Between Panama and Martinique

10 days / 9 nights
    Diving
    Excursions included
    Between Panama and Martinique

    Cruise Latin America, Caribbean

    from 24 February 2019 to 5 March 2019
    10 days / 9 nights

    Departure Port : Colón
    Arrival Port : Fort-de-France

    Ship : LE CHAMPLAIN

    • Ref : C240219

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    Join us aboard Le Champlain for an exceptional PONANT cruise sailing from Colon to Fort-de-France. This 10-day itinerary will give you the opportunity to appreciate the richness of Afro-Caribbean cultures, an azure blue sky and white-sand beaches.  

    First, succumb to the charms of the clear waters of Panama and the San Blas archipelago, composed of more than 300 islands and cays. Here, surrounded by palm trees and dugout canoes, you will discover the island of Holandes Cay, where the Kuna people live.  

    The cities of Cartagena in Colombia and Willemstad on the island of Curaçao are both heavily influenced by their colonial past and offer a number of interesting sights and landmarks. 

    Le Champlain will then sail to the idyllic Los Roques archipelago. This small paradise in the Venezuelan Caribbean has been declared a national park and is an ideal spot to dive and snorkel in a turquoise lagoon with stunning sea beds. 

    You will have other opportunities to swim when your ship calls at Grenada, before sailing on to the gorgeous island of Saint Lucia, known for its famous Pitons and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    End your trip by visiting Fort-de-France and strolling through its colourful markets and lively streets.

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    Highlights

    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Cartagena de Indias, an old colonial city; Willemstad, capital of the island of Curaçao; Saint Lucia’s volcanic Pitons.
    • Discovering the Los Roques archipelago, a paradise for sea turtles.
    • Possibility of diving and/or snorkeling with an experienced instructor on board.
    • Zodiac® excursions and discovering the stunning San Blas Islands from Holandes Cay.
    • An extraordinary encounter with the Kuna Indians, a warrior tribe of the San Blas archipelago.
    • Lecturers on board, selected for their areas of expertise.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      $8,810
      $5,120
      Not Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 4
      $9,350
      $5,410
      Not Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 5
      $9,630
      $5,560
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      $9,920
      $5,720
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      $13,470
      $7,640
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $13,470
      $7,640
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
      $13,470
      $7,640
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $13,470
      $7,640
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 5
      $19,430
      $10,860
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 6
      $20,040
      $11,190
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      $20,630
      $11,510
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      $20,630
      $11,510
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $21,260
      $11,850
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $21,260
      $11,850
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      $23,610
      $12,190
      Not Available
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    LE CHAMPLAIN

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the second ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Champlain will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    24 February 2019 – Holandes Cayes

    Colón

    Embarkation 24/02/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 24/02/2019 at 18H00 .

    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.

    25 February 2019 – Holandes Cayes

    25 February 2019 – Holandes Cayes

    Arrival 25/02/2019 early morning. Departure 25/02/2019 midday.

    Holandes Cayes is among the islands of the San Blas archipelago, a string of coral islands that graces the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Some 378 islands and cays covering an area of 260 square kilometres offer travellers a multitude of natural and cultural treasures. Holandes Cayes, which is nicknamed "the swimming pool", is popular with the cruise-yachting community for its white sand beaches and diving and snorkelling opportunities.

    26 February 2019 – Cartagena

    26 February 2019 – Cartagena

    Arrival 26/02/2019 early morning. Departure 26/02/2019 late afternoon.

    A splendid harbour city in the north of Columbia, a source of inspiration for the Columbian writer Gabriel García Márquez, Cartagena will win you over with its well-preserved colonial architecture, and warm friendly atmosphere. You can visit the sumptuous UNESCO World Heritage fortified historical centre whose churches and houses have magnificent multi-coloured façades. A witness of Spanish domination, the San Felipe de Barajas fortress stands on top of a hill from where you can admire views over the whole city. The Las Bóvedas neighbourhood will charm you with its arcades, used as prison cells during the 19th century civil wars.

    27 February 2019 – At sea

    27 February 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 27/02/2019. Departure 27/02/2019.

    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 centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to 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.

    28 February 2019 – Willemstad

    28 February 2019 – Willemstad

    Arrival 28/02/2019 early morning. Departure 28/02/2019 late afternoon.

    The capital of Curaçao stretches along the edge of St Ann's Bay on the island's south-west coast, and its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A profusion of colour awaits you on the Handelskade quays, where it's a pleasure to stroll alongside the merchants' houses whose rainbow façades characterise Dutch colonial architecture. A few paces from here is the Floating Market, a true feast for the eyes and tastebuds. You can also visit Fort Rif and the Maritime Museum, or, in the quieter streets of Otrobanda, you'll enjoy browsing the craft shops and old-time bars at your own leisurely pace.

    1 March 2019▸2 March 2019 – Los Roques Archipelago

    1 March 2019▸2 March 2019 – Los Roques Archipelago

    Arrival 01/03/2019 early morning. Departure 02/03/2019 midday.

    A journey to Venezuela is a real break from routine, at the heart of a wild natural environment where adventure is the watchword. The longest Caribbean coastline of the South American continent awaits you to the north of the country, where long unspoiled sunkissed beaches give the traveller the impression that they have entered paradise. The Nature Reserve of Los Roques National Park is a 100 km² lagoon with more than 300 islands, islets and sand banks. Protected by a great coral reef, caressed by the gentle breeze of the trade winds, these islands with their unique beauty offer travellers their emerald water. Do not miss this port of call of incomparable charm.

    3 March 2019 – Saint George's, Grenada

    3 March 2019 – Saint George's, Grenada

    Arrival 03/03/2019 early afternoon. Departure 03/03/2019 early evening.

    Delicately set against the back of a bay on the west coast of Grenada, Saint George’s attracts newcomers by the beauty of its location and its friendly, festive atmosphere. This “spice island” capital is an excellent base for visiting the surrounding natural sites, but you’ll also want to spend some time here moseying around its narrow streets where colonial houses and lush green gardens coexist. Carenage is Saint George’s lively commercial fishing harbour, high in colour, especially when the boats are being loaded with fruit and vegetables destined for neighbouring islands. 5 kilometres south, the Grand Anse beach is one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean islands.

    4 March 2019 – Pigeon Point

    4 March 2019 – Pigeon Point

    Arrival 04/03/2019 early morning. Departure 04/03/2019 midday.

    Linked to St Lucia by a sand causeway, Pigeon Island has been a designated National Park since 1979. The tropical vegetation of this wild, protected island is home to abundant birdlife. It is easy to explore on foot; the remains of Fort Rodney offer an insight into the region's naval history as well as fabulous views. Two beautiful beaches nestle on the southern side of the island, where you can take a scuba dive adventure, an exciting mix of diving and snorkelling.

    4 March 2019 – Soufrière

    4 March 2019 – Soufrière

    Arrival 04/03/2019 early afternoon. Departure 04/03/2019 late afternoon.

    Nestled in the crook of a breath-taking bay, the former capital of St Lucia is brimming with attractions. Soufrière is famous for The Pitons, volcanic spires that tower over the entrance to the town, and you will fall in love with its authentic Creole charm and warm friendly atmosphere. As well as diving and swimming off exquisite beaches, don't miss Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens for the mineral baths, one of the natural wonders of the Caribbean.

    4 March 2019 – Fort-de-France

    4 March 2019 – Fort-de-France

    Arrival 04/03/2019 late evening. Departure 04/03/2019.

    Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendour of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbour mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colourful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

    5 March 2019▸4 March 2019 – Fort-de-France

    Fort-de-France

    Disembarkation 05/03/2019 at 00H00 .

    Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendour of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbour mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colourful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • In order to participate in diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.

    Scuba diving

    Scuba diving

    Fauna and flora of the Caribbean Sea

    The fauna of the Caribbean Sea is very varied. During the different dives, divers can observe various species of benthic fauna such as French angel fish, queen angel fish, spotted drums, puffer fish, parrots fish, and pelagic fauna such as spotted eagle ray, barracudas, horse eyes jackfish, as well as fixed wildlife such as gorgonians and barrel sponges.

    Supervision of the dives

    Your dives will be led by your PONANT instructor. He will take care of your safety and that all goes smoothly. On some diving sites, as in natural reserves or if the local regulations require it, a local guide will escort the diving.

    Level required for scuba diving on this cruise

    The minimum level required for scuba diving on this cruise is 1star CMAS or the PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent). The certification card, the diving log book and a recent medical certificate (less than 12 months) must be presented at the beginning of the cruise to our main diving instructor.

    Process of the dives (certified divers)

    The instructor can dive with 4 certified divers at a time. The instructor reserves the right to check divers’ ability for maximum safety. As we will dive in remote places, the dives will be done without decompression stop. A safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 metres will be mandatory. The depth that can be reached will depend on the certification of the divers:

    • For those with PADI Open Water Diver certificate (or equivalent), the maximum depth can be up to 20 metres.
    • For those with PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certificate (or equivalent), the maximum depth can be up to 25 metres.
    • If two PADI Advanced Open Water Divers (or equivalent) wish to dive together independently, they must have a briefing first. They must have dive computers and are allowed to go to a maximum depth of 20 metres.

    Process of the initiation dives (novice divers)

    Before your initiation dive, your instructor will show you the equipment and will explain to you how to communicate underwater using hand gestures and how to breathe through a regulator. Once in the water, equipped with your material, you will learn how to breathe through your regulator on the surface for a couple of minutes. When your instructor feels you are ready, he will immerse you in water for about 20 minutes to a depth of 6 metres maximum.

    Duration of the dives

    The diving activity lasts from 2 to 3 hours, which includes the journey to the diving site and the diving. This duration may vary according to the site, the level of divers, weather conditions and the number of participants. For experienced divers, the duration of dives varies between 35 and 60 minutes depending on the site, the diver’s experience and consumption.

    Supplied equipment

    • Diving wetsuit
    • Stabilising jacket
    • Fins, mask and snorkel
    • Regulator with octopus and pressure gauge
    • Diving computer (for divers mastering their use)

    Scuba diving activities on this cruise

    PORTS OF CALL

    DIVES

    (for certified divers)

    Discover scuba diving

    (for beginners)

    PANAMA – Holandes Cays

    YES

    YES

    COLOMBIA - Cartagena

    YES

    NO

    CURACAO - Willemstad

    NO

    NO

    VENEZUELA – Los Roques Jour 1

    YES

    YES

    VENEZUELA – Los Roques Jour 1

    YES

    NO

    GRENADA – St Georges

    YES

    NO

    ST LUCIA – Pigeon Point

    YES

    NO

    ST LUCIA - Soufriere

    YES

    NO

    These sites are indicative. The proposed diving excursions may be changed depending on weather and safety conditions and the number of divers.

     

    Rates

    Price per person

    • Initiation dive:
      • Introductory dive (1 dive): € 80
      • Ponant Discovery Pack (2 dives): € 150

     

    • Certified dive:
      • Exploration (1 dive) : € 80
      • Excellence Package (3 dives) : € 225
      • Passion Package (6 dives) : €420
      • Master Package (10 dives) : €650

     

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. After your cruise

      05/03/2019 – Flavours of Martinique

      180.00 $ **

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      05/03/2019 – Martinique stay at Bakoua Hotel (1 night)

      300.00 $ **

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      05/03/2019 – Martinique stay at Cap Est Hotel (1 night)

      460.00 $ **

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    2. Before your cruise

      22/02/2019 – Panama City, stay and journey into the past (2 nights)

      For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
      The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
      His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.
      775.00 $ **

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      23/02/2019 – Colonial Panama and Miraflores locks (1 night)

      475.00 $ **

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    Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.

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