How about a cruise next Christ­mas?

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Travel - Break­ing news at calgaryher­ald.com PHIL REIMER

dale to San Diego over 15 nights. Port stops in Colom­bia, Panama, Costa Rica, Gu­atemala and Mex­ico make up this cruise. It’s rea­son­ably priced at $1,829 at celebri­ty­cruises.com.

A lot of the cruises that cir­cum­nav­i­gate South Amer­ica start in Buenos Aires. This one starts in Rio de Janeiro, al­low­ing you more time in this Brazil­ian city be­fore tak­ing off on the cruise to the bot­tom of the world. Hol­land Amer­ica’s Veen­dam is the ship on the above trip, car­ry­ing only 1,300 pas­sen­gers. It leaves on Dec. 20 and you’re on the ship for 21 days. It stops at Buenos Aires, Montevideo, the Falk­lands and around Cape Horn (if the weather is OK), then makes nu­mer­ous stops up the west coast of Chile be­fore ar­riv­ing in Val­paraiso (San­ti­ago). Start­ing price at hol­lan­damer­ica.com is $3,686. There’s only one thing miss­ing: an overnight in Buenos Aires.

A Princess cruise with the same idea starts in North Amer­ica. The Star Princess leaves San Fran­cisco on Dec. 5 for a 30-day cruise to Mex­ico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, into Chile and around that coun­try be­fore head­ing up the East Coast of Ar­gentina north to Buenos Aires. There is one overnight in Lima, but you do get to end your cruise in one of the great cities of South Amer­ica: Buenos Aires.

Start­ing price is $2,890 — un­der $100 a day — at princess.com.

Those are some of the ex­otic trips for next Christ­mas and New Year’s. If time is a prob­lem, there will be more ships than ever de­part­ing var­i­ous U.S. ports for the Caribbean parts of Mex­ico, and the Ba­hamas on three-, four-, five-, and seven-day cruises next win­ter.

As al­ways, these are start­ing prices, based on per-per­son dou­ble oc­cu­pancy and all were avail­able at the time of writ­ing.

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