Ex­plore the Panama Canal and es­cape to some of the most bio­di­verse coun­tries in the world – and do it in style with Princess Cruises

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - ADVERTISEM­ENT FEATURE -

THE PANAMA CANAL is one of Cen­tral Amer­ica’s crown­ing jewels, a clever man­made short­cut that al­lows you to sail from one ocean to an­other. And, with Princess Cruises, you can em­bark on this epic jour­ney all while en­joy­ing lob­ster at the Crown Grill, a spot of re­lax­ation by the top-deck pool and even an in­dul­gent mas­sage at the Lo­tus Spa, along the way.

Sail­ing past the for­est-flanked rivers of Panama, the vol­canic land­scapes of Nicaragua or the stun­ning white-sand beaches of Columbia, wildlife en­thu­si­asts will be in their ele­ment – espe­cially with the cruise line’s ex­cit­ing on­shore ex­cur­sions that will al­low you to get up close and per­sonal to some of the re­gion’s most ex­otic wildlife.


With lush rain­forests and balmy skies, Costa Rica is a wildlife lover’s haven. Stop off at Li­mon for an un­for­get­table open-air tram ride across the Ver­agua Rain­for­est canopy, where you can spot around two thirds of Costa Rica’s rain­for­est species in­clud­ing mon­keys and ex­otic birds. Or, if you pre­fer a slower pace of life, why not visit Lima’s ac­claimed sloth sanc­tu­ary?


If you’re sail­ing to Mex­ico’s palm-fringed beaches, you could visit the Tor­tu­gario Eco­log­i­cal Cen­ter – home to one of the largest tur­tle sanc­tu­ar­ies in Mex­ico. The fun doesn’t stop on­board ei­ther. As you sail by Mex­ico, on­board guides can help you spot the mag­nif­i­cent grey whale as it makes its way from Alaska to the Sea of Cortez – the long­est mi­gra­tion of any mam­mal. If you’re tempted by the re­gion’s crys­tal blue wa­ters, be sure to stop off at Fal­mouth, Ja­maica, where you can in­ter­act with bot­tlenose dol­phins too.


Af­ter an ac­tion-packed day of wildlife spot­ting, be sure to catch some of the in­cred­i­ble ac­tiv­i­ties on­board. Im­merse your­self in the his­tory be­hind the Panama Canal by lis­ten­ing to the cruise­liner’s live nar­ra­tion. Or, why not keep the party go­ing by catch­ing Princess Cruises’ Car­naval de Panama? Here you can try tra­di­tional ‘Mola’ arts and crafts, watch a Pana­ma­nian doc­u­men­rary or even take a salsa class! Cruis­ing to this en­gi­neer­ing feat is cause for cel­e­bra­tion so be sure to do it in style with Princess Cruises.

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