One of the most exciting new entrants in the world of coastal cruising and Great Lakes cruises is Victory Cruise Lines, which is operated by the beloved American Queen Steamboat Company. With its first winter season featuring two ships and after a successful inaugural year cruising the Great Lakes, Canadian Maritimes and New England, Victory is taking its signature 202-passenger ships south to Costa Rica, Panama, the Yucatán Peninsula and the Southeast U.S.
Beginning as early as March 2020, the Victory I and Victory II will set sail to colorful destinations of the southern latitudes. Small ship cruises range from nine to 10 days and start at $2,699 for double occupancy, including a pre-cruise hotel. Not only is that a great deal, we’re certain there will be some additional special offers too good to pass up! Here are a few of our favorite itineraries coming up in 2020:
AMERICAN SOUTHEAST: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA TO FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA ON VICTORY I
Nine-Day Small Ship Cruise: April 5; November 15, 29; December 13; Reverse March 29; November 8, 22; December 6
From the historic South to the pristine beaches of the Bahamas, this voyage is the perfect balance of excitement and relaxation. Architecture and history enthusiasts will adore the Antebellum and Victorian homes of Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia and gourmands will savor meals on board and on land, including a rustic seafood shack just off the shrimp docks in Brunswick, Georgia. Ports of call include Jacksonville, Florida with an onshore pre-cruise stay; Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Beaufort, South Carolina; Brunswick, Georgia; Fernandina Beach, Florida; Port Canaveral, Florida and Freeport, Grand Bahama. Rates start at $2,699 plus onboard gratuities, transfer costs and port charges.
AMERICAN SOUTHEAST: FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK ON VICTORY I
15-Day Small Ship Cruise: April 14
Guests are invited to see the very best of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard on board the Victory I as she makes her way between a remote tropical island and America’s largest city. This voyage puts the beauty of the south’s most celebrated cities on full display, traverses the Intracoastal Waterway and explores World War II-era maritime history. Carefully designed shore excursions will guide guests through these legendary ports, each brimming with the sights and sounds of their storied past. Ports of call include Freeport, Grand Bahama with a pre-voyage stay; Port Canaveral, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Wilmington, North Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; Baltimore/Annapolis, Maryland; New York, New York. Rates start at $4,999 plus onboard gratuities, transfer costs and port charges.
YUCATÁN PENINSULA: ROUNDTRIP CANCUN, MEXICO ON VICTORY II
Nine-Day Small Ship Cruise: November 14, 21, 28
Guests will discover the hidden gems of Mexico from seaside havens to colorful cities, exploring architectural wonders including Tulum and Chichén Itzá, two of Central America’s best-preserved Mayan cities, as well as soaring cathedrals dating back to the 1600s and charming markets along cobblestone streets. A stay on shore near Valladolid will reveal the unparalleled hospitality of the Yucatán with an authentic lunch and dinner at a local restaurant and a night at Mayaland Hotel, which has been family owned and operated since 1923. Ports of call include Cancun, Mexico with a pre-voyage stay; Puerto Morales, Mexico; Progreso, Mexico with an onshore stay near Valladolid, Mexico and Campeche, Mexico. Rates start at $2,999 plus onboard gratuities, transfer costs and port charges.
YUCATÁN PENINSULA & PANAMA: CANCUN, MEXICO TO PANAMA CITY/COLÓN, PANAMA ON VICTORY II
10-Day Small Ship Cruise: December 5
This special cruise tours some of Central America’s most beautiful and culturally rich destinations. Starting with a hotel stay in Cancun, Mexico, guests will then cruise south to Costa Maya to feast on traditional Mexican cuisine accompanied by local chocolate and tequila. Divers and snorkelers will be astounded by the natural beauty of Roatán, Honduras and San Andrés, Colombia while history and culture lovers will adore Belize City, Belize and Limón, Costa Rica for their afro-Caribbean influences and fascinating Mayan archeological sites. Ports of call include Cancun, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Roatán, Honduras; San Andrés, Colombia; Limón, Costa Rica and Panama City/Colón, Panama. Rates start at $3,499 plus onboard gratuities, transfer costs and port charges.
COSTA RICA & PANAMA: PANAMA CITY/COLÓN TO SAN JOSÉ/PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA ON VICTORY II
Nine-Day Small Ship Cruise: Cruise: December 13
This journey starts with a sailing through the Panama Canal, a true feat of engineering, before entering the pristine wilderness of Costa Rica. Golfito, Costa Rica boasts a fascinating chocolate tour and some of the tallest rainforests in Central America, a rugged wilderness where a stunning array of species thrive. The quaint and perfectly preserved coastal towns of Quepos and Puntarenas are rich with international history and guests can enjoy a relaxing day on the beach spotting monkeys in the mangroves. Ports of call include Panama City, Panama with a pre-voyage stay; Golfito, Costa Rica; Quepos, Costa Rica; Puntarenas, Costa Rica and San José, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Rates start at $2,999 plus onboard gratuities, transfer costs and port charges.
COSTA RICA & PANAMA: SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA TO PANAMA CITY, PANAMA ON VICTORY II
Nine-Day Small Ship Cruise: December 20; Reverse December 27
On this thoughtfully designed experience, cruisers have the opportunity to take a journey through the Pacific Ocean side of the Panama Canal, followed by a voyage along cerulean waters and beachside oases, including Quepos and Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Tailor-made for cultural immersion and cultural enrichment, the discover-designed Victory II will further transport guests to cultural destinations, like Golfito, Costa Rica with the opportunity to learn the town’s traditions of manufacturing cacao, from harvesting the fruit, peeling and grinding the seeds to toasting the beans. Ports of call include San José, Costa Rica; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Quepos, Costa Rica; Golfito, Costa Rica and Panama City, Panama. Rates start at $2,999 plus onboard gratuities, transfer costs and port charges.
So, pack your bags, some sunscreen and your sense of adventure and explore southward with Victory Cruise Lines with some amazing coastal cruises, Southern cruises, Costa Rica cruises and Yucatan cruises the small-ship cruising way!
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