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Discover Belize and Honduras on this first-of-its-kind cruise

Five new cruise journeys beginning from mid-November 2023 to two of Central America’s least travelled countries – Belize and Honduras.

If uncovering the exotic countries not usually well travelled, these journeys will incite featuring new wonders for you to discover. PONANT is the first cruise company to head to Cayos Cochinos, La Ceiba and Cuero y Salado, where no hosted cruise ship has ever sailed, highlighting their pioneering work with local communities and travellers’ discovery of the Caribbean Sea.

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Belize and Honduras: Unexpected Encounters and Nature

Guests onboard Le Dumont-d’Urville will embark on an all-new expedition cruise into the heart of Honduras and Belize’s lush landscapes and hypnotic shores. Sailing past dense tropical forests and the burgeoning mangrove, travellers will explore the Jeannette Kawas National Park before heading to the undiscovered island of Guanaja, previously known as the green island for its verdant vegetation. 

A little further on, the Bay Islands and the Cayos Cochinos will display their immense coral reef, after which guests will explore the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Reserve onboard a PONANT dinghy, seeking exotic birds, howler monkeys and small caimans. The sailing will reveal the Mopan and Kekchi Mayan civilisations in the small town of Placencia before arriving in Half Moon Caye – the picture postcard view of Belize, also known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site listed Great Blue Hole cenote.

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Meet local communities who co-design the country’s newest exploration journey

PONANT is focusing its efforts on sustainability, collaborating with Honduras’ local communities to co-design the newest exploration journey in the mostly under-the-radar country, with minimised distances to reduce its environmental footprint. 

In true ‘Explore to Inspire’ fashion, PONANT’s expedition team led a scouting trip to meet the local communities in Honduras and co-designed the newest exploration journey in one of Central America’s least travelled countries. The programme involves encounters with local communities like the Caracoles people in Bonacca, also known as the Cay, on Guanaja Island, and the Garifuna people from Chachahuate Island in the Cayos Cochinos archipelago.

After reaching Guanaja and the small island of Bonacca in the Islas de la Bahía archipelago, PONANT met with the young generation championing the Caracoles culture and designed a bespoke training programme for volunteers to become official expedition guides. Also referred to as the Cay or “Venice of the Caribbean”, the island is correctly at the heart of the world’s second-largest coral reef.

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Belize City to Belize City – 8 days, 7 nights
Five sailings from 14 November to 12 December 2023
From AUD $6,060 per person*
Up to 20% PONANT Bonus when you book early
Find out more about this voyage

The new exploration will start sailing in mid-November 2023, with five sailings by the end of the year. PONANT’s guests will be amongst the first to discover this side of the Caribbean Sea through an itinerary featuring several encounters with local communities. 

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