In the Wake of the Spanish Armadas
 
7 DAYS
Star Breeze
Oranjestad to Colón
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Price from $1,999 per guest
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Oranjestad to Colón
Bougainvillea-covered balconies, jungles teeming with wildlife ... there’s more treasure here than the Spanish ever dreamed of. Step back in time to Spain’s colonial heyday in Cartagena and Santa Marta, where museums glitter with pre-Colombian gold and jewelers display fresh-from-the-mine emeralds. Join the birds in the rainforest canopy and caimans in thick mangroves. Dine alfresco beneath a colony of stars and toast the perfect antidote to winter.
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Day 1: 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. 
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Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: Cartegena
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: 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 7: 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 8: Colón
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.
Popular Highlights
Christ the Redeemer statue
Monuments to see in Colón include the Christopher Columbus statue, Christ the Redeemer statue, and Virgin Mary statue, Shell Monument, Aspinwall Monument, and Monument of the Students' Revolution..
Colonial Fort
Discover all the Spanish treasure left behind, from the stippled walls of colonial forts to lush jungles teeming with wildlife.
fortresses of Cartagena
View the port and fortresses of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Fort Zoutman
Find Fort Zoutman, the oldest structure on Aruba.
Puerto Moin
Snack on the famouse cashews of Puerto Moin as you stroll the streets of unique architecture.
Santa Marta
Visit the home of Simon Bolivar, “The Liberator,” in Santa Marta.
“This cruise is the perfect antidote to winter.”
Our Storyteller: Captain Neil Broomhall
Master, Star Legend
Neil Broomhall knew there was a big world beyond the Norman castle ruins and half-timbered cottages of his home in Stafford, England, and he was determined to see it. He set off as a teen for a life at sea, starting as a deckhand aboard cargo ships and working his way up through the ranks to become first officer aboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2. Captain Neil took command of his first ship at age 34, and mastered Swan Hellenic’s Minerva before joining Windstar. An avid diver, he is also a skilled sailing and kayaking instructor, and is fascinated by global meteorology.
Captain Neil Broomhall fondly recalls his first visit to Central America and Boca Del Torro: “I was just 16 and working as a deckhand aboard a banana boat!” He instantly fell in love with Boca’s gorgeous beaches, warm waters, Latin music, and easygoing lifestyle that is “such a different pace” from his home in Britain. (He remembers falling for a certain young girl there as well, but that’s for another story.) The Captain also raves about Costa Rica’s rainforest with “all the sights and sounds of its animals and birds — and lots of lizards!”
 
Cartagena’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another favorite of the Star Legend master, who says the colonial gem is “absolutely amazing. The wood carvings inside Santa Domingo Cathedral are incredible, and a walk along the city walls makes for great exercise.” Just beyond pastel-painted Oranjestad you’ll find the monolithic Ayo Rock Formations, considered sacred by Aruba’s ancient Arawak Indians; while a day in Santa Marta, Colombia’s oldest city, leads to glittering displays in the Gold Museum and two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. A final overnight in Colón allows time to explore Panama City’s revitalized Old Quarter and the UNESCO-designated Fort San Lorenzo. Add a healthy dose of vitamin D from the tropical sun and, says Captain Neil, “this cruise is the perfect antidote to winter.”
IF I WERE THERE...
  • Wander the narrow, cobblestoned streets inside colonial Cartagena’s 400-year-old walls — “Between all the churches and restored mansions, you’ll find plenty of vendors selling fresh fruit juices and ice-cold sliced pineapple, and try the marinated conch for lunch”
  • See pre-Colombian artifacts in Santa Marta’s Gold Museum, or head to the Sierra Nevada foothills to explore an ancient Tayrona settlement in the Taironaka Reserve — “You may even encounter some of Colombia’s Kogi people, who descended from the Tayrona and still hold this site in reverence”
  • Board a jungle pontoon boat in Puerto Moin for a cruise through the Tortuguero Canals, “the Amazon of Costa Rica”
  • Take advantage of an overnight in Colón to join an art workshop in colorful Portobelo, kayak Gatun Lake, and watch ships transit the Panama Canal — Broomhall recommends a ride on the glass-domed train that runs alongside the canal, and climbing the Rainforest Discovery Center’s 130-foot-high tower “for incredible views above the canopy”
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.
Attentive Crew
Signature Onboard BBQ
Shopping With The Chef
Watersports Platform
Cooking Demonstrations
Open Bridge
Local and Live Performances
Signature Sail Away
Crew Talent Show
Enjoy regionally inspired treatments at World Spa by Windstar
Take In The Sun
24 Hour Room Service
Relax At The Pool or Hot Tub
Relax With A Morning Yoga Session
Accommodations & Pricing
This all-suite ship will complete 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.
$1,999 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.
$2,099 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.
$2,199 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.
$2,299 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.
$2,399 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.
$2,599 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.
$2,999 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.
$3,099 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.
$3,299 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.
$3,399 per guest
Deluxe Suite
Deluxe 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.
$3,999 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.
$4,799 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. 
$5,799 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 Breeze
Carrying only 312 guests, Star Breeze still tucks into small ports like Le Lavandou and Wrangell or narrow waterways like the Corinth and Keil Canal. Learn more about the newly renovated ship and the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative.
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