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Expanded Canal Attracts Cruise Ships. The opening of the Panama Canal’s third locks has sparked interest among cruise ship companies. One of them is the Saga Cruises II Ltd, with the MS Saga Sapphire, a 700-passenger ship, which will sail through the interoceanic waterway on January 30 and again on February 17 for the return leg of her 66-night Central American Discovery cruise.
MS Saga Sapphire is a cruise ship owned and operated by the cruise line, Saga Cruises II Ltd, a British company which formed the brand ‘Spirit of Adventure Cruises’ in 2005.
The grand voyage to Latin America departs on January 11, 2017 and will offer guests the chance to view Mayan ruins, bask in Caribbean sunshine, stay overnight in Havana, Cuba, and board a restored Atlantic Railway train to see wildlife in Costa Rica.
The Saga Sapphire will call at 18 new ports: Cartagena, Colombia; Oranjestad, Aruba; Colon, Panama; Caldera, Costa Rica; Acajutla, El Salvador; Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Acapulco, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Corinto, Nicaragua; Flamenco Marina, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Trujillo, Honduras; Belize; Havana and Santiago de Cuba, Cuba; Montego Bay, Jamaica and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.