On board MS EUROPA from Vancouver to Acapulco

Sun-drenched days from Canada to Mexico

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The green city of Portland is a wonderfully relaxed place to start your cruise, just like some of the most beautiful parts of sunny California. Walk over the hills of San Francisco and enjoy the historic charm of San Diego. Mexico will also provide the perfect setting for some relaxing days – on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, tasting wine in Baja California, or on a stroll through atmospheric Acapulco.


from Vancouver to Acapulco

Cruise dates:from 01.06.2017 to 18.06.2017 (17 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1710

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

Highlights of this cruise

  • UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites: Boca de la Sierra Biosphere Reserve*
  • Trip on the Columbia and Willamette rivers
  • Explore San Francisco in depth
  • The famous cliff divers of Acapulco*
  • New ports: Nanaimo/Vancouver Island/British Columbia/Canada, Monterey/California/USA, Ensenada/Mexico

Itinerary

Thu, 01.06.2017

Scheduled flight Germany – Vancouver
Transfer to embarkation point for the EUROPA
Vancouver/Canada, departure 0.00 hrs

Vancouver/British Columbia/Canada
Arrive a little earlier and experience the Rocky Mountains on a pre-cruise programme*, before being welcomed on board for an exceptional cruise.

Fri, 02.06.2017

Nanaimo/Vancouver Island, 7.00 – 14.00 hrs

Nanaimo/Vancouver Island/British Columbia/Canada
The harbour promenade of the second largest city on Canada’s Vancouver Island in the Pacific is a charming place with plenty of shops and beautiful walks. Enjoy a beautiful view of the bay or learn more about what life used to be like on the island in the Nanaimo Museum*.

Sat, 03.06.2017

Portland/Oregon/USA, arrival 19.00 hrs

Portland/Oregon/USA
The EUROPA arrives in the state capital of Oregon via the Columbia and Willamette rivers. One of the special things about Portland is that it has over 32 breweries. Visit some of the best breweries* and taste some stouts, ambers and ales. Not far away are the steep banks and many waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge*: set out in the morning on a hike to enjoy the amazing sights.

Sun, 04.06.2017

Portland, departure 18.00 hrs

Mon, 05.06.2017

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 06.06.2017

San Francisco/California, arrival 12.00 hrs

San Francisco/California/USA
The EUROPA will stay overnight in the harbour of this cosmopolitan city, with the unforgettable sight of its legendary landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge*, welcoming you as you enter the bay. Explore the city’s diverse districts, such as lively Chinatown, the busy Financial District and the historic cultural and administrative district, Civic Center. With its picturesque setting on several hills, the city will reveal its fascinating panorama on a helicopter flight*. The mix of historic villas and modern architecture will really appeal to those who appreciate architecture: join us on a walking tour* of the city’s most beautiful buildings and enjoy a guided tour of the de Young museum designed by the architects Herzog & de Meuron.

Wed, 07.06.2017

San Francisco, departure 22.00 hrs

Thu, 08.06.2017

Monterey, 7.00 – 14.00 hrs

Monterey/California/USA
Follow the call of a true legend: 17-Mile Drive* winds its way along the rocky coastline through romantic cypress groves and past wide, sandy beaches. You can find out about maritime life beneath the waves at the Monterey Bay Aquarium*, one of the biggest in the world.

Fri, 09.06.2017

San Diego, 14.00 – 0.00 hrs

San Diego/California/USA
Inviting beaches, city atmosphere and history: “American’s Finest City” appeals to visitors on all counts. Not far from the city’s modern centre, the Old Town and the Gaslamp Quarter* are kaleidoscopes of past Spanish settlements and the gold rush still today. Take your time visiting the quaint restaurants and shops.

Sat, 10.06.2017

Ensenada/Mexico, 7.00 – 13.00 hrs

Ensenada/Mexico
Decked with palms, dunes and sandy beaches, this lively city with its colourful houses will welcome you to the Baja California peninsula. There are some great places to visit in the surrounding area as well – for example, wine tasting in Calafia Valley*, probably the best-known wine-growing region in Mexico.

Sun, 11.06.2017

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 12.06.2017

Cabo San Lucas, 8.00 – 13.30 hrs

Cabo San Lucas/Gulf of California/Mexico
Bizarre rock formations, barren desert, cacti – see Mexico as if straight from a picture book in Baja California. Not forgetting the idyllic sea, which entices you to take a boat trip* to the El Arco arch in the rocks. If you are looking for adventure, visit the Boca de la Sierra Biosphere Reserve*. A secured zip line will take you over ravines and river beds.

Tue, 13.06.2017

Puerto Vallarta, 9.00 – 19.00 hrs

Puerto Vallarta/Mexico
Kilometre-long beaches make this former fishing village a popular seaside resort. Walk through the narrow cobbled streets of the old town* and visit the main church and the town hall. Or travel inland to see the traditional Mexican way of life in San Sebastian*.

Wed, 14.06.2017

Manzanillo, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Manzanillo/Mexico
The city was named by the conquistador Hernán Cortés as he came across so many chamomile bushes (manzanilla in Spanish) here. This typically Mexican city was the starting point for many important expeditions. Your own explorations will take you to Cuyutlan*, where you can visit a museum with a salt cellar as well as the turtle sanctuary*.

Thu, 15.06.2017

Acapulco, arrival 14.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board

Acapulco/Mexico
Sunshine and joie de vivre are what the charm of Acapulco is all about. You can see one of the undisputed highlights on a city tour*: in Quebrada Bay, the brave Clavadistas dive off a 35 m high cliff into a bay just 5 m wide. If you are looking for peace and quiet, visit the Coyuca Lagoon*. Here you can explore the lush flora and fauna and take a long walk along the beach. After one last night on board, you will fly to Mexico City and leave for home the next day. Or discover the highlights of Mexico City on a post-cruise programme*.

Fri, 16.06.2017

Acapulco
Transfer to scheduled flight to Mexico City
Transfer to a first-class hotel, overnight stay with breakfast

Sat, 17.06.2017

Mexico City
City tour with lunch
followed by scheduled flight to Frankfurt

Sun, 18.06.2017

Arrival in Frankfurt

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. 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:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: VANCOUVER – THE CANADIAN WAY OF LIFE ON THE PACIFIC


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: ROCKY MOUNTAINS


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: HIGHLIGHTS OF MEXICO CITY

Entertainment on board

Salomé Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra

The very survival and evolution of classical music within a fast-paced, cosmopolitan environment such as New York requires a dynamic balance of novelty, tradition, and hard work. It was with this vision in mind that the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, New York City’s new conductor-less string ensemble, was founded in September 2009 by the Carpenter siblings (violinists Sean and Lauren and violist David). As a 501c3 organization and one of the preeminent orchestras in the U.S., Salomé collaborates with other non-profit organizations in raising awareness for their philanthropy and broadening the audience of classical music. To date, the orchestra has performed at venues around Manhattan including Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, Barge Music, Christie’s, MILK Studios, and the MET Museum; on NPR's Performance Today; and on National Television. Salomé has collaborated with leading soloists, including guitarist Sharon Isbin and violist David Aaron Carpenter, with 2012-2013 performances slated with Alan Gilbert, Christoph Eschenbach, Joshua Bell, Philippe Quint, Daniel Hope, Karen Gomyo, Helene Grimaud, and Rufus Wainwright. Also, Salomé has partnered with notable non-profit organizations from around the world including The Trevor Project, FEED, Camfed, and The Somaly Mam Foundation. Salomé is based in Manhattan and consists of top-ranking graduates from The Curtis Institute of Music, The Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Princeton University, and Yale University.