Yearning for a cruising experience full of fascinating ports and gorgeous landscapes? I’d love to help!
To give you a taste of what’s in store when you opt for a luxury cruising experience, I’ve gathered several sample itineraries for you to explore—one for ocean cruising, and one for river cruising. While every itinerary I design is handpicked and customized to the individual traveler, my hope is that these sample itineraries give you a sneak peak at what’s possible!
DAZZLING PANAMA CANAL CRUISE
Experience astounding diverse cultures and breathtaking tropical landscapes while cruising to South America and the Mexican Riviera—including a sailing through the architectural marvel, the Panama Canal. Cobblestone port towns, sun-drenched beaches, fascinating natural archways, and lots of turquoise blue waters await you. Explore the sample itinerary below:
Day 1 – Miami, FL
Start your journey with embarkation in Miami—or land here a few days early to enjoy everything the region has to offer. There’s swanky South Beach, downtown Art Deco gems, Little Havana, and the nearby Everglades National Park to explore.
Day 2 & 3 – Sea Day
Enjoy two days at sea as you travel to your next port of call. This is an opportunity to swim, catch some sun on deck, or take advantage of the many activities that are onboard your ship as you relax into your cruise.
Day 4 – Cartagena, Columbia
A true gem on the Caribbean coast, the port city of Cartagena welcomes visitors with its charming old town, colonial buildings, and exceptional beaches. Disembark to stroll shady, cobblestone lanes, gaze upon impressive churches, and explore historic fortresses and markets.
Day 5 – Colon, Panama
Northwest of Panama City lies the capital city of Colón, a gateway to the Panama Canal—you’re getting closer to your epic canal adventure!
Day 6 – Panama Canal
Built in the early twentieth century by American engineers, the Panama Canal is an extraordinary technological landmark and a testament to human innovation. This stretch of Central America, with lush rainforests and glittering water, makes for an enjoyable and fascinating cruise.
Day 7 – Sea Day
Day 8 – Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Puerto Caldera is a quaint port city on the coast of Costa Rica where you can sample authentic eats at a number of local restaurants, stroll the beach at Caldera Bulevar, or try your hand at surfing or fishing.
Day 9 – San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
Spend the day relaxing in this laidback, small port city, popular with surfers and a beloved vacation spot for families.
Day 10 – Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
The largest Pacific seaport in Guatemala, Puerto Quetzal is also the gateway to Antigua, a well-preserved colonial city.
Day 11 & 12 – Sea Days
Day 13 – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Nestled on the glittering shores of Bahía de Banderas and bordered by mountains to the east, Puerto Vallarta is a vibrant resort town bustling with tourists. New meets old in the downtown area, where world-class resorts and sleek clubs rub shoulders with traditional whitewashed houses, vivid bougainvillea, cobblestone streets, and colorful fishing boats.
Day 14 – Cabo San Lucas
On the southern tip of California's Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas exudes tranquility. Find your own private sand dune and bask in the sun, walk along the famous Playa del Amor, or explore Cabo's unique rock formations that are found in almost every cove. For a special treat, stop and watch artists create black coral jewelry.
Day 15 – Disembark in Los Angeles
End your cruise in sunny Los Angeles—and perhaps extend your vacation to explore the land of ocean breezes, celebrities, and iconic boulevards. From Disney to Rodeo Drive, there’s something for every type of traveler to enjoy in L.A.!
RESPLENDENT RIVER CRUISE ON THE RHINE
One of Europe’s most legendary rivers awaits you on this exciting journey along the Rhine River, which takes you across Germany and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! You’ll also be our guest in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau for the once-a-decade performance season of the world-renowned "Passion Play." Explore the sample itinerary below:
Day 1 – Amsterdam
Explore the charming streets and canals of your first stop, Amsterdam, whose attractions include the Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, the Heineken Experience, the Anne Frank House, and the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. This is a one-of-a-kind city that begs to be explored by bicycle or boat tour!
Day 2 – Amsterdam
The 17th century capital of Holland is often called the "Venice of the North" due to its numerous, boat-navigable canals. See all the beauty for yourself as we begin our river cruise out of the city.
Day 3 – Cologne
This cultural capital and university city holds more than 2,000 years of history. Marvel at the gorgeous twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, known for its gilded medieval reliquary and sweeping river views, or lose yourself in one of Cologne's many museums. Cologne boasts the most pubs per person in Germany, so be sure to sit down for a refreshing regional Kölsch beer too!
Day 4 – Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim
Today we’re passing through Germany’s scenic wine country, with a stop in Rüdesheim, a town known for its winemaking. Eat, drink, and be merry as you taste some spectacular Rieslings!
Day 5 – Mainz
A charming city nestled on the banks of the Rhine, Mainz is replete with historic buildings and famous museums. Mainz's most notable attraction is the highly revered Gutenberg Museum, home to the iconic Gutenberg Bibles and the printing press of Gutenberg's own invention. You’ll also enjoy an excursion to nearby Heidelberg, where you can explore castle ruins and a charming Old Town square ringed by cafés.
Day 6 – Breisach
This quaint town on the Rhine is the gateway to the fairytale-esque Black Forest and lies halfway between Freiburg and Colmar. As you walk the cobblestone streets, stop to sample local schnapps made from fermented pears or cherries and the distinctive smoky ham of this region.
Day 7 – Basel
This morning bid farewell to your crew in Basel after breakfast and drive to Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian region of Tyrol. Basel is the global center of the pharmaceutical industry, but most travelers visit for the world-famous ART Basel festival, as well as the numerous art galleries, iconic architecture, and museums.
Day 8 – Italy Excursion
Today you’ll enjoy a full-day excursion from Innsbruck into Italy to discover South Tyrol. Set among the dramatic peaks of the Dolomites, this region of mountains and pristine lakes boasts astounding natural beauty.
Day 9 – Innsbruck
This morning take a scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps to King Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, said to be the inspiration behind Disney’s Cinderella Castle, high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Afterwards, we’ll continue to picturesque Oberammergau.
Day 10 – Oberammergau
Once per decade, the world-famous Passion Play is performed in this Bavarian Alps town—and you’ve got a ticket to the astounding drama, performed deftly by the locals. Dinner will be served during intermission.
Day 11— Munich
This morning, depart for Germany’s lively city of Munich. With its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés, and delightful shops, there is plenty for the curious traveler to see and do. A local guide will show you the highlights of this fascinating city, and perhaps join the group this evening for an optional farewell dinner.
Day 12 – Disembarkation
Your journey ends in Munich this morning—unless you’d like to extend your stay to keep exploring. Munich is known for its architecture, fine culture, the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration, and its vibrant museums. Sports enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Munich Olympic Stadium, the site of the 1972 Summer Olympics. Be sure to stroll along the banks of the manmade Eisbach (German for "ice brook"), a small river that flows through the Englischer Garten park—it even contains a wave that surfing enthusiasts may practice their skills on!