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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
to Los Angeles, California

Silversea Cruises
Dec 19, 2014 17 Days
Silver Whisper 4434
US$7,850
Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
December 19th, 2014 Friday Fort Lauderdale, Florida   6:00 PM
December 20th, 2014 Saturday Key West, Florida 8:00 AM 4:50 PM
December 21st, 2014 Sunday Day at Sea    
December 22nd, 2014 Monday Day at Sea    
December 23rd, 2014 Tuesday Santa Marta 1:00 PM 7:00 PM
December 24th, 2014 Wednesday Cartagena 7:00 AM 1:00 PM
December 25th, 2014 Thursday Panama Canal Transit 5:30 AM 7:30 PM
December 26th, 2014 Friday Day at Sea    
December 27th, 2014 Saturday Puntarenas 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
December 28th, 2014 Sunday Day at Sea    
December 29th, 2014 Monday Puerto Quetzal 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
December 30th, 2014 Tuesday Puerto Chiapas 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
December 31st, 2014 Wednesday Day at Sea    
January 01st, 2015 Thursday Day at Sea    
January 02nd, 2015 Friday Cabo San Lucas, Bahia California Sur 1:30 PM 7:00 PM
January 03rd, 2015 Saturday Day at Sea    
January 04th, 2015 Sunday Day at Sea    
January 05th, 2015 Monday Los Angeles, California 7:00 AM  
Included in this Cruise
  • Spacious suites – over 85% with private verandas
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
Gentleman Hosts
Bridge Sailing

Excursions

Explore the city of Key West with the opportunity to re-visit the sites at your leisure during this morning overview tour.


City View Trolley Tour of Key West combines the best of all worlds with a fully narrated tour lasting one hour that also includes unlimited "hop on hop off" privileges. The deluxe trolleys are equipped with padded seats and panoramic windows providing superior views and comfort.  Enjoy the scenes as the professional guide offer a fully narrated tour, combining history, folk lore, facts and fun to entertain you.


The Trolley has eight different stops within the historic district of Key West where tales of pirates, spongers, shrimpers, millionaires and less well-off merge to create a fusion of fun in the sun.


The Trolleys run every 15 minutes or so depending on traffic, and offers you time to enjoy the southernmost city in the continental USA at a pace you command. Pause to shop on Duval Street, visit the attractions and museums and then hop back on the City View Trolley to complete you tour of this truly unique island city.


Please note: This tour involves minimal walking to the start point approximately 300 yards (275 metres) depending upon the ship's berth location. Additional walking is at the guest's own discretion. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must be able to embark and disembark the trolley with little assistance.

Excursions

Experience a guided tour of the colourful history and characters of Key West on comfortable beach cruiser bikes.


Bike to where Jimmy Buffet lived, wrote, first performed, and Margaritaville, of course. Visit top destinations like Captain Tony's, Sloppy Joe's, Ernest Hemingway House, and the gates leading to Truman's Little White House. We'll cruise by the marker of the Southernmost Point of the United States, just 90 miles north of Cuba. Make a stop at the famous Key West Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Key West's most colorful characters. Along the way, you will learn about the history of the "Conch Republic", ship wrecking, and pirates.


Since this is the Key Lime Bike Tour, finish with a complimentary piece of frozen Key Lime pie dipped in Belgian chocolate - a must do experience in Key West!


Highlights:- Take a guided cruise on beach cruiser bikes- Visit top destinations and historical sites and learn about the colorful history and characters of the island- Enjoy a complimentary piece of frozen Key Lime pie dipped in Belgian


What to Bring:

- You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.

- Camera

- Sun protection and sunglasses

- Money for incidentals


What to Wear:- Recommend wearing light clothing and comfortable walking shoes


Please note: Guests should consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate.  Guests with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition should take particular caution when selecting a tour.  Guests who have concerns should consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them.

Excursions

Spend a day exploring the tropical flora of the Keys. Begin this peaceful day with a brief transfer from the pier, in your survey of this splendid natural setting, enjoying a guided walk along paved pathways.


You will learn about the history of the gardens and about how they showcase flora native to South Florida, Cuba and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on protecting and cultivating endangered species of the Keys. Not only do the gardens display wondrous blooms, but they also host an arboretum, wildlife refuge and education center. In all, 7,000 different plants and trees thrive here, making the Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens a treasure of the Florida Keys, and of the world.


Enjoy a cold beverage made from native Key West fruits before concluding your garden discovery and returning to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of activity. The venue is wheelchair accessible, however due to the amount of the walking that required to see the gardens, this tour is not recommended for those with limited mobility. Expect hot and humid weather; dress in lightweight clothing and bring adequate protection from the sun.

Excursions

Experience the diverse natural beauty and marine life of Key West during this scenic excursion to the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, and a memorable visit to the Key West Aquarium.


Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

Depart Mallory Pier for the brief transfer via shuttle-bus to the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, one of Key West's premier attractions. The facility houses a 14,000-square-foot (1,300-square-metre) state-of-the-art, climate-controlled greenhouse. It includes an impressive collection of flowering plants and trees, cascading waterfalls, colourful birds, and 50 to 60 different butterfly species from around the world.

Your visit to the beautiful and tranquil Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory offers a unique opportunity to experience walking amongst hundreds of butterflies in a lush tropical garden. Other features here include the Conservatory's Learning Centre, where you can view a 15-minute film describing the life cycle and basic facts about butterflies, and an upscale gift shop offering a wide array of souvenirs for sale.


Key West Aquarium

Next, take a brief shuttle-bus transfer to Mallory Square. Upon arrival, proceed to the Key West Aquarium for a self-guided tour. One of the nation's oldest open-air aquariums, the Key West Aquarium is home to a variety of marine animals that thrive in the warm waters of the Florida Keys. Your up-close view of this picturesque underwater world includes touch tanks, shark feedings and the Atlantic Shores exhibit. Following your visit, transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 250 yards (about 229 metres), and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair; prior notice is required if a hydraulic lift is needed to transfer guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

Excursions

Experience the splendid history and landmarks of Key West during this scenic and informative excursion aboard the Old Town Trolley or Conch Tour Train.


Key West Trolley/Train Tour

Depart the pier via the Old Town Trolley or Conch Tour Train for a 14-mile (23-kilometre) picturesque tour of Old Key West. Situated between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Key West is only 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) wide and four miles (6.4 kilometres) long. During this narrated tour, learn about the history of Key West as you pass by the Hemingway House, Southernmost Point, Audubon House, Duval Street, old conch homes, and other landmarks of the largest historical district in the United States. Your tour ends in the heart of the Old Town at Mallory Square.


Harry S. Truman Little White House

Next, you are escorted on-foot to the nearby Harry S. Truman Little White House. Built in 1890 as the first officers' naval quarters on the harbours waterfront, the Little White House was converted into a single-family dwelling to house the base commandant in the early 20th century. The house has been host to many distinguished guests, including Thomas Edison and US presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. Following your guided visit, walk back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking from the ship to the tour vehicle of approximately 250 yards (229 metres), and from the tour vehicle to the Little White House Museum of approximately 250 yards (229 metres). This tour involves approximately 20 steps to negotiate. Due to the historic nature of the building, the second level of the Little White House is not wheelchair-accessible. A video of the second floor is shown on the main level for guests unable to climb the stairs. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended.

Excursions

Discover the landmarks of Santa Marta during a scenic sightseeing excursion through this historic city.


The Customs House and Gold Museum

Depart the pier for the approximate 45-minute drive to the Customs House. Beautifully restored and preserved, this historical and architectural monument is now the new headquarters of the Bank of the Republic's Gold Museum. Upon arrival, view the museum's pre-Colombian artefact exhibit and a small, yet priceless collection of Tairona gold and pottery pieces.


The Cathedral and Tourism House

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the Cathedral. Built in 1529, the Church of Santa Ana was the first church in the city. Later elevated to the rank of cathedral, the building is located behind the Convent of Santo Domingo. Also seen during your visit is the Tourism House, which depicts the old colonial style of building.


San Pedro de Alejandrino Villa

Your tour continues with a visit to the 17th-century villa of San Pedro de Alejandrino. Declared a national monument by the Columbian Government, the villa's interior and extensive gardens have been restored to their former glory.


Following your tour of the estate, re-board the coach and drive to the Buena Vista Shopping Centre. Some time is made available here to browse the shops and boutiques before commencing the brief transfer back to the pier.


Please note: Modest dress is suggested to visit the cathedral; ladies are required to have their shoulders and knees covered. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over uneven terrain, with some steps to negotiate.

Excursions

Experience the stunning natural beauty of Columbia during this picturesque, half-day ecological excursion at Tayrona National Park.


Depart the pier for the approximate 45-minute drive to Tayrona National Park. Located in the Atlantic Coast of Columbia, the park is shielded from the Caribbean Sea by huge white rocks and dotted with cobbled paths leading back to the vestiges of the Tayrona Culture. The park spans 29,653 acres (12,000 hectares), and over 8.5 nautical miles (3,000 marine hectares) from sea level to a height of 2,925 feet (900 metres). As a result, it boasts a wide array of flora and fauna that enables the development of different land and marine ecosystems.


Upon arrival, take a guided walk along the Nine Stones path. Along the way, learn about the history of this path and the significance each stone has to the Tayrona culture. The park is also noted for its abundant bird-life.


Next, re-board the coach and drive towards the coast. Stop at the park's facilities for a refreshing beverage and tropical fruit salad. Guests wishing to swim may also visit La Piscinita, or 'Little Pool', a quiet beach. Afterwards, re-board the coach for the approximate 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking over uneven terrain, with some steps to negotiate, and is only recommended for guests in good physical condition. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear light-weight clothing and comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes and bring sun protection and binoculars. Guests wishing to swim should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up and bring a towel.

Excursions

Explore Santa Marta at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your licensed guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


This service is also available in languages other than English.  Please advise the Shore Concierge staff on board the ship if you wish to secure a guide in Spanish, German, or French.   Otherwise, English is the official language in which the programme will operate.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Santa Marta at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your licensed guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


This service is also available in languages other than English.  Please advise the Shore Concierge staff on board the ship if you wish to secure a guide in Spanish, German, or French.   Otherwise, English is the official language in which the programme will operate.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 8 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Experience the Old World splendour of Cartagena during a scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion through this historic city.


Manga and La Popa Monastery

Depart the pier for a scenic drive through the residential area of Manga, home to beautiful late-19th and early-20th-century mansions, en route to the La Popa Monastery. Located on La Popa Hill, this 17th-century monastery offers superb views overlooking the city. A visit is made to its small chapel for a look at the famous wooden statue of the Virgin Mary contained in a beautiful, red and gold painted altar.


San Felipe Fortress and Las Bovedas

Next, re-board your coach and drive to the San Felipe Fortress. Formerly the most important military structure in Latin America, it protected the city of Cartagena during the 17th and 18th centuries. Leaving the fortress, visit 'Las Bovedas'. A military barracks, munitions depot and prison in Colonial times, the 'dungeons' now serve as a market for local artisans displaying their handicraft and souvenir items for sale. After a shopping stop at the Las Bovedas Artisan Centre, transfer to the Old City.


San Pedro Claver Church and Bocagrande

Take a walking tour through the plazas and streets of the Old City, then stop by the 17th-century San Pedro Claver Church. During your visit, discover a plethora of exquisite statues and Old World furnishings honouring the missionary Saint Peter Claver, the patron saint of slaves. Your tour concludes with a visit to Bocagrande, which is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Bay of Cartagena on the other. After a shopping stop at the Pierino Gallo Shopping Plaza, commence the brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately one mile (about 1.6 kilometres) over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and a steep, high ramp at the San Felipe Fortress. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with heart or respiratory problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a bottle of water from the ship.

Excursions

Experience the splendid, Old World landmarks and architecture of Cartagena during this panoramic sightseeing tour of the city.  Also visit the school of a local non-profit Colombian foundation to see the work being done, meet the wonderful Colombian people and 'Give Back' in a small but meaningful way.


Granitos de Paz Foundation

Depart the port for a drive through some of the neighborhoods of Cartagena to see where the people live and work.  While en route, hear about the social situation and see some of the hospitals, stores and local businesses.  Visit the pre-school of the Granitos de Paz Foundation where 360 children attend.  The programmes of the foundation will be explained, a tour of the facility given and the children will conduct a short program.  Participants will also hand out school supplies and get to meet and interact with the children and staff.


La Popa Monastery

Driving back towards La Popa Monastery, pass by the public market and see the diverse variety of goods being sold.  Arriving on La Popa Hill, this 17th century monastery offers superb views overlooking the city.  A visit is made to its small chapel for a look at the famous wooden statue of the Virgin Mary contained in a beautiful red and gold painted altar.


San Felipe Fortress

Next, re-board your coach and drive to the San Felipe Fortress.  Formerly the most important military structure in Latin America, it protected the city of Cartagena during the 17th and 18th centuries.  You'll have an opportunity to take pictures of this massive structure.  Leaving the fortress, drive to the Old Town to San Pedro Claver Church


San Pedro Claver Church

Continue the tour with the short drive to the 17th-century San Pedro church, where you'll discover a plethora of exquisite statues and Old World furnishings honouring the missionary Saint Pedro Claver, the patron saint of slaves.


Bocagrande and Manga

From here, re-board your coach for a scenic tour of the modern Bocagrande, which is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Bay of Cartagena on the other. Also drive through the residential area of Manga, home to the beautiful late 19th and early 20th century mansions before returning to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. To learn more about this non-profit organization, please visit www.granitosdepaz.org.co.  Guests wishing to make additional donations to the foundation and the children may wish to bring warm weather clothes and shoes for children to 12 years old, toys and games.  School supplies the foundation can use for classes such as; crayons, coloured paper, pencils, small notebooks, pencil sharpeners, erasers, glue, scissors, colored pencils and markers.

Excursions

Explore the Colonial heritage, architecture and landmarks of Cartagena during a half-day sightseeing tour of this picturesque city.


Old City Tour and San Pedro Claver Church

Depart the pier for the drive to the walled Old City. Upon arrival, walk down the ramp from Santiago's Bastion to San Juan de Dios Street and begin your guided walking tour through the Old City. Along the way, admire stately Colonial buildings as you stroll along the narrow streets of the historic centre. Your first stop is at the 17th-century San Pedro Claver Church. During your visit, discover a plethora of exquisite statues and Old World furnishings honouring the missionary Saint Peter Claver, the patron saint of slaves.


Palace of the Inquisition

Next, proceed to Customs Square, site of a statue of Columbus and the Palacio Municipal. Continue on to Bolivar Square, bordered by the Palace of the Inquisition to one side and a statue of Simon Bolivar in the centre. Take a guided tour of the Palace of the Inquisition, one of the most noteworthy buildings in the Old City. With its overhanging balconies, cloisters and patios, the palace is a fine example of Colonial Baroque architecture. It now houses a museum and the office of the Historical Archive.


Santo Domingo Church, Bocagrande and Shopping

At Proclamation Square, see Cartagena's Cathedral and the Gold Museum (panoramic). Then make your way to Santo Domingo`s Church, built by Saint Dominic Priests in the late 16th century, to preserve the Catholic faith among the local natives whom they protected; stand in the shadow of this magnificent structure, and venture inside to marvel at the 19th-century, wood-carved sculpture of Christ called Saint Christ of the Expiration.. Reboard your coach and enjoy a scenic drive through Bocagrande, which is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Bay of Cartagena on the other. After a shopping stop at the Pierino Gallo Shopping Plaza, re-board the coach for the brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.5 miles (about 0.8 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and an extended period of walking and standing at the Old City, Inquisition Palace steps. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship.

Excursions

Explore Cartagena at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your licensed guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


This service is also available in languages other than English.  Please advise the Shore Concierge staff on board the ship if you wish to secure a guide in Spanish, German, French or Italian.   Otherwise, English is the official language in which the programme will operate.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Cartagena at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your licensed guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


This service is also available in languages other than English.  Please advise the Shore Concierge staff on board the ship if you wish to secure a guide in Spanish, German, French or Italian.   Otherwise, English is the official language in which the programme will operate.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 8 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Experience the Old World beauty of Cartagena in a unique new way during this scenic and relaxing carriage tour through the city.


San Felipe Fortress

Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the San Felipe Fortress. Formerly the most important military structure in Latin America, it protected the city of Cartagena during the 17th and 18th centuries. From here, proceed to the Plaza Santa Teresa, where your horse and carriage await your arrival.


Horse and Carriage Tour

Take a carriage ride through the narrow cobblestone streets and squares inside the walled city. Along the way, admire flower-filled balconies spilling from Colonial mansions, and pass by old squares and majestic Colonial, Republican and Spanish-style buildings. Sites to be seen include San Juan de Dios Street, San Pedro Street, Custom Plaza, Los Coches Plaza, Bolivar Plaza, the Gold Museum, Inquisition Palace, Santo Domingo Street, Fernandez de Madrid Park, Santisimo Street, Tumbamuertos Street, San Diego Plaza, and Las Bovedas Street.


Las Bovedas Artisan Centre

Next, proceed for a visit to the Las Bovedas Artisan Centre. A military barracks, munitions depot and prison in Colonial times, the 'dungeons' now serve as a market for local artisans displaying their handicraft and souvenir items for sale. After a shopping stop here, re-join your coach for the brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and carriage. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended.

Excursions

Experience the exquisite beauty of Costa Rica from a unique perspective during this exhilarating, half-day Silver Shore Expedition zip-line excursion at Canopy Vista Los Suenos.


If walking through a tropical forest is exciting, then imagine the experience of traveling on cables on top of it. The tropical forest is one the most complex ecosystems on Earth, more species of flora and fauna inhabit in this type of forest than in any other on the planet.  The richest part of the forest is the canopy, as most plants, including orchids and ferns, climb on the trees to receive more sunlight.  The canopy had been reserved in the past for scientists, as it was difficult to reach this part of the forest.  Now with the canopy you will experience the great natural wonders of the tropical forest… An adrenaline-filled encounter with the rainforest, at 100 feet above the ground!

Fly over exotic trees and flora while experiencing spectaculars views of the Herradura Bay, Pacific coast, as well as the Nicoya Gulf.  

Cross an exuberant primary forest on 12 cables and 14 platforms suspended on the treetops discovering the unique comparison of two different ecosystems, the Tropical and the Dry Tropical eco-systems, two different climates and many singular species of birds and animals not available anywhere else.


At the end of your adventure enjoy a delicious buffet of tropical fruits.

Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition, tour involves an extensive amount of walking and strenuous activity and is only recommended for guests in good physical condition. It is not suitable for pregnant women, guests with back/neck problems or limited mobility, sufferers of vertigo, or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear light-weight clothing with sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes, sun protection and insect repellent. A helmet is provided. A parent or guardian must accompany participants under the age of 18; minimum age to participate is 12 years of age. Maximum weight for participants is approximately 235 pounds (107 kilograms).  A signed waiver is required to participate.  The drive to/from the canopy facility is approximately 1-hour and 15-minutes.

Excursions

Explore Puntarenas at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited up to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Puntarenas at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited up to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Enjoy a quiet ride through the rainforest canopy during this full-day tour to discover Costa Rica's natural beauty.


The Pacific Rain Forest Aerial Tram is the only tour that provides a unique exploration of the canopy in the Transitional Tropical Rain Forest on Costa Rica's mid-Pacific coastline. Dry upland forest meets humid coastal rain forest with unique species colonizing the treetops and the canopy in this 222-acre (90-hectare) eco-tourism park, dedicated to conservation.


Embark on a gondola designed for 8 passengers and a bilingual naturalist guide to safely glide through a living backdrop of giant trees, hanging gardens, waterfalls and lush green landscapes.  Panoramic ocean views and common sightings of wildlife that thrive in the canopy will introduce you to this unique transitional forest. This is also one of the few areas in Costa Rica where you can occasionally see spectacular scarlet macaws majestically soaring above the treetops or sitting in one of the trees.


Your all-inclusive rainforest experience includes a visit to the Serpentarium and a visit to the medicinal plant Garden and Heliconias Gallery will complement a fascinating winding tour past a snake exhibit set in a tropical rainforest.


A traditional Costa Rican lunch will complement your adventure in unparalleled facilities.


Please note:  This tour involves minimal walking and includes an optional nature walk for those who wish to participate.  This tour is recommended for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair as long as they can embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance.  Guests should dress in lightweight comfortable clothing and wear closed-toe shoes, sun protection and insect repellant.  Bring your binoculars and camera from the ship.  The drive to / from the aerial tram is approximately 90 minutes.

Excursions

Experience the verdant tropical beauty of Costa Rica in a unique new way during this full-day, Silver Shore Expedition river-floating excursion down the Corobici River.


Depart the pier for the scenic approximately 100-minute drive through the pastoral countryside of Guanacaste, and on to Cañas. En route, pass by cattle ranches and cantaloupe, rice, and sugar cane plantations before arriving at the raft drop-in site on the Corobici River. Listen as your guide provides your safety and rafting instructions and receive lifejackets and gear before boarding your raft for a two-hour excursion down the river.


Along the way, marvel at the dense tropical foliage that provides the perfect backdrop for this unforgettable tour. Animal and bird species commonly sighted in this vicinity include howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, motmots, parrots, herons, wood storks, and spoonbills. Fruit and water are served during your river excursion.


At the conclusion of your rafting adventure, re-board your coach and proceed for a Costa Rican-style lunch at nearby restaurant before commencing the return drive back to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition tour involves an extensive amount of activity, including paddling, and is only recommended for guests that can swim and are in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women, guests with back/neck problems or limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with aqua shoes or sandals that will get wet, sun protection, insect repellent, and bring a towel, and a change of clothing from the ship. Changing facilities are provided at the raft drop-in site. Guests must wear lifejackets during this excursion, and follow the guide's directions. Paddling may be done only by the guide dependent upon water levels. A signed waiver is required to participate in this tour. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.  Maximum weight per guest is 230 pounds (104 kilograms).

Excursions

Explore the pristine natural beauty and abundant wildlife along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica during this picturesque and relaxing eco-tour along the Guacalillo Estuary and Tarcoles River.


Depart the pier for the scenic drive along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast en route to the Guacalillo Estuary, located near Carara National Park.


Guacalillo Estuary

Upon arrival at the Guacalillo Estuary, embark your boat for an approximately 2 hour sightseeing tour along the Guacalillo Estuary and Tarcoles River. This portion of the estuary is noted for its mangrove forests, and features four different species; tea, black, red and white mangroves. The mangroves serve as a habitat for many endemic birds, including the cuckoo, hummingbird, vireo, Panama flycatcher, heron, and egret. This mangrove forest is among the most important in the mid-Pacific Coast for the conservation of the endangered scarlet macaw. The area is also home to 250 species of birds, crocodiles, mammals and insects.


Tarcoles River

The mouth of the Tarcoles River is considered by birdwatchers to be one of the richest sites for seabirds and shorebirds, especially during their migration from October to April. The osprey, gull, cormorant, pelican, and frigate birds are among the most common species in the delta. The river's shores are home to one of the largest crocodile colonies, with some specimens exceeding 9.8 feet (three metres) in length. Although Iguanas, Jesus Christ lizards and birds that include herons, egrets, ducks, spoonbills, and storks are sighted on the majority of these outings, their cooperation cannot be guaranteed. During your tour, learn about the mangrove, the species and wildlife it supports, and the importance of its preservation.


Following your eco-tour, fruit, beer and soft drinks are served before re-boarding your coach to make the return drive to Puntarenas and the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests will be required to embark/disembark the coach via the bus steps. Wear light-weight clothing, sun protection and insect repellent. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.  A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.

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Indulge your senses with the Costa Rican tropical forest in a unique and exciting new way during this memorable sky walk tour at Villa Lapas.


Depart the pier for the scenic drive to Villa Lapas, an eco-resort hotel in the Costa Rican tropical forest. Upon arrival, a brief comfort stop is made before proceeding to the sky walk tour. This sky walk tour takes you into a world filled with abundant wildlife and the green, tropical forest surrounding the Tarcoles River, Carara National Park and protected biological reserves.


After meeting your naturalist tour guide, take an easy, short walk to the first of three cable bridges suspended over the canopy of the forest. Each bridge is between 270 and 330 feet (82 and 100 metres) in length, and stands up to 126 feet (38 metres) above the spectacular flora of the tropical forest.


During your walk, take in impressive views out to the marshlands of the Tarcoles River, the endless ocean, and the sounds and sights of the forest below and around you whilst descending the ground trails before reaching the next bridge or air trail. En route, your guide points out the most outstanding features of the forest, including several species of birds, monkeys, butterflies and mammals that inhabit the area.


Your memorable tropical forest experience concludes with a fruit buffet, juices and some time for shopping at Santa Lucia before commencing the drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking with many steps to negotiate and is only recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women, guests with back/neck problems or limited mobility, sufferers of vertigo, or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear light-weight clothing with sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes, sun protection and insect repellent. Please do not feed or touch the animals. Please use walking sticks, they are located at main entrance to the bridges.

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Experience the ancient wonders of the Maya civilization during this memorable, full-day Silver Shore Expedition to picturesque Tikal National Park.


Journey to Tikal

Upon ship's clearance, depart the pier for the transfer to the airstrip at the military base in Puerto San José, and a 1.5-hour flight via chartered plane to the vast northern region of El Petén. Upon arrival at the Mundo Maya Airport, board a bus for the one-hour drive through the tropical forest to Tikal, a World Heritage Site and one of the greatest Maya cities known and studied to date.


Tikal National Park

Upon arrival at the entrance of the 231-square-mile (598-square kilometer) Tikal National Park, leave your bus and commence your 2.5-mile (four-kilometer) walk along ancient dirt roads and pathways en route to the Maya ruins. A mysterious realm unfolds upon entering the forested surroundings that encompass the ruins, where your guide will explain the theories of life in the time of the Maya. Visit the Pyramid of the Great Jaguar, the Central Plaza, the Palace of the Masks, the Lost World Complex, and Pyramid IV, the tallest of all pre-Columbian structures in the Western Hemisphere.


Following your guided tour of Tikal, proceed for lunch at the Maya Internacional Hotel, which is located at the park.


At the conclusion of your tour, re-board your bus for the drive back to the Mundo Maya Airport and a 1.5-hour return flight to the military base at Puerto San José. Upon arrival, transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition tour involves an extensive amount of walking covering approximately 2.5 miles (about four kilometres) over uneven terrain and gradual inclines, with stairways to negotiate at the park. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. All participants must be in possession of their passport to clear immigration at the airport. Guests are advised to wear sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes and long-sleeved shirts and trousers to protect against insects, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, and raingear from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. The aircraft and transfer vehicle to the airport may not be air-conditioned.

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Enjoy a half-day tour to Filadelfia Coffee Estate and learn about the coffee process from its beginning journey from plant to cup and enjoy a scenic drive by the highlights of La Antigua.

Drive through lowland pastures, sugar plantations and cattle farms; passing between Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes, and unique landscapes.  


Filadelfia Coffee Estate

The Filadelfia Coffee Estate is located in La Antigua Guatemala, in the central zone of the country, one of the best coffee producing regions in Guatemala. Guests will have the opportunity to experience two of the greatest coffee classifications, their aromas, body, acidity and their differences.  A guided tour of the estate will be followed by a coffee tasting and refreshment.


La Antigua Panoramic Drive

Enjoy a glimpse of the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, known today as La Antigua Guatemala, founded in the Valley of Panchoy in 1543, it became the third capital in the New World after those in Mexico and Peru.  In 1979 UNESCO declared it World Cultural Heritage.  Cobblestoned streets, colourful facades and tiled roofs, as well as restored and un-restored churches, palaces, convents and mansions covered with vegetation and colourful bougainvillea make this colonial city a favourite for visitors from all over the world.          


Please note:  This tour involves moderate walking over plantation trails and dirt paths and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair.  Guests should wear seasonal clothing, flat walking shoes and sun protection.  The drive time to the coffee farm is approximately 90 minutes. Due to Municipal regulations driving near Main Plaza on Pullman Type buses might not be possible, therefore it is possible that guests will have to walk 765 yards (700 metres) to return to the bus.

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Explore the Old World beauty, architecture and artefacts of the restored city of La Antigua during this memorable visit to Casa Santo Domingo.


Casa Santo Domingo

After Guatemala's Independence of 1821, the plots of land on which the convent and temple of Santo Domingo stood were divided and sold. Later, these plots were acquired by a company with a goal of rescuing the vestiges of the convent and temple, which were buried under tons of debris. The project was designated Casa Santo Domingo, and restoration of the area began in 1989.


Local Tour

Upon arrival at Casa Santo Domingo, explore the Guatemalan architecture dating from the 17th century during visits to the Cultural Centre at Santo Domingo. It houses the Chamber Theatre, the Carlos Merida Museum/Gallery of Modern Art, the Colonial Arts Museum, the Handicrafts Museum, and the interesting Glass Museum, which that compares modern glass pieces with Mayan art.


Church and Convent

Next, a visit is made to the church and convent. Numerous artifacts that probably belonged to important personalities and Friars of the Order have been unearthed from its vaulted chambers. Following your visit, proceed for lunch at Casa Santo Domingo Hotel Restaurant.


Central Plaza

After lunch, continue on to the Central Plaza for a short visit and then visit a jade factory, museum and shop. Upon arrival, admire and browse the beautiful jewellery made from many colours of local jade.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over uneven terrain and cobblestone streets, with stairs to negotiate to access sites. This tour may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing, and sun protection.

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Discover how the macadamia nut industry helps the environment and economy of Guatemala during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Valhalla Organic Macadamia Nut.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive north to the Valhalla Organic Macadamia Nut Farm. En route, pass through the Pacific Coastal lowlands of Guatemala and take in spectacular views while driving between the Acatenango, Agua and Fuego volcanoes.


Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the Valhalla Organic Macadamia Nut Farm. This picturesque farm is a sustainable agriculture development project and Ecological Tourism destination that provides a source of employment, food and fuel for the farmers' families. In 2002, the project was awarded the Golden Fete D'Excellence in Geneva.


Macadamia nuts have become one of the most important export products in Guatemala, which ranks seventh among the world's largest producers of macadamia nuts. At the conclusion of your tour, some free time is made available to purchase macadamia goods produced on the farm before commencing the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres) over gravel paths at the plantation, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Guests are advised to wear light-weight clothing and comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and insect repellent.

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Experience Mexico past and present during this scenic tour of the ancient Mayan archaeological site of Izapa, Archaeological Museum and Tapachula.

        

Izapa Ruins

Depart the pier for the 45-minute drive aboard an air-conditioned coach to the ancient ruins of Izapa.  From its humble beginnings as a small village around 1500 B.C., Izapa eventually grew into the region's most influential cultural and commercial center.  At the height of its influence between 60 B.C. and 100 A.D., Izapa's population numbered up to 10,000 people.  Once renowned in the region for its production of highly-valued cacao, Izapa brought together many of Meso-America's ancient cultures, and was believed to have been the site of origin of the sacred Mayan Calendar.  

        

Tapachula and Museum

Next, travel by bus to the culturally-diverse city of Tapachula, whose history and heritage has been influenced by the Mayans, Mestizo's and Spanish, as well as German, Chinese, Japanese and French immigrants.  Upon arrival, proceed for a visit to the Archaeological Museum.  Here you have an opportunity to view Mayan artifacts found in the region, many of them from Izapa.  


From here, take a guided walking tour around the colorful streets of the town square to explore some of the city's highlights.  Some free time will also be made for you to browse the local artisan shops for leather goods, ceramics and more, or simply relax at one of the area's cafes and take in your surroundings.


Following your tour, transfer back to the pier and ship.


Please note: This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility as long as they are able to embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance and negotiate a few stairs.  Guests should wear comfortable clothing, flat-soled shoes, sun protection and bring insect repellent from the ship.  A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.

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Immerse yourself in the magic of Chiapas's natural environments as you head off the beaten path in a 6-person boat and explore natural mangrove streams and lagoons populated by wildlife and birds.


After short van ride from the pier, arrive at the water's edge where you meet your captain and board your boat. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular views that surround you as a guide navigates your boat through the waterways. Experience nature and all her glory as wildlife, and especially the regions diverse array of birds, appear along the way.


Your guide will share information about the area's eco-system and point out various species of flora and fauna. You may see pelicans, herons, ospreys, cormorants, hummingbirds, egrets, spoonbills, storks, turtles and much more. This nature reserve also provides a way of life to the local fishermen who use the same tried and true methods of catching shrimp, crab and more that their fathers did before them. You might have the opportunity to watch them at work as you float toward the sea and the end of your exotic journey.


At the conclusion of your mangrove boat ride, rejoin your transfer for the return drive to the pier.


Please note:  This tour involves minimal activity and is suitable for guests with limited mobility as long as they can embark and disembark the boats with minimal assistance.  There may be a high step based on current tide levels.  Guests should wear light-weight comfortable clothing, sun protection and insect repellent.  Guests are required to wear a lifejacket while in the boat.  Although wildlife sightings are frequent, they can never be guaranteed.  Participants must be at least 6 years of age.

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Discover the origin of one of the world's finest coffees during this full-day journey into the Sierra Madre Mountains, and a visit to the Argovia Plantation.


Depart the pier for the scenic, 1.5-hour drive to Argovia, one of the oldest coffee plantations in the region, and growers of the desirable Mexican Arabica bean.  A Swiss family founded the plantation and estate in 1880; in 1897, it was acquired by a German, Adolf Giesemann, and tended by 4 generations of his descendents ever since.  En route to the plantation, pass a wide array of natural and man-made landscapes that reflect the cultural and architectural diversity of the Chiapas Sierra Madre.  


Upon arrival at Argovia, take a guided tour of the beautiful buildings and spectacular landscapes that comprise this unique plantation, including the original house and coffee production plant.   Along the way, your guide will inform you about the coffee production process, and the plantation's humble beginnings in near-complete isolation when it took three days just to get to Tapachula.  


Next, continue on for a tour of Argovia's picturesque flower plantation.  Here, view some of the 125 species of crops, ornamental flowers and plants that were cultivated as a result of volatile coffee prices in the late-1970s.  During your visit, earn about the techniques incorporated to sustain the plantation in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem.  Central to these efforts is Mexico's first water-treatment plant, which recycles residual water and waste, thereby producing excellent organic fertilizer.    


Your tour concludes with a Mexican-style buffet lunch consisting of mole, tortilla soup, tamales, fried bananas, fruit salad, guacamole, and regional deserts accompanied by freshly-brewed Argovia coffee.  Following your tour, rejoin your van for the 1.5-hour return drive to the pier and ship.


Please note:  This tour involves moderate walking with some inclines and steps to negotiate.  The drive from the ship to the plantation is 1.5 hours in each direction and may be bumpy in areas depending on recent rainfall.  Wear comfortable clothing, flat, walking shoes and sun protection.

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Visit the Mayan ruins of Izapa and learn the sweet secrets of the cacao bean during this half-day tour.


Izapa Ruins

From the pier, journey approximately 45 minutes aboard an air-conditioned bus to the ancient ruins of Izapa. From its beginnings as a small village sometime around 1500 BCE, Izapa grew into the region's most influential cultural and commercial centre with a population of possibly up to 10,000 people at the height of its influence sometime between 60 BCE and 100 ACE.


Once foremost in the region for the production of highly valued cacao, Izapa brought together many of mesoamerica's ancient cultures and many believe it may be the site of origin of the sacred Mayan Calendar although much study remains to be done in order to unlock these secrets.         


Chocolate City

Next, travel by bus to Tuxtla Chico 'Chocolate City', where a demonstration on how the cocoa beans are transformed in to chocolate is performed for you right at the main square (plaza); you may also be able to see and sample the local cuisine, as well as see a variety of local handicrafts and exotic flowers of the region.


Local dancers and marimba players will be sharing their skills with lively performances. After a stop at the local historic church, you are on your way back to the pier.


Please note:  This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility as long as they are able to embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance and negotiate a few stairs.  Guests are advised to wear light-weight seasonal clothing, flat walking shoes, sun protection and insect repellent.  The order of sites may be reversed.

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Experience the sounds, flavors and culture of Mexico and take a little bit of her spirit home with you.


Depart the pier for the approximately 45-minute drive to a local Resort up on a hill, overlooking the city of Tapachula.  On the way to the resort, your guide will share information about the history, culture and customs of Mexico.


Once at the Resort, you are welcomed with a freshly made margarita. A local chef will be there to greet and escort you to the preparation area where he will explain the secrets of creating some of the most popular local dishes. In fact, an entire meal will be created and served to you at the end of the class for you to enjoy, while marimba players enhance this Mexican experience.


At the end of the class and lunch, you are presented with the recipes for the meal you helped to prepare; so you may re-create the dishes for your friends back home at your next Mexican-themed dinner party.


Please note:  This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility as long as they are able to embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance and negotiate a few stairs.  Guests are requested to wear short-sleeved shirts and no hand or wrist jewellery.

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Pull up a chair and take part in one of Mexico's most valued traditions as you taste a variety of Mexico's famous Tequilas and Mezcals.


From your ship's pier, travel by air-conditioned van to an historic local house that has been transformed into a boutique hotel. This charming setting boasts a collection of local folk art and exotic plant arrangements from the region. The owner will show you around the grounds before gathering the group in the dining room.


Tequila Tasting

Learn about the tequila and mescal making processes as well as the different properties that make each unique. Following the brief tequila history lesson, you have the opportunity to taste some of Mexico's best tequilas and Mezcals. Afterwards, enjoy a demonstration on how to mix tequila into the perfect margarita.


Tapachula

Continue your tour as you travel by van to the culturally diverse city of Tapachula whose history and heritage has been influenced not only by the Mayans, Mestizo's and Spanish but by German, Chinese, Japanese and French immigrants as well. Take the opportunity to visit the town square where you find an historic church, the city hall building as well as vendors and small stores. You may choose to walk, sit in a café, shop or explore the archeological museum (entrance fee not included). When your free time is up, you will be escorted back to your ship's pier.


Please note, This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility as long as they are able to embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance and negotiate a few stairs.  Participants must be at least 21 years of age to be served alcohol.

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Journey into the heart of rural Chiapas for a deeper understanding of the local people, the landscapes and discover the culture that blends ancient traditions with modern necessity during this half-day tour that provides you the opportunity to 'Give Back' to the community.


Banana Co-op

Depart from the Cruise Terminal and proceed on a 30-minute drive through the Chiapas countryside to the wide, green fields of the Ejido Miguel Aleman banana plantation. Here, meet your plantation guide who will take you on a walking tour of the plantation, during which time you learn about the history of the region, its people and traditions, as well as the banana growing and harvesting process.


Re-boarding your transportation, drive into the nearby town that owns and operates the banana cooperative. You'll visit a local community centre and have the opportunity to meet with the children, their teachers and several social workers.


Community Centre

The community centre is dedicated to improving the lives and lot of the local residents. It has instituted programs to improve the literacy of the adult population, and has also established internet facilities to help the local children and adults learn about the world and improve their computer literacy. A portion of the proceeds of this tour will go to the community centre to assist in their efforts. You'll also be given a school kit, containing several of the basic day-to-day needs of the children that you can donate to the children at the community centre.


Your tour continues as you visit a local church to meet the priest, who will provide information on the local customs of his parishioners and their way of life.


Your last visit will be to the banana packing plant. Here the entire community works to pack the bananas that they have cultivated before being shipped to buyers throughout the country.  All the proceeds from the sales of the bananas are distributed among each of the community members.


Your return trip to the port and your ship will take you through the picturesque countryside providing you a last glimpse at life in rural Chiapas.


Please note:  This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility as long as they are able to embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance and negotiate a few stairs.  Guests should wear comfortable clothing, flat-soled shoes, sun protection and bring insect repellent from the ship.

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Join in the search for the ocean's largest denizens during this relaxing catamaran tour along the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Coast.


Each year, the waters of the Sea of Cortez host thousands of whales during their annual migration towards the warmer tides. Among the species that may be seen spouting and breaching include California grey whales, finbacks, humpbacks and the mighty blue whales, the largest mammals on earth. Whale-watching is a favourite pastime in this locale; keep your cameras poised. The Cousteau Society has done some of its best filmmaking in these waters.


After receiving a safety briefing by your guide, depart the pier aboard a comfortable motorised catamaran for a coastal cruise along the Sea of Cortéz and Pacific Coast. En route, take in breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches, secluded coves and the famous arch at Land's End, along with the spectacular golf resorts and residential developments. Your coastal whale-watching cruise concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, and is suitable for all guests able to board the boat with minimal assistance. Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing, comfortable soft-soled shoes, and sun protection. Refreshments and snacks are served on board the boat. This tour is only available from mid-December through March. Although whale sightings are common during this time of the year, they are not guaranteed.  Vessel may not be exclusive to Silversea guests.

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Experience Cabo by sea and land on this introductory excursion that explores the areas highlights. See Land's End, visit a glass blowing factory, an ecological cactus garden, and the mission church of San Jose del Cabo on a coastal, panoramic drive.


Catamaran Cruise

Begin your adventure at the pier as you board a catamaran for a 40-minute trip to the very tip of the longest, most desolate, and perhaps most beautiful peninsula in the world. A short ride brings you to pristine beaches, towering rock formations and the famed El Arco at 'Land's End', a dramatic natural rock monument that arches starkly out of the sea. Enjoy a complimentary beverage onboard as an enlightened narration by Jean Michel Cousteau comments on the underwater life, wildlife, ecology and major points of interest in the area, including the early history of Baja California.


Looking landwards, you see that Cabo San Lucas lays claim to miles of unspoiled beaches, little coves and impressive Hotels. Admire the unforgettable view of Land's End, its famed arch and the ship at anchor in the Bay of Cabo San Lucas.


Panoramic Drive - San Jose Del Cabo

After your scenic boat ride and brief walk to the coaches, a short drive takes you to a local glass blowing factory. Here, observe the talents of native craftsmen. Afterwards, get a different perspective of the cape region, striking in appearance, from its arid desert setting and white sand coves, to its swaying palm trees and the deep blue sea. Your drive takes you north to view the contrasting coastal scenery before arriving at San Jose del Cabo, a picturesque town. Visit the local mission church and its shady tree-lined plaza.


Explore with your guide, the Zocalo and engage in an enlightening chat about the original settlement of Cabo and the indigenous flora of the region.  Finally as your explorations come to a close, finish across from the old opera house, now converted to a popular local restaurant. Enjoy some free time at this stop if you wish to purchase food or explore the boutiques of Mexican arts and handicrafts. This last stop is an optional drop off for guests who wish to spend time shopping in town and make the 10-minute walk back to the pier on their own.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. Guests must be able to negotiate five steps to embark and disembark the vessel without assistance; as a result, this tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and cover their shoulders to enter the mission. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather conditions.  

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Explore Baja California's rugged desert aboard a Jeep Wrangler during this Silver Shore Expedition. Your destination is La Candelaria - a small oasis village in the middle of the desert.


After being assigned to your vehicle, set out across the desert caravan-style, following your local guide. Along the drive, your guide will introduce you to the local flora and fauna that is indigenous to the Baja region.


La Candelaria

There are several working ranches en route to La Candelaria, where herds of cows and goats roam the roads. Keep your camera ready as there are many photo opportunities along the way. Upon arrival, a refreshing snack and local drink is served at the boarding school, which is home to approximately 75 students during the school week. (A portion of your tour cost will be used to purchase supplies and materials for the school).


Continue your vist to the village with a stop at an artisan's studio, who specializing in ceramic pots and watercolor paintings. There are not always samples available for viewing, as the works are in high demand. Back in the convoy, continue your exploration down one of Baja's largest river washes until it reaches the Pacific Ocean.


Beach and Relaxation

At the beach, approximately 20 minutes of free time will be available to comb the beach for shells or just relax and watch the waves crashing on the shore. All too soon, it is time to re-board your vehicle and travel back to the Welcome Station along Baja's famed Highway 1. From here, you will transfer back to the port and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition is sold per vehicle and will accommodate up to 4 guests. When requesting this excursion, only one person in the party needs to request one ticket. This tour involves an extensive amount of strenuous driving over bumpy and uneven gravel and dirt roads. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women or guests with back problems, guests with limited mobility, guests who utilise a wheelchair, guests with heart problems, or guests with asthma, epilepsy or diabetes. Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing, and sun protection. Jeeps are standard shift transmissions and are four-wheel-drive. Minimum age for drivers is 25 years and older, passengers must be at least 5 years or older as car seats are not available. Guests wishing to drive must present a valid driver's license and must also know how to drive a vehicle with manual transmission if selecting the Jeep Wrangler. Total driving distance is approximately 45-55 miles. Total drive time is approximately two hours, with 1.5 hours being off-road. Route and destination contained in tour may vary depending on local weather and road conditions. Signature on liability waiver and rental contract is required before participation. This tour includes a small snack or tasting of local specialties. The snack is not a meal.

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Come and smell the fresh salt air as you ride your horse along the mighty Pacific Ocean.  If you have ever wanted to ride a horse on a beach, then don't miss this opportunity as there are few places in the world like this.


A 30-minute drive along Baja's famed Highway 1 will take you to a quaint sea-side ranch where your horses will be waiting.  After brief instructions, you and your horse will begin a leisurely one-hour beach ride along this secluded beach.  

        

Your tour begins with a short ride to the beach where you are met by the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.  Your beach ride will take you atop a bluff right over the water where from January through March you may be able to spot the migrant whales swimming along their way.  The contrast between desert and sea is one that can only be experienced first hand.


Once returning to the ranch, you have a few minutes to use the restroom or explore the traditional ranch home on the property.  On the return trip to the pier, you  have the option to be dropped off at the main swimming beach or downtown to do some last minute shopping.


Please note:  This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition.  This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from back, neck or knee conditions, nor is it suitable for guests who may be pregnant.  As the conditions may be dusty, guests with respiratory conditions should choose another touring programme.  Guests should wear sun protection, closed-toe shoes and long pants for more comfort in the saddle.  Maximum weight for participants is 250 lbs. (113 kg.) and the minimum age is 12.

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Baja California's peninsula is known for its dramatic scenery of desert terrain and rugged coastline marked by many unusual formations. This excursion will introduce you to the sights from a land perspective


Panoramic Drive and San José del Cabo

Board your air-conditioned motorcoach and travel through Baja California desert terrain and by rugged coastal rock formations to a local glass-blowing factory, where you watch artisans at work. Journey to the picturesque village of San José del Cabo, where you have some free time to browse, visit the mission church, or explore the tree-lined plaza.


Continue to a restaurant with a sweeping panoramic view of the Bay of Cabo San Lucas, where you enjoy a complimentary beverage and views of the bay, El Arco and your ship at anchor. Finally the coach returns to the ship, or if time allows; you may have the option to drop off in town and return to the ship independently.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking. Guests must be able to negotiate five steps to embark and disembark the coach without assistance; as a result, this tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and cover their shoulders to enter the mission. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather conditions.  A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

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Experience the color and creativity flowing from the old adobe buildings in San José del Cabos' ever growing Art District. Enjoy a beautiful drive along the ocean front hotels and golf courses located on the stretch of highway that connects Cabo San Lucas to its more colonial sister town. Along the way your guide will enlighten you with information regarding local culture, history and modern day Los Cabos.


San José del Cabo

After your scenic drive, stop in the heart of downtown at the town square in San José del Cabo. Once here, free time will allow you to explore this quaint town, perhaps stopping at the San José Mission, one of the oldest Missions on the peninsula. Strolling through the streets of the newest district in San Jose del Cabos, greet the artists and admire their work, while browsing through the galleries and perhaps even acquire something to your liking. There are many galleries featuring the works of artists and artisans from Mexico and beyond.


Baja Brewing Company

Enjoy a refreshing break at Baja Brewing Company in the heart of the Art District for a special tour of the facilities and the brewing process followed by a tasting ceremony and a sample of their soon to be world famous Gourmet Pizza.


Please note: Tour involves moderate walking over uneven surfaces, there are 12 steps to climb for guests wishing to enter the Mission Church. All of the galleries within the district are within a 5 to 10 minute walk from one another. We recommend guests wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen.

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The is undoubtedly best way to make the most of your time while in port. Salsa and Salsa has now achieved the highest award by Trip Advisor; the coveted 'Certificate of Excellence'. ABC NEWS has rated Salsa and Salsa Mexico, as one of the world's top 10 amazing cooking classes. Rubbing shoulders with culinary tours in Paris, France, Rovello, Italy and Koyto, Japan just to name a few. It was also rated as one of the top 10 excursions in the world by MSN.com in 2010 and is highly recommended by our guests on Trip Advisor.

So put on your chef's hat and polish those dance shoes, because this half-day Silver Shore Collection tour has it all.

Salsa making has never been so much fun.  Enjoy a hands-on cooking experience and learn to make not one, not two, but seven authentic Salsas, three different kinds of Margaritas and learn to Dance Salsa in four easy steps.


Salsa Making

Follow along as two 'Dancing Chefs' instruct you on how to make a variety of authentic Salsas such as: Firey Red Salsa, Tangy Green Salsa, Oaxacan Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Mango/Melon Mix Salsa, Tropical Salsa and a Rompope Dessert Salsa. Also learn how to make an authentic Margarita and a frozen strawberry Margarita.


You'll be trying your culinary creations with tasty cheese quesadillas, crispy taquitos and freshly fried corn chips.  Try an assortment of drinks, including all-you-can-drink lime and strawberry Margaritas and Jamaica Tea (Hibiscus Herbal Tea) and purified water.  


Salsa Dancing

Once you have mastered your cooking skills, your dance instructor will have you moving and swinging to the soulful sounds of Salsa music.  


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour involves a moderate amount of activity and is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Guests must be at least 21 years of age to be served alcoholic beverages.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Guests wishing to spend leisure time at the resort's pool or beach, should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sun protection and bring a towel from the ship.

Excursions

Depart the pier for the 30-minute transfer to Cabo Del Sol Golf Resort.  Upon arrival, register at the clubhouse and receive any rental equipment you have reserved and head out to the first tee on the Desert Course.


Desert Course

This masterful Tom Weiskopf designed course features mesmerizing ocean views from all 18 holes, each artfully sculpted through incredible natural surroundings. A unique combination of desert and ocean, canyon-like arroyos and a variety of foliage creates a breathtaking backdrop as well as a significant challenge.

The course varies in length from 4,810 to 7,100 with undulating greens, challenging elevation changes and dramatic bunkering. The Desert Course is rated #6 in all of México by Golf Digest placing it behind only The Ocean Course among Los Cabos' resort golf offerings.


Please note:  Tour requires moderate activity and includes green fees, shared cart and roundtrip transportation.  Proper golf attire is required.  Rental requirements must be requested at the Shore Concierge Office in advance and are paid directly to the pro shop. Rates: Taylor-Made clubs-$65.00, Bucket of practice range balls-$33.00, Sleeve of new balls-$20.00. Course Information: 18 Holes, 7049 yards, par 72, slope rating 141, average round time 4 hours 30 minutes.  Rates subject to change without notice during peak season.

Excursions

For our guests who are sailing on our 2014 World Cruise in its entirety and embarked prior to the ship's arrival in Los Angeles, we are pleased to offer a complimentary transfer to Beverly Hills.


Enjoy a day in one of the more popular areas of Los Angeles.  Stroll the streets, shop, enjoy a bite at a local restaurant, and savour the day as you wish.


Depart from the ship and travel by coach to Rodeo Drive.  The shuttle drop-off and pick-up point is on Dayton Way, just off of Wilshire Blvd and conveniently located right in front of Louis Vuitton at the corner of Dayton Way and Rodeo Drive.


At the appointed time, re-board the coach pick-up point for the return drive to the ship.


Please note:  This complimentary Silversea Full World Cruise service is offered only to those guests who embarked prior to arrival in Los Angeles and who are sailing with us for the entire 2014 World Cruise.  The amount of walking is at each guest's discretion. Local currency is required; most venues accept credit cards. Guests are responsible for being at the coach departure point on time to avoid being left behind.  Guests who miss the return to the ship will be responsible for all costs they assume in making their own way back to Silver Whisper.  This complimentary transfer cannot be redeemed for any cash or shipboard credit and is non-transferrable.  The tour duration is approximate only and can be affected by local traffic conditions that are beyond the control of Silversea.

Excursions

Experience the fame and flavour of the City of Angels during this tour that end at the airport.


Stroll through the Mexican handicraft shops and cafés along Olvera Street before continuing by coach on a scenic drive through Hollywood's Sunset Blvd to the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater.  Here, you have ample time to snap some photos of the hand and footprints of famous movie stars before visiting the original Farmers Market to shop, explore and enjoy lunch on your own.  


Olvera Street

Depart the pier by coach and pass by the Los Angeles Coliseum; the University of California; the Museum of Natural History and through the downtown area of L.A en route to Olvera Street, one of the oldest streets in the city.  Here you will have a brief amount of time to stroll through the Mexican handicraft shops and cafes.  


Grauman's Chinese Theater

Continue your scenic drive through Hollywood's Sunset Blvd to the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater were you have time to snap some photos of the hand and footprints of famous movie stars.   Then continue on to the original Farmers Market to shop, explore and enjoy lunch on your own.  


Farmers Market

The Farmers Market has over 85 shops and restaurants plus an awesome display of fruits and vegetables enjoyed by locals, tourists and Hollywood Stars alike.   This tour will end at the Los Angeles Pier.


Please note:  This tour is suitable for guests continuing on to the next voyage. Guests should dress in comfortable, seasonal clothing wear flat, walking shoes and sun protection.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  Your luggage will be transported on the tour coach in the luggage compartment.  Tour route and duration are subject to change based on local traffic conditions.

Excursions

Experience the fame and flavour of the City of Angels during this tour that end at the airport.


Stroll through the Mexican handicraft shops and cafés along Olvera Street before continuing by coach on a scenic drive through Hollywood's Sunset Blvd to the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater.  Here, you have ample time to snap some photos of the hand and footprints of famous movie stars before visiting the original Farmers Market to shop, explore and enjoy lunch on your own.  


Olvera Street

Depart the pier by coach and pass by the Los Angeles Coliseum; the University of California; the Museum of Natural History and through the downtown area of L.A en route to Olvera Street, one of the oldest streets in the city.  Here you will have a brief amount of time to stroll through the Mexican handicraft shops and cafes.  


Grauman's Chinese Theater

Continue your scenic drive through Hollywood's Sunset Blvd to the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater were you have time to snap some photos of the hand and footprints of famous movie stars.   Then continue on to the original Farmers Market to shop, explore and enjoy lunch on your own.  


Farmers Market

The Farmers Market has over 85 shops and restaurants plus an awesome display of fruits and vegetables enjoyed by locals, tourists and Hollywood Stars alike.   This tour will end at the Los Angeles International Airport.


Please note:  This tour is suitable for guests departing from Los Angeles International Airport on domestic flights after 4:30pm and international flights after 5:30pm. Guests should dress in comfortable, seasonal clothing wear flat, walking shoes and sun protection.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  Your luggage will be transported on the tour coach in the luggage compartment.  Tour route and duration are subject to change based on local traffic conditions.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Silversea Cruises Grande Hotel programme includes breakfast daily, hotel porterage, a private vehicle transfer between the hotel and airport, and a small group transfer between the hotel and pier.


The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale infuses the Gold Coast with casual luxury as the city's first and only AAA Five Diamond hotel. Perched above the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this beachfront hotel includes a 2,200 square foot Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge; a 29,000 square foot oceanfront sundeck with an infinity pool and private cabanas; full-service luxury spa with an organic and botanical treatment menu; and, a water-view fitness center.  Four dining and entertainment options include Via Luna Restaurant with seating indoors or al fresco on an oceanfront patio, the dramatic oceanfront Via Luna Bar, a private Wine Room with a 5,000 bottle wine cellar and a seventh floor Poolside Café with commanding ocean views.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Discover a timeless jewel in Fort Lauderdale, renowned for its dazzling Atlantic Ocean, waterway, and cruise ship views. Set on 22 lush acres of tropical oasis along the intracoastal waterway, this breathtaking hotel provides the ideal getaway in the yachting capital of the world. Immerse yourself in boundless recreation or escape to a place of total relaxation at this resort-style retreat, which features exotic spa treatments and massages. Enjoy swaying palms and picturesque gardens along with spectacular food when you dine at any of the five restaurants and lounges. The hotel features complimentary beach shuttle, water taxi pick up, Avis rental car and is located adjacent to Port Everglades Cruise Port.

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