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Imagine Yourself Here: 2017 World Cruise “Mystique of the Maya”

Coral reefs, lush rainforests, wildlife sanctuaries, remains of ancient civilizations and bustling modern towns – all coexisting in one of the most spectacularly beautiful regions of the world, and waiting for your arrival.

As part of Crystal Serenity’s 2017 World Cruise, the “Mystique of the Maya” voyage packs enough immersive culture, flavor, nature and adventure into its 11 days to satisfy virtually any bucket list, (yet will still leave you wanting to book your suite on the next sailing). The cruise sails from Miami to Colón, Panama, with calls in Mexico, Belize, Honduras Guatemala and Costa Rica in between.

As the voyage name suggests, you’ll have several opportunities – six, actually – to explore the pre-Colombian Mayan civilization and the astounding architecture and remnants left by this pioneering people. In between this study of humanities, indulgent feasts in Prego and Silk Road and the occasional massage, there is a world in which to immerse yourself. We believe that the daydreaming, the envisioning of oneself in exotic locales on the vacation of their dreams, is among the most important parts of the cruise planning process. To this end, here are some enticing facts that are certain to bring this magnificent sailing to life…

The Mayan temples at Coba, Mexico tower above visitors
The Mayan temples at Coba, Mexico tower above visitors

Nohuch Mul, aptly translated to “large mound,” is Mexico’s tallest Mayan pyramid. We recommend you stretch thoroughly before climbing the 130+ feet to its peak, where you’ll be rewarded with views of the Cobá archaeological site in the Yucatán Peninsula.

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is one of the largest in the world, boasting 585 miles of vibrantly colored corals, anemones, tropical fish of all shapes and sizes, and bordering Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras – conveniently, all featured locales on this voyage.

Scuba Diving along South America's coral reefs will transport you to a different world
Scuba Diving along South America’s coral reefs will transport you to a different world

For those who prefer to adventure atop the water, Costa Rica’s Reventazon River provides class II+ rapids for you to navigate as you raft through the rainforest basin, surrounded by towering canopy of lush greenery.

A young jaguar is not phased by onlookers
A young jaguar is not phased by onlookers

Belize is the place for animal lovers, both resident and visitors. The Baboon Sanctuary was established by local farmers and supported by the World Wildlife Fund; the Belize Zoo is a pride of the locals, housing more than 125 species all native to Belize (don’t miss Junior Buddy, a charmingly social jaguar cub born at the zoo); and manatees, stingrays, and other ocean life are common sightings along the reef of Goff Caye.

The imagination does not need to stretch too far to envision yourself in any and all of these majestic destinations. Now, on to the next step of the planning process… Contact your travel professional or call Crystal Cruises and book your 2017 World Cruise voyage by April 29 for additional savings and value.


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Posted on January 30, 2019

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