On board MS EUROPA from Mexico City to Acapulco

The legacy of the Maya

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Deep in the jungle lie the ancient cities of the mystical Maya civilisation. Marvel at the ancient architecture of the pyramids of Chichén Itzá and the temple complex at Tikal. The colonial era has also left its mark in the New World. The magnificent streets of Cartagena are testament to the city’s former glory. Witness a lively cultural heritage, immerse yourself in a diverse range of spellbinding experiences and be won over by the Latin American way of life, which will also charge the atmosphere on board at night.

from Mexico City to Acapulco

Cruise dates:from 05.01.2014 to 24.01.2014 (20 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1401

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.

Highlights of this cruise

Highlights of this cruise

  • UNESCO World Heritage sites: the ruins of Chichén Itzá* and Copan*, the historic centre of Cartagena*, Tikal National park* and the baroque colonial architecture of Antigua*
  • Daytime transit through the Panama Canal
  • Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben on board
  • Latin American themed nights on board
  • South American authors – readings on board
  • Caribbean gold – rum tasting on board
  • Golf & Cruise with our extensive golf package*

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.


Sun, 05.01.2014

Scheduled flight Germany – Mexico City
Transfer to a first-class hotel, overnight stay with breakfast

Mon, 06.01.2014

Mexico City
Transfer to flight to Merida
Transfer to Progreso for embarkation on the EUROPA

Experience the land of the Mayas in the pre-cruise programme.

Tue, 07.01.2014

Progreso/Mexico, Departure 2.00 hrs

Wed, 08.01.2014

Playa del Carmen, 6.00 hrs – 8.00 hrs
Cozumel, 10.00 hrs – 20.00 hrs

Playa del Carmen/Mexico
Enjoy the good life on the white sands or follow in the footsteps of the mystical Mayas to the Ruins of Chichén Itzá*. The echo off the pyramids of Kukulcán rings out for hundreds of metres around. The Mayan city of Tulum* stands above the turquoise blue sea. It isn’t far from here to the Xel-Ha Lagoon*. This is a true paradise, where you can simply relax in the shallow waters.


Cozumel/Mexico Jacques Cousteau raved about this island as a diver’s dream. Go snorkelling in the colourful underwater world or dive straight into the lively seafront at San Miguel.

Thu, 09.01.2014

Belize, 12.00 hrs – 19.00 hrs

With its colourful mix of historic charm and modern way of life, the region has been an important trading centre ever since the time of the Mayas. In Altun Ha*, they established a flourishing city some 3,000 years ago and its ruins are still impressive today. You can safely follow in the tracks of the inhabitants of the dense rainforest in the Zoological Gardens*, where jaguars, ocelots and pumas can be found.

Fri, 10.01.2014

Puerto Cortes, 7.00 hrs – 22.00 hrs

Puerto Cortes/Honduras
The land of the Mayas and the Ruins of Copan*, which were once home to 20,000 people, lie deep in the tropical rainforest. The Hieroglyphic Stairway is testament to the history of a lost civilisation – with more than 2,200 characters, it is the most remarkable written text left behind by the Mayas. Much more recent is the San Fernando de Omoa Fortress*, which served the Spanish colonials as a stronghold against pirates.

Sat, 11.01.2014
- Sun, 12.01.2014

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 13.01.2014

Cartagena, 8.00 hrs – 18.00 hrs

The best way to explore this colonial gem in style is to take a carriage ride through the restored historic centre*. This former trading centre defied its enemies for centuries with its substantial walls and powerful fortresses such as San Felipe de Barajas. Now there are enticing little shops in the arcades of the former military establishment. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city is the little fishing village of La Boquilla*, which you will reach at the end of an enchanting journey by typical wooden canoe through the labyrinth of the mangroves.

Tue, 14.01.2014

El Porvenir, 12.00 hrs – 18.00 hrs

El Porvenir (San Blas)/Panama
Get to know the Kuna people and allow yourself to be inspired by this traditional village community. Molas, traditional sewn panels in colourful cotton fabrics, on the blouses of the Kuna women are famous far beyond the islands of the archipelago.

Wed, 15.01.2014

Bocas del Toro, 8.00 hrs – 17.00 hrs

Bocas del Toro/Panama
Here you will find plenty of Caribbean charm. Immerse yourself in the peaceful lives of the villagers or spend the day relaxing on the beach.

Thu, 16.01.2014

Daytime transit through the Panama Canal

Daytime transit through the Panama Canal
One of the most important sea passages in the world, this route through the jungle has only existed for about a hundred years – a truly unforgettable seafaring experience.

Fri, 17.01.2014

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 18.01.2014

Puntarenas, 7.00 hrs – 19.00 hrs

Puntarenas/Costa Rica
About a quarter of the country is protected – and rightly so. If you want to discover the dazzling bird life, you must penetrate deep into the diverse flora and fauna of the mangroves* by boat. Get an unusual perspective on a Canopy tour*, where you can swing safely from tree to tree. Somewhat more comfortable, yet just as breathtaking, is a walk along the 42 m high suspension bridge*, which stretches across the treetops.

Sun, 19.01.2014

San Juan del Sur, 7.00 hrs – 18.00 hrs

San Juan del Sur/Nicaragua
Inland you will find an attraction that used to be known as the “burning mountain” – the Masaya Volcano National Park*. The Santiago crater is one of the few craters in the world to form a lava lake. Granada*, with its pretty baroque- and Renaissance-style buildings, spreads along the shores of Lake Nicaragua.

Mon, 20.01.2014

Acajutla, 13.00 hrs – 20.00 hrs

Acajutla/El Salvador
The smallest country in Central America is home to the impressive Cerro Verde National Park*, which stretches along the picturesque Coatepeque Lake. It is not just the nature that you will find impressive – take a stroll through the pretty, narrow streets of colonial Santa Ana*, and you will be enchanted by the pastel-coloured facades.

Tue, 21.01.2014

Puerto Quetzal, 6.00 hrs – 19.00 hrs

Puerto Quetzal/Guatemala
You will take a flight to the ancient site of the Maya civilisation, Tikal*.  Its magnificent temples, stelae and palaces have outlasted the people who built them by thousands of years. Another site of cultural heritage is Antigua*, which has maintained its charm as a colonial capital city – you can almost imagine coming across the Spanish conquistadores in the shadows of Antigua’s baroque churches.

Wed, 22.01.2014

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 23.01.2014

Acapulco/Mexico, Arrival 7.00 hrs
Journey through the countryside to Mexico City including lunch, evening scheduled flight to Germany

Enjoy your last impressions of the country on a journey back to the capital city. Or stay on for a little longer and discover the highlights of Mexico City on our post-cruise programme*.

Fri, 24.01.2014

Arrival in Germany

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:





Golf - Tee off on the very best greens

Play on the following greens during the EUR1401 cruise:

Wed 8 Jan Playa del Carmen – Cozumel Country Club

first-class golf course set amongst the mangroves and rainforests will

fulfil the highest of standards. Designed by legendary golf course

designer Jack Nicklaus, you can look forward to a special kind of

sporting experience with views over the Caribbean Sea.

Mon 13 Jan Cartagena/Columbia – Club Campestre de Cartagena
Opened in 1993, this is one of the most popular golf clubs in the country and has hosted many international tournaments.

Sat 18 Jan Puntarenas, Costa Rica – La Iguana Golf Resort

than 140 colourful species of birds will be watching your game on this

championship course, which is set right in the middle of the tropical

rainforest and has fabulous views over the turquoise-blue sea.

Tue 21 Jan Puerto Quetzal – Fuego Maya GC

spectacular 18-hole course with fantastic views across the surrounding

mountains, and on a clear day you can see the majestic volcanic cone.

The ancient laws of the Mayan calendar were taken into account in the

design of the course, which features truly challenging canyons and


The EUROPA golf package can only be reserved with a cruise and as

stated as a package before the start of the cruise. Minimum number of

participants is ten people. If the minimum number of participants is not

reached, cancellation will occur no later than four weeks prior to

cruise departure. Please refer to our Information and the additional Golf & Cruise Terms and Conditions of Travel.