From Panama to Martinique

8 days / 7 nights
    Excursions included
    From Panama to Martinique

    Cruise Latin America, Caribbean

    from 14 April 2018 to 21 April 2018
    8 days / 7 nights

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

    Ship : LE BOREAL

    • Ref : B140418

    Between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic, PONANT invites you to discover the countless treasures of the Afro-Caribbean cultures.

    From the long, immaculate beaches of Panama to languorous Martinique, you will sail aboard the Le Boréalfor an unforgettable 8-day cruise.

    To begin your trip, you will sail among the San Blas Islands. In this idyllic environment composed of 365 coral islets, you will be able to visit the island of Holandes Cayand meet the Kuna people who still live off hunting and fishing.

    In the south-western corner of the Caribbean Sea, a group of low-lying islands, channels and lagoons will lead you to the mythical Cartagena de Indias. You will enjoy strolling along the narrow streets with colourful façades in this old colonial city founded at the time of the conquistadors.

    Off the Venezuelan coast, you will discover the special atmosphere of the Dutch Caribbean. Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao, will reveal its charming colonial architecture.

    You will end this cruise in the heart of the Caribbean. From the island of Saint Lucia to Martinique, this faraway archipelago will dazzle you with its colour palette and idyllic landscapes.

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      LE BOREAL

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      LE BOREAL

      Like her sisterships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

      Interior Design
      Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

      Port of call & excursions

      14 April 2018 – Holandes Cayes

      Colón

      Embarkation 14/04/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 14/04/2018 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.

      15 April 2018 – Holandes Cayes

      15 April 2018 – Holandes Cayes

      Arrival 15/04/2018 early morning. Departure 15/04/2018 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 モthe swimming poolヤ, is popular with the cruise-yachting community for its white sand beaches and diving and snorkelling opportunities.

      16 April 2018 – Cartagena

      16 April 2018 – Cartagena

      Arrival 16/04/2018 early morning. Departure 16/04/2018 early evening.

      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.

      17 April 2018 – At sea

      17 April 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 17/04/2018. Departure 17/04/2018.

      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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      18 April 2018 – Willemstad Curacao

      18 April 2018 – Willemstad Curacao

      Arrival 18/04/2018 early morning. Departure 18/04/2018 midday.

      The capital of Curaçao stretches along the edge of St Annメs Bay on the islandメ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メs a pleasure to stroll alongside the merchantsメ houses whose rainbow façades characterise ᅠDutch colonial architecture. A few paces from here is the Floating Market, a true feast for the eyes ヨ and tastebuds. You can also visit Fort Rif and the Maritime Museum, or, in the quieter streets of Otrobanda, youメll enjoy browsing the craft shops and old-time bars at your own leisurely pace.

      19 April 2018 – La Blanquilla

      19 April 2018 – La Blanquilla

      Arrival 19/04/2018 early morning. Departure 19/04/2018 midday.

      20 April 2018 – Marigot Bay

      20 April 2018 – Marigot Bay

      Arrival 20/04/2018 early morning. Departure 20/04/2018 midday.

      On the west coast of the island of St Lucia, Marigot Bay has been described as "the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean". The picturesque marina, steep rainforested hills and deep blue waters have provided the backdrop for movies and the palm-studded beach is a Caribbean dream. Swimming, snorkelling and deep-sea diving are superb here.

      20 April 2018 – Soufrière

      20 April 2018 – Soufrière

      Arrival 20/04/2018 early afternoon. Departure 20/04/2018 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.

      20 April 2018 – Fort de France

      20 April 2018 – Fort de France

      Arrival 20/04/2018 evening. Departure 20/04/2018.

      21 April 2018▸20 April 2018 – Fort de France

      Fort-de-France

      Disembarkation 21/04/2018 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.

      • Panama: a tourist visa is required for Australian citizens. The visa can be obtained upon arrival at the airport: cost US$5 (subject to change)

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Frédéric Mitterrand

      Frédéric Mitterrand

      Languages spoken: French, Italian

       

      Photo credit :  Bruno KLEIN 

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        21/04/2018 – Flavours of Martinique (1 day)

        170.00 $ **

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        21/04/2018 – Relaxing day at the Bakoua Hotel 3* (1 day)

        160.00 $ **

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      2. Before your cruise

        13/04/2018 – Colonial Panama & Miraflores locks (1 day/1 night)

        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.
        395.00 $ **

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      3. Your packages

        13/04/2018 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Colonial Panama and the Miraflores Locks 1N (Pre) + Flavours of Martinique (Post)

      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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