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Bon Voyage is pleased to offer Silver Whisper's Christmas / New Year Panama Canal 18 day sailing. Spacious suites, a butler at your disposal, the best cuisine on the seas and an all-inclusive philosophy that really is all-inclusive. Leave the crowds behind and discover a new world of floating luxury.
A sensational journey — with overnights in Cartagena and five days at sea, this voyage peaks in Acapulco where you will celebrate the New Year to the sound of music and fireworks. Savvy travellers will enjoy traversing the eponymous Panama Canal for Christmas before arriving back home relaxed and revived with a wealth of incredible new memories.
Fort Lauderdale is the ideal embarkation point. Explore the sunny Atlantic coast before transferring to the Silver Whisper. Once on board, this ship accommodates only 382 guests, so this is the ideal voyage to soak up the personalised and all-inclusive service Silversea is known for.
Founded in 1533, Cartagena is one of Latin America's most intriguing cities. A major trading port, especially for precious metals, Cartagena was prosperous and wealthy and quickly became a magnet for pirates. To strengthen its defences walled compounds and castles were constructed. In the 17th century, European military engineers built fortresses which today are Cartagena's most significant identifiable features. You will spend a full night in port, so plenty of time to explore.
Possibly one of the most famous shipping canals in the world – the Panama Canal connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean cutting across the Isthmus of Panama. This was a project fraught with problems and setbacks. The U.S. formally took control from the French in 1904 and the building of the canal was completed in 1914 at a cost of nearly $375 million - the largest American engineering feat to date.
The canal was formally opened on August 15, 1914. After many years of negotiations and treaties, Panamanian control took effect at noon on December 31, 1999. The Panama Canal remains one of the chief revenue sources for Panama – in fact, it will cost in the region of $45,000 for the Silver Whisper to slip through.
Discovered by Columbus in 1502, Costa Rica, at the southern end of Central America, has an enviable location between two oceans. Renowned for unspoilt nature and beautiful scenery, Costa Rica’s climate is tropical year round. Coffee was first planted in Costa Rica in the early 19th century and soon became Costa Rica's first major export.
Located on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, 30 minutes from the Costa Rican border, is the fishing village of San Juan del Sur. Considered by some the St. Tropez of Nicaragua, this sleepy little port is favoured by the local jet-set with a laid-back family orientated feel that is closer to southern France than southern America.
Guatemala is the most populous of the Central American republics and the only one largely indigenous in language and culture. Only two-thirds of the country is populated with large areas of land unoccupied.
Situated on two coastlines along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Quetzal is the largest port on the Pacific side. Whilst in port, mooch around the colonial city of Antigua; visit Lake Atitlan; or give the legs a proper stretch with a rigorous hike to Pacaya Volcano.
Zihuatanejo is a quaint fishing port with more than 16 miles of beach and semitropical weather year round. Often compared to the Acapulco of fifty years ago, Zihuatanejo is just modern enough whilst retaining village charm and a simple way of life. The main plaza is lined with shops and restaurants within easy walking distance from the pier.
Cabo San Lucas lies at the southernmost tip of the 800-mile-long Baja Peninsula. Once a sleepy seaside village, Cabo has grown into a bustling resort and one of Mexico's most popular destinations. The most famous landmark here is a distinctive rock formation at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas known locally as El Arco. It is here that the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California.
Welcome back to the USA. Transfer to the hotel for 2 nights. Explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Pier. Then it's time to head back to the UK.
However, you may wish to extend your stay and explore more of USA. Perhaps drive the Pacific Highway north to San Francisco or maybe head to the bright lights of Las Vegas.
Call the travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Silversea - North America Oceans via the Panama Canal Christmas / New Year adventure.