How about a cruise next Christmas?
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.