Panama Canal Passage
28th April 2022 FOR 21 NIGHTS | Seabourn Odyssey
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WHY WE RECOMMEND Mexico CRUISES
Situated between North and South America, Central America is a small but captivating stretch of land home to a number of distinctive, culturally-rich and naturally beautiful nations to uncover on a luxury cruise getaway with some of the world's finest SixStarCruises™
The seven countries which make up the gorgeous tropical region of Central America possess unique cultures and landscapes, all set within a region which is just three-quarters the size of the state of Texas. As such, there is a seemingly endless supply of both cultural and natural attractions to be discovered within each corner of this remarkable region.
The cloud forests of Honduras, the incredible colonial township of Panama City, the Caribbean shorelines of Nicaragua – Central America embodies the spectacular possibilities of cruising in a single enchanting region filled with sprawling national parks, intriguing cities, and ancient Mayan ruins.
The indigenous cultures of this tropical paradise are incredibly fascinating, too, much like the geography of the landscape, which is dotted with jungle canopies, sky-scraping volcanoes and beaches that stretch for miles. The region's sandy shores are particularly popular with travellers hoping to lie back and relax in the abundant sunshine, while the shimmering waters offshore offer an amazing place to enjoy a scuba diving or snorkelling adventure.
Choose from a collection of the best cruises to Central America, calling at some of the region’s most sought-after destinations, where spectacular scenery dominates the landscape and ancient Mayan culture comes to life at fascinating archaeological sites.
There are many wonderful itineraries which include Central American ports available to book right now, so take a look at what's on offer and start looking forward to your next great luxury adventure at sea.
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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.
28 Apr 2022
Key West, Florida
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.
29 Apr 2022
30 Apr 2022 - 02 May 2022
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.
03 May 2022
04 May 2022
Enter Panama Canal Cristobal
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.
05 May 2022
Fuerte Amador (Panama City)
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.
06 May 2022
07 May 2022
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.
08 May 2022
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.
09 May 2022
10 May 2022
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.
11 May 2022
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.
12 May 2022
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.
13 May 2022
14 May 2022 - 15 May 2022
Cabo San Lucas
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.
16 May 2022
17 May 2022 - 18 May 2022
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.
19 May 2022
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Hailed as "game-changers for the luxury segment", Seabourn Odyssey and her sister ships represent a new evolution of elegance in luxury, small-ship cruising. Their generous proportions, encompassing no more than 229 spacious, ocean-view suites, allow an enhanced array of amenities and features, as well as ratios of space and service staff per guest that are among the industry's highest.
With ten decks and five dining options, including 24 hour room service, Seabourn Odyssey also features a range of entertainment and health & fitness facilities, all of it inclusive. She is best suited to mature cruises who will have the opportunity to sail to one-of-a-kind destinations and World Heritage sites, thanks to Seabourn's partnership with UNESCO.
Alternative sailing dates
Flexible with departure dates? Alternative sailing dates for this itinerary are available in the list below