On board MS EUROPA from Acapulco to New York

The heart of Central America

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Set out on a discovery tour of Central America, where the secrets of the Maya lie hidden in the jungle and the Spanish left behind a great legacy. Enjoy the special charm of Antigua and admire the colourful buildings in Cartagena, surely one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the world. Colourful variety awaits you on the East Coast of the USA: experience Miami and enjoy Charleston’s southern charm before New York forms the backdrop to the end of your cruise.

from Acapulco to New York

Cruise dates:from 15.06.2017 to 08.07.2017 (23 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1711

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

Highlights of this cruise

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Tikal National Park*, colonial architecture in Antigua*, Casco Viejo* in Panama City, old town of Cartagena*, ruins of Copan* and Chichen Itza*
  • UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites: Everglades National Park*
  • The legacy of the Maya* – Central America in depth
  • Daytime passage through the Panama Canal
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package*


Thu, 15.06.2017

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

Fri, 16.06.2017

Mexico City
Transfer to flight to Acapulco,
Transfer to embarkation point for the EUROPA
Acapulco/Mexico, departure 19.00 hrs

Arrive a little earlier in the land of the Maya for our pre-cruise programme*, before flying to Acapulco via Mexico City for embarkation.

Sat, 17.06.2017

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 18.06.2017

Puerto Quetzal/Guatemala, 8.00 – 20.00 hrs

Puerto Quetzal/Guatemala
After a relaxing day at sea, the legacy of the Maya entices you into the rainforest: fly to the Tikal National Park*, where the pyramids, temples and palaces were built in honour of the gods and god kings. The 80,000 people who are said to have once lived here disappeared suddenly in the 8th century. Antigua* has plenty of colonial charm: on a stroll through the old town, you can see evidence of the town’s earlier wealth reflected in its beautiful baroque architecture.

Mon, 19.06.2017
- Tue, 20.06.2017

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 21.06.2017

Isla Flamenco (Panama City)/Panama, arrival 7.00 hrs

Isla Flamenco (Panama City)/Panama
At the southern entrance to the Panama Canal lies the modern capital city of the same name, which also has a great deal of historical charm: the pretty Casco Viejo* old town and the white Presidential Palace are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. By contrast, the huge Miraflores Locks are symbolic of more modern times. Gatun Lake* was created artificially to build the Panama Canal. These days, its side branches are home to capuchin monkeys, caimans and toucans. You will get a spectacular view of the rainforest from the cable car*, which takes you high over the tree tops.

Thu, 22.06.2017

Isla Flamenco (Panama City), departure 6.00 hrs
Daytime passage through the Panama Canal

Daytime passage through the Panama Canal
The Panama Canal, one of the world’s most important waterways, will lift the EUROPA up and down around 26 m before it reaches the Atlantic.

Fri, 23.06.2017

Isla Aguja/San Blas Islands, 8.00 – 14.00 hrs

Isla Aguja/San Blas Islands/Panama
White sand and turquoise-blue water create an idyllic Caribbean setting. Spend a morning doing whatever you please.

Sat, 24.06.2017

Cartagena/Colombia, 8.00 – 20.00 hrs

Behind its fortified walls, the magnificent old town of Cartagena has been restored to glory. Explore its charming little streets on foot or in a horse and carriage*. In the former military complex of Las Bovedas*, there are now some inviting little shops selling traditional regional handicraft under the colourful arcades.

Sun, 25.06.2017

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 26.06.2017

Puerto Limon/Costa Rica, 8.00 – 19.00 hrs

Puerto Limon/Costa Rica
Costa Rica, the “rich coast”, is adorned with natural beauty in a variety of forms. Glide past rainforests on covered Mawamba boats* on the Tortuguero canals. The highlands of Costa Rica feature hills, lush tropical forests and vast sugar cane and coffee plantations – which you can explore on a scenic journey*.

Tue, 27.06.2017

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 28.06.2017

Coxen Hole Port/Roatan/Honduras, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Coxen Hole Port/Roatan/Islas de la Bahia/Honduras
Here you will find Caribbean flair: sit and dream under the palm trees or go diving amidst the coral gardens – there is plenty to offer in Roatan for a relaxing day of your holiday to spend as you please.

Thu, 29.06.2017

Puerto Cortes, 6.00 – 20.00 hrs

Puerto Cortes/Honduras
Visit the ruins of one of the most impressive Maya sites in the world – Copan*. At this vast site, you can discover the legacy of the Mayan world, including the hieroglyphic stairway, which with its 63 steps is the longest text ever to be found in Mayan writing. In Omoa*, you can immerse yourself in the history of the conquistadors on a visit to Fort San Fernando, an impressive fortress from the Spanish colonial era.

Fri, 30.06.2017

Belize/Belize, 8.00 – 16.00 hrs

Learn more about the little capital on a city tour* and then visit the ancient Maya site of Altun Ha*. A peaceful little place surrounded by rainforest – and home to a variety of bird species. You can look forward to some encounters with jaguars and ocelots, crocodiles and eagles at the Belize Zoo*.

Sat, 01.07.2017

Cozumel/Mexico, 7.00 – 19.00 hrs

San Miguel de Cozumel/Cozumel/Mexico
There’s a great vibe here in the boutiques, bars and restaurants along the seafront promenade. Stay on the beaches of Jacques Cousteau’s diving paradise or find out more about the world of the Maya. One of the most important cultural sites of the Maya was Chichen Itza* with its 365-step Kukulkan pyramid, which is still puzzling us to this day. They built their temple at Tulum* right on the coast. Enjoy the magnificent views over the ocean and the castle ruins, before visiting the Xel-Ha* Park for a swim in the lagoon.

Sun, 02.07.2017

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 03.07.2017

Miami/Florida/USA, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

The bright colours of the houses on Ocean Drive give you a first glimpse of the joie de vivre in this Cuban-influenced city. Skyscrapers, beaches lined with palm trees, the Art Deco District* and the Coconut Grove* artists’ district – the multicultural city has tradition and history, as well as glitz and glamour. The vast wetlands of the Everglades National Park begin just outside the city. Traverse the lake landscape by hovercraft* and with a little luck you may see some alligators.

Tue, 04.07.2017
- Wed, 05.07.2017

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 06.07.2017

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 07.07.2017

New York, arrival 8.00 hrs
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

New York/USA
Begin your journey home or stay on for a post-cruise programme* in New York – the Big Apple.

Sat, 08.07.2017

Arrival in Germany

* 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:





MS EUROPA Concert Series

In partnership with some of the most famous opera houses and partners, we will present magnificent voices, expert instrumentalists and exhilarating ensembles as part of the MS EUROPA Concert Series on almost every cruise. Some surprises are often thrown in, too, because it is not uncommon for international artists to spontaneously join up - providing you with what can only be described as truly unique concert experiences on board and ashore.

MS EUROPA Concert Series