MexicoMaya Treasure of the Yucatan


PONANT brings you a brand new itinerary around the Mexican peninsula of Yucatán. Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard Le Champlain to discover the treasures of the Mayan civilisation.

Your first port of call at Seybaplaya will be an opportunity to discover the city of Campeche, established by the conquistadors. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it has retained its surrounding wall and fortifications.

You will then make your way to Dos Bocas, not far from the Mayan site of Palenque. This fabulous city, hidden deep in the dense jungle of Chiapas, will reveal to you its incredibly well preserved temples and palaces and their delicate architecture.

Le Champlain will then set sail for Progreso, famous of its immaculate sand beaches, and the gateway to more wonders. First, Mérida, the capital of the state of Yucatán, offers a pleasant mix of colonial architecture and Mayan heritage. Next, the famous ancient city of Uxmal, whose impressive dimensions reveal the former greatness of the Mayan economic and political capital.

Lastly, don’t miss the chance to discover the Chaak Tun cenote, one of the spectacular sinkholes once regarded by the Maya as passageways to the world of the gods.

Your 8 night package includes:

• Transfer from Airport to hotel in Puerto Morelos

• 1 night accommodation in Puerto Morelos

• Transfer from hotel to port

• 7 night cruise onboard Ponant Cruises’ Le Champlain

• All meals on board the cruise

• Wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Henri Abelé BRUT champagne, spirits, coffee, tea) is served on request and at any time of the day. Certain premium alcoholic beverages on the menu are not included in the Open Bar.

• Pre-paid port taxes

• Transfer from port to airport

• Chauffeur driven luxury car transfer from your home to your nearest international airport and return (with 35 km)

Limited availability! Please ask for the latest pricing, availability and to see if you qualify for the air credit!

Departure Dates from Puerto Morelos:

02 November 2019

16 November 2019

30 November 2019

14 December 2019

28 December 2019

11 January 2020

25 January 2020

Le Champlain

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Champlain will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with 5-star service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

Cruise Highlights

Puerto Morelos

North of the Mexican Riviera Maya that runs along the Yucatán Peninsula, Puerto Morelos is a charming fishing village with an authentic atmosphere, its white sandy beaches scattered with thatched huts and colourful boats. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea shelter a marine park that protects part of the Mesoamerican reef, considered the second-biggest barrier reef in the world. A few kilometres south, you’ll be able to discover the Maya site of Tulum. Overlooking idyllic beaches of white sand fringed with palm trees, it is the only Maya site erected on the Caribbean Sea coast.


Seybaplaya is a small commercial port located in the western part of the Yucatán Peninsula, 30 km south of the state capital, Campeche. This wild coastline is carved out by clear rocks that plunge into the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico; the road that connects this small port to the port of Campeche crosses the virtually uninhabited expanses of vegetation of this sparsely populated state. This stop off the beaten path will let you discover the charms of this former colonial fortified town with pastel-coloured, partially pedestrianised, little streets.

Dos Bocas

During your voyage to Mexico to discover Maya sites, your stop in Dos Bocas will open the doors of the ancient city of Palenque, one of the country’s most beautiful sites. The highlight of your cruise, this ancient Maya city is famous for its magnificent sculpted bas-reliefs. It is located on the road leading to the Chiapas mountains, which are covered by tropical jungle.


On the Yucatan Peninsula, the charming seaside town of Progreso will delight visitors seeking authenticity. In addition to its magnificent sandy beaches and pleasant seafront promenade, the town offers ideal access to the former Mayan cities of Chichen Itza and Uxmal. UNESCO World Heritage sites, they allow visitors to be truly immersed in Pre-Columbian Mexico, discovering one of the world’s most mysterious civilisations. In the surroundings, be sure to visit Mérida, capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Called “the White City” due to the colour of the limestone used to build its dwellings, this old colonial city, built on the ruins of a Mayan site, offers a mix of tradition and modernity, colonial architecture and Mayan heritage.

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Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • Modern
  • 24 Hr Room Service
  • All meals
  • Boutique &/or Salon
  • Drinks All Day
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Ponant Exclusive Service
  • Pool &/or Spa
  • Shore Excursions
  • Solo Traveller Friendly
  • Speciality Restaurants
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Trip itinerary

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

At Sea

Seybaplaya, Mexico

Dos Bocas, Mexico

Progresso, Mexico

Progresso, Mexico

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Technical Details

  • Crew 110
  • Capacity 184
  • Length 131M

Cruise Category

  • Luxury Expeditions

Le Champlain

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, Le Champlain joined the Ponant fleet in 2018, offering a range of elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside.

Cuisine is an important feature of a Ponant cruise and Le Champlain offers two excellent restaurants with a superb selection of dishes and wines to accompany.

Le Champlain features Ponant’s revolutionary multisensory lounge, Blue Eye. Sitting below the water line, with two large portholes and hydrophones, guests can glimpse the underwater world from the comfort of the Blue Eye lounge.

Additional features include multiple guest areas including lounges, pool deck with solarium, bar and pool, modern theatre and spa treatment room.