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AMERICA’S TROPICS – FLORIDA TO COSTA RICA VIA PANAMA CANAL

from $8,460

DATES: Oct 12-29, 2019

DURATION: 18 DAYS

EMBARK: FT. LAUDERDALE, USA

DISEMBARK: PUNTA ARENAS, COSTA RICA

SHIP: Silver Explorer

FROM: $8,460

 

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All about the AMERICA’S TROPICS – FLORIDA TO COSTA RICA VIA PANAMA CANAL.

With 15 destinations, 17 days and five countries, this rich voyage offers a glimpse of Central America for travelers, not tourists. Two days at sea start you off in relaxed luxury as the Caribbean Sea unveils her secrets, each place more beguiling than the last. If you are searching for untouched nature, fascinating culture, and an opportunity to escape deep into a tropical utopia, this is the voyage of your dreams.

 

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Internet

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Pre- or post-cruise arrangements
  • Items of personal nature

  1. Day 1 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - EMBARKTION

    Embark the Silver Explorer. Depart at 5:00 PM.

    We recommend adding at least one night hotel prior, which we are happy to arrange for you.

     

  2. Days 2-3 AT SEA

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  3. Day 4 DANGRIGA, BELIZE

    At the mouth of the Stann Creek River, some 60 kilometers south of Belize City, Dangriga is Southern Belize’s largest town –despite only about 10,000 inhabitants. Considered to be Belize’s cultural capital, the Garifuna influence can be felt and there even is a Garifuna museum. Dangriga not only grants access to some of the spectacular cays in the Caribbean or Mayan sites inland, but is also surrounded by several forest reserves. The most important of these is the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve, the first Jaguar reserve, which permits nature walks, hikes to waterfalls and wildlife viewing. The various habitats in the reserve lead to excellent birding for species restricted to riverine areas, to savanna, pine woodland and forests.

     

  4. Day 5 SOUTH WATER CAYE, BELIZE

    Some 18 km off the coast of Belize, South Water Caye is an inhabited island within Belize’s largest marine protected area, the South Water Caye Marine Reserve –one of seven reserves that form the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage site. While South Water Caye has resorts and beaches, the island is also a good starting point to explore the cayes, important oceanic mangroves systems and extensive seagrass beds within the surrounding conservation zone where no commercial fishing is allowed. Birders can look for Magnificent Frigatebirds from nearby Man ’O’ War Caye, as well as pelicans, ospreys, herons and other resident wading and shore birds.

     

  5. Day 6 GUANAJA CAY &  JOSH'S CAY, GRAHAM'S PLACE, HONDURAS

    Guanaja is the second largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands. Exploring the Caribbean, Columbus was the first European to see and land on the island, which is some 40 km off the mainland’s coast. Guanaja is quite hilly and one of the largest concentrations of residents is on a small island off its east coast known as Guanaja Cay. Some 4,000 people –about as many as on Guanaja itself- live on 1.4 square km and houses and shops on Guanaja Cay cover the entire island. This little cay is next to a channel that cuts across the larger Guanaja from east to west, permitting boats to transport divers from one side of the island to the other without having to do a semi-circumnavigation of the island.

    Honduras has some larger islands and many small cays. Josh’s Cay, aka Graham’s Cay, is part of the reef islets that surround Guanaja, the second largest of the Bay Islands. 2 kilometers off the coast of Guanaja, Josh’s Cay has an area of only 7 acres and Graham’s Place is the private little island’s resort. One can enjoy the picture-perfect beach to relax or take advantage of the water activities possible. The flats around Josh’s Cay are considered good fishing spots, with bonefish and barracuda quite prominent.

  6. Day 7 ROATAN ISLAND & PIGEON CAYS, HONDURAS

    Experience true Caribbean island bliss, during your time on the immaculate paradise of Roatan, which is the largest of the Bay Islands. This slim island is framed by glorious powdery white beaches, and rich ocean beds carpeted with diverse coral reefs – alive with fish and marine life. Curious dolphins roll through the waves just offshore, while beach dwellers soak up the sun, and enjoy coconut cocktails, beside leaning palm trees. The beaches here are nothing short of dreamy – with wooden piers teetering out over the water, and thatched roofs providing welcome shade, as you dangle your legs towards the water.

     

    Pigeon Cay, a tiny patch of land, sits on the reef that nearly encircles Roatan and Isla Barbareta, and is found less than 2 nautical miles off the southeastern shore of Barbareta. Despite the fact that the name contains a specific bird family, the White-crowned Pigeon is likely to be found on nearby and larger Barbareta and its national park. The cay, which is barely 150 meters long and less than 50 meters wide, has a pristine white sand beach on its western side, while the eastern side has more shrubs and a handful of palm trees. The waters around Pigeon Cay are a snorkeler’s paradise. The barrel sponges, colorful gorgonians, and brain coral formations, as well as the different reef fishes and a 30m visibility should guarantee an enjoyable underwater experience. The shallow water next to the cay and the areas where slopes go down into deeper waters show a stunning assortment of blue hues.

     

  7. Day 8 AT SEA

     

     

  8. Day 9 PROVIDENCIA ISLAND, COLOMBIA

     

    The stunning Colombian Caribbean island of Providencia is a beautiful island paradise that has retained much of its traditional, laid-back charm due to its isolated location 90 km(56 miles) north of San Andrés Island and the lack of a direct flight connection with the Colombian mainland. This remote paradise island is only accessible by water.

  9. Day 10 DAY AT SEA
  10. Day 11 CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

    Cartagena’s magnificent city walls and fortresses, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enclose a well-restored historic center (the Cuidad Amurallada, or walled city) with plazas, churches, museums, and shops that have made it a lively coastal vacation spot for South Americans and others. New  hotels and restaurants make the walled city a desirable place to stay, and the formerly down-at-the-heels Getsemaní neighborhood attracts those seeking a bohemian buzz. The historic center is a small section of Cartagena; many hotels are in the Bocagrande district, an elongated peninsula where high-rise hotels overlook a long, gray-sand beach. When it was founded in 1533 by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena was the only port on the South American mainland. Gold and silver looted from indigenous peoples passed through here en route to Spain and attracted pirates, including Sir Francis Drake, who in 1586 torched 200 buildings.

  11. Day 12 SAN BLAS ISLANDS, PANAMA

    The San Blas archipelago is located off the Caribbean coast, east of Colon, and is made up of 365 islands that range in size from tiny ones with a few coconut palms to islands on which hundreds of Kuna Indians live. Only about fifty are inhabited. The Kuna rule the San Blas Territory with internal autonomy, and have tightly preserved their language and cultural traditions over the centuries despite influences from European colonies. In addition to their own language, Spanish is widely spoken and many men work on the mainland, but live on the islands. Women wear costumes with unique designs based on local themes, geometric patterns, and stylized fauna and flora. The island of El Porvenir is one of the main seats of government for the Kuna Indians. Many Kunas from the other islands came to settle on El Porvenir, bringing with them their traditional arts and crafts, including the famous molas.

     

  12. Day 13 PANAMA CANAL

    The Panama Canal bisects the country just to the west of Panama City, which enjoys excellent views of the monumental waterway. Between the canal and the rain forest that covers its islands, banks, and adjacent national parks, there is enough to see and do to fill several days. Central Panama stretches out from the canal across three provinces and into two oceans to comprise everything from the mountains of the Cordillera Central to the west, to the Caribbean coral reefs and colonial fortresses in the north, to the beaches of the Pearl Islands in the Bahía de Panamá (Bay of Panama) in the south. Most of this region can be visited on day trips from Panama City, but the hotels in gorgeous natural settings outside the city will make you want to spend some overnights.

  13. Day 14 FUERTE AMADOR (PANAMA CITY), PANAMA

    Expect incredible morning views as you arrive into the port for Panama City. Tinged with a silver pre-dawn light, the city will metamorphosize into a golden glow as the sun rises above it. And from then on expect one stunning view after another. Very interesting in its own right, Fuerte Amador is obviously overshadowed by its proximity to Panama City. So should the Miraflores museum of the Canal, which offers a comprehensive and immersive tour of the Canal including a 3-D experience, four exhibition halls, an observation deck, and a surprisingly good restaurant not interest you then there is always the option of lovely Casco Viejo – literally the old quartier of Panama. The grand old colonial houses, cobbled streets, independent boutiques and buzzing street scene make this a must stop on your itinerary.

     

  14. Day 15 DARIEN JUNGLE, PANAMA

    The remote Darien Jungle has one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. It is also one of the world’s top ten birding sites, with the colorful Crimson-collared Tanager, Chestnut-fronted Macaws, and Snow-bellied Hummingbirds found here. Mammals include tapirs and Black-headed Spider Monkeys. In this roadless stretch of forest, rivers provide the best access. Visitors to the Darien Jungle are rare with fewer than 1,000 tourists visiting each year. The Embera are one of several indigenous groups that live here in relative isolation offering ornate handcrafted baskets and carvings for sale in their traditional villages.

     

  15. Day 16 DAT AT SEA
  16. Day 17 QUEPOS - MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK, COSTA RICA

    Quepos allows tourists to experience a once in a lifetime nature experience in Manuel Antonio National Park without leaving any of the familiar amenities behind. The close proximity of the park, located just 4.3 miles (7 km) to the south, and a wide array of services makes Quepos the perfect place to visit for those who wish to explore this enchanting area. The amenities available include everything from banks, restaurants, hotels, gift shops, bakeries, bars, a hospital, supermarket and even a post office. The area was once dependent on banana plantations which used to line the surrounding area. After disease infiltrated the harvest, interest transferred to African Palms as the prominent crop. Now, tourism has deemed itself the major economic factor, contributing to just about everything in the area. Quepos lures in many tourists for its fantastic sport fishing.

     

  17. Day 18 PUNTA ARENAS, COSTA RICA

    Disembark and head to the San Jose airport, or begin further exploration of Costa Rica, exploring the many natural attractions, or relaxing at one of the many beautiful resorts.

     

     

Silver Explorer

The purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.

Fast Facts

  • Officers: International
  • Length: 354 ft
  • Beam: 52 ft
  • Tonnage: 6072 t
  • Cruise Speed: 14 knots
  • Total Staff: 117
  • Passenger Capacity: 132

 

PUBLIC AREAS:

Beauty Salon

A full range of salon services is available for both men and women including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures. Appointments for these chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.

Boutiques

Featuring designer collections and duty-free shopping, the onboard Boutiques offer a selection of jewellery, fashions, perfumes and Silversea logo items. Shops are closed while in port and on occasion due to local government regulations. Toiletries and convenience items are also available for purchase.

Connoisseur’s Corner

The Connoisseur’s Corner offers exceptional cognacs along with a premium selection of cigars for purchase.

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is open daily and offers a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike and a weight machine.

Internet Café

Email friends and family back home or surf the web for a nominal fee. CD burners, headphones, digital camera media readers, and complimentary black and white laser printing are also available.

Launderette

Complimentary self-service laundry facilities are available onboard.

Library

The Library has an extensive selection of hardcover books, magazines, reference materials and newspapers, as well as audio listening stations. Movies are also available and can be viewed on your in-suite entertainment center.

Observation Lounge

Located on Deck 6 high atop the ship, the Observation Lounge offers panoramic views. Here you will find comfortable seats to enjoy a beverage and watch the ever-changing view.

Outdoor Grill and Whirl Pool

Alfresco dining in the soft ocean breeze. Menu options include healthy CruiseLite selections, fresh-from-the-oven pizza and lighter fare.

Panorama Lounge

The Panorama Lounge is specially designed to provide an uninterrupted view of the day’s destination from the comfort of the ship’s interior. This is an ideal place to unwind, listen to the pianist and enjoy a nightcap with new friends.

Reception

This central lobby area welcomes guests to speak with a Guest Relations specialist should they have a question or require any service. Assistance is available 24 hours a day.

The Restaurant

Sparkling with silver, crystal and candlelight, The Restaurant encircles its guests with sophisticated elegance and impeccable service.

The Spa at Silversea

Relax your body and mind with a wide range of soothing therapies including facials, body wraps and massages. Sauna and steam rooms are perfect for relaxing before your spa treatment or after a long nature hike. Appointments for chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.

The Theater

Gather in The Theater to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Lectures and seminars are presented by knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields.

CABINS:

All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Champagne upon request
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• European bath amenities
• Fine pratesi bed linens and down duvets
• Premium mattresses
• A choice of nine pillow types
• ipod docking station
• Plush robes and slippers
• Personalized stationery
• Umbrella
• Hair dryer
• Wifi internet access (fee applies)
• Daily suite service with nightly turndown

OWNER’S SUITE

Owner’s Suite can accommodate 3 guests

728 sq. ft./67 m2 including large veranda (158 sq. ft./15 m2)

Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom, with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

GRAND SUITE

Grand Suite can accommodate 3 guests.

618 sq. ft./57 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)

Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

MEDALLION SUITE

400 sq. ft./37 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)

Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table

SILVER SUITE/EXPEDITION SUITE

Silver and Expedition suites can accommodate three guests.

SILVER SUITE 422 sq. ft./39 m2 including 2 French Balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors (30 sq. ft./3 m2)
EXPEDITION SUITE 388-397 sq. ft./36-37 m2 with 2 view windows or 2 large picture windows

Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer (Silver Suite), Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service (Silver Suite), Afternoon canapés upon request
(Silver Suite), Dinner at officer’s table (Silver Suite)

VERANDA/VISTA/VIEW SUITE

VERANDA SUITE 206-216 sq. ft./19-20 m2 including French Balcony
(16 sq. ft./1.5 m2) with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
VISTA SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
VIEW SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with view window

Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed (Veranda suites 500, 501, 512 and 513 have a fixed queen-sized bed), Triple capacity that can accommodate young children on sofa bed (View suites 310, 311, 312, 313 and Vista suites 410, 412, 415, 417), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

EXPLORER SUITE/ADVENTURER SUITE

EXPLORER SUITE 175–190 sq. ft./16–18 m2 with view window
ADVENTURER SUITE 157–167 sq. ft./14 – 15 m2 with 2 portholes

Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/ shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone