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Panama and Central America

This exciting 14-night cruise traces the coast of Central America, from the fascinating culture of Belize’s Mayan civilization to the stunning natural beauty of Costa Rica and the impressive Panama Canal. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions

Fly Cruise
15 nights from £4290pp

Mid size Ship Holiday
Key West
Altun Ha, Belize
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Panama Canal
Montego Bay

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This Central American voyage uncovers rich history, fascinating culture and outstanding natural beauty, taking in Belize's Mayan civilisation and the famous Panama Canal.

Learn about Cozumel's colonial past, before sailing to Belize, home to the Mayans for over 5,000 years, and visiting the mysterious ancient temple of Altun Ha. The colourful Honduran island of Roatan is a snorkeler's paradise, with astonishing coral reefs, and Costa Rica's Limon Province is home to sprawling banana plantations and dense rainforest.

Admire the workings of the Panama Canal during a thrilling partial transit then sail to stunning Montego Bay in Jamaica for a visit to the elegant Georgian Rose Hall Great House.

RV314 Operated by Viking Ocean Cruises

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Panama and Central America Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Fort Lauderdale

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. A beloved leisure destination for Floridians and visitors alike, the Ft. Lauderdale area exudes the carefree attitude of South Florida’s coast. In Miami, a thriving Cuban culture infuses Old Havana and gleaming high-rises overlook Biscayne Bay. On the outlying barrier islands, South Beach is an intoxicating blend of seaside glamour and art deco pastel brilliance. Farther north, the seven-mile-long Ft. Lauderdale Beach provides a more leisurely ambience. Along Las Olas Boulevard, cafés and boutiques invite lingering and endless browsing.

Days 2-3 - At Sea

Sail through turquoise waters where legends of marauding pirates, swashbucklers and tales of hidden treasures were born. As you sail, take advantage of the array of delicious cuisine offered on board. You may visit Mamsen’s, our casual gourmet deli, any time from early morning to late at night for a taste of traditional Norwegian fare. Or, dine at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant for authentic fare with options ranging from Milanese risotto to Tuscan-inspired classics.

Day 4 - Montego Bay

Jamaica is renowned for its relaxed island atmosphere and lively rhythms. Its main port of Montego Bay is home to lively resorts and soft-sand beaches. The birthplace of reggae, the island still celebrates its most famous native son, Bob Marley. Jamaica’s plantation past is on display at the Rose Hall Great House, an elegant, late 18th-century Georgian mansion. The fascinating house chronicles life during a turbulent time in Jamaica’s history and tells the story of the “White Witch,” whose voodoo practices gave rise to the legend of the White Witch of Rose Hall.

Day 5 - At Sea

Learn about the delicate ecosystems of the Caribbean Sea that lie beneath the surface of these crystal clear, warm waters. These remarkable coral reefs are known as the “rainforests of the sea.” Renew your body, mind and spirit in our Scandinavian-inspired spa, a Nordic sanctuary of holistic wellness, today while at sea. Whether you unwind in the Sauna, refresh in the Snow Grotto or take a dip in the Thermal Pool, you will feel recharged and revitalized.

Day 6 - At Sea

Forty-eight miles long, the Panama Canal crosses the narrowest stretch of the Isthmus of Panama. Witnessing this engineering marvel at work is truly memorable. A partial crossing to the Gatun Lake transits through a series of three locks that lift and lower ships 85 feet from sea level, guided by electric locomotives known as mulas. Far from the mechanics of the locks’ chambers, the canal is embraced by the lush beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Day 7 - Colon

Colón lies near the Panama Canal’s Atlantic entrance. During the California gold rush, prospectors from the eastern United States sailed here, trekked across the narrow isthmus of Panama, then sailed up the Pacific coast, believing the journey easier than traversing the entire United States. Indigenous tribes maintain a strong presence in this northern corner of Panama. In the city’s rural reaches—the Emberá people—descended from ancient tribes, live in thatched-roof huts, travel by dugout canoe and weave traditional baskets.

Day 8 - San Jose

San José is Costa Rica’s cosmopolitan capital, nestled in the country’s Central Valley. Celebrated as one of the world’s most picturesque countries, Costa Rica is home to an astonishing diversity of landscapes and climate zones. About five percent of the world’s species of flora and fauna thrive in this tiny country, and local ticos vigorously protect them by preserving much of their land against development. Tortuguero, a vast national park, is a maze of rainforest canals and inlets on the Caribbean coast, linking villages and swamps that are dense with wildlife.

Day 9 - At Sea

Fed by the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean covers nearly 1.1 million square miles and boasts a depth of approximately 25,000 feet below sea level at its deepest point in the Cayman Trench. Admire the views as you sail today and enjoy an al fresco dining experience. The Aquavit Terrace serves a range of International fare and casual dining favourites, as well as a range of superb cocktails inspired by our destinations.

Day 10 - Roatan

Roatán is part of the Bay Islands and a snorkeler’s paradise. The reefs that skirt its archipelago boast the highest diversity of corals in the Caribbean. Its botanical and butterfly gardens host an astonishing array of tropical plants and multihued winged creatures. More than a tropical playground, the Bay Islands have a rich history of Spanish, British and French presence, as all of them vied for land with the indigenous Caribs. Over the decades, settlers from around the world put down roots in this island paradise and established a successful fruit trade industry.

Day 11 - Belize City

Inhabited by the Maya for more than 5,000 years, Belize is home to more than a dozen remarkable ruins. At the ancient site of Altun Ha, one of Central America’s most accessible archaeological treasures, several Mesoamerican temple-pyramids stand as testaments to an advanced civilization. Its most famous, the Temple of the Masonry Altars, is 54 feet tall. Offshore, Belize boasts another spectacular wonder: the famous Great Blue Hole. Just off Ambergris Caye, this natural phenomenon is a breath-taking chute in the middle of a shallow lagoon and paradise for diving enthusiasts.

Day 12 - Cozumel

The island of Cozumel holds the keys to many of the most intriguing secrets of Mexico’s ancient civilizations. At San Gervasio, pre-Columbian women made offerings to Ix Chel, goddess of the moon and fertility. More recently, the Spanish left marks of their early presence in the colourful colonial architecture and lively traditions of San Miguel and at the scenic lighthouse at Punta Sur. Today, this island off Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula attracts as many snorkelers as it does history buffs; the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park is the world’s second-largest coral reef system.

Days 13-14 - At Sea

The Caribbean Sea has been recognized the world over for its rich biodiversity. More than 10,000 marine species thrive in its waters, which are also home to approximately 10 percent of the Earth’s coral reefs. As you sail, explore our well-curated library, tucked in a private alcove of The Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

Day 15 - Fort Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale is famed for its miles of white-sand beaches fringed with swaying palms. Known as the “Venice of America,” the city is renowned for its arts, culture and network of Venetian-style waterways. The Everglades span more than 1.5 million acres across the Sunshine State and can be explored from here, offering a glimpse into one of the world’s most fascinating ecosystems. The city boasts a diverse food scene—offering casual local favourites as well as fine dining options—and a wealth of breweries offer a selection of craft beers, from classic lagers to bold IPAs. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

Day 16 - UK

Arrive UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 14-night full-board accommodation on Viking Sky
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Complimentary shore excursions and a wide choice of optional extra excursions available
  • House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Choice of dining options from casual to private dining and al fresco dining
  • 24-hour room service
  • Tea and coffee available 24 hours
  • Wi-fi throughout the ship
  • Gratuities
  • All port charges and government taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional optional shore excursions
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