Wed, Apr 4: Fly from Indianapolis to Santiago, Chile on overnight flights.
Thu, Apr 5: Arrive in Santiago, Chile where colonial grandeur and sophistication beckon for exploration and discovery! Transfer to a centrally located hotel and have the day to do as you please. You may fly out from Indianapolis on April 5 to arrive on April 6 and transfer directly to the ship. However, we recommend a pre-cruise overnight in Santiago prior to the cruise. Airfare, hotel and transfers are additional. Contact an Ambassadair cruise consultant for further details.
Fri, Apr 6: This morning, head to nearby Valparaiso, the "Vale of Paradise" and Chile's principal seaport. It climbs a crescent of 45 hills creating a maze of alleys, winding streets, connecting stairs and funicular railways. Having experienced the rich culture and history of this popular port city, you will realize how ingenuity has transformed this abrupt stretch of coastline into one of the world's most picturesque and famous port cities. Board the Crystal Symphony and embark on this unique adventure!
Sat, Apr 7: Coquimbo. As both a gateway to other interesting places and a destination unto itself, Coquimbo is one of Chile's gems. Even the town's name hints at its allure, as "Coquimbo" is derived from a native Diaguita word meaning "place of calm waters." These days, and even as far back as the 16th century when Coquimbo was popular with pirates and privateers such as Sir Francis Drake, the town is bustling with activity. It serves not only as a commercial center for the export of the region's fish and fruit, but also as a launching point for trips to the resort town of La Serena and to the Elqui Valley, a spot famous for its clear atmospheric conditions and Tololo Observatory.
Sun, Apr 8: Cruising the Coast of Chile. At sea, your personal vacation story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at the state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along the 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at the Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers from the Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while the attentive crew caters to your every whim! From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa and Crystal’s acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus; enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or the action-packed Crystal Casino.
Mon, Apr 9: Iquique. This Chilean port might be described as an American Old-West town with a South American address. A history of mining and a pedestrian area with wooden sidewalks certainly evoke images of cowboys and gold mines. Throw in restored Georgian and Victorian architecture, duty-free shopping, wide swaths of beach and a sea with terrific surfing and paragliding, and you have not America’s frontier but one of Chile’s premiere beach vacation spots. From this port, some optional excursions include a visit to the historic ghost town of Humberstone, the mysterious Pintados Geoglyphs or the oasis town of Pica, known for the natural springs that irrigate citrus crops and provide refreshing communal baths.
Tue, Apr 10: Cruising the coast of Peru. Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, continue to get acquainted with the Crystal Symphony and all the amenities she has to offer.
Wed, Apr 11: General San Martin & Pisco, Peru. A bustling harbor town, General San Martín is named after Peru's most revered hero. General San Martin united Argentinean and Chilean armies and ended Spanish rule over Argentina, Chile and Peru. In July 1821, he traveled to Lima and made a grand declaration of Peru's independence. Honoring his achievement, an entire region, not to mention this thriving port, bears his name. This is your gateway to excursions to the Ballestas Islands (home to sea lions, pelicans, Peruvian boobies and Humboldt penguins) and Nazca. Centuries ago, the Nazca people devoted themselves to creating lines and geometric designs along the rock-strewn Pampa de San José. It is from the air that this great archaeological mystery can best be appreciated.
Thu, Apr 12: Lima & Callao. Lima is called the City of Kings, but a more appropriate nickname might be the City of Museums. Over 20 museums can keep you busy for hours, if not days. One museum displays pottery and textiles from Peru's ancient civilizations; another exhibits 55,000 ceramic pieces; still another is a morbid yet fascinating Museum of the Inquisition. Headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition for nearly three centuries, the building features not just the expected dungeons, but also a beautiful columned façade and carved mahogany ceiling. Lima's streets are something of a museum in and of themselves. Mansions in the colonial district are adorned by ornate balconies. Churches are gorgeous and historic. The monastery at the church of San Francisco, for example, has a room of paintings by Pieter Paul Rubens and Van Dyck. A complimentary “voluntourism” excursion will be offered from this port or you may choose from an array of optional excursions such as colonial Lima with a renowned historian or see the ruins of Pachacamac Temple or visit the Peruvian markets. As the ship will spend the night in port, there will be overnight excursions offered—such as an overland adventure to Machu Piccu, or Lake Titicaca!
Fri, Apr 13: Lima & Callao. Spend the morning and most of the afternoon in port or on an optional excursion. Sail away in the late afternoon.
Sat, Apr 14: Cruising the coast of Peru & Ecuador. If you took an overland adventure from Lima/Callao, you will miss this day at sea and return to the ship tomorrow in Guayaquil.
Sun, Apr 15: Guayaquil, Ecuador. Hyacinths drift by on the chocolate brown Guayas River. The forest seems to almost close in on the town. An optional tour includes the Municipal Market, the City Museum and the column called La Rotonda, celebrating a meeting of Bolivár and San Martín. The pristine Galapagos Islands are straight west of here, beyond the horizon. Tours covering the area can be taken optionally and many are geared to the special interests of the flower enthusiast, the snorkeler or even certified diver at Machalilla National Park. For a different view on Guayaquil, visit a hacienda, a cocoa plantation or join an excursion focusing on pirate invasions—which were a regular occurrence in the 17th century and left an imprint on the city—with remnants of defenses still visible and tales of pillage still very much alive.
Mon, Apr 16: Guayaquil. Spend the morning as you please on board or on an optional excursion. Sail away just in time for lunch.
Tue, Apr 17: Cruising the Coast of Colombia.
Wed, Apr 18: Transit the Panama Canal to Colon, Colombia. Spend an unforgettable day cruising through the Panama Canal, a 48-mile waterway through the rainforest that is one of the world's engineering masterpieces. The ship glides down the canal with inches to spare, through locks that raise and lower it like a toy. Along the way, it crosses enormous Gatun Lake and the amazing Gaillard Cut, blasted out of a solid mountainside, ending in the port city of Colon, Colombia where the ship will overnight.
Thu, Apr 19: Colon. Disembark in the morning, transfer to the airport in Colon and fly home.
With no interior staterooms on board the Crystal Symphony, all staterooms have views, many with private verandahs. The ship received a multi-million dollar transformation in 2017. Highlights: deluxe staterooms with flat-panel satellite TVs, refrigerator, kimonos and bathrobes • eight restaurants • 10 bars/lounges • ice cream bar • 24-hour room service • Broadway style productions • celebrity entertainers • theatre • dance club and dance lessons • art lessons • Crystal Visions® lecture series • casino • library • Computer University@Sea with software instruction and other enrichment workshop classes • two pools • spa • fitness center and classes, including Tai Chi, yoga and PGA golf instruction • dedicated kids and teen play areas • luxury boutiques.