Cruises in Santa martaEdit This
There are many Santa Marta cruises, as this city is a popular port of call for the cruise lines that travel around the Caribbean and South America. This town is one of the most important in Colombia, as it is a main tourist hub and maritime port. It was founded by Rodrigo de Bastidas in 1525, making it one of the oldest cities in South America.
Santa Marta does not yet have its own cruise terminal, though in time, one will be built. This destination is unique among Caribbean spots because of its proximity to the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It has beautiful beaches and plenty of snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.
Cruise Lines that Stop in Santa Marta
Some of the cruise lines and ships that start stop in Santa Marta include the Silver Spirit and Silver Shadow from Silversea, the Wind Star from Windstar cruises, the Enchantment of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas from Royal Caribbean, and the Veendam, Rotterdam and Ryndam from Holland America. The many departure points include Cartagena, Fort Lauderdale, Puerto caldera, Colon, Los Angeles, Tampa and New York.
You can easily find cruises by visiting the major cruise lines' websites or searching online. There are some terrific deals to be found when cruising the Caribbean, particularly if you live on the East Coast, as flight costs from there are low. Some of the best times to visit include the autumn, winter and spring, when the weather is not stifling. All of the large cruise lines offer a stop at Santa Marta, and some Spanish and local lines are also starting to travel to this spot.
The cruises can a last anywhere from a week to up to a month. You can customize the smaller luxury cruises to visit the spots you want. Some cruises are round-trip, while others will begin in one place and end in another location.
Excursions into Santa Marta
The cruises ships that stop in Santa Marta all offer shore excursions, as you can see the monumental Cathedral of 1766, the architectural marvel of the Madame Agustine House, and the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandro, a museum in honor of Simon Bolivar. As more and more cruises stop in Santa Marta, the number of shore excursions will surely grow. Passengers consider this city a great historic spot.
Traveling through the Panama Canal
Your Santa Marta cruise can be very exciting because of its proximity to the Panama Canal. You will not travel through the canal unless you are traveling to or from the West Coast of the Americas, but if you do get the chance to travel through it, consider yourself very lucky. The panama canal is a main shipping route and traveling through it is an eye-opening experience.
March 25, 2010 new by piyushjain