James Beard Foundation: Panama Canal, Cartagena, San Blas Islands & More
 
7 DAYS
Star Legend
Balboa / Fuerte Amador to Oranjestad
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?Cruise only from $2,699 USD per guest
? All-inclusive from $3,322 USD per guest
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Balboa / Fuerte Amador to Oranjestad
It’s something of an insider secret, cruising the extreme southern edge of the Caribbean. But those who explore beyond the traditional islands know that this is where you find the epicenter of colonial history, amazing biodiversity, the Tico-influenced cuisine and cultures that illuminate those you find further north. 
 
This is the heart of the Spanish Main, where untold wealth boarded galleons bound for Europe and colonial forts thwarted off pirate attacks. It’s the narrow isthmus that holds the Panama Canal, an epic engineering feat that irrevocably changed the course of world trade. And it’s the home of indigenous tribes like the Kogi, the Ngobe-Buglé, and the Kuna, who have managed to maintain their traditional ways of life despite living at one of the planet’s busiest crossroads.
 
These shores are also some of the most beautiful and biodiverse on earth, home to marine-rich coral reefs, subterranean bat caves, and the greatest bird diversity in the world. Yet with all the attractions, you don’t have to go far to find untouched islands or jungle-shrouded channels where sloths casually hang from tree branches.
 
All this in seven days, on a ship perfectly designed for adventure.
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Day 1: Balboa / Fuerte Amador
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.
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Day 2: Panama Canal
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.
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Day 3: Bocas del Toro
Bocas del Toro on Bastimentos island was visited by Columbus in 1502 and then built up with colorful and Caribbean-style clapboard houses by the United Fruit Company in the early 20th century.   Situated on the beautiful Bocas del Toro archipelago, the laid-back and friendly community is a great combination of races and ethnicities living harmoniously. West Indians, Latinos and Extraneros (the resident gringos) make this an easy place to feel right at home and embrace the relaxed Caribbean vibe of the town. Not far from town is the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, as well as two national parks, La Amistad and many banana plantations. We will anchor at Red Frog Marina, considered to have the finest beaches of Panama.
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Day 4: San Blas
The San Blas Islands of Panama is an archipelago comprising approximately 378 islands and cays, of which 49 are inhabited, some by the Kuna people.  Scattered over an area of about 100 square miles, the islands are the number 1 vacation destination in Panama although the Kuna work hard to protect their land against overwhelming tourism and keep the islands healthy and lovely, unique and untouched by culture. These white-sand and palm tree lined islands are encompassed by a coral reef and warm, crystal-clear water that is perfect for snorkeling and is home to a variety of marine life including dolphins, sharks and giant manta rays.
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Day 5: Cartagena
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.
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Day 6: Santa Marta
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.
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Day 8: Oranjestad
Known for having some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, this Dutch port makes it easy to just … take it easy. Walk through town to choose your favorite carved wooden door, or spend the day like the Arubans do playing dominos at a beachside table.
Popular Highlights
Bocas del Toro
See live starfish at Bocas del Toro’s Starfish Beach
 
Cartagena
View the port and fortresses of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
 
Fort Zoutman Aruba
Find Fort Zoutman, the oldest structure on Aruba.
Panama Canal
Appreciate this engineering feat with daylight transit of the Panama Canal.
Panama City
Tour Casco Viejo, Panama City’s historic center with colonial-era landmarks like Cathedral Basilica of St. Mary
 
San Blas Islands
Learn about their culture when you visit the Kuna Indians of the San Blas Islands
 
Santa Marta
Visit the statue of Simon Bolivar, “The Liberator,” in Santa Marta.
Meet the Chef – Jerome Grant
With over 20 years of experience in the food & beverage industry, Grant has spent the last decade creating his internationally recognized culinary footprint in Washington, D.C. Now, Grant is ready to expand with the upcoming launch of Mahal, an open-fire kitchen serving American barbecue with Filipino flavors. Among his many awards and accolades are the 2019 Best Chef Mid-Atlantic James Beard Nominee, 2019 Best American Cookbook (Sweet Home Café), James Beard Nominee 2019 40 Under 40, and The Washingtonian 2018 Rising Stars Award Star Chefs, D.C.-Chesapeake. Grant has reshaped Dacha Restaurant Group’s presence in the nation’s capital. With its culturally rich menu , Jackie Restaurant pays homage to Grant’s Filipino-American roots, earning a spot in the 2021 Spring Dining Guide by the Washington Post. Dacha Beer Gardens is also recognized as one of the Nation’s Best Beer Gardens.
 
 
Insider Tips
  • One of the best souvenirs of this journey is a hand-embroidered mola made by the Kuna Indians, something that is only sold in Panama and Colombia. One of the best places to buy them is at the handicrafts market in Balboa.
  • Get ready for a special treat when we’re in the San Blas Islands. We’ll open the Watersports Platform at the stern of the ship so you can enjoy all its complimentary water toys. It’s just one more way our small ships get you closer to your destination.
  • Birders take note: Colombia has the highest bird diversity of any country with more than 1,900 species, and our excursion to Cartagena’s National Aviary lets you see an important sample of this variety.
  • Brightly dressed palenquera ladies – carrying fruit trays on their heads – add to the beauty and attraction of Cartagena. Some will happily pose for you in exchange for a small tip.
  • The coffee and chocolate (cacao) grown in this region are delicious. Be sure to try some, and if you have a chance, visit a farm where the crops are grown to learn how they’re produced.
The Windstar Life
The Windstar staff-to-guest ratio is 1:1.5, and it shows.The moment you board you’ll feel it: an ever-attentive crew at your service, providing you with what you want and need, when you want and need it.
Cooking Demonstrations
Open Bridge
Friendly and Relaxed Atmosphere
Local and Live Performances
Signature Sail Away
Crew Talent Show
Enjoy regionally inspired treatments at World Spa by Windstar
Take In The Sun
Complimentary 24 Hour Room Service
Relax at the Pool or Hot Tub
Relax With A Morning Yoga Session
Genuine and Thoughtful Crew
Signature Onboard Barbecue
Shopping With The Chef
Watersports Platform
Accommodations & Pricing
This all-suite ship completed renovation as part of the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative to provide more of what our guests love.
Star Porthole Suite
Star Porthole Suite
These rooms represent a nod to the sailing tradition of porthole windows. And while sailors might have had cramped quarters, your 277 square foot stateroom is wonderfully spacious and furnished with all the modern amenities and comforts of home.
? Cruise only from $2,699 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $3,322 per guest
Ocean View Suite
Ocean View Suite
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
? Cruise only from $2,799 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $3,422 per guest
Ocean View Suite 1
Ocean View Suite 1
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
? Cruise only from $2,899 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $3,522 per guest
Star Ocean View Suite 1
Star Ocean View Suite 1
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
? Cruise only from $2,999 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $3,622 per guest
Ocean View Suite 2
Ocean View Suite 2
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
? Cruise only from $3,099 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $3,722 per guest
Ocean View Suite 3
Ocean View Suite 3
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
? Cruise only from $3,299 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $3,922 per guest
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
? Cruise only from $3,699 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $4,322 per guest
Star Balcony Suite
Star Balcony Suite
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
? Cruise only from $3,799 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $4,422 per guest
Balcony Suite 1
Balcony Suite 1
Stylish comfort and ocean views welcome you in 277 square feet. Your queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) features luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Enjoy a luxurious soak in your full-size tub or an invigorating shower, then wrap up in your waffle-weave robe and slippers, savor a treat from the fresh fruit bowl, or simply stretch out and enjoy the fresh flowers.
? Cruise only from $3,999 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $4,622 per guest
Star Balcony Suite 1
Star Balcony Suite 1
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted with an open living area for a more welcoming entrance. Drift off to sleep by the window in your queen bed as you watch the same stars that sailors used to navigate the seas hundreds of years ago.
? Cruise only from $4,099 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $4,722 per guest
Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
Brand new Deluxe Suites welcome you with 468 square feet of casually elegant living space and an ocean viewing French balcony. All these suites feature 3rd berths, and a sleep-inducing queen bed easily converted to twins.
? Cruise only from $4,699 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $5,322 per guest
Classic Suite
Classic Suite
Relax in 400 to 530 spacious square feet. Your living area offers beautiful views from the forward-facing window and French doors onto your private veranda. Two spacious closets give you plenty of room to unpack.
? Cruise only from $5,499 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $6,122 per guest
Owner's Suite
Owner's Suite
With 575 square feet, your Owner’s Suite offers separate living room and dining areas. A veranda, two flat-screen TVs and DVD players, and a full master bath and separate powder room indulge you in spacious comfort. 
? Cruise only from $6,499 per guest
? All-inclusive price from $7,122 per guest
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
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Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
Guaranteed Balcony Suite** (chosen by Windstar)
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Star Legend
Carrying only 312 guests, Star Legend still tucks into small ports like Sinop and Honfleur or narrow waterways like the Corinth Canal. We can’t wait to welcome you on board for your next 180 degree from ordinary adventure! Learn more about the newly renovated ship and the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative.
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! ITINERARY CHANGE Balboa / Fuerte Amador TO Oranjestad 7 days on Star Legend X
Date
Port
Arrive
Depart
Sat Mar 4
Balboa / Fuerte Amador
Arrive:
Depart:6:00 PM
Sun Mar 5
Panama Canal
Arrive:4:00 AM
Depart:6:00 PM
Mon Mar 6
Bocas del Toro
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:3:00 PM
Tue Mar 7
San Blas
Arrive:10:00 AM
Depart:4:00 PM
Wed Mar 8
Cartagena
Arrive:10:00 AM
Depart:6:00 PM
Thu Mar 9
Santa Marta
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:5:00 PM
Fri Mar 10
AT SEA
Arrive:
Depart:
Sat Mar 11
Oranjestad
Arrive:6:00 AM
Depart: