Destination Area: Pacific Coast, U.S. to Central America
Length: 21 NIGHTS
Vessel: Sea Cloud II


Departs:

Willemstad, Curacao on December 13, 2018

Returns:

Puntarenas, Costa Rica on January 3, 2019


Classic, nostalgic, elegant.

A windjammer gives you that feeling of boundless freedom - a feeling that reaches its pinnacle as you sail the seas under open skies. But this is a feeling that pervades the SEA CLOUD II at all times, manifested in the on-board lifestyle and forged by the expansive space of the four decks, the relaxed social atmosphere and the space for private contemplation.

The lounge, the library, the restaurant, the cabins and the gym are all imbued with stylish comfort. Every area has its own way of enticing visitors, so you will still discover new favourite places even after days. The decks of the SEA CLOUD II are therefore an ideal place to transform any journey into a very special experience - for couples, groups of friends, anniversary parties or larger events.

Sea Cloud II is a luxurious 3-masted Barque, spreading almost 30 thousand square feet of canvas in more than 20 sails. Sailing on her is an experienc ...

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14 Nights from Willemstad/Curacao to Puntarenas

Willemstad, Curacao
Willemstad, Curacao's capital is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its importance in the slave trade in the 18th and 19th century. Willemstad blossomed in this period, and Willemstad grew rapidly. Over 300 years later these buildings are still there, and in great condition.

Your first look at Curacao across the small channel from the ship is just like looking at a scene somewhere in Amsterdam or any city in the Netherlands. Pastel colored buildings (complete with the hoist towers so common in the Netherlands) line the waterfront and it is hard to believe that you are actually in the deep southern Caribbean almost to South America.

Willemstad is what sets Curacao apart from the rest of the Caribbean islands. Curacao might have many charms to it, but its biggest charm is its beautiful city.


Oranjestad, Aruba
Oranjestad ("Orange City") is the capital and most important city of Aruba located on the southern coast near the western end of the island. The town was built around Fort Zoutman in 1796 and Oranjestad has been the capital of Aruba ever since. The fort is still one of the town's attractions, others being the tax-free harbor and the Willem III Tower, located near the fort. The city is named after the first King Willem van Oranje-Nassau (William of Orange-Nassau), the first heir to the Dutch House of Orange.

Small portions of the city are formed from a series of man-made expansions of land into the sea. Present-day Renaissance Marketplace as well as the adjacent Queen Wilhelmina Park, are within part of this expansion. Dutch colonial architecture is less visible than on neighboring island Curacao, but several modern recreations have emerged, including the outdoor shopping mall at Royal Plaza, and a few scattered buildings along Main Street and on the Main Square. Due to increased government interest in maintaining the island's cultural heritage, a number of old buildings and houses in the center of town have been transformed into colorfully restored landmarks, such as the lime-colored Civil Registry on Wilhelminastraat.


Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena, formally known as Cartagena of the Indies, is a large city seaport on the northern coast of Colombia. Founded in 1533 by Don Pedro de Heredia, and named after the port of Cartagena in Spain's Murcia region, it was a major center of early Spanish settlement in the Americas, and continues to be an economic hub as well as a popular tourist destination.

Hot, sultry, filled with the sounds of music and bright with color and tradition, Cartagena has an impressive heritage. Gold and silver left the port bound for Europe, pirates looted the city, and a walled fort grew to protect both shipping and the slave trade.

The walled old town of this fortified Spanish colonial port is a gem. It's packed with churches, monasteries, plazas, palaces and noble mansions with overhanging balconies and shady patios. It pays just to wander through the old town.


Colon, Panama
Colon is the Caribbean Ocean terminus of the Panama Canal. A veritable crossroads of the world, you will see all manner of vessels here, awaiting their turn to transit the canal. Only the largest war ships, tankers and cruise ships are too large for the canal.
The city is the capital of Panama's Colón Province. The city was founded in 1850 as one end of the Panama Railroad then under construction. For a number of years early in its history, the sizable United States emigré community called the town Aspinwall while the Hispanic community called it "Colón". The name "Colón" is in honor of Christopher Columbus.

Much of the city was burned during a Colombian civil war in 1885, and again in an accidental fire in 1915. In 1900 the population was some 3,000 people. It grew ten-fold with the building of the Panama Canal. In 1953 Colón was made a Free Trade Zone.


Transit Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is a major ship canal that traverses the Isthmus of Panama in Central America, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The construction of the canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. It has had an enormous impact on shipping, as ships no longer have to travel the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America. A ship sailing from New York to San Francisco via the canal travels 6,000 miles, well under half the distance of the previous 14,000 mile route around Cape Horn.

Islas de las Perlas, Panama
The Pearl are a group of about 39 islands and 100 islets (many of them are small and uninhabited) located in the heart of the Gulf of Panama , about 30 miles from the coast of the isthmus of Panama and with a total area of 723 square miles , the archipelago administratively belongs to the Balboa District within the province of Panama .

The name comes from the abundance of pearls that existed in the area during the period of Spanish rule. This area was found the famous Peregrina Pearl who possessed Philip II and later owned by actress Elizabeth Taylor , until her death in 2011. Isla de las Perlas and other nearby islands are also known for their incredible number and diversity of fish and marine species. This archipelago is considered one of the best sport fishing spots in the world.


Isla Coiba, Coiba National Park, Panama


Islas de las Perlas, Panama
The Pearl are a group of about 39 islands and 100 islets (many of them are small and uninhabited) located in the heart of the Gulf of Panama , about 30 miles from the coast of the isthmus of Panama and with a total area of 723 square miles , the archipelago administratively belongs to the Balboa District within the province of Panama .

The name comes from the abundance of pearls that existed in the area during the period of Spanish rule. This area was found the famous Peregrina Pearl who possessed Philip II and later owned by actress Elizabeth Taylor , until her death in 2011. Isla de las Perlas and other nearby islands are also known for their incredible number and diversity of fish and marine species. This archipelago is considered one of the best sport fishing spots in the world.


Golfito, Costa Rica
The port city of Golfito is located in Puntarenas Province on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. Golfito Bay is within the larger Golfo Dulce, and separated from the open Pacific Coast by the famous Osa Peninsula. Frequent ferry boats cross the Golfo Dulce from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez, which is the primary access point for the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park region. The beaches in the region are some of the most beautiful in the country. Calm water provides for many peaceful tourist activities, even during the tide fluctuation, which averages about 9 feet. The city offers marinas, a duty-free port, yachting and boating services, sport fishing, and a destination for cruise ships. Much of the tourism in the Golfito area focuses on the sport fishing industry. Many of the lodges and hotels have their own sport fishing fleets, and experienced boat captains. Yachting, boating, water sports and beach activities are also popular pastimes. The beaches south of Golfito offer excellent surfing - Zancudo, Pilon and Pavones.

This coastal town was born in 1938, when the United Fruit Company established its banana plantations here. Built from scratch in a unique plantation style, Golfito soon became the main banana shipping port in Costa Rica. In 1985 “the Big Fruit” company pulled out and today Golfito is a sleepy little town, but it has much to offer in terms of sheer beauty. You can hire a water taxi to explore the nearby beaches, take advantage of the world-class deep-sea fishing or visit the beautiful Casa Orquísdeas (Orchid House).


Playa San Josecito, Costa Rica
South of Rio Claro, Playa San Josecito is the longest stretch of white sand beach on this side of the Peninsula de Osa. It is popular with swimmers, snorkelers and sunbathers. For those who would prefer a more active life, horseback riding or hiking into Corcovado National Park is a good bet.

Islas Tortugas, Costa Rica
Isla Tortuga is a beautiful tropical island located in the province of North Puntarenas. A favorite destination for many tourists, cruises are very popular for those who wish to visit the island from other cities in the country.

The peaceful Isla Tortuga is situated just off the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, which is home to a number of indigenous Tico villages, pristine beaches, and beautiful wildlife reserves and refuges.

Visitors to the island will immediately be struck by the abundance of coconut palm trees, white sand beaches and emerald waters that are perfect sites for a relaxing vacation.


Quepos, Costa Rica
This seaside town is the epitome of “jungle chic”. Fresh seafood is the order of the day - your taste buds will thank you for being such a savvy traveler. Quepos is best known as the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park - Costa Rica’s crown jewel. White face monkeys squeal with delight as you trek jungle trails to a waterfall falling directly into the ocean as exotic birds fly overhead.

Playas del Coco, Costa Rico
Playas del Coco is among the most well known beaches in the country. Located near the Golfo de Papagayo, this beautiful beach is easily accessible by all.

A very popular area for sport fishing, Playas del Coco is the largest village in Guanacaste province. Known primarily as the gateway for surfers to reach places like Ollie’s Point and Witches Rock, where the waves are superb, this busy beach is a prime scuba diving spot.

Very popular among the locals, Playas del Coco has a well developed infrastructure, with good roads and plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, discos, casinos, hotels, resorts and markets. The nightlife here is also quite good, so if you happen to visit the area during Christmas or Easter week expect to find a lot of people here partying ‘beach style.’

The beach of Playas del Coco itself is a grayish brown and the tide here often remains quite low. Surrounded by steep cliffs and hills, this horseshoe shaped bay area is the ideal place to have some fun. However, if you are looking for a quiet spot to relax, try staying away from the center of town, where most of the fun happens.


San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
San Juan del Sur is a tranquil fishing village nestled at the head of a horseshoe-shaped bay on the Pacific coast of southern Nicaragua. The lovely bay is peppered with small, private yachts and commercial fishing boats. The inhabitants of San Juan del Sur make their living fishing, diving, and catering to the visitors drawn to the bay's beautiful white-sand beaches, smooth waters, and ecological richness. In and around San Juan, you are sure to find plenty to see and do. Numerous beaches await exploration, the scenery is superb, good surfing can be found nearby, and the sportfishing and sailing are world class. Or you might prefer doing nothing at all-pure and utter relaxation-in one of Nicaragua's most beautiful areas. Come, explore, enjoy!

Puntarenas, Costa Rica


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