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  • 2019 Best for Public Rooms

    32-day
    Incan Empires

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Huatulco ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    32 Night Cruise to South America from San Diego Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Huatulco
    • Day 7
      Puerto Chiapas
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Quepos
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Fuerte Amador (Balboa)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Manta
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Salaverry (Trujillo)
    • Day 16
      Lima
    • Day 17
      Lima
    • Day 18
      Lima
    • Day 19
      General San Martin
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 24
      San Juan del Sur
    • Day 25
      Corinto
    • Day 26
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 29
      Manzanillo
    • Day 30
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 31
      Cruising
    • Day 32
      Cruising
    • Day 33
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Rotterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Pool deck never feels overcrowded

    Cons

    Older ship showing signs of age, particularly in non-suite cabins

    Bottom Line

    Simple ship with a laidback atmosphere

    Reviews

    Rotterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    Fare Includes

    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 2019 Best for Dining

    16-day
    Incan Empires

    Cruise Critic Favorite
    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Huatulco ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    16 Night Cruise to South America from San Diego Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Huatulco
    • Day 7
      Puerto Chiapas
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Quepos
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Fuerte Amador (Balboa)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Manta
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Salaverry (Trujillo)
    • Day 16
      Lima
    • Day 17
      Lima
    Ship Details

    Rotterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Pool deck never feels overcrowded

    Cons

    Older ship showing signs of age, particularly in non-suite cabins

    Bottom Line

    Simple ship with a laidback atmosphere

    Reviews

    Rotterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    Fare Includes

    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 2019 Best Overall

    12 Night
    South America Cruise

    Cruise Critic Favorite
    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Monserrat Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Ponant
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    12 Night Cruise to South America from San Diego Route (Ponant)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 5
      Monserrat Island
    • Day 5
      Puerto Agua Verde
    • Day 6
      Punta Colorada
    • Day 6
      Bahia Amortajada
    • Day 7
      Islas Los Islotes
    • Day 7
      Isla Partida
    • Day 7
      Isla Espiritu Santo
    • Day 8
      Isla Cerralvo
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Huatulco
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    Ship Details

    L'Austral - Ponant

    Pros

    All cabins have outside views and itineraries maximize time on land

    Cons

    Bedroom layouts make rooms seem even smaller; limited storage space

    Bottom Line

    Choose L'Austral for its adventurous itineraries and upscale vibe

    Reviews

    L'Austral Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

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  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions

    13 Night
    South America Cruise

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Isla Coronado ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Ponant
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    13 Night Cruise to South America from San Diego Route (Ponant)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 5
      Isla Coronado
    • Day 5
      Isla Danzante
    • Day 6
      Monserrat Island
    • Day 6
      Puerto Agua Verde
    • Day 7
      Punta Colorada
    • Day 7
      Bahia Amortajada
    • Day 8
      Islas Los Islotes
    • Day 8
      Isla Partida
    • Day 8
      Isla Espiritu Santo
    • Day 9
      Isla Cerralvo
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Huatulco
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    Ship Details

    Le Soleal - Ponant

    Pros

    Le Soleal's small size enables it to reach smaller, way off-the-beaten track ports of call

    Cons

    Ship has a decided French air, which might not appeal to all North Americans or Australians

    Bottom Line

    Upscale, small ship experience with maximum time in port

    Reviews

    Le Soleal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    0.0/5
    Cabins
    Dining

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