Our voyage from Colombia to Florida by way of Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and Cuba is certainly an odyssey to some of Central America’s most picturesque and enthralling destinations. We will begin in the charming, colonial walled town of Cartagena from where we sail to some little known, pristine and remote islands including Panama’s San Blas archipelago, Colombia’s Isla Providencia, Guanaja Island in Honduras and Livingstone in Guatemala.

Our time spent on these island paradises will be interspersed with visits to some of the region’s most fascinating Mayan sites including the opportunity to explore Copan in Honduras, Chichen Itza in Mexico and the lesser known Lamanai Archaeological Reserve in Belize with its massive pyramids. Not forgetting the incredible biodiverstity of the region, we also visit some national parks to view endemic and diverse flora and fauna including the Cahuita National Park in Costa Rica. Before reaching the United States we spend two days in the vibrant Cuban capital of Havana.

If you have been contemplating a visit to Central America, then this captivating voyage offers you the perfect opportunity with its mix of cultural and natural wonders. Such a comprehensive and in-depth itinerary would be difficult to comprehend or undertake by any other means than a cruise and with the MS Hebridean Sky as our base, we are able to visit some remarkable places which the larger cruise vessels simply cannot access.

Highlights


• Explore the colonial walled city of Cartagena

• Take a full day tour to see the famous Panama Canal

• Discover the Cahuita National Park. The area is filled with wildlife that includes howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, raccoons, sloths, otters, coatis, agoutis, armadillos and porcupines

• Take a full day tour will travel to the archaeological site of Copán, famous for its magnificent Mayan ruins which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological Site in 1980

• Travel to the ancient Mayan city of Lamanai (translates to ‘submerged crocodile’)

• Have two full days to explore Havana

Fly by scheduled indirect flight.
Arrive into Cartagena this morning and transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay. The remainder of the day is free to relax. Later this evening we will meet for dinner in a nearby restaurant.
This morning we will explore the colonial walled city of Cartagena on a guided tour including the 16th century Fort of San Felipe and Monastery of San Pedro Claver. After lunch in a local restaurant there will be some free time before transferring to the MS Hebridean Sky. Enjoy Welcome Drinks and Dinner as we sail this evening.
Spend the morning at sea before we arrive at the stunning San Blas Archipelago during lunch. The archipelago is made up of over 400 islands which line the north coast of Panama with white sandy beaches set in a turquoise sea. The islands are home to the indigenous Kuna Indians who gained self-rule from the government of Panama in the 1920s and maintain their traditional way of life including the production of colourful fabric art known as ‘molas’. This afternoon choose to explore the market, local museum or maybe enjoy a swim from the beach.
From our berth in Colon we will take a full day tour to see the famous Panama Canal. The first attempt to build the canal was made by a French company, but ended in failure in 1889. The American government eventually bought out the French for 40 million dollars, and their attempt to build the Canal started in 1904. Through the efforts of over 80,000 workers and the loss of more than 30,000 lives, the greatest single construction project ever undertaken was completed. The canal finally opened in 1914 and it is now a vital artery of international trade, with nearly 14,000 ships travelling through it every year. We will visit the Panama Canal Observation Centre and learn about the expansion of the canal before visiting the Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre where we can watch the ships as they pass through. Also discover the historic old town of Panama, declared a UNESCO Historical Monument. We will stroll along the cobblestone streets of the Casco Viejo visiting the colonial mansions and 17th century churches and convents before continuing to Panama Viejo and the original ruins of the city founded in 1517 and burnt to the ground by British pirate Henry Morgan.
Arrive this morning in the Bocas del Toro archipelago and the island of Isla Colon. After breakfast we will head the short distance to the Finca Los Monos, a privately run garden managed by David and Lin Gillingham. Over the years Finca Los Monos has evolved from a lush rainforest to a magnificently planned garden with large collections of heliconias, gingers, palms, flowering trees, fruits, spices and ornamentals whilst new plants are constantly being added. With such an abundance of fruit and flowers, a wide variety of birds reside here including parrots, tanagers, woodpeckers, orioles, flycatchers, green Ibis and many more. One may be lucky enough to see the small nests of the hummingbirds or the pendulous nests of the montezuma oropendulas. Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at leisure to explore the small town.
This morning we head south to the Cahuita National Park. The area is filled with wildlife that includes howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, raccoons, sloths, otters, coatis, agoutis, armadillos and porcupines. Several avian species also live in the swamp forest, including the green ibis, the green kingfisher, the yellow crowned night-heron, the frigate bird and the boat-billed heron, among others. Our naturalist guides will lead us through the trails of the rainforest, sharing their vast knowledge of this fragile ecosystem. After lunch on board the MS Hebridean Sky the afternoon is free to relax or join a restored passenger train and travel through beautiful scenery to catch a glimpse of some more of Costa Rica’s amazing wildlife such as sloths and monkeys. The train track is part of the 3’ 6” gauge Atlantic Railway, opened in 1890 to link San José with the country’s east coast but closed to regular services after severe damage by an earthquake in 1991. For the second part of the trip we will board a boat and travel along the scenic Tortuguero canals, where waterfowl, white-faced and spider monkeys can be spotted.
Often referred to as ‘Old Providence’ in English, Providencia is a beautiful Colombian island that is little known and untouched by the hand of tourism. Along with its smaller sister island of Santa Catalina, it is enclosed by an extensive barrier reef system of some 35 kilometres in length, making it one of the most significant reefs in the world. Captured twice by Henry Morgan and his buccaneers who aimed to make it a British possession, it nevertheless ended up Spanish and is now a remote Colombian island. Arriving at lunchtime we have an opportunity to spend the afternoon on an island tour and travel in local boats to Crab Cay for snorkelling.
Relax on board, find a spot on deck to read or maybe join one of the lectures as we continue our journey north.
Arrive this morning in Honduras and the small island of Guanaja. The easternmost of the three Bay Islands, Guanaja is covered in a forest of Caribbean pine and when Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1502, he named it the Isla de Pinos (Island of Pines). Unlike some of the surrounding islands only small ships like ours can anchor here and we will spend the day exploring the island and its surroundings. Visit the small town, use local boats to explore the mangrove channels, snorkel on one of the nearby cayes, visit the small turtle sanctuary or join nature walks with the local guides.
Our second day in Honduras will be at the mainland port of Puerto Cortes from where there will be a choice of excursions. A full day tour will travel to the archaeological site of Copán, famous for its magnificent Mayan ruins which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological Site in 1980. One of the most important of all Maya civilisations lived, prospered, and then mysteriously crumbled around the site. The city produced remarkable sculptures and hieroglyphics, including a towering stairway, which we will explore before enjoying lunch in a local restaurant and returning to the ship. This will be a long but rewarding tour. Alternatively drive to the nearby Fortaleza de San Fernando do Omoa, a colossal fortress, at 4,400 square metres, built by the Spanish between 1759 and 1777 to combat the piracy prevalent in the region. Explore the fortress, the visitor centre and museum before returning to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.
Surrounded by water and jungle, Livingston is a settlement of Garifuna people accessible only by sea which is just one of the things that makes it unique among Guatemalan cities. We will transfer onto local boats and venture up the Rio Dulce hoping to see pelicans, cormorants and herons as we cruise up the river before arriving at the Ak’tenamit project, a local social development organisation supporting sustainable tourism. Here we will walk the trails viewing birds and plants before returning to spend time in Livingston itself.
We have an interesting day ahead as we travel inland to the ancient Mayan city of Lamanai (translates to ‘submerged crocodile’). From the nearby town of Orange Walk Bridge, we board local boats for a wildlife cruise through mangroves, wetlands and forests. Look out for egrets, herons, kingfishers, snail kites and black-collared hawks as we make our way up river past Morelet’s crocodiles. A short walk through the jungle brings us to the Lamanai Archaeological Reserve with its massive pyramids which are in fact pyramids built upon pyramids. Local guides will tell the story of this site which is the only Mayan city known to have been inhabited through every age of Mayan civilisation.
From the port of Costa Maya we will head inland to the Mayan archaeological sites of Dzibanche and Kinichna which formed a city that covered 40 square kilometres. The ruins, discovered in 1927 by Thomas Gann, include impressive temples, plazas and ceremonial centres whilst government buildings suggest this was a social and economic centre for the region. The site was settled during the ‘classic period’ between the 3rd and 9th centuries and was also the capital of the Kan dynasty in the 5th and 6th centuries AD. Recent excavations at Dzibanche have revealed tombs with rich jade offerings for members of the ruling family and inscriptions that indicate it could have been home to the most powerful Maya dynasty.
The island of Cozumel is our base for a choice of tours today. We will travel by boat to mainland Mexico for our full day tour to the Mayan site of Chichen Itza, one of the new ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. Our visit will include the great main plaza with the adjoining imposing El Castillo, also known as the Pyramid of Kukulcon. Other buildings include the Temple of the Carved Panels, the Temple of the Warriors and the nearby Group of the Thousand Columns, the Ball Court and the Caracolor Observatory. Alternatively stay on the island of Cozumel and visit the pre Columbian Mayan site of San Gervasio. This was a hub of worship for the goddess lx Chel, the deity of childbirth, fertility, medicine and weaving and women would make a pilgrimage to the site at least once in their lives. Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at leisure in the local town.
After a busy few days enjoy a relaxing day at sea, maybe join a lecture or find a spot on deck to settle down with a book.
We have two full days to explore Havana and will offer a choice of excursions during our time here. Perhaps choose to discover Habana Vieja (Old Havana) with its twisting, cobbled streets that lead to beautifully restored Baroque churches, castles and palaces and visit the 16th century Plaza de Armas, the oldest plaza in the city and its original administrative centre. Alternatively learn more about Hemingway’s Cuba and visit the legendary writer’s finca in San Francisco de Paula and the Ernest Hemingway Museum. Later, call into Cojimar Village, the inspiration for ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. For those who wish to explore modern Havana, an excursion will drive along the Malecon, Havana’s seafront to Vedado. See the Plaza de la Revolucion and the headquarters of President Fidel Castro and his Council of Ministers. We also hope to embrace one of the traditional industries of Cuba with a visit to a cigar factory learning about the traditional techniques still in practice today. For those wishing to venture further we will offer a full day tour to the Vinales Valley in the Pinar del Rio Province. It is here that some of the best tobacco is grown, harvested and processed. We will learn about the production techniques, see the traditional Cuban country lifestyle and enjoy lunch before our scenic drive back to the ship. We also hope to have musicians join us on board for a concert as we moor overnight.
Awake this morning in Key West, the southernmost point of the continental United States and home to a rich legacy of historic sites. During our two days here visit the homes of two heavyweights of 20th century literature, Ernest Hemingway and Tenessee Williams, before enjoying some free time to soak up the sights and sounds of the city’s lively Duval Street. A full day excursion by high speed catamaran will visit America’s leastvisited National Park, the island grouping of Dry Tortugas. Located 67 miles west of Key West, the islands are home to the impressive Fort Jefferson, built to secure the southern US coast and the one time home to over 2000 people.
Spend a final, relaxing day at sea as we cruise around the Florida coast.
Disembark this morning and drive to the nearby Kennedy Space Centre, offering a rare and behind the scenes look at one of mankind’s most fascinating and remarkable achievements – the space programme. After our tour we will enjoy lunch before transferring to Orlando Airport for our scheduled flight to London.
Arrive this morning.

Amundsen Standard Suite

£ 11395 GBP pp
Amundsen Standard Suite
Standard Suites located on the Amundsen deck measure approximately 21 square metres and feature large portholes. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

Byrd Superior Suite

£ 11595 GBP pp
Byrd Superior Suite
Superior Suites located on the Byrd deck measure an average of 22 square metres with a large window. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

Mawson Premuim Suite

£ 11995 GBP pp
Mawson Premuim Suite
The Premium Suites located on the Mawson deck measure approximately 21 square metres and feature a large window. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

Mawson Corner Suite

£ 12495 GBP pp
Mawson Corner Suite
The two magnificent Corner Suites located on the Mawson deck feature dual aspect windows and measure 22 square metres. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

Scott Deluxe Balcony Suite

£ 12995 GBP pp
Scott Deluxe Balcony Suite
The Deluxe Balcony Suites located on the Scott deck measure 20.9 square metres and boast a 4 square metre private balcony with table and chairs. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

Shackleton Owner's Balcony Suite

£ 13295 GBP pp
Shackleton Owner's Balcony Suite
The Owner’s Balcony Suites located on the Shackleton deck measure 22 square metres and feature a large private balcony measuring 8 square metres with table, chairs and sun loungers. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

Amundsen Standard Sole

£ 13995 GBP pp
Amundsen Standard Sole
Standard Suites located on the Amundsen deck measure approximately 21 square metres and feature large portholes. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

Byrd Superior Sole

£ 14195 GBP pp
Byrd Superior Sole
Superior Suites located on the Byrd deck measure an average of 22 square metres with a large window. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

Shackleton Hebridean Suite

£ 14995 GBP pp
Shackleton Hebridean Suite
The spacious Hebridean Suite located on the Shackleton Deck meaures 24.5 square metres and boasts an extra large balcony with table, chairs and sun loungers. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

Hebridean Sky

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 110

Built: 1992 - newly re-launched 2016

The Hebridean Sky (formerly the Sea Explorer) underwent a 6.5 million dollar refurbishment. Always  known for its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie, the Hebridean Sky continues that tradition adding a host of new amenities as well as state of the art stabilization, fuel efficiency, and upgraded communications systems. Its all-suite accommodations and increased adventure options make the Hebridean Sky the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration.

SPACIOUS SUITES

Hebridean Sky is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 110 guests. Built in 1992, refurbished 2014 and again in 2016, each suite features:

• Exterior views
• Your choice of queen-sized or two twin-sized beds
• Sitting area with sofa and side chair
• Flat Screen TV with DVD/CD player
• Telephone
• Independent temperature controls
• Mini-Bar
• Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries
• Hair dryer
• 220 square feet or more
• Sofa can be converted to bed for third person

In adition Promenade, Deluxe, Veranda & Penthouse Suites include:

• En suite Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival
• Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)
• En suite Nespresso machine

Penthouse Suites (325 sq.ft.) and Veranda Suites (260 sq.ft.) feature private balconies.

ONBOARD DINING
Great expeditions require great food! Our team of world-class chefs offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that change daily. They have boat-loads of creativity, so you are sure to experience a variety of remarkable cuisine throughout your voyage.

SERVICES
• World-Class Cuisine
• Complimentary Wine with Dinner
• Live Entertainment
• Complimentary Coffee/Tea station
• Voyage Photographer
• On-board MD and Facilities
• Dedicated Passenger Service Manager
• Pre-voyage hotel night
• Complimentary Expedition Jacket

FACILITIES
• Elevator serving all passenger decks
• Upgraded WIFI Internet
• Library with computers
• Panoramic Top Deck Observation Platform
• Bar/Lounge with Live Entertainment
• Boot Room
• Lounge with Audiovisual Facilities
• DVD Movie Library

Deck plans may very depending on the ship operator.

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