On board MS EUROPA from Progreso to Acapulco
Fireworks of change to ring in the New Year
Enjoy a special Christmas cruise with the EUROPA: Central America will bestow gifts of natural wonders and historic monuments, with an exciting New Year’s celebration off the coast of Costa Rica.
from Progreso to Acapulco
|Cruise dates:||from 19.12.2017 to 07.01.2018 (19 days)|
|Your ship:||MS EUROPA|
17 days cruise only from € 10,441 per person
incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from € 12,771 per person
The narrow stretch of land connecting North and South America offers plenty of history and unspoilt beauty – and this is already in evidence in tiny BELIZE. The Mayan world once stretched as far as the coast here and its important trading centre, Altun Ha*, still lets you catch a glimpse of its former riches. HONDURAS is also proud of its heritage: from PUERTO CORTES, the tracks of the mysterious Mayans take you into the jungle, to the hieroglyphic stairway at Copan*. Christmas 2017 promises to be just as unforgettable: the place where Columbus reached the mainland in 1502 is now the site of TRUJILLO which, with its colonial heritage and Caribbean beaches, is a great place to spend a relaxing Christmas Day.
Unspoilt, colourful and friendly – this is also the kind of welcome you will receive in Panama, in the laid-back province of BOCAS DEL TORO. A modern contrast is provided by the Gatun Locks*, which the EUROPA will negotiate on the following morning as we enter the PANAMA CANAL. On the Pacific side of the canal, the skyscrapers of PANAMA CITY* rise up into the sky. The canal brought wealth to the capital city, and along the Cinta Costera, you can enjoy both the skyline and some of the local specialities. The Casco Viejo* with its pretty collection of decorative buildings, picturesque churches and presidential palace, stands as testament to the city’s heyday in the Spanish colonial era.
As the year draws to a close, COSTA RICA shows off a magnificent display of flora and fauna that is sure to rival any fireworks. Almost a third of the country is a designated conservation area, protecting its unique diversity for future generations. As soon as you reach PUNTARENAS, the thick mangroves of the Rio Tarcoles* are a good place to look for red macaws, crocodiles and howler monkeys. And if you fancy gliding through the lush leafy forest, an exciting canopy tour* will provide you with a unique opportunity. The next day, ease yourself in to the new year on the PENINSULA PAPAGAYO, where tropical forests and white sandy beaches are a picture of paradise. In neighbouring NICARAGUA, you can set out from SAN JUAN DEL SUR to visit the Masaya Volcano*, which the natives call the “burning mountain”. The area around its steaming cone is now one of the country’s most impressive national parks.
To round off your cruise, PUERTO QUETZAL offers you the choice of following once again in the footsteps of the Maya to the Tikal National Park* or discovering a true colonial gem: in the hills of GUATEMALA lies Antigua* – the former Spanish colonial capital and now a beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site. After one last day at sea, it will be time to say goodbye in ACAPULCO.
| Tue, 19.12.2017 |
Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Mexico City
| Wed, 20.12.2017 |
Transfer to flight to Merida
| Thu, 21.12.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Fri, 22.12.2017 |
Belize City/Belize , 8.00 –19.00 hrs
| Sat, 23.12.2017 |
Puerto Cortes/Honduras, 6.00 – 22.00 hrs
| Sun, 24.12.2017 |
Trujillo/Honduras, 8.00 – 15.00 hrs
| Mon, 25.12.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Tue, 26.12.2017 |
Puerto Limon/Costa Rica, 7.00 – 20.00 hrs
| Wed, 27.12.2017 |
Bocas del Toro/Panama , 7.00 – 18.00 hrs
| Thu, 28.12.2017 |
Daytime passage through the Panama Canal
| Fri, 29.12.2017 |
Isla Flamenco (Panama City)/Panama , departure 18.00 hrs
| Sat, 30.12.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sun, 31.12.2017 |
Puntarenas/Costa Rica, 8.00 – 18.30 hrs
| Mon, 01.01.2018 |
Papagayo Peninsula/Costa Rica , 13.00 – 22.00 hrs
| Tue, 02.01.2018 |
San Juan del Sur/Nicaragua , 6.00 – 18.00 hrs
| Wed, 03.01.2018 |
Acajutla/El Salvador, 13.30 – 20.00 hrs
| Thu, 04.01.2018 |
Puerto Quetzal/Guatemala, 6.00 – 19.00 hrs
| Fri, 05.01.2018 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sat, 06.01.2018 |
Acapulco/Mexico, arrival 7.00 hrs
| Sun, 07.01.2018 |
Arrival in Frankfurt
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
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Combine this cruise with EUR1801 and save € 1,900 per person (applies to categories 1 – 11).
Please note that our cruises are conducted in German.
¹ You pay only the guaranteed price for double occupancy shown here. Accommodation will be provided in a suite in category 1 to 6, subject to availability. If you book a combination of several cruises in a guaranteed suite, it will be necessary to change suites after each individual cruise. Continuous occupancy of the same suite throughout the cruises is not possible. You will receive your exact suite number at the time of embarkation on board (limited allotment).
More travel information can be found in the General Information section.
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: MEXICO CITY
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: MEXICO CITY AND TEOTIHUACAN
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MEXICO CITY
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: MEXICO CITY AND TEOTIHUACAN
On this family cruise, your loved ones will have their very own on-shore programme. Experienced supervisors ensure that special kids’ and teens’ excursions provide an exciting way to explore new places for all junior cruise passengers aged 4 and up. Naturally, we also offer family excursions* tailored to let you and your children explore together. Back on board, the children and their supervisors complete their eventful day by eating together in the Lido Café. If required, a babysitter* can look after your little ones afterwards. To allow you to sleep in peace, we also offer a lie-in service on days at sea: nannies will pick up your children at 8.00 hrs and take them for breakfast. And on days with shore excursions, adjusted supervision times allow you to take part in excursions* without your children. * Subject to a charge.