooking the harbor. It’s a perfect way to cap the unforgettable experiences on this extensive Atlantic Seaboard odyssey.
Puerto Vallarta to Vancouver - 17 Days
Savor North America’s delicious West Coast destinations during this scenic 17-day cruise from Puerto Vallarta’s coastal tropics to the snowcapped grandeur of the Coastal Range above Vancouver, Canada. Not long after the bowlines cast off from Puerto Vallarta you’ll reach the turquoise-hued coastal waters of the Sea of Cortez, a region rich in fishing, snorkeling, and whale watching offshore. Slip beneath the iconic Golden Gate Bridge prior to an overnight stay in San Francisco, where you can ride trolleys, dine at seafood restaurants along the waterfront, and sip robust Napa Cabernet Sauvignons and critically acclaimed Pinot Noirs while cruising the Columbia River. Browse countless wares among the stalls and tables in Seattle’s Pike Place farmer’s market and order fresh Pacific Northwest salmon paired with an Oregon Chardonnay or an award-winning dry Riesling from Washington’s Columbia Valley. This journey ends in Vancouver’s thriving harbor, with options for city views from nearby Stanley Park or sweeping vistas atop Grouse Mountain.
Montreal to Bridgetown - 30 Days
Begin your 30-day, 3,000+-mile journey from Canada to the Caribbean in Montreal, the creative capital of Canada. An overnight in Quebec City allows time in one of North America’s oldest and most beautiful cities. Explore Gaspé’s wilderness area and Charlottetown’s waterside boardwalks. Transit the Canso Canal to Halifax with its 200-year-old fishing village. Bar Harbor brings the beauty of Acadia National Park and Provincetown is the proud home to the Mayflower landing. Watch for wildlife in Cape Cod Canal before sailing into Newport, the host city of America’s Cup. New York City is next with its 5 famous boroughs and iconic attractions. Overnight in Philadelphia and visit Charleston’s celebrated City Market. Then it’s off to the Caribbean for Bimini’s beaches (Hemingway’s favorite escape), Samana’s untamed Los Haitises National Park, San Juan’s Spanish El Morro fortress and Vieques’ 20+ beaches. Discover Roseau’s bubbly waters of Champagne Beach and Morne Trios Pitons National Park. Take in St. Lucia’s majestic volcanoes, and the “Isle of Spice” in the gorgeous city of St. George’s. End your magical adventure in Bridgetown’s Harrison’s Cave.