South America and The Caribbean (11 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Sea  |  19 Reviews
San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Juan, Puerto Rico
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DAY 1
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Arrive in San Juan to embark your ship today. You will stay aboard your ship overnight, giving you ample time to explore Viejo San Juan, or Old San Juan, with its seductive colonial charms, easy island tempo, and authentic culture. Wander its narrow lanes, literally paved with history, laid with blue adoquín stone once used to ballast Spanish galleons. This evening, stroll the Old Town's azure byways romantically illuminated by street lamps.

DAY 2
San Juan, Puerto Rico

You have another day to take in the history and architectural beauty of San Juan, from its fanciful Condado district to the magnificent 16th-century Fort San Felipe del Morro, set on a promontory at the entrance to San Juan Bay. Or, visit the lush woodland of El Yunque national rainforest. Later today, you will sail away into the Caribbean's blue waters. With Viking's destination-focused itinerary, you will call on a new port daily, with not a single day spent at sea.

DAY 3
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Call on Santo Domingo today, one of the most historic cultural capitals in the Caribbean. Founded in 1496 by Bartholomew, brother of Christopher Columbus, the city's richly preserved Old Town, the Zona Colonial, was the first Spanish settlement in the New World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see its magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, the 16th-century Ozama Fortress, and the Alcázar de Colón, home to the colony's first governor, a son of Christopher Columbus.

DAY 4
Caribbean Sea (Cruising)

Cruise the azure waters of the Caribbean today. Columbus sailed among the West Indies on these waters before making landfall on South and Central America. And the ships of European nations raised their sails here in search of land for their Crowns and gold for their coffers. You will have ample time to bask in the legendary Caribbean sun at the Infinity Pool and enjoy your meals al fresco, perhaps sampling a local rum cocktail.

DAY 5
Cartagena, Colombia

Explore the stunningly picturesque port of Cartagena today, a cultural treasure with its scenic setting on the Caribbean Sea and intact colonial city. You will see its extensive San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, boasting the longest walls in South America. Explore the spectacular Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of picturesque, tree-shaded plazas and beautifully preserved buildings with colorful balconies. You will also visit the stunning church of San Pedro Claver, named for the patron saint of missionary work.

DAY 6
Santa Marta, Colombia

Uncover the treasures of Santa Marta, where independence hero Simón Bolívar is memorialized and remains of the Tairona culture in lush mangrove forests provide a fascinating glimpse of the region's indigenous tribes. Founded in the 16th century, Santa Marta is Colombia's oldest surviving city. Wander among its pleasant plazas and well-preserved colonial architecture, stopping to see the impressive cathedral. Its pedestrian zone is lined with charming houses that date to the early colonial era.

DAY 7
Oranjestad, Aruba

Visit the welcoming Dutch island of Aruba and its colorful capital, Oranjestad. Once strictly a horse-breeding farm, the city grew up around Fort Zoutman and became the capital in the 1820s when the discovery of gold brought settlers here. You will visit the historic fort and the Willem III Tower, home to the historical museum. In Wilhelmina Park, you can admire statues of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina and Anne Frank, the young girl who hid in her Amsterdam attic from Nazis.

DAY 8
Willemstad, Curacao

Tour the colorful town and harbor of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its unique blend of Spanish and Dutch colonial architecture. Stroll the charming streets, lined with rainbow-hued buildings. Marvel at the moveable Queen Emma Bridge, a pedestrian harbor crossing that links two districts of the city, and see the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas.

DAY 9
Caribbean Sea (Cruising)

Enjoy a full day indulging in the amenities of your ship. You might find your inner calm with yoga on the Sports Deck. Lounge by the Main Pool with its retractable roof and enjoy a cocktail at the Aquavit Bar. Tonight after an al fresco dinner at the World Café, settle in for some light jazz and a nightcap at Torshavn.

DAY 10
Basseterre, Saint Kitts And Nevis

Call on St. Kitts today, Britain's first Caribbean settlement that grew into a sugar-producing powerhouse; 68 plantations operated at the height of the boom. You will learn about this lucrative colonial era at St. Kitts's Fairview Great House and Botanical Garden, a fascinating repository of relics and beautifully preserved rooms that provide a glimpse of the lives of sugar barons. Or visit the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 11
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Disembark this morning and return home, or continue your exploration of the Puerto Rican capital with our extension here.

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About the Ship

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Viking Sea

Viking Ocean Cruises boasts a fleet of new, all-veranda, state-of-the-art ocean ships. Each identical sister ship carries only 930 guests and is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” the fleet features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design.

What's Included

Included

  • One included shore excursion in every port of call

  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics

  • Multiple dining venues including alternative restaurant dining

Not Included

  • Gratuities on board and on land, optional shore excursions/ tours/concerts, excess baggage charges, drinks, beverages and meals not included in the package are additional costs to the guest.

About Us

Viking® offers destination-focused river and ocean cruises to the world’s most fascinating locations on board elegant, state-of-the art ships. With Viking, guests will journey with like-minded travelers on The Thinking Person’s Cruise®, a culturally rich, immersive experience designed to help guests explore the most intimate nuances of their destination both on board and ashore—with enriching shore excursions, informative lectures and port talks, engaging Destination Performances, wine tastings and regional cuisine. Plus, Viking Inclusive Value provides guests all they need in one inclusive cruise fare.

Insider Tip

Viking has a variety of ways in which you can customize your trip including premium beverage packages, gift orders and making arrangements for special occasions.

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Pricing, dates, inclusions, and itinerary are subject to change without notice, and vary by departure date and cabin. Restrictions may apply. Ship are registered in: Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Ukraine, China, Vietnam and Egypt.



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