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.
Puerto Vallarta to San Diego - 7 Days
Follow in the wake of John Steinbeck and Jacques Cousteau as you explore the charismatic Baja peninsula and wildlife-rich Sea of Cortez. Called the “aquarium of the world,” these waters are home to all manner of marine life. Fish for trophy-size marlin and tuna. Swim with wild dolphins and sea lions. Shop for Baha hoodies in sleepy mission towns and take a 4x4 high into the Sierra Madre mountains to swim at secluded waterfalls. In between adventures, sample delicious Baja Med cuisine, sip local Valle de Guadalupe wines, and enjoy the unblemished natural wonders all around you.
San Diego to Vancouver - 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.
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 Roatan, 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.
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.