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In the Fascinating kingdom of the Maya: Miami, USA to La Guaira (Caracas), Venezuela

MS Europa 2 Voyage 1501 - January 3-17, 2015

Hemingway, the Maya, dream beaches and one of the most beautiful colonial towns: welcome to FREEDOM THAT TAKES YOU PLACES in Central and South America. Stop off on a tour with the Conch Tour Train* at Hemingway’s favourite bar or try parasailing* over the turquoise-blue ocean. Visit the world-famous Mayan sites such as Chichen Itza*, Tulum* and Copan*, or swim with dolphins* in Cozumel. Daydreaming on the beach, orchids, water hyacinths and, with a little luck, even capuchin monkeys in Puerto Limon ensure memorable experiences with nature. Pure nostalgia: welcome to Cartagena, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And conclude your trip with that Caribbean feeling in the blue lagoons of the islands of Los Roques.

Highlights of this trip:

  • Impressive evidence of a former advanced civilisation: the Maya sites of Chichen Itza*, Tulum*, Altun Ha* and Copan*.
  • Costa Rica’s natural paradises: the branched Tortuguero canals* and the rainforest*.
  • Monumental Spanish heritage in the old town of Cartagena.
  • On board: Mexican evening.

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

Date Destination
Saturday 03-Jan-2015 Miami/Florida/USA, departure 21.00 hrs
Sunday 04-Jan-2015 Key West/Florida/USA, 9.00 – 18.00 hrs 
On the horizon, say goodbye to the skyline of Miami, as colourful days lie ahead. A delightful location is lively Key West with bars that have obtained cult status, such as Sloppy Joe, and picturesque wooden houses. Travel on the traditional Conch Tour Train* through the legendary city, or go parasailing* and hover up to 200 metres above the turquoise-blue ocean.
Monday 05-Jan-2015 Relaxation at sea
Tuesday 06-Jan-2015 Playa del Carmen/Mexico, 7.00 – 10.00 hrs
Cozumel/Mexico, 11.30 – 20.30 hrs 
In Playa del Carmen, you have the opportunity to disembark the EUROPA 2 for one of two spectacular day excursions (re-embark in Cozumel). In Chichen Itza* visit the breathtaking Maya sites, at the centre of which the Kukulkan pyramid towers over many mysterious structures. Just as enigmatic are the weather-worn temples of Tulum* which, along with insights into past cultures, also offers a wonderful view of the expansive ocean. Alternatively, unforgettable experiences are on offer in Cozumel – have dolphins* pull you through the water or float over coral reefs in a transparent kayak*.
Wednesday 07-Jan-2015 Belize/Belize, 12.30 – 21.00 hrs 
The next day, follow the call of the Maya to Belize and to the ancient ruined city of Altun Ha*, which is surrounded by dense jungle. Or decide on an airboat adventure* and, with a little luck, see manatees grazing in the Almond Hill Lagoon.
Thursday 08-Jan-2015 Puerto Cortes/Honduras, 7.00 – 21.00 hrs 
Set off again from Puerto Cortes on the fascinating trail of the Maya to visit the ruins of Copan*. The phenomenal step pyramid, whose roughly 2,500 hieroglyphics tell of former rules, testifies to the cultural riches of bygone times.
Friday 09-Jan-2015 Coxen Hole Port/Roatan/Islas de la Bahia/Honduras, 7.00 – 14.00 hrs 
Idyllic hours that you can adapt entirely to your wishes await you in Coxen Hole Port on Roatan. Spend the time visiting the botanical garden, daydreaming on the fine sandy beach or snorkelling around the coral reef.
Saturday 10-Jan-2015 Relaxation at sea
Sunday 11-Jan-2015 Puerto Limon/Costa Rica, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs 
Your gateway to the natural wonders of Costa Rica is Puerto Limon. Orchids and water hyacinths thrive along the Tortuguero canals* and, with a little luck, you will be able to catch sight of capuchin monkeys and cormorants. The scenic journey in the rainforest* takes you to the diverse vegetation and for a skywalk in the treetops of the jungle giants.
Monday 12-Jan-2015 Relaxation at sea
Tuesday 13-Jan-2015 Cartagena/Colombia, 8.00 – 19.00 hrs 
After a relaxing day at sea you reach Willemstad, a Dutch crown jewel under the palm trees. Enjoy the Caribbean atmosphere that blows through the romantic side streets on a city tour*, take an island tour* to Boca Tabla National Park, or go snorkelling* and immerse yourself in the underwater world.
Wednesday 14-Jan-2015 Relaxation at sea
Thursday 15-Jan-2015 Willemstad/Curacao/Dutch Antilles/the Netherlands, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs 
After a relaxing day at sea you reach Willemstad, a Dutch crown jewel under the palm trees. Enjoy the Caribbean atmosphere that blows through the romantic side streets on a city tour*, take an island tour* to Boca Tabla National Park, or immerse yourself snorkelling* in the underwater world.
Friday 16-Jan-2015 Islas Los Roques/Venezuela, 7.00 – 14.00 hrs 
A morning in the blue lagoons of the Islas Los Roques brings your cruise to an end. Spend some moments in paradise on white sandy beaches before bidding farewell to the EUROPA 2 in La Guaira.
Saturday 17-Jan-2015 La Guaira (Caracas)/Venezuela, arrival 1.00 hrs.  Disembarkation of the MS Europa 2.

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.
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