The Caribbean, Colombia & the Panama Canal
Head straight to Peru and join Balmoral for this exhilarating holiday and you’ll experience scenic and historic wonders galore during a relaxing and highlight-filled sailing back to the UK, visiting captivating South American cities and the gorgeous, paradise islands of the Caribbean along the way.
After embarking your smaller-ship in Callao, this rewarding cruise adventure begins in memorable fashion, with three laidback days at sea to settle into life on board and with a journey through the impressive locks and lakes of the Panama Canal – one of the world’s greatest engineering feats. [ReadMoreMob]In Costa Rica, enjoy a day in Puerto Limón to explore the bustling markets, charming historic streets and gorgeous Caribbean coastline of one of Latin America’s oldest cities; before it’s on to the captivating Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, which overlooks the city, is a fine example of the colonial Spanish structures to uncover here. Your unforgettable few days in the Caribbean will then kick-off in stunning Curacao, where you could explore the UNESCO-listed centre of Willemstad, with its European-influenced architecture, or simply take advantage of your first opportunity to relax at postcard-perfect beaches. [ReadMoreDesk]
The beautifully unspoilt scenes of Bonaire await you next. This breathtaking island’s landscapes beg for exploration, and you can see the best of the natural wonders on exciting Harley Davidson or traditional tut-tuk tours. In Barbados, chances to visit Harrison’s Cave to see the impressive stalactites and stalagmites, or go in search of sea turtles and other native marine fauna on a catamaran cruise are sure to tempt, though you might prefer to sample the culture and authentic Caribbean rum on offer in Bridgetown. As your time in the Caribbean ends, you’ll visit Antigua, where you could visit the historic English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard; enjoy the views on offer from Shirley Heights; take your pick from the 365 gorgeous beaches, and St Kitts, for a chance to ride the island’s world-famous scenic railway. When you finally head for home, you’ll cross the Atlantic – one of the great ocean cruise experiences – and stop at São Miguel in the verdant Azores, and add the Spanish style and culture of La Coruña to the end of your journey too.