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Holiday Panama Canal (Seabourn)

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Odyssey sails another classic route, transiting the Panama Canal between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Along the way, cruisers can see the remnants of early Mesoamerican cultures blend with the Spanish colonial charms of towns such as Antigua, Guatemala and Cartagena, Colombia. The Panama Canal itself is an unforgettable experience – your Odyssey rises and falls with majestic grace as gravity-fed water fills and empties the huge locks.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US  | Cartagena, Colombia  | Portobelo, Panama TR |  Enter Panama Canal Cristobal CO P1  |   Cruising Panama Canal CO  |   Exit Panama Canal Cristobal CO P1  | Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica |  Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica  |  Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala |  Puerto Chiapas, Mexico  |   Huatulco, Mexico  |  Cabo San Lucas, Mexico TR | Los Angeles, California, US

 

 

  • DURATION 18 DAYS
  • TYPE CRUISE
  • OPERATES JANUARY, NOVMBER 2017
  • DEPARTS Fort Lauderdale

ITINERARY

Day 1 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, US

From the bustling city center to the sandy beaches that seem to form a halo around this Floridian playground, Fort Lauderdale is alive with activity. The waterways are dotted with luxury yachts from harbors around the world, and exclusive homes line the waterfront. The posh boutiques on Las Olas Boulevard cater to the sophisticated sun-worshipers who enjoy “the season” in Florida..

Day 2 At Sea

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Day 3 At Sea

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Day 4 At Sea

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Day 5 Cartagena, Colombia

The Spanish founded Cartagena, officially known as Cartagena de Indias, in 1533. The city rapidly became a thriving commercial port, where precious stones and minerals from the New World awaited shipment back to Spain. Situated in a bay on the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena had the most extensive fortifications in South America, once guarded by 29 stone forts and a high wall of coral-stone measuring 16-miles long, 40-feet high and 50-feet wide. Completed in 1657, the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas is said to be the most grandiose work of military architecture erected by Spain in the Americas. Today, Cartagena’s riches are found in the Boca Grande, an area of the city with beautiful waterfront hotels, trendy restaurants, casinos and boutiques.

Day 6 Portobelo, Panama TR

Originally a Spanish outpost valued for its deep water port, this was the depot for silver shipped to Spain through the mid-18th Century. An incident between the Spanish and a British merchant ship resulted in the War of Jenkins’ Ear and the sack of the city. The ruins of Fort San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provide lovely views near the mouth of the Chagres River, which comprises the water that powers the Canal locks. A church in the town has a distinctive statue of Christ depicted as a black man that is festooned with votives left by the faithful in hope of intercession. Tours are also possible to the Chagres National Park to visit the Embera people, or to view the Gatun Locks of the Canal.t barely touches them.

Day 7 Enter Panama Canal Cristobal CO P1

Day 8 At Sea

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Day 9 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica

The principal town of Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas gives access to several of the nation’s ecological reserves, including the Monteverde Reserve, as well as highlights of the highlands such as the famous woodcarving center of Sarchi and the distinctive highland town of Grecia with its metal Gothic church. At the nearby Carara National Park, visitors can see the “Pura Vida” waterfall, some 650 feet high and keep an eye out for brilliant Scarlet Macaws.

Day 10 At Sea

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Day 11 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Once the site of an impressive ancient Mayan civilization, Guatemala was conquered by Spanish conquistadors in 1524. Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala’s largest Pacific Ocean port, offering access to the natural and historic wonders of Guatemala. Beyond the black-sand beaches that surround Puerto Quetzal, a narrow ribbon of lowland runs the length of the Pacific shore, where local farmers raise cotton, sugar, bananas and maize. Bordering the fertile lowlands, the Guatemalan highlands suddenly emerge, rising to heights of 2500 to 3000 feet. Jutting boldly from the southern highlands is a string of volcanoes, adding even more drama to this diverse land of ancient Maya ruins, Spanish Colonial heritage and breathtaking scenery.

Day 12 Puerto Chiapas, Mexico

Puerto Chiapas is located in the southern Soconusco region of the Mexican state of Chiapas, close by the Guatemalan border. The region produces both coffee and cacao for chocolate, and so provides opportunities to see how these commodities are grown, processed and used worldwide. Bananas and tropical blooms are two other regional agricultural mainstays. If you have never tasted a truly tree-ripened banana, the experience can be revelatory. There are some pre-Columbian ruins at Izapa, although nothing on the scale of other, more famous Mayan ruins in Mexico and Guatemala. Favorite activities that have been developed for visitors include people-to-people opportunities in some of the nearby rural (and very friendly) communities.

Day 13 Huatulco, Mexico

The nine glistening bays of Huatulco were virtually unknown outside the state of Oaxaca until the first coastal highway was completed in 1982. Now part of Mexico’s ‘Master Plan’ to develop certain coastal areas into premium resorts, Huatulco may one day rival Acapulco and Cancun in the competition to attract tourists from around the world. The pleasing subtropical climate, fine golden sand beaches and warm waters certainly won’t disappoint.

Day 14 At Sea

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Day 15 At Sea

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Day 16 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico TR

Cabo San Lucas is ideally located where the Mexican desert collides with the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, producing postcard perfect views. Once a hideout for pirates and a tranquil fishing village, Cabo is located at the southernmost tip of the magnificent Baja peninsula, and is blessed with what many describe as the perfect climate. Long a favorite for anglers out to land the “big one,” Cabo San Lucas has great beaches, unlimited shopping options, restaurants and cantinas, and a variety of hotels and resorts. Cabo is also known for El Arco, a magnificent natural rock formation at Land’s End and Playa Medano, Cabo San Lucas’ long white sand beach

Day 17 At Sea

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Day 18 At Sea

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Day 19 Los Angeles, California, US

Los Angeles is a city spinning with energy and creativity, where tomorrow’s trends are born, nurtured and released. Having one of the best climates in the world, Los Angeles draws visitors year-round from all over the world. Officially founded in 1781, the modern-day metropolis of Los Angeles sprawls across over 4,000 square miles between the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains. Los Angeles is considered the entertainment capital of the world, a vibrant city of visual delights with more museums than any other U.S. city.

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