Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.
Day San Juan, Puerto RicoDepart 6:00 PM "Back in the 1500s, Puerto Rico was one of the first Caribbean islands to be settled, and its capital, today's San Juan, became a vital hub of Spains New World colonies. The historic part of the city, known as Old San Juan, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it's also a National Historic Site within the U.S. National Park Service.
Strolling the narrow cobblestoned streets of Old San Juan, you'll discover a historic treasure surrounded by massive city walls. You can climb the ramparts of imposing fortresses like El Morro, at the entrance to the bay, and visit the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, one of the oldest churches in the Americas and the final resting place of the citys founder, Ponce de León.
Modern San Juan extends well beyond the historic district and offers diversions of its own. Condado, a lively beachfront neighborhood, has high-rise resorts and trendy waterfront bars. Visitors may sample one of Puerto Ricos best-known products at Casa Bacardí, the rum distillery across the bay. And stunning natural wonders await just outside the city, including the rain forest and waterfalls of El Yunque National Forest and the otherworldly lights of Fajardos bioluminescent bay.
Day Isla Catalina, Dominican RepublicArrive 11:00 PM Depart 9:00 PM Small Isla Catalina boasts gleaming white-sand beaches ringed by coral reefs beckoning snorkelers. The island is a protected Natural Park where one beach is completely
protected from the wind and the sea is delightfully calm. While beaches occupy more than 2/3 of the coastline, Isla Catalina also has unique rocky coasts and cliffs.
One of the best diving sites of the Dominican Republic, Muro, can be found here. It boasts an impressive underwater wall over 328 feet deep. Isla Catalina is also the
only place in the D.R. where raccoons and wild hares can be found.
Day Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicArrive 7:00 AM Depart 4:00 PM La Capital, as Santo Domingo is affectionately known, is a UNESCO site and one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean, with Zona Colonial buildings dating back to the
1500s. Santo Domingo is also considered the most modern metropolis in the Caribbean doing a great job of converging old and new. At the heart of the Zona Colonial, a
pedestrian-friendly maze of cobblestones and interesting architecture is the first cathedral built in the New World. Find time to sample the aromatic coffee and cacao.
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Day Santa Marta, ColombiaArrive 9:00 AM Depart 9:00 PM Romantic Santa Marta has it all: history (Colombias oldest city), natural beauty (from gentle bays and beaches to the highest coastal mountain range in the world),
and its very own celebrity. Simon Bolivar (The Liberator) is known as the George Washington of South America, and this was his Mount Vernon. Visit his beautiful
estate or head to one of the two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves nearby.
Day Cartagena, ColombiaArrive 9:00 AM Depart 10:00 PM The Spanish founded Cartagena, officially known as Cartagena de Indias, in 1533. The city rapidly became a thriving commercial port, where precious stones and minerals from the New World awaited shipment back to Spain. Situated in a bay on the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena had the most extensive fortifications in South America, once guarded by 29 stone forts and a high wall of coral-stone measuring 16-miles long, 40-feet high and 50-feet wide. Completed in 1657, the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas is said to be the most grandiose work of military architecture erected by Spain in the Americas. Today, Cartagena's riches are found in the Boca Grande, an area of the city with beautiful waterfront hotels, trendy restaurants, casinos and boutiques.
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Day Colon, PanamaArrive 7:00 AM The town was built as the Caribbean terminus of the Panama Railway and is adjacent to the Caribbean end of the Canal. A trip through the coastal rain forest to the old Spanish fortress of San Lorenzo gives great views of wildlife along the way and the seacoast at the end. Visitors often tour to the Miraflores or Gatun Locks of the canal from here. The Chagres National Park offers visits to the indigenous Embera people, and nearby Portobelo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose church holds an unusual statue of Christ depicted as a black man.