Histories of the Caribbean and the Americas Cruise - Jon Baines Tours

Histories of the Caribbean and the Americas Cruise

27 Feb - 12 Mar 2020
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

The Caribbean and the Americas have a long, multi-faceted history that encompasses ancient cultures and colonisation to the modern day. This cruise explores coastlines which were strategic, bountiful and beautiful, making them hotly contested by colonial powers over centuries. They attracted investment from the wealthy of the day, leaving a legacy of magnificent architecture amongst the natural beauty of the area, which is also rich in wildlife. Today this area is both a fascinating and attractive destination for the modern traveller with an interest in the past.

Travelling with the experienced and popular husband and wife tour leader team of John and Susi Richardson, set sail from the Dominican Republic to explore Mayan ruins, rainforests, an array of wildlife, colonial cities and contemporary society. Experience different cultures and cuisines and see the influence of colonisation and modern societies on these lands. Tour leaders John and Susi will give specialist talks and commentary throughout and there will be escorted shore excursions during the cruise.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, John and Susi Richardson

John and Susi Richardson

John and Susi Richardson were the doctor and nurse respectively on The British Trans Americas Expedition 1971-2; the first ever drive from Alaska to Cape Horn and the first crossing of the Darian Gap in Panama. John also led a Jon Baines Tours tour to Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua in 2006 with Susi. He has also acted as doctor to six sailing expeditions with service personnel and students in the Caribbean.

Professor John Richardson is Emeritus Defence Professor of Primary Care and General Practice. He has led study tours worldwide and was a medical escort to parties of veterans on journeys of remembrance for the Royal British Legion. He has also run many history of medicine battlefield tours. He has visited 80 countries and worked in 41 of them as a doctor. John has previously led tours for Jon Baines to China, Central Asia, India, Turkey, Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Namibia, Ethiopia, Indo-China and Burma. He has also given lectures and led on cruises.

Susi Richardson has travelled widely across the world either as an expedition nurse, or as a nurse on war grave pilgrimages for the Royal British Legion, co-tour leader for Jon Baines Tours, or accompanying her husband on his British Army medical officer postings. Five generations of her Shakespear family served in India on her grandmother’s side, and three generations of Cooke family on her grandfather’s side, covering almost continuously two hundred years of the history of British India in a variety of roles and occupations. Susi has led a number of tours to India, in Vietnam and on cruises.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 27 Feb (Thurs) La Romana, Dominican Republic: If taking the group flight from London arrive in Punta Cana in the evening and transfer to the MS Braemar. Evening at leisure
  • 28 Feb (Fri) Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Morning walking tour of Santo Domingo, a city founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus. Walk along Las Damas street, the oldest paved street in the New World, taking in the impressive colonial architecture. See the Fortaleza Ozama, the first permanent military structure built by the Spanish in the Americas. Continue to the National Pantheon, a tomb for many famous figures. Stop in Parque Colon and visit Columbus Palace. Afternoon at leisure before welcome drinks in the evening.
  • 29 Feb (Sat) At Sea: Cruising and at leisure to enjoy ship facilities
  • 1 Mar (Sun) At Sea: Listen to a talk in the morning and afternoon at leisure while cruising
  • 2 Mar (Mon) Cozumel, Mexico: Disembark in Cozumel, which was settled by the Maya and was sacred for the Mayan Moon Goddess. Depart the ship for the mainland and travel to Tulum to explore the fascinating Mayan ruins. There will be time to relax or explore Tulum itself before returning to the ship in the late afternoon
  • 3 Mar (Tues) Belize City, Belize: Disembark at Belize and visit Altun Ha, once a thriving Mayan trading post. Continue with a tour of the colonial heart of the city including St. John’s Cathedral, the oldest Anglican Cathedral in Central America and the Museum of Belize, housed in the Old Prison.
  • 4 Mar (Wed) At Sea: Listen to a talk in the morning and afternoon at leisure while cruising
  • 5 Mar (Thurs) At Sea: Listen to a talk in the morning and afternoon at leisure while cruising
  • 6 Mar (Fri) Puerto Limon, Costa Rica: Visit the Veragua Rainforest and Research Centre. Explore the rainforest with your guide and experience unique views by taking the open air aerial tram through the tree tops. Return to the ship for a late lunch
  • 7 Mar (Sat) Colon, Panama: Disembark in Colon and drive to the Pacific coast of Panama. Arriving at Miraflores Docks view the ships making their way through the Panama Canal. Visit the exhibition centre and watch a 3D film about its history. Return to Colon and see the Panama Canal expansion and its new locks. Afternoon at leisure
  • 8 Mar (Sun) Cartagena de Indias, Colombia: Start the day with a panoramic view of the city before arriving at the San Felipe Fortress, where there will be time to explore. Continue to the old city and the Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver. There will be time to visit the Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city walls that were once a prison but now home to artisans. After a delicious Columbia lunch, explore the colonial district including Bolivar Park and the Inquisition Palace. Return to the ship
  • 9 Mar (Mon) At Sea: Listen to a talk in the morning and afternoon at leisure while cruising
  • 10 Mar (Tues) Willemstad, Curacao: Day at leisure to explore Willemstad
  • 11 Mar (Wed) At Sea: Listen to a talk in the morning and afternoon at leisure while cruising
  • 12 Mar (Thurs) Bridgetown, Barbados: Disembark the ship and take a morning tour of Bridgetown before transferring to the airport. Alternatively, extend your time in Barbados.

Tour cost

Twin cabins start from US$3,596 per person (excluding international flights and transfers)

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