For cruisers looking for a more upscale experience at an affordable price, try Holland America. Although well known for its Alaskan voyages, the cruise line gets rave reviews for its itineraries throughout the Caribbean and Central America. By sailing out of Tampa, Holland Americas ships visit unique ports of call in Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. Our editors have tracked down a 7-night sailing in an oceanview cabin with two embarkation dates to choose from starting from as little as $474.
The ms Ryndam embarks from Tampa on December 6 and December 13 and makes its first stop in the quirky Floribbean town of Key West. After that, passengers will spend a relaxing day at sea exploring the ships many interesting features, like the live cooking demonstrations at the Culinary Arts Center, the wine-tasting nook, and the cozy Explorations Café.
On day four of the voyage the ms Ryndam will anchor in Belize City, where travelers can visit one of the wildlife sanctuaries, or explore caves, rivers, and beaches before sailing on to Santo Tomas de Castilla in Guatemala. This area is an ideal place for history lovers, due to the nearby archeological sites, temples, and monuments. The final port of call before returning to Tampa is Costa Maya, Mexico which offers a private island-like feel and is overflowing with of bars, restaurants, and shops.
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