Central America Cruises
Active volcanoes and lush rainforests, indigenous cultures and pristine Caribbean waters, famous nature parks and astounding wildlife, ancient ruins and fiery music: There are millions of reasons to explore.
Hop on an unforgettable cruise to Central America, and experience life from a whole new perspective. A visit to Central America can be both thrilling and relaxing as your holiday could offering you an array of attractions, including dives in pristine turquoise waters, tours to ancient Mayan ruins, walks through bustling markets and visits to untouched nature reserves. This region is full of history, colour, culture and beautiful scenery. Cruise to Central America, and see the ruins of Spanish forts, relax on idyllic beaches and experience diverse cultures in all their splendour.
Central America delivers some of the most stunning beaches in the world, perfect for relaxing or engaging in adrenaline-pumping water sports. Whatever you do, don't miss out on Central America's indigenous heartland of Guatemala. Panama and Costa Rica offer you the opportunity to trek into the jungle to discover the hidden wonders of Central America. While you're there, don't forget to snap some pictures of the astonishing wildlife and exotic plants, go on an adventure and journey through the rainforest on foot and visit the ruins of the once great Mayan civilisation, whose territory spread from Mexico to Honduras.
Miami, situated on the Atlantic coast in Southeast Florida, is the world's busiest cruise port. An array of world-famous beaches such as South Beach, which is known for its vibrant nightlife scene, continue to put the city on the map for cruise vacationers. Miami is home to many beautiful and lush national parks and botanical gardens, such as Biscayne National Park and the divine Pinecrest Gardens.
San Juan is the capital and largest city of Puerto Rico. As a cruising hot spot in the Caribbean, San Juan offers all of the amenities and attractions of a modern city. The city is divided into Old and New San Juan. Old San Juan dates back five centuries and is known for its colourful buildings and old forts, which once protected the island. El Morro is a well-known fort that now houses a small military museum. At the city walls that surround San Juan is The Paseo de la Princesca, a beautiful promenade with shops, restaurants, and gorgeous views.
The Mexican island of Cozumel, located in the Caribbean off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula, has a rich ancient history. Even today, visitors from all over the world flock to the island to observe the religious centre and temples that the Maya peoples built on the island centuries ago. Cozumel is also famous for its diving opportunities: Visitors can dive around beautiful coral reefs or to the Underwater Museum of Art.
The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans together. Since the canals opening in 1914, this channel has become one of the most important waterways in the world, earning itself the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Over 815,000 ships have traveled this canal in the last 100 years. Not only does the Panama Canal allow for passage between two of most immense oceans but it also provides great access to some of the most culture rich and vibrant destinations in Panama.
Costa Maya is a Caribbean tourist area that stretches along the eastern Yucatan Peninsula. The region boasts gorgeous beaches and biosphere reserves with coral reefs, mangroves and jungles that house sharks, dolphins, turtles, jaguars, monkeys and many bird species. In addition to the picturesque landscapes, tourists can also visit the palaces and temples that the Maya peoples built here more than 1,500 years ago.
Cabo San Lucas is located at the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. The resort city, a popular holiday home for the rich and famous, is also well-loved among tourists for its pristine beaches, range of water activities and thrilling nightlife. The Arch is a distinct rock formation in the region and is only accessible at low tide as the vast sandy beaches are submerged when the water is high.
Roatán is a Caribbean Bay Island that floats about 60 kilometres north of mainland Honduras. The largest of the islands, it is famous for its white sand beaches and numerous snorkelling and diving sites. Together with its sister islands of Roatán, they make up the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world, which is home to diverse marine life, such as whale sharks.
Located in the Atlantic, Grand Turk Island is a part of the British Turks and Caicos Islands and the largest island of the Turk Islands. The capital of the archipelago is Cockburn Town, located on Grand Turk Island. The island is considered the archipelago's cultural, administrative and financial centre. The blend of colonial-style buildings, picturesque beaches and local dining make the island an unforgettable location.
Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on the Pacific coast of Mexico that is popular among tourists for its picturesque beaches, adrenaline-pumping water sports and lively nightlife scene. Cobblestone streets with shops, restaurants, cafes and ornate buildings flow through the town's hushed centre. The lively seaside promenade El Malecón, on the other hand, is lined with bars, lounges, nightclubs and contemporary art.
Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala's largest port on the Pacific Ocean. The southern part of Puerto Quetzal is particularly important for both freight and passenger transport. Craft and souvenir markets are situated right at the port. In the immediate vicinity, cruise passengers may also enjoy relaxing bars, a restaurant and performances from Marimba bands. Those who chose to take an inland tour may visit the city of La Antigua.
Puerto Plata is a port city on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. See the replica of Rio's famous 'Christ the Redeemer' statue that overlooks the city or enjoy the watersports the city offers.
Puerto Limon is Costa Rica's biggest port city on the Caribbean coast. The city's port is very busy all year round, the ships are transporting truckloads of fruit and other goods. Although, cruise ships stop for a visit regularly between October and May, Puerto Limon is not as welcoming and pampering to its tourists as one would hope. However, if you are looking for a good base to explore the array of national parks around the city, you are in the right place.
The Central American port town of Belize City is divided into two halves by the Haulover Creek, which can be crossed via the manually operated Swing Bridge. In the northern half of the city, tourists can learn about the county's history at the Museum of Belize. The south side boasts colonial buildings, such as Saint John's Cathedral and the wooden Government House from the nineteenth century.
Charlotte Amalie is located on the south side of St. Thomas and is the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The city is dominated by the Danish colonial period and has some great attractions to offer.
The capital of the island republic of St. Vincent and the Grenadines boasts a dreamlike landscape. Dense jungle, idyllic streams, great beaches are just an example of the natural beauties on offer. In Kingstown, visitors will find numerous markets with delicious exotic fruits.
Connecting two larger continents, Central America is a wondrous belt of islands and lands bursting with year-round sunshine, exotic wildlife, rich forests, crystal blue waters and long white sand beaches. A cruise to this part of the world promises to be an experience filled with sunshine, culture and history. Discover vibrant cultural meccas and cities with rich colonial pasts in the tropical region of Central America. Explore areas rich in African, European and Creole heritage. View the wonders of ancient civilisations such as Tikal, Palenque and Copán. See colourful cultures vary from region to region, and travel from the tropical soul of Belize to the rich Mayan culture of Mexico.
Visit the world-famous Panama Canal, a ship passageway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, a key transport waterway for international trade. The island nation’s capital Panama City is a central hub both nationally and internationally as history and modernism intertwine in this bustling centre. On a cruise to Panama, you cannot miss out on a visit to the city’s oldest region, the sixteenth-century Panama Viejo ruins, one of the oldest European settlements in the New World. Amble along Old Panama’s Craft Market, where you will find a vast array of of beadwork, painted hats, ceramic art work and more.
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