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"The 'Voyage to Well Being' was such an inspiring vacation that I signed up my entire family for the next year before I left the ship! What a fantastic way to combine enlightening seminars with interesting ports of call while avoiding the hassles of transportation and the search for quality food. And as an added bonus--the opportunity to form friendships for a lifetime!"
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Itinerary

Every year Holistic Holiday at Sea aims for an even more fulfilling experience, and the 2019 cruise is no exception. For the first time, we'll be cruising to a new continent with the introduction of Colombia. This port itinerary is more exciting than ever - make sure you're part of the experience!

Day Port Arrive Depart Status
Sun, Mar 3: Miami - 7:00 pm** Docked
Mon, Mar 4: At Sea - - -
Tue, Mar 5: Ocho Rios, Jamaica 10:00AM 6:00PM Docked
Wed, Mar 6: At Sea - - -
Thu, Mar 7: Oranjestad, Aruba 7:00AM 2:00PM Docked
Fri, Mar 8: Cartagena, Colombia 9:00AM 5:00PM Docked
Sat, Mar 9: Colon, Panama 9:00AM 6:00PM Docked
Sun, Mar 10: At Sea - - -
Mon, Mar 11: Costa Maya, Mexico 10:30AM 6:30PM Docked
Tue, Mar 12: Cozumel, Mexico 8:00AM 6:00PM Docked
Wed, Mar 13: At Sea - - -
Thurs, Mar 14: Miami 7:00 am*** - Docked

*Please note: The itinerary is subject to change without notice.
**Boarding begins around noon and you MUST be on board by 5:30 pm. Be sure to plan your flight or other transportation to allow you to arrive on time.
***Although the ship arrives at 7:00am, please allow extra time for the disembarking process. MSC recommends return flights be scheduled no earlier than 12:00pm from Miami International Airport, or 1:00pm from Ft. Lauderdale.


Shore Excursions

MSC Cruises offers a variety of shore excursions at each of the ports of call. Please check back in late summer for details on a wide choice of relaxing, natural and cultural tours suitable for older and younger guests, as well as more active and sports-oriented excursions for those who prefer a little more excitement.


2019 Ports of Call

Miami

Miami, Florida

SUN. MARCH 3, 2019 • 7:00PM

From Miami’s glitzy waterfront skyline to the elegant splendor of Miami Beach’s pastel-coloured art deco extravaganza, from the subtropical wetlands of the Everglades to a choice of stunning beaches giving onto the azure blue of the Atlantic Ocean, this all-American resort is a holidaymaker’s dream. Miami’s year-round sunshine, its cosmopolitan ambience, dramatic glass-and-steel architecture and fascinating hinterland have made it popular as a holiday destination in the United States for people all over the world – regardless of the season.

Must-sees on your break in the United States not only include the incredible Everglades wetlands area, an important natural habitat for alligators and other marshland wildlife, but also the beautiful, multi-hued art deco district in Miami Beach and the jaw-dropping architecture on Star Island. The city’s long stretch of pristine beach is naturally a highlight in itself.


Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

TUES. MARCH 5, 2019 • 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Rightly famous for its beaches and music, beautiful, brash Jamaica is much more besides. There’s certainly plenty of white sand, turquoise Caribbean sea and swaying palm trees, but there are also spectacular mountains and rivers, tumbling waterfalls and cactus-strewn savannah plains.

From shopping to nature adventures, Ocho Rios offers something for everybody. On Main Street, you will be able to shop or eat local cuisine. Many outdoor activities are offered on the rivers, such as kayaking and tubing. We recommend you visit the Cobaya Gardens and Museum: an explosion of tropical plant and animal life with exotics flowers and colorful parrots at every corner. Another must-see attraction are the waterfalls along the Dunn River: almost 650 feet of natural steps over which the water flows to then fall about 200 feet directly into the sea. To enjoy this spectacle to the fullest, these enchanting waterfalls can be climbed via stairs set on either side.


Oranjestad, Aruba

THURS. MARCH 7, 2019 • 7:00AM - 2:00PM

Established in the late 1700s, Oranjestad is an eclectic mix of history, shopping, and nature. The capital of Aruba, it serves as a base for exploring the island, which has remained in a semi-wild state. Amidst the white dunes of the Arikok National Park, around Yamanota, if you look carefully you will see goats, donkeys and iguanas living in the wild; the cunucu, Aruba’s stretch of desert country, is dotted by the divi divi, the national tree. Between Bushiribana and Balashi instead you can fund poignant abbandoned gold-diggers’ towns, where mines were discovered at the beginning of the 19th century and gold extracted for over a century.


Cartagena, Colombia

FRI. MARCH 8, 2019 • 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Cobbled streets, balconies overflowing with blooming bougainvillea and pastel-coloured buildings lining the elegant plazas, make Cartagena one of Latin America's most photogenic cities. Founded in 1533, this Spanish colonial city is steeped in history. Its location made it a popular port for plunderers and pirates but today the city is quick to give up its treasures to modern visitors.

Signs of the city's pirating past can be seen on every corner. The best example is Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas – built to fend off pillagers, it is the city's largest fortress and one of the strongest forts ever created by the Spaniards during their colonial period. Nature lovers, meanwhile, can leave the swashbuckling to others and take in a Mangroves Ecological Tour, where the natural treasures of the region are available for all to enjoy.


Colon, Panama

SAT. MARCH 9, 2019 • 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Colon is known as the northern gateway to the Panama Canal, and is not far from Panama City. Aside from the canal and natural delights, the shopping is by far the largest attraction. Colon 2000 is a port area dedicated to duty-free shops and enticing restaurants. There's also the Colon Free Zone, which caters to wholesalers and is the largest commercial shopping area outside of Hong Kong!


Costa Maya, Mexico

MON. MARCH 11, 2019 • 10:30AM - 6:30PM

Costa Maya is, unsurprisingly, a coast flush with Mayan temples and pyramids. Dating back to 100AD, the once ornately adorned architecture reveals the ancient beliefs of the Maya. Unleash your inner Indiana Jones as you explore Mayan ruins, or work on your tan the easier way - by soaking up the sun at an all-inclusive beach getaway. If shopping is more your speed, the locals provide many opportunities for purchasing souvenirs. A more active option is to rent jetskis and speed along the turquoise water.


Cozumel, Mexico

TUES. MARCH 12, 2019 • 8:00AM - 6:00PM

Bustling with the vibrant energy of a favorite cruise port, the island of Cozumel provides every aspect of a tropical vacation. Shop for jewelry or souvenirs, choose from one of the many restaurants, or lounge with a magarita on the beach. There is a museum and the ruins of a Mayan plaza. Alternatively, there ix Xcaret - a Yucatan theme adventure park, that melds typical theme park adventures with natural wonders and cultural flair.


Miami

Miami, Florida

THURS. MARCH 14, 2019 • 7:00AM

From Miami’s glitzy waterfront skyline to the elegant splendour of Miami Beach’s pastel-coloured art deco extravaganza, from the subtropical wetlands of the Everglades to a choice of stunning beaches giving onto the azure blue of the Atlantic Ocean, this all-American resort is a holidaymaker’s dream. Miami’s year-round sunshine, its cosmopolitan ambience, dramatic glass-and-steel architecture and fascinating hinterland have made it popular as a holiday destination in the United States for people all over the world – regardless of the season.

Must-sees on your break in the United States not only include the incredible Everglades wetlands area, an important natural habitat for alligators and other marshland wildlife, but also the beautiful, multi-hued art deco district in Miami Beach and the jaw-dropping architecture on Star Island. The city’s long stretch of pristine beach is naturally a highlight in itself.

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