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Caribbean: Curacao to Colon

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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On this 9-day Sea Cloud cruise, explore Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao – the alphabet of the Caribbean begins with these three islands off the coast of Venezuela. The ABC islands are considered the “Netherlands of the Caribbean”, and their Dutch colonial past is still visible in the pastel-colored architecture. There are plenty of colors to see underwater, too: their breathtaking biodiversity renders these three island beauties a Mecca for water sports fans. Sail from Curaçao to Cartagena, Colombia, the San Blas Islands, and disembark in Colon.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Willemstad, Curaçao | Embark
Day 2 : Kralendijk, Bonaire
Day 3 : Oranjestad, Aruba
Days 4-5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Cartagena, Colombia
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Holandes Cay, San Blas Islands
Day 9 : Colon, Panama | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy the extremely pleasant air and water temperatures of the Caribbean
  • Join a excursion to meet the extraordinary Kuna Indians at San Blas
  • Explore Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao – the alphabet of the Caribbean
  • Discover the contrast between ultra-modern and historic quarters in Panama

Ship

Sea Cloud II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Bright blue waters of the Caribbean The colorful streets of Cartagena An old lighthouse on Curacao Panama City's Bridge of the Americas Colorful harbor of Bonaire Flamingos in Caribbean islands
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Day 1 Willemstad, Curaçao | Embark

Arrive in Curaçao and board the Sea Cloud II. Attend dinner as the ship sets sail.

Curaçao, alphabetically the last of the ABC, is the largest in the Netherlands Antilles in terms of land area. The neat capital, Willemstad, a trading post for the Dutch West India Company in the 17th century, with its well preserved colonial architecture, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The picturesque location of the wide harbour canal, boulevards with beautifully restored facades and colourful, typically Dutch gabled houses make Willemstad a lively "Little Amsterdam", in the bright Caribbean light, beneath palm trees, with azure bays and pearl-white beaches.

Day 2 Kralendijk, Bonaire

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The second largest island in the ABC islands, which forms part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is an idyllic natural paradise with many different faces. In the hilly northern region, lush tropical greenery prevails and in some areas there is a desert-like character with cactuses as high as trees and natural salt lakes that attract whole flocks of pink flamingos. The island also gleams with rugged rocky cliffs, mangrove forests, several small bays, endless sandy beaches, and a long offshore coral reef.

Day 3 Oranjestad, Aruba

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Aruba, the most westerly island in the Netherlands Antilles, is also the last in the arc of the Antilles before you reach the South American mainland. Its capital, Oranjestad, founded in 1796, shows that everything here is a bit different. See Caribbean pastel-colored houses and Delft tiles, carved wooden doors and Dutch gables, all-around balconies and colonial galleries. All of these features combine to create a style which can only have one name - Aruban. Aruba also offers a distinctive natural landscape, with an inland desert, extensive sand dunes, oddly formed cliffs, impressive cactus forests, strangely shaped divi-divi trees, and countless aloe plants.

Day 4-5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy the ship's luxurious amenities as it sails to Colombia.

Day 6 Cartagena, Colombia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cartagena was once the richest city in the New World and a popular target for pirate attacks, since a large part of the Spanish treasure was stored there. Sir Francis Drake also instilled terror into the Spanish city. After Drake's invasion, the city was fortified with an 11-kilometer (7 mile)-long rampart and the immense San Felipe fortifications. Today Cartagena is one of the most beautiful colonial cities on the American continent and is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Day 7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing and taking in the smell of the fresh ocean breeze up on deck.

Day 8 Holandes Cay, San Blas Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 9 Colon, Panama | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Colon, Panama and disembark after breakfast for your continued independent journeys.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, desk, decorative fireplace, TV and DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, four closets, safe, individually adjustable A/C.

Notes

Rates are based on double occupancy. A limited number of cabins can be booked for individual use for an additional charge.

Please note: Shore excursions are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details

Rates Include:
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
  • The use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
Rates Exclude:
  • Tips
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers
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