Treasures of the Caribbean Sea
12 days with Ponant Rating:
DAY 1 – COLÓN
Departure at 18H00.
Colón is the second largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. Colón is today an important port, and the free trade zone created in 1953 contributed greatly to the development of the city. Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through the isthmus of Panama; the city rapidly overshadowed the older Caribbean ports of Panama when the canal opened.
DAY 2 – PROVIDENCIA
DAY 3 – AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
DAY 4 – PUERTO CORTÉS
In the hollow of the Gulf of Honduras, Puerto Cortés is the largest seaport in this country, which only recently opened up to tourism but possesses many natural and cultural riches. Its 650 km of coastline on the Caribbean Sea are bordered with sandbanks and deltas of small coastal rivers, while its waters have many reefs and cays to explore. Puerto Cortés is the departure point for discovering the impressive San Fernando de Omoa fortress, which was built in brick and coral by the Spanish authorities in the middle of the 18th century and is now a museum of history and archaeology.
DAY 5 – SANTO TOMÁS DE CASTILLA
A port city located in the north-east of Guatemala, on the coast of the Amatique Bay, Santo Tomás de Castilla offers exceptional access to the fabulous Mayan archaeological site of Quiriguá. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, this place takes you back in time, deep into a décor of ruins and vestiges from the 8th century. Another unmissable visit is to the San Felipe fortress. Built at the end of the 16th Century by the Spanish to protect the villages on the shores of Lake Izabal from pirate attacks, it offers the opportunity to discover an example of colonial military architecture and to enjoy unspoiled views over the Dulce River and the surrounding environment.
DAY 6 – HALF MOON CAYE
The tropical green crescent of Half Moon Caye is a natural monument of Belize stretching out over crystal-clear waters. The appeal of the oldest protected marine and ornithological area in Central America stems from its beaches lined with coconut trees, but most importantly from its incredible underwater world, which you will be able to explore with fins, mask and snorkel. Corals, sponges, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, eels and groupers live in the turquoise waters, while on land the coastal forest is home to amusing geckos and a large colony of red-footed boobies, spectacular divers that penetrate the water at high speed to feed on small fish and squid.
DAY 7 – AT SEA
DAYS 8-9 – PROGRESO
On the Yucatan Peninsula, the charming seaside town of Progreso will delight visitors seeking authenticity. In addition to its magnificent sandy beaches and pleasant seafront promenade, the town offers ideal access to the former Mayan cities of Chichen Itza and Uxmal. UNESCO World Heritage sites, they allow visitors to be truly immersed in Pre-Columbian Mexico, discovering one of the world’s most mysterious civilisations. In the surroundings, be sure to visit Mérida, capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Called “the White City” due to the colour of the limestone used to build its dwellings, this old colonial city, built on the ruins of a Mayan site, offers a mix of tradition and modernity, colonial architecture and Mayan heritage.
DAY 10 – AT SEA
DAY 11 – MIAMI
The ultimate symbol of Florida if ever there was one, to this day Miami remains a must-see city. The home of what is considered to be the world’s busiest cruise ship port, this multicultural city where the sun rules supreme has a lot more to offer than just long beaches and glamour. Miami is also worth visiting for its Art Deco district in South Beach, home to pastel-coloured buildings and to hotels with eccentric shapes. Artists, designers and top couturiers enliven this multifaceted city of skyscrapers, boutiques, frescoes and turquoise water. Not far from there is Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness reserve in North America, listed with UNESCO.
DAY 12 – MIAMI
Disembarkation at 08H00.
All This Included
From Panama to the United States, PONANT is inviting you to discover no fewer than 7 countries during a single cruise. Join us aboard Le Boréal for an exciting 12-day itinerary.
On the first leg of your trip, you will sail up the east coast of Central America from Colon, at the Atlantic entrance to the mythical Panama Canal.
From your port of call in Santo Tomas de Castilla in Guatemala, don’t miss your chance to visit the Mayan site of Tikal. There, you will be able to admire superb temples, palaces and pyramids nestling amid lush vegetation.
Discover Belize, a small paradise covered in tropical rainforest. Its coast gives onto the Caribbean Sea and is home to a very large barrier reef, as well as the spectacular Blue Hole, one of the world’s top scuba diving spots.
Le Boréal will then sail northward to call at Progreso, the departure point of a memorable excursion to Chichen Itza or Uxmal, two sites with must-see vestiges of Pre-Columbian civilisation.
Your unforgettable trip will draw to an end in Miami, Florida.
Cruising: Standard cabin onboard Le Boréal
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