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Exploring  the


land of the Maya

by Edith Knott

Explore Mayan ruins with an on-board team of experts in archaeology, astronomy and anthropology on the Alumni Travel Program’s cruise next March aboard Royal Olympic Cruises Stella Solaris. Ports of call in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize offer spectacular archaeological treasures.

This voyage of discovery to the Land of the Maya is enriched by a series of lectures on the architecture, sky lore, mythology and mysteries of these remarkable people. And on a complimentary full-day excursion to Chichen Itza in Mexico, passengers will witness the phenomenon of the equinox Sun Serpent at the Great El Castillo pyramid. As the sun sets March 20 (the date of the 1998 vernal equinox), the western face of the pyramid will be bathed in late afternoon sunlight. Lengthening shadows seem to run from the top of the pyramid’s northern staircase, giving the illusion of a diamond-backed serpent in descent.

This cruise is for anyone fascinated by people, culture, natural beauty and man-made wonders. In addition to a stimulating cultural and scientific program aboard the Stella Solaris, there’s time to enjoy the recreational pleasures of elegant cruising, swimming, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, or viewing coral reefs.

The 10-day Maya cruise is offered, back-to-back, with a 12-day Panama Canal cruise. The Panama portion includes calls at Montego Bay in Jamaica, Cristobel, the San Blas Islands (home of the Cuna Indians whose traditional way of life has been preserved), Port Limon in Costa Rica, plus Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. The centre-piece of course is the round trip transit of the Panama Canal Gatun locks, when the Stella Solaris will be elevated 85 feet above sea level to cruise Gatun Lake (one of the largest man-made bodies of water in the world) before a reverse passage through the locks to re-enter the Caribbean.

At Port Limon, Costa Rica, experience the lush national rain forest or visit the capital, San Jose. And then there are relaxing days at sea and warm Caribbean sunshine to enjoy on a classic cruise ship. Lecturers on the Panama Canal cruise include Tom Bopp, who will bring comet Hale-Bopp to life through the exciting story of its discovery. Another lecturer is astronaut Scott Carpenter.

Exclusive UVic Alumni group fares for the 22 day cruise start at $4,110 Cdn including airfare from gateway cities. Those who are unable to get away for 22 days can choose either the Maya 10-day cruise (from $2529) or the Panama Canal 12-day cruise (from $2715). The Alumni Travel Program is open to everyone. For more information call Edith Knott of University Travel Inc. at (250) 721-4322 or 1-800-808-6828.

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