Caribbean & Central America Cruises
(Belize, Guatemala & Honduras Cruise)
Experience the incredible diversity of Belize, Honduras and Guatemala, all with the luxurious comforts of small ship cruising. The Atlantic coastlines of Guatemala and Honduras, as well as Belize, remain among the least explored and developed areas of Central America. Here you will discover the mystery of fascinating Maya ruins; the beauty of the rain forest teeming with wildlife; the enchantment of snorkeling in crystal clear waters along a magnificent coral reef; the splendor of pristine, uncrowded beaches; and the charm of Spanish colonial towns. All of this and more on an amazing voyage of discovery.
Special Offer: Includes FREE round-trip airfare from select U.S. cities (or $500 per person air credit). Conditions apply.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
Feb 1,8,15,22, Mar 1
Board a shared transfer from the airport and head directly to port where your ship awaits.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the length of your ship. You'll set sail in the evening.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike. In addition to a large sun deck, the Yorktown boasts a spacious lounge for social gatherings and lectures as well as quiet space for private conversation. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions and specialties.
Arrive in the morning in Belize's Punta Gorda, a port town sited on sea cliffs. Drive inland to explore Lubaantun, a Late Classic Maya center that thrived between 730 AD and 890 AD. Built on a ridge and surrounded by a forest, Lubaantun's remains include five main plazas, eleven major structures, three ball courts, and other edifices. The visitor center displays artifacts excavated at the site. Spend the afternoon at the nearby Snake Cays, where you will enjoy swimming and snorkelling.
Friendly and bustling La Ceiba, built beneath the forested slopes of the Cordillera Nobre de Dios, will be your base for exploring the most important attractions of this region. Choices will include the Pico Bonito National Park, a vast rain forest with its twenty rivers and abundant wildlife, including howler and spider monkeys, armadillos, tigrillos, and many bird species; and the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, a major wetland and mangrove lagoon that is home to rich wildlife. There will also be the opportunity to go rafting on the Cangrejal River and kayaking on the Cacao Lagoon.
Spend the day on Roatan, the main island of Honduras' Bay Islands. Roatan's glory is its superb beaches and reef that stretches for almost seventy miles, providing unparalleled swimming and snorkeling opportunities. Your exploration of Roatan includes visits to the Institute for Marine Sciences, with its exhibitions of marine life and geology of the island, the Carambola Botanical Gardens, whose native trails are lined with tropical plants and flowers, and the Tropical Treasures Bird Park, which is home to scarlett macaws, toucans, parrots, and other birds. You will also enjoy swimming at the white-sand beaches of the West End, and snorkeling at the surrounding reef.
In 1502, Columbus landed at the spot where Trujillo was founded 22 years later, becoming one of the earliest Spanish settlements in Central America. Explore Trujillo and some of its colonial buildings, including the 16th century Santa Barbara Fortress, which overlooks the sea. Also visit the Campo del Mar Nature Park, with its native flora and fauna, and enjoy swimming and snorkeling at the beautiful white-sand beach that lines the park. For the more adventurous, there will be opportunities to discover the area's wildlife by exploring the Guaymoreto Lagoon, with its boardwalk that meanders along the mangroves, and the Capiro y Calentura National Park on Mt. Calentura, which looms some 4,000 feet above Trujillo.
Call at the unspoiled Cayos Cochinos (Hog Islands), consisting of two small islands and thirteen tiny, lush islets that are a protected marine park. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water that surrounds the small archipelago. Also hike on Cochinos Mayor, the main islet in the group. On the nearby Cayo Chachahuate, visit the small Garifuna village, where you will be greeted by traditional drumming and dancing ceremony.
Your ship will dock in the morning at Guatemala's port town of Santo Tomas de Castilla, set at the head of spacious Amatique Bay. Drive to Quirigua, an ancient Maya center that was founded around 200 AD, and flourished in the 8th century AD when it embarked on a major construction program. Quirigua, set in its exquisite location in the rain forest, is famous for its huge stelae and altars that are covered with some of the finest carvings in the Maya world. Alternatively, visit the Castillo de San Felipe, a well preserved fortress built by the Spanish in the 17th century. Return to the ship and spend the afternoon cruising to Puerto Cortes.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship, making landfall in Puerto Cortes.
Board a shared transfer from port back to San Pedro Sula airport for your homeward flight.
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