Lima, Peru is a melting pot of Renaissance-era architecture, ancient ruins, a historic district, and rich culture. Cruise ships typically dock in Callao and then you can head to Lima (about 7 to 11 miles away), where most of Peru’s popular attractions are. Lima is filled with many beautiful churches, palaces, unique neighborhoods, museums, and tons of delicious local cuisine. You’ll also discover lush beauty all around you, as well as a great nightlife scene. Don’t forget to browse the many local markets for interesting handicrafts that can serve as something to remember your visit by.
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These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Callao (Lima), along with a brief description:
♦ Fortaleza del Felipe Real
Located in Callao, this landmark is a popular attraction that you can easily check out before or after your cruise, since it’s located near the port. History buffs will especially love this attraction because it’s a former military fort that was originally built to protect the land from Pirates. The fortress is very well-preserved and guided tours are available so you can learn more about the history and significance contained within its walls. There’s also an adjoining museum where you can view some of the artifacts from when the fortress was active.
As mentioned above, Lima is famous for its numerous unique neighborhoods. Out of all of them, Miraflores is definitely a must-visit! This residential area features a large variety of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shops. There are also a few beaches along Costa Verde where you can watch surfers or take a dip. Miraflores’ main plaza, Parque Kennedy, often hosts open-air markets and art shows. The town center features some pre-Inca ruins, as well as a mud-brick temple, so this neighborhood truly has something to interest everyone.
There are so many museums in Lima that you can come home with more knowledge than ever before! One of the most popular museums in Lima is the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, which is housed in an 18th century mansion. It features a large collection of pre-Columbian art and pottery as well as a café with a great menu. Other noteworthy museums include the Museum of Peruvian Gold (featuring artifacts such as jewelry, swords, statutes, etc.), the National Archaeological Museum, and there’s even a chocolate museum (ChocoMuseo), where you can taste all sorts of samples!
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