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Home Cruises Caribbean & Panama Canal Odyssey Seabourn Odyssey 2022-04-16

Caribbean & Panama Canal Odyssey - 4235A Seabourn Odyssey departing 16 Apr 2022

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Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Seabourn Odyssey
  • Complimentary Premium Spirits
  • Tipping is neither required, nor expected
  • World Class Dining
  • All Ocean-Front Suites
Ship
Cruise Line
Embark
16 Apr 2022
Duration
33 Nights
From / To
Oranjestad / Los Angeles
Ports of call
Oranjestad - Curacao - Kralendijk - Rodney Bay - Guadeloupe
Rating

Suite from £10,449pp

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Itinerary

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Date Date
Location Location
 
In In
Out Out
Date 16/04/2022
Location Oranjestad
In
Out 18:00

Although no written record of the island’s discovery by Europeans exists, it was in 1499 that Alonso de Ojeda landed in Aruba and claimed the island for Spain. Over the years, possession changed from the Spanish to the Dutch to the British and back to the Dutch, with independence promised by 1996. Aruba is one of only a few Caribbean islands where the indigenous Indian population was not decimated by invading Europeans. The native Aruban today is a mixture of Arawak Indian, and Spanish and Dutch colonizers. The official language is Dutch, with both English and Spanish widely spoken. The local population’s everyday tongue is Papiamento, a mixture of all of the above plus a few words left over from the days of the Arawak. The countryside is dotted with cottages surrounded by cactus fences and bright splashes of bougainvillea, oleander and hibiscus. During our call, enjoy a stroll through the capital, Oranjestad. Colorful Wilhelminastraat is lined with typical Aruban buildings of the Dutch Colonial style, and plenty of shops offering duty-free goods.

Date 17/04/2022
Location Curacao
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Delightful Willemstad is the capital of the five-island Netherlands Antilles, which in turn are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Gabled buildings bring to mind Dutch cities, while working windmills dot the countryside, helping to provide the island with much-needed fresh water. Two bridges connect Otrobanda and Punda, the city’s two halves. The Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, now exclusively a foot bridge, was built in 1888. The imposing Queen Juliana Bridge arches over the channel, providing the link for motor vehicles. Shoppers will find no shortage of temptations here, while those so inclined will find excellent scuba diving opportunities.

Date 18/04/2022
Location Kralendijk
In 09:00
Out 18:00

Discovered in 1499 by an expedition led by Amerigo Vespucci, Bonaire has quite a varied history. Indian drawings, which can be seen today in several places, depict life and events which took place centuries before the island’s discovery by Europeans. The Spanish colonization lasted for little more than a century, ending in 1634, when the Dutch from Curaccao arrived to occupy Bonaire during their war against Spain. In 1636, Bonaire became a Dutch colony. Salt production, corn and stock breeding were developed as major economic elements. Today, the island’s economy depends largely on tourism. A friendly ‘bon bini’ from the locals greets you during your visit ashore. Enjoy a stroll through Kralendijk, past the fish market, duty-free shops of Breedestraat, the waterfront promenade and the quaint toy-like houses exemplifying the Dutch colonial architecture.

Date 19/04/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 20/04/2022
Location Rodney Bay
In 08:00
Out 18:00

This is the island’s yachting center, quieter and less crowded than the main port of Castries. You can visit the island’s “drive-in” volcano at Soufriere, view the iconic peaks of the Pitons or perhaps snorkel at Pigeon Island, one of Jacques Cousteau’s favorite dive spots.

Date 21/04/2022
Location Guadeloupe
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Located on the smaller of Guadeloupe’s two “butterfly wing” lobes, Basse-Terre is the capital of the French overseas department, although smaller than Point-a-Pitre on Grand Terre. It was the island’s first town, founded in 1643, and Fort Saint Charles, now called Fort Delgres, was built in 1650 to protect against English attacks. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, with its separate Bell Tower, and the Town Hall dating from 1889, which holds seven paintings added in the 1930s and now all registered historical landmarks. The island offers many picturesque fishing villages now welcoming tourists, including Deshaise near Grand Anse beach and Saint Claude in the forested hills. The towering volcano of La Soufriere is part of the National Park, as is the Reserve Cousteau at Pigeon Island, where divers and snorkelers flock to reefs that enchanted the late undersea explorer. The towering Chutes de Carbet waterfalls are another popular natural attraction.

Date 22/04/2022
Location St. John's, Antigua
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Antigua is blessed with an abundance of shining white beaches, and many of these have sprouted top-end resort hotels that engender golf courses and other amenities counted among the best in the Caribbean. A pleasant drive up through farms and tiny villages leads to the commanding fortress on Shirley Heights, from which you can survey the town and the harbor of Nelson’s Dockyard across the island. Once a carenage for British frigates, today it is an enclave of shops and restaurants.

Date 23/04/2022
Location St Kitts
In 08:00
Out 18:00

A classic golden arc of sugary sand at South Friar’s Bay, Carambola is home to the island’s most luxurious beach clubs and restaurants. Umbrellas, loungers and optional water sports abound for those so inclined. Otherwise St. Kitts has other attractions, including a number of lovingly preserved plantation great houses, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brimstone Hill Fortress and a scenic narrow gauge sugarcane railway.

Date 24/04/2022
Location St John
In 08:00
Out 18:00

St. John is the smallest of the three major U.S. Virgin Islands. Some two-thirds of its area, and large stretches of its coastal waters, are now included in the Virgin Islands National Park. It was established in 1956 on the initiative of Laurence Rockefeller, who bought this former sugar island and donated the land to the American people. St. John is now a great attraction for nature lovers and diving enthusiasts, with its small population living mainly from tourism.

Date 25/04/2022
Location San Juan
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Puerto Rico has been voluntarily associated with the United States since it was ceded by Spain in 1898. In 1952, this island country became a self-governing commonwealth territory of the United States. The capital, San Juan, is a teeming city of over 1.5 million. Remnants of colonial architecture stand side by side with the most modern high rises in this city of contrasts. The 7-square-block area, which contains the historic zone of Old San Juan, was once completely encircled by city walls and is still guarded by the impressive forts of El Morro and San Cristobal, which loom over the harbor as reminders of the centuries of Spanish rule. El Yunque rainforest, on the northeastern side of the island, is just one of many distinctive geographical features found here. Mountain lakes, waterfalls, teak forests, and three magnificent phosphorescent bays offer the visitor a variety of diversions.

Date 26/04/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 27/04/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 28/04/2022
Location Miami
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Miami is the busiest cruise port in the world, hosting a myriad of ships year-round from all over the globe. Although it is technically not on the Caribbean Sea, no other American city exudes more of the diverse tropical appeal of the Caribbean. The city is home to a large and vibrant immigrant population that blends snowbird refugees from more northern climes with emigres from all Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as sizable groups from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. From the hot-blooded Art Deco haunts of South Beach to the natural wonders of the UNESCO-inscribed Everglades and the laid-back charms of the Keys, South Florida offers a bounty of appealing attractions that make an extended stay in the region nearly mandatory for those either embarking or disembarking here.

Date 29/04/2022
Location Key West
In 08:00
Out 19:00

The renowned natural beauty of the Florida Keys has attracted writers, artists and musicians for generations. Key West, with its carefully preserved “Old Town,” boasts one of the largest numbers of historic structures in any U.S. city. Key West’s “Conch-style” architecture reflects a unique blend of Victorian gingerbread, New England cottage and Bahamian influence. Narrow streets are lined with stately mansions and “shotgun” cottages, each an important part of this historic town at the tip of the Keys.

Date 30/04/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 01/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 02/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 03/05/2022
Location Cartagena (Colombia)
In 08:00
Out 19:00

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.

Date 04/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 05/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

In the early morning, your ship joins the flotilla of hulls of every shape and purpose from the far corners of the globe. They gather in Limon Bay off the shoreline of Cristobal in the Caribbean Sea to form the day’s convoy. Soon you will parade in file into the mighty Gatun Locks, there to be lifted patiently by inrushing water through three steps and exit into Gatun Lake to begin your transit of the canal. In truth, your ship sails from west to east, threading the jungled Gaillard Cut and before arriving at the Pedro Miguel Locks to begin your descent to the Pacific Ocean. At the Miraflores Locks, your ship files through the three descending steps, lowered gracefully by the outrushing waters into the mouth of the canal, bidding farewell to your convoy, and sailing on into the largest ocean on earth.

Date 05/05/2022
Location Panama Canal
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 05/05/2022
Location Panama Canal
In
Out

After a thrilling day passing through the mighty, water-powered locks and jungled channels of the Panama Canal, reflect on the engineering marvel that you have experienced, as your ship glides majestically out of the canal and into your first night in the Pacific Ocean. As the first stars sparkle in the horizon, lift your glass to the bold visionaries who dreamt of such an accomplishment so long ago, and to the untold thousands who toiled to make it real.
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Date 05/05/2022
Location Fuerte Amador
In
Out

Formerly a fortified armory, this newly developed port is the portal to colonial Panama City and an in-depth look at Miraflores Locks. Also from here, you can visit an Embera Indian village.

Date 06/05/2022
Location Fuerte Amador
In
Out 18:00

Formerly a fortified armory, this newly developed port is the portal to colonial Panama City and an in-depth look at Miraflores Locks. Also from here, you can visit an Embera Indian village.

Date 07/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 08/05/2022
Location At Sea
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Located in the Golfo Dulce nearly to the southern border with Panama, Golfito is far from the main tourist spots further north and the capital city. But what it does supply is Costa Rican nature at its best. The town is the gateway to the Piedras Blancas National Park, which is one of the three parks that ring the Golfo Dulce. The park is considered one of Costa Rica’s top birding spots, as well as being home to howler and capuchin monkeys and one of the last populations of jaguars in the country. South of Golfito stretch beaches that are world-famous among surfers, Playa Pavones is rumored to have the longest left-hand break in the world, with waves that supply rides as long as three minutes. Golfito is also famous for its sportfishing, especially for sailfish.

Date 09/05/2022
Location Puerto Caldera
In 08:00
Out 17:00

Christopher Columbus discovered Costa Rica in 1502, when he landed near Puerto Limón on the Atlantic shore. Impressed by the stunning natural beauty, Columbus thought he had discovered a land of vast wealth, and named it Costa Rica, meaning “Rich Coast.” The unspoiled splendor of the region is one of its main attractions, a paradise where orchids bloom year round, and forests of rosewood, cedar and mahogany scent the air. The rain forests, starting just inside the coastline and continuing into the mountain ranges, contain meandering rivers, magnificent waterfalls, national parks and wildlife preserves. Puerto Caldera is located between the volcanic beaches of Golfo de Nicoya and some of the highest mountains in Costa Rica, and is known as the Gateway to San Jose.

Date 10/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 11/05/2022
Location Puerto Quetzal
In 08:00
Out 18:00

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.

Date 12/05/2022
Location Port Chiapas
In 08:00
Out 18:00

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.

Date 13/05/2022
Location Huatuclo
In 08:00
Out 18:00

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.

Date 14/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 15/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 16/05/2022
Location Cabo San Lucas
In 08:00
Out 17:00

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.

Date 17/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 18/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Two classic cruising experiences are combined on this voyage exploring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central American and Mexican gems.

Date 19/05/2022
Location Los Angeles
In 08:00
Out

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 snowcapped 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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