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Panama canal Passage

Departing on 18 Mar 2024 from Bridgetown aboard the EXPLORA I - Cruise No: 1950418

Your Itinerary

Bridgetown, Barbados — Roseau — Willemstad — Oranjestad — Cartagena, Colombia — Cartagena, Colombia — Puerto Limon — Panama City (Amador), Panama — Panama City (Amador), Panama
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18 Mar '24
Bridgetown, Barbados
18:00

Presenting divers, windsurfers and nature lovers with the ultimate gifts of discovery, this journey fully displays Mother Nature’s tour de force of beauty above and below the Caribbean Sea’s surface. With a lovely enticement of ease, we begin in Barbados, an island of wonders: flying fish, green monkeys, subterranean waterfalls, and towering banyan trees with shaggy aerial roots that inspired the island’s Portuguese name, the “bearded ones.” The lure of geography blesses us on Sunday Island, formally baptised Dominica, where sperm whales swim her waters all year long. Uncrowded and unspoilt, its mountainous heart includes the 1,342-meter-high volcano and namesake Morne Trois Pitons National Park (a UNESCO gem) ringed by primordial rainforests thick with blooming orchids, jungle grottos, hot springs, and a profusion of rainbows in a swirling cloud of mist. Surround yourself in cerulean blue, tranquility and sky on Bonaire, considered the Caribbean’s shore-diving capital with more than 50 dive sites in a national marine park and coral reef all ringing the coastline. Head to Lac Bay, the birthplace of windsurfing, where an endless sweep of turquoise water mixes with a 90% chance of favourable winds. Following a westerly breeze, we find the city and harbour of Willemstad, both of which have earned a UNESCO award, with brightly coloured Dutch-gabled buildings that look like a tropical Amsterdam. With 26 hours in the Dutch West Indies port, we can take our time exploring this semi-arid island. Walk the Queen Emma Bridge, visit the Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, learn about African empires or take a walk on her wild side at the Ja Kok Salt Ponds, a briny inland lake where we may find the island’s national bird — the precocious pink flamingo — vividly strutting in flocks of profusion. Our Journey of discovery returns to Barbados, the birthplace of rum, where we salute Mother Nature with our final toast of ¡Salud!, Santé!, Prost!, Skål!, Cin cin!, and Kanpai!

2
19 Mar '24
Roseau
08:00
18:00

Presenting divers, windsurfers and nature lovers with the ultimate gifts of discovery, this journey fully displays Mother Nature’s tour de force of beauty above and below the Caribbean Sea’s surface. With a lovely enticement of ease, we begin in Barbados, an island of wonders: flying fish, green monkeys, subterranean waterfalls, and towering banyan trees with shaggy aerial roots that inspired the island’s Portuguese name, the “bearded ones.” The lure of geography blesses us on Sunday Island, formally baptised Dominica, where sperm whales swim her waters all year long. Uncrowded and unspoilt, its mountainous heart includes the 1,342-meter-high volcano and namesake Morne Trois Pitons National Park (a UNESCO gem) ringed by primordial rainforests thick with blooming orchids, jungle grottos, hot springs, and a profusion of rainbows in a swirling cloud of mist. Surround yourself in cerulean blue, tranquility and sky on Bonaire, considered the Caribbean’s shore-diving capital with more than 50 dive sites in a national marine park and coral reef all ringing the coastline. Head to Lac Bay, the birthplace of windsurfing, where an endless sweep of turquoise water mixes with a 90% chance of favourable winds. Following a westerly breeze, we find the city and harbour of Willemstad, both of which have earned a UNESCO award, with brightly coloured Dutch-gabled buildings that look like a tropical Amsterdam. With 26 hours in the Dutch West Indies port, we can take our time exploring this semi-arid island. Walk the Queen Emma Bridge, visit the Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, learn about African empires or take a walk on her wild side at the Ja Kok Salt Ponds, a briny inland lake where we may find the island’s national bird — the precocious pink flamingo — vividly strutting in flocks of profusion. Our Journey of discovery returns to Barbados, the birthplace of rum, where we salute Mother Nature with our final toast of ¡Salud!, Santé!, Prost!, Skål!, Cin cin!, and Kanpai!

3
20 Mar '24
At Sea

Mapped by Columbus. Fought over by the Spanish, French, Dutch, Danish and English. The Southern Caribbean is a parade of islands and idyllic harbours that beg to be discovered. The Lesser Antilles — Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao — are islands of desire that beguile with vivid flamingos, pink-sand beaches, wind-bent divi divi trees, and Dutch windmills. The curvaceous shore of Colombia leads to an overnight in Cartagena; a tropical city with a seductive blend of 500-year-old history, exuberant nightlife, and surreal beauty. Magical reality continues in Puerto Limon; skywalk in a virginal forest and ford rivers in search of anteaters, sloths and blue butterflies. Marvels continue as we glide under the Bridge of Americas to negotiate the locks of the Panama Canal. With front-row views aboard EXPLORA I, you experience one of the most amazing man-made wonders where the triumph of engineering and the human spirit connected two shining seas.

4
21 Mar '24
Willemstad
08:00
18:00

Presenting divers, windsurfers and nature lovers with the ultimate gifts of discovery, this journey fully displays Mother Nature’s tour de force of beauty above and below the Caribbean Sea’s surface. With a lovely enticement of ease, we begin in Barbados, an island of wonders: flying fish, green monkeys, subterranean waterfalls, and towering banyan trees with shaggy aerial roots that inspired the island’s Portuguese name, the “bearded ones.” The lure of geography blesses us on Sunday Island, formally baptised Dominica, where sperm whales swim her waters all year long. Uncrowded and unspoilt, its mountainous heart includes the 1,342-meter-high volcano and namesake Morne Trois Pitons National Park (a UNESCO gem) ringed by primordial rainforests thick with blooming orchids, jungle grottos, hot springs, and a profusion of rainbows in a swirling cloud of mist. Surround yourself in cerulean blue, tranquility and sky on Bonaire, considered the Caribbean’s shore-diving capital with more than 50 dive sites in a national marine park and coral reef all ringing the coastline. Head to Lac Bay, the birthplace of windsurfing, where an endless sweep of turquoise water mixes with a 90% chance of favourable winds. Following a westerly breeze, we find the city and harbour of Willemstad, both of which have earned a UNESCO award, with brightly coloured Dutch-gabled buildings that look like a tropical Amsterdam. With 26 hours in the Dutch West Indies port, we can take our time exploring this semi-arid island. Walk the Queen Emma Bridge, visit the Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, learn about African empires or take a walk on her wild side at the Ja Kok Salt Ponds, a briny inland lake where we may find the island’s national bird — the precocious pink flamingo — vividly strutting in flocks of profusion. Our Journey of discovery returns to Barbados, the birthplace of rum, where we salute Mother Nature with our final toast of ¡Salud!, Santé!, Prost!, Skål!, Cin cin!, and Kanpai!

5
22 Mar '24
Oranjestad
08:00
18:00

Walk into a technicolour dream of sorbet-hued buildings in Oranjestad, where a Papiamento Indian past mingles with the trendy Dutch present. Slide into a submarine and descend along coral-crusted walls to see the magnificence of the ocean depths. Marvel at a landscape rugged and wild with wind-bent divi divi trees, kilometres of powder-white beaches and sandy deserts where cacti thrive under a luminescent sun. And don’t miss the Natural Bridge, formed by waves crashing on coral rock. Aruba is an island blessed.
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6
23 Mar '24
At Sea

Mapped by Columbus. Fought over by the Spanish, French, Dutch, Danish and English. The Southern Caribbean is a parade of islands and idyllic harbours that beg to be discovered. The Lesser Antilles — Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao — are islands of desire that beguile with vivid flamingos, pink-sand beaches, wind-bent divi divi trees, and Dutch windmills. The curvaceous shore of Colombia leads to an overnight in Cartagena; a tropical city with a seductive blend of 500-year-old history, exuberant nightlife, and surreal beauty. Magical reality continues in Puerto Limon; skywalk in a virginal forest and ford rivers in search of anteaters, sloths and blue butterflies. Marvels continue as we glide under the Bridge of Americas to negotiate the locks of the Panama Canal. With front-row views aboard EXPLORA I, you experience one of the most amazing man-made wonders where the triumph of engineering and the human spirit connected two shining seas.

7
24 Mar '24
Cartagena, Colombia
08:00

Blending subtropical glamour with captivating cosmopolitan scene, featuring the best of Miami and the most exotic Caribbean cities of Colombia. In the calm of dawn, we call on Santa Marta, rippling with life against the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains where the air sparkles like diamonds onto the city’s vibrant street life, organic coffee farms, a UNESCO biosphere, and ruins of the Lost City that are older than Peru’s Machu Picchu. Mysticism and realism turn your wanderlust into wandermust in Cartagena de India. Here, the city tells a story that few others can, beginning with Spanish colonisation, repeated attacks by the (original) pirates of the Caribbean, revolution, and the final resting place of world-acclaimed Nobel Peace writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez (considered the best Spanish writer since Cervantes). An overnight aboard EXPLORA I allows time to explore Cartagena’s UNESCO fortified old city, where an exuberance for life overflows in a maze of cobbled streets dripping with bougainvillea and history.

SHORT VERSION (BOOKING CONFIRMATION) UPDATED
Blending subtropical glamour with captivating cosmopolitan cities from suave Miami to the exotic beauties of- Colombia. The peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains tower over Santa Marta where the air sparkles like diamonds as it shimmers upon Bolivar’s Park. Turn a page of magical realism in Cartagena, a city that tells a story that few others can. An overnight allows time to explore the UNESCO fort and cobbled streets that drip with bougainvillea and history.

8
25 Mar '24
Cartagena, Colombia
20:00

Blending subtropical glamour with captivating cosmopolitan scene, featuring the best of Miami and the most exotic Caribbean cities of Colombia. In the calm of dawn, we call on Santa Marta, rippling with life against the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains where the air sparkles like diamonds onto the city’s vibrant street life, organic coffee farms, a UNESCO biosphere, and ruins of the Lost City that are older than Peru’s Machu Picchu. Mysticism and realism turn your wanderlust into wandermust in Cartagena de India. Here, the city tells a story that few others can, beginning with Spanish colonisation, repeated attacks by the (original) pirates of the Caribbean, revolution, and the final resting place of world-acclaimed Nobel Peace writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez (considered the best Spanish writer since Cervantes). An overnight aboard EXPLORA I allows time to explore Cartagena’s UNESCO fortified old city, where an exuberance for life overflows in a maze of cobbled streets dripping with bougainvillea and history.

SHORT VERSION (BOOKING CONFIRMATION) UPDATED
Blending subtropical glamour with captivating cosmopolitan cities from suave Miami to the exotic beauties of- Colombia. The peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains tower over Santa Marta where the air sparkles like diamonds as it shimmers upon Bolivar’s Park. Turn a page of magical realism in Cartagena, a city that tells a story that few others can. An overnight allows time to explore the UNESCO fort and cobbled streets that drip with bougainvillea and history.

9
26 Mar '24
At Sea

Mapped by Columbus. Fought over by the Spanish, French, Dutch, Danish and English. The Southern Caribbean is a parade of islands and idyllic harbours that beg to be discovered. The Lesser Antilles — Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao — are islands of desire that beguile with vivid flamingos, pink-sand beaches, wind-bent divi divi trees, and Dutch windmills. The curvaceous shore of Colombia leads to an overnight in Cartagena; a tropical city with a seductive blend of 500-year-old history, exuberant nightlife, and surreal beauty. Magical reality continues in Puerto Limon; skywalk in a virginal forest and ford rivers in search of anteaters, sloths and blue butterflies. Marvels continue as we glide under the Bridge of Americas to negotiate the locks of the Panama Canal. With front-row views aboard EXPLORA I, you experience one of the most amazing man-made wonders where the triumph of engineering and the human spirit connected two shining seas.

10
27 Mar '24
Puerto Limon
07:00
17:00

Welcome to your reprieve from the 21st century. Slip beyond the bounds of the city and step into a primordial paradise that is 100% committed to wildlife preservation. Board a narrow-gauge railway, monster truck, tree-top tram, or quiet kayak to delve deeply into a ecological bio-sphere of surreality: howler monkeys call out in Cahuita National park; stealth jaguars and pumas prowl throughout Tortuguero; gentle sea cows and turtles curiously raise their heads in palm-fringed rivers. Pura vida, the good life, continues with yoga on the beach, hiking wondrous in cacao farms or in the convivial kitchen on a Master Chef. Live well, vivir bien.

11
28 Mar '24
At Sea

Mapped by Columbus. Fought over by the Spanish, French, Dutch, Danish and English. The Southern Caribbean is a parade of islands and idyllic harbours that beg to be discovered. The Lesser Antilles — Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao — are islands of desire that beguile with vivid flamingos, pink-sand beaches, wind-bent divi divi trees, and Dutch windmills. The curvaceous shore of Colombia leads to an overnight in Cartagena; a tropical city with a seductive blend of 500-year-old history, exuberant nightlife, and surreal beauty. Magical reality continues in Puerto Limon; skywalk in a virginal forest and ford rivers in search of anteaters, sloths and blue butterflies. Marvels continue as we glide under the Bridge of Americas to negotiate the locks of the Panama Canal. With front-row views aboard EXPLORA I, you experience one of the most amazing man-made wonders where the triumph of engineering and the human spirit connected two shining seas.

12
28 Mar '24
Panama City (Amador), Panama
20:00

Mapped by Columbus. Fought over by the Spanish, French, Dutch, Danish and English. The Southern Caribbean is a parade of islands and idyllic harbours that beg to be discovered. The Lesser Antilles — Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao — are islands of desire that beguile with vivid flamingos, pink-sand beaches, wind-bent divi divi trees, and Dutch windmills. The curvaceous shore of Colombia leads to an overnight in Cartagena; a tropical city with a seductive blend of 500-year-old history, exuberant nightlife, and surreal beauty. Magical reality continues in Puerto Limon; skywalk in a virginal forest and ford rivers in search of anteaters, sloths and blue butterflies. Marvels continue as we glide under the Bridge of Americas to negotiate the locks of the Panama Canal. With front-row views aboard EXPLORA I, you experience one of the most amazing man-made wonders where the triumph of engineering and the human spirit connected two shining seas.

13
29 Mar '24
Panama City (Amador), Panama
08:00

Mapped by Columbus. Fought over by the Spanish, French, Dutch, Danish and English. The Southern Caribbean is a parade of islands and idyllic harbours that beg to be discovered. The Lesser Antilles — Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao — are islands of desire that beguile with vivid flamingos, pink-sand beaches, wind-bent divi divi trees, and Dutch windmills. The curvaceous shore of Colombia leads to an overnight in Cartagena; a tropical city with a seductive blend of 500-year-old history, exuberant nightlife, and surreal beauty. Magical reality continues in Puerto Limon; skywalk in a virginal forest and ford rivers in search of anteaters, sloths and blue butterflies. Marvels continue as we glide under the Bridge of Americas to negotiate the locks of the Panama Canal. With front-row views aboard EXPLORA I, you experience one of the most amazing man-made wonders where the triumph of engineering and the human spirit connected two shining seas.

Launched

2023

Tonnage

63,900

Length

813

Crew

740

Capacity

922

EXPLORA I, the first of four luxury best-in-class ships, will set sail in 2023, with the remaining ships ready to set sail in 2024, 2025 and 2026.

Exquisitely designed with the guest and relaxed, home-like comfort in mind – and in partnership with the world’s foremost superyacht and luxury hospitality designers – the innovative ship will seamlessly blend elegant Swiss precision with modern European craftsmanship and vibrant design.

With 461 oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences, guests will enjoy feeling closer to the sea and in port thanks to their floor-to-ceiling windows and personal private terrace. Suites will start at 35 sqm (377 sq ft) which makes them among the most spacious for the luxury cruise category.

Fourteen decks will provide ample indoor public space, maximising guest choice and create areas of quiet seclusion and privacy. Generous outdoor decks will boast more than 2,500 sqm (26,909 sq ft) delivering stunning views of the sea, with 64 private cabanas across 3 outdoor pools. A fourth pool, with a retractable glass roof, will allow swimming and poolside relaxation in any weather. Combined with various indoor and outdoor whirlpools on the ship’s promenade deck, the ship has been designed with water as a real focal point of the onboard experience – helping our guests discover their ocean state of mind.

Tailored to suit personal preferences, flexible dining times at nine distinct restaurants will provide unrivalled variety at sea. Each venue will celebrate global culinary talents, with a focus on provenance and wholesome ingredients sustainably sourced from local partners. To make sure guests are spoilt for choice, several indoor and outdoor bars and lounges will also be in place to unwind and relax.

The wellbeing experience onboard was inspired by our love for the sea, with a spacious indoor/outdoor spa and fitness area on board. From treatment rooms to state-of-the-art fitness equipment, group workout classes to personal training appointments, tailor-made programmes make keeping well while on holiday effortless and enjoyable. Bespoke wellness experiences at each destination will make relaxation and rejuvenation easily accessible both onboard and ashore.

Bar/lounge Area
Casino
Cigar Club Room
Main Lounge
Shopping Galleria

Art Gallery
Culinary Arts Center
Observation Lounge
The Terrace

Indoor Pool
Outdoor Pool
Running Track

Asian Restaurant
Cabanas
Coffee & Chocolate Lounge
International Lounge & Bar
Kitchen
Lobby Bar
Private Dining Area
Sterling Steakhouse
Whisky Bar

Day Spa & Fitness Centre
Whirlpool

Description

EXPLORA I, the first of four luxury best-in-class ships, will set sail in 2023, with the remaining ships ready to set sail in 2024, 2025 and 2026.

Exquisitely designed with the guest and relaxed, home-like comfort in mind – and in partnership with the world’s foremost superyacht and luxury hospitality designers – the innovative ship will seamlessly blend elegant Swiss precision with modern European craftsmanship and vibrant design.

With 461 oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences, guests will enjoy feeling closer to the sea and in port thanks to their floor-to-ceiling windows and personal private terrace. Suites will start at 35 sqm (377 sq ft) which makes them among the most spacious for the luxury cruise category.

Fourteen decks will provide ample indoor public space, maximising guest choice and create areas of quiet seclusion and privacy. Generous outdoor decks will boast more than 2,500 sqm (26,909 sq ft) delivering stunning views of the sea, with 64 private cabanas across 3 outdoor pools. A fourth pool, with a retractable glass roof, will allow swimming and poolside relaxation in any weather. Combined with various indoor and outdoor whirlpools on the ship’s promenade deck, the ship has been designed with water as a real focal point of the onboard experience – helping our guests discover their ocean state of mind.

Tailored to suit personal preferences, flexible dining times at nine distinct restaurants will provide unrivalled variety at sea. Each venue will celebrate global culinary talents, with a focus on provenance and wholesome ingredients sustainably sourced from local partners. To make sure guests are spoilt for choice, several indoor and outdoor bars and lounges will also be in place to unwind and relax.

The wellbeing experience onboard was inspired by our love for the sea, with a spacious indoor/outdoor spa and fitness area on board. From treatment rooms to state-of-the-art fitness equipment, group workout classes to personal training appointments, tailor-made programmes make keeping well while on holiday effortless and enjoyable. Bespoke wellness experiences at each destination will make relaxation and rejuvenation easily accessible both onboard and ashore.

Entertainment

Bar/lounge Area
Casino
Cigar Club Room
Main Lounge
Shopping Galleria

Other

Art Gallery
Culinary Arts Center
Observation Lounge
The Terrace

Recreational

Indoor Pool
Outdoor Pool
Running Track

Food and Drink

Asian Restaurant
Cabanas
Coffee & Chocolate Lounge
International Lounge & Bar
Kitchen
Lobby Bar
Private Dining Area
Sterling Steakhouse
Whisky Bar

Relaxation

Day Spa & Fitness Centre
Whirlpool

Included Services

  • All Inclusive
  • Gratuities
  • Ultra Luxury
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Family Friendly
  • Live Entertainment
  • Speciality Dining
  • Onboard Casino
  • WiFi Included
  • Fitness Classes
  • Kids Club

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