Forget Indiana Jones; with verdant rainforests, myriad Mayan ruins and several diverse influences conspiring to coax all comers, unearthing your own treasure on a cruise to Central America requires minimal effort, and all who set foot there will be smitten with the natives’ charm and traditions. The wildlife alone is worth the visit to Central America - exploring this vast network of jungle canopies, you may be pleasantly interrupted by the howl of an adorable capuchin monkey here, the shrill squawk of a scarlet macaw there, or accompanied by inquisitive sea turtles during a foray into gorgeous coral reefs
As much as the land captivates, it’s impossible to overlook taking a cruise to the Panama Canal, which tends to steal the headlines. Built in 1914, this stupendous feat of engineering conveniently bonds the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and makes cruising this region a blessing which certainly isn’t in disguise!
Cruises to Mexico have become increasingly popular in recent years, with the country steadily gaining a reputation as one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting holiday destinations. Whether you are most enamoured with busy urban centres or cool and relaxed beaches, you will find that this nation has something to offer you.
Chichen Itza, nestled within Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, and the citadel of Tikal over in leafy Guatemala make for breath-taking excursions; however, it’s Mother Nature who really left her mark here, through the imposing Arenal Volcano which keeps vigil over Costa Rica, Belize’s baffling Great Blue Hole, and Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán, whose dreamlike state appears too good to be true.
Those seeking more leisurely pursuits on their Central America and Panama Canal cruise will cherish the silky swathes of sand at Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel (Mexico), Roatán (Honduras) and elsewhere. As they say in Costa Rica, “Pura Vida”, meaning ‘pure life’ – an adage befitting this region, which guarantees a sensory and soulful experience.