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Between the Caribbean and the Maya

Cozumel - Colón - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Le Bellot
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Board Le Bellot on this 10-day cruise and explore highlights of the Caribbean and Maya sites. Embark from Cozumel, Mexico, and cruise toward Colón, Panama, with plenty of stops for exploration along the way. Explore ancient Mayan ruins in Belize and Guatemala, swim and snorkel in the warm clear waters of the Caribbean, or simply relax on the sun-drenched beaches. Meet the Kuna People of the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama, who keep their ancestors' traditional culture and customs alive. This relaxing journey offers the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation, all with the gorgeous backdrop of Central America's Caribbean coast: the perfect way to welcome a new year!
Relax on the beaches of BelizeMayan ruins in the Belize rainforestA Kuna Yala woman sews a traditional garment.Snorkel with incredible sea turtlesKeel-billed ToucanExplore Panama
Highlights
  • Visit the Mayan sites of Xunantunich and Lamanai in the Belize jungle
  • Swim and snorkel the warm crystal waters of the Caribbean
  • Learn about the traditions of the Kuna people in the San Blas Islands.
  • Relax on idyllic beaches and explore pre-Columbian sites
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Cozumel, Mexico | Embark

Off the Riviera Maya, Cozumel is Mexico’s second largest island. Located at the northern extremity of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the island is renowned for its snorkeling and diving sites and the incredible clarity of its waters protected by a marine park. The island’s coasts and interior are also full of treasures: sacred Maya sites devoted to medicine, love and fertility; cenotes; a museum; an ecological reserve; mangroves; lagoons; coastal dunes; long unspoiled beaches. Don’t hesitate to climb to the top of the lighthouse in the Punta Sur Nature Reserve in the island’s south, to admire the panorama of these wild expanses from above.

Day 2: At sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call can also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique, or to meet the onboard photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they can visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 3: Belize City, Belize

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Belize City is the former capital and the country’s largest town. Located on the Caribbean Sea, this lively little town symbolizes the fusion of British, Spanish, and Maya cultures.  The departure point for flights over the Great Blue Hole and the barrier reef, it’s also the ideal gateway for discovering the treasures of Maya architecture: in the heart of the jungle, the grandiose and mysterious ruins of temples and palaces at the Lamanai and Xunantunich sites await you. Another unmissable experience: a trip to the mouth of the Belize River, where, with a little luck and care, you’ll get a glimpse of manatees, dolphins, crocodiles, iguanas, and many aquatic bird species.

Day 4: Santo Tomas De Catilla, Guatemala

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A port city located in the north-east of Guatemala, on the coast of the Amatique Bay, Santo Tomás de Castilla offers exceptional access to the fabulous Mayan archaeological site of Quiriguá. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, this place takes you back in time, deep into a décor of ruins and vestiges from the 8th century. 

Day 5: Water Caye, Isla Utila, Honduras

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Bay Islands archipelago is home to stunning cays, sheltered coral islets with warm, crystal-clear turquoise waters. Off the island of Utila, the white-sand beaches lined with palms and coconut trees and the reefs of the deserted islet called Water Caye offer a picture-postcard setting that will delight fans of swimming and snorkeling.

Day 6-7: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call can also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique, or to meet the onboard photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they can visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 8: Puerto Limón, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’re pretty sure the little coastal town of Puerto Limón will completely win your heart. It is located on the Caribbean sea. Just beyond the harbor, Playa Bonita creek opens its arms to a haven of beauty rimmed by clear blue waters and shaded by giant peach-palms. If you wish to explore the lush green areas in the town, it’s worth taking a stroll through the lemon groves that give Puerto Limón its name. You’ll have all the time in the world to mosey around the streets scattered with multicolored wooden makeshift stalls. These makeshift bars with their raffia roofs offer fresh juices blended just for you.

Day 9: San Blas Islands, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Located on the north-east coast of Panama, the San Blas archipelago is a string of coral islands in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. More than 300 islands and cays cover an area of 300 square kilometers offering travelers a multitude of treasures. Sheltered behind a long coral reef, the San Blas Islands are full of enchanting anchorages. The long sandy white beaches bound by crystal-clear waters allows you to relax and enjoy incredible marine fauna before engaging with the Kunas Indian community. Still subsisting on hunting and fishing, they welcome you in their villages of bamboo houses gathered near the beaches.

Day 10: Colon, Panama | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Colón is the second largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. Colón is today an important port, and the free trade zone created in 1953 contributed greatly to the development of the city. Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through the isthmus of Panama; the city rapidly overshadowed the older Caribbean ports of Panama when the canal opened.

Disembark after breakfast and continue on your independent travels or begin your journey home. 

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Ponant Sauna
Owner's Suite
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Le Champlain

Le Champlain Pool
Le Champlain Observatory
Ponant Sauna

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Notes

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)

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