The phrase New World has a double meaning in the tropical Americas. The colorful colonial cities of Brazil's Northeast and the pastel plantations of the Spanish Main reflect a time when the Americas were news to Europeans. On the other hand, the man-made wonder that is the Panama Canal ushered in another, still newer world, in which American-born industry and ingenuity carved waterways across jungle wilderness. Cruising here, you will see remains of Mayan civilizations already old when Europeans arrived. You will discover vibrant cultures that long outlived their colonial beginnings in Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala. And in Panama, experience a masterwork of earth and water that can raise your ship and send it across a continent.