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About Lima

Spread out over an area the size of Rhode Island with a population of almost 8 million, Peru's capital has been a city of fusion from the time the first adobe bricks were laid on the original two-story government palace -- a Spanish stronghold in the land of the Incas and far older cultures. Lima is a jumble of Renaissance architecture, pre-Hispanic ruins and museums filled with pre-Columbian artifacts that pre-date the Incas. Likewise, Limeans themselves represent a complex mix of ethnic heritage, ancient Indian cultures from the northern coast and the Andes, Spanish conquerors, and a large Chinese population that grew following immigration from China, which began in the mid-19th century.

It's true that parts of Lima were inhabited more than 10,000 years ago, but let's start with the city's official beginning. Two years after taking down the Inca Empire, Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro founded Lima in 1535 on the bank of the Rimaq River, eight miles from the Pacific Ocean. Finding a good natural harbor nearby, Pizarro also created Callao, which became Spain's main port in the New World. Until the mid-18th century, Lima was the wealthy capital of Spanish domination in South America, an enormous viceroyalty that stretched from what's now Columbia to central Chile.



The city's historic center has a generous share of Baroque-, Renaissance- and Rococo-inspired buildings with elaborate facades, balconies, ornate gates and courtyards in the area around the Plaza Mayor. Although the city has experienced numerous earthquakes, some early colonial buildings, the collaboration of indigenous and Old World craftsmen, were fortunate to survive. In 1988, the historic district became a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Callao can be either a regular port stop or a point for embarkation or disembarkation, and cruise ships call there every season, except summer (June through August). Most cruise travelers skip Callao -- the only real sights are the seaside Fortaleza del Felipe Real (a 16th-century stone fort) and the adjacent military museum. Instead, they head straight for Lima's historic center with its old homes, grand balconies, colonial churches (such as the well-preserved San Pedro and the Baroque-style San Francisco) and the Government Palace, which was built on the foundation of the original palace constructed by Pizarro.



Central Lima is surrounded by a collection of neighborhoods, each one with its own appeal, vibe, and streets off the grid: prosperous suburbs like Miraflores and San Isidro; seafront Barranco with its Bohemian vibe, colorful homes and lively nightlife scene; laid-back fishing village Chorillos at the southern end of Lima Bay; and Pueblo Libre with its small-town feel and prominent cultural sites, such as the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum and National Archaeology Museum. Lima's coast, often called the Costa Verde (Green Coast), features a string of parks along Lima Bay that runs south from Magdalena through San Isidro, Miraflores, Barranco and Chorrillos, with lush foliage spilling over the cliffs.



Clearly, there's more to Lima than can be seen in one day. If your cruise does begin or terminate in Lima, consider tacking on a pre- or post-cruise stay. Visits to the city can also be combined with tours to Cusco, Macchu Picchu and Lake Titicaca (also available as multi-day overland excursions mid-cruise).


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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Lima

    Leaving:
    San Antonio
    Visiting:
    Coquimbo, Arica ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    15 Night Cruise to Lima Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      San Antonio (Chile)
    • Day 2
      Coquimbo (La Serena)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Arica
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Pisco
    • Day 7
      Lima
    • Day 8
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Panama Canal
    • Day 12
      Puerto Limon
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Norwegian Star - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern

    Cons

    Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off

    Bottom Line

    Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship

    Reviews

    Norwegian Star Reviews

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

    Norwegian Star underwent a refurbishment in summer 2018 during which it received the Sky Hi...

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    The Cruise Curmudgeon
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    The Cruise Curmudgeon Goes to South America
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    Annedee
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disappointing
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  • 117 Night
    Cruise to Lima

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Antigua, St. Lucia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    117 Night Cruise to Lima Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 4
      Antigua
    • Day 5
      St. Lucia
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      St. George
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      Bonaire
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      St. Eustatius
    • Day 9
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 10
      Panama Canal
    • Day 11
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Manta
    • Day 13
      Guayaquil
    • Day 14
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Salaverry (Trujillo)
    • Day 16
      Lima
    • Day 17
      Lima
    • Day 18
      Pisco
    • Day 19
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Easter Island
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      Easter Island
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Tahiti (Papeete)
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      Bora Bora
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Pago Pago
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      Auckland
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      Auckland
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      Tauranga
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      Napier
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      Akaroa
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      Dunedin
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      Burnie
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    Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Cruise fare covers nearly everything: drinks, tips and excellent variety of excursions

    Cons

    Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites

    Bottom Line

    Inclusive nature and great service means a Mariner cruise is all about relaxing

    Reviews

    Seven Seas Mariner Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    In an era when mass-market cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger, Seven Seas Mariner is a ...

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    geebee2546
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Standards slipping.
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    werthdesign
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Poor cuisine and lack of variety
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • 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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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Lima

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Aruba, Curacao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Lima Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 4
      Aruba
    • Day 5
      Curacao
    • Day 6
      Santa Marta
    • Day 7
      Cartagena (Spain)
    • Day 8
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Fuerte Amador (Balboa)
    • Day 9
      Fuerte Amador (Balboa)
    • Day 10
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 11
      Manta
    • Day 12
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 13
      Salaverry (Trujillo)
    • Day 14
      Lima
    • Day 15
      Lima
    Ship Details

    Marina - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Food-focused ship emphasizes quality dishes, culinary enrichment and dining variety

    Cons

    Entertainment is limited; service and fare inclusions are not at luxury levels

    Bottom Line

    A beautiful ship for those looking for an intimate cruise without a true-luxury price tag

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    If you're wondering what exactly an "ultra-premium" cruise ship is, look no further than Marina...

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    DMRochen
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Cruise from Santiago, Chile to Miami January 2020
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    Rob the Cruiser
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    South America 12/19 - 01/22 Fantastic!
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    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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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Lima

    Leaving:
    San Antonio
    Visiting:
    Coquimbo, Lima ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Lima Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Antonio (Chile)
    • Day 2
      Coquimbo (La Serena)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Lima
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Manta
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Huatulco
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 14
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

    Cons

    Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

    Bottom Line

    One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences

    Reviews

    Celebrity Eclipse Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in March 2020 when the ship w...

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    debbyLA
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Expect some bad weather and often miss ports, we did pre and post self trips
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Antarctica -- Must Do it!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • 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.

  • 48 Night
    Cruise to Lima

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Barbados, Devil's Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    48 Night Cruise to Lima Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Barbados
    • Day 6
      Cruising
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      Devil's Island
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 10
      Fortaleza
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Recife
    • Day 13
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Rio de Janeiro
    • Day 16
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Montevideo
    • Day 19
      Buenos Aires
    • Day 20
      Buenos Aires
    • Day 21
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Punta Arenas
    • Day 25
      Chilean Fjords
    • Day 26
      Chilean Fjords
    • Day 27
      Puerto Montt
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 29
      San Antonio (Chile)
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Cruising
    • Day 32
      Cruising
    • Day 33
      Lima
    • Day 34
      Cruising
    • Day 35
      Cruising
    • Day 36
      Cruising
    • Day 37
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 38
      Corinto
    • Day 39
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 40
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 42
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 43
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      San Diego
    • Day 46
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 48
      Seattle
    • Day 49
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Koningsdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Outstanding service, exceptional cuisine, great entertainment options

    Cons

    Music Walk does not have a clear identity and needs individual rooms

    Bottom Line

    Most luxurious HAL ship will appeal to many types of cruisers

    Reviews

    Koningsdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Koningsdam is the first new Holland America Line ship in eight years. "Koning" means "king" in ...

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    Traveling Architect
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    NOTHING can compensate a Guest for an Excessively Noisy Room
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    terran_explr
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Escape to warmer weather
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    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.