Under the command of Captain Amadeu da Silva Albuquerque, the cruise sets sail from the Colón 2000 port bound for Cartagena, Aruba, La Guaira, and Curaçao. This is the route the Monarch will follow every week for the next 12 months.
On their arrival in Cartagena, the tourists are greeted with dance and song by the local palenqueras and musicians.
The palenqueras are Afro-Colombian women dressed in colorful garb who carry a platter of tropical fruit on their head for sale and suggest that you visit the city's various historical sites.
One of the attractions that tourists can't miss is a dip in the sea from the beach on Aruba, with its irresistible white sand, crystal-clear water, and interesting rock formations. Another site is the Alta Vista chapel, attended by 40% of the Catholic faithful among the island's 100,000 inhabitants.
The islanders highly encourage visitors to explore and go on adventures without worries, calming any fears with the statistic of only 1-4 homicides per year. Its avenues appear tranquil, but come see for yourself!
Another docking point is at La Guaira in Venezuela, where modernity and colonial buildings are perfectly combined through the fusion of urban buildings with rainforests and nature reserves. From there you can take a trip to Caracas to visit its El Ávila National Park, beaches, rivers, and other attractions.
The final stopping point, to end this tour with a bang, is at Curaçao. You can explore all the beautiful hidden corners on the island on foot, go shopping in stores, or take photos wherever you like. Other options are to go bike riding to observe the flora and fauna, visit Hato Caves, and go to Mambo beach.
HAVING FUN ON THE HIGH SEAS
The all-included package on Monarch leaves cruise passengers no reason to stay holed up in their cabin, as there are opportunities to play sports, take part in themed evening events, attend the theater, listen to live music, eat at the great buffet, gamble in the casino, and dance in the nightclub. What a plan!
The vessel Monarch has 14 decks, measures 268 meters long and 32 meters wide, and has the capacity to carry 2,766 passengers and 831 crew.