Full Transit Panama Canal Cruise

from Ft Lauderdale, FL to Los Angeles, CA

Departing friday march 1 for 17 days / 16 nights

Join us on this great cruise at a great price! We travel aboard the beautiful Coral Princess and journey on a Full Transit of the Panama Canal from East to West.

Cruising through the Panama Canal will be one of the unforgettable experiences of your voyage. It takes approximately eight hours to navigate the 50-mile waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, allowing you to experience firsthand one of the engineering marvels of the 20th century. Completed in 1914, the canal marks the culmination of a dream born in 1513, when Balboa became the first European to cross the Isthmus of Panama and sight the Pacific. In 1880 Ferdinand de Lesseps and the French Canal company, builders of the Suez Canal, began construction in Panama, only to be defeated by disease, staggering cost overruns, and massive engineering problems. The French sold their claim and properties to the United States for $40 million, a staggering loss of $247 million on their investment. The United States began construction in 1904, completing the project in 10 years at a cost of $387 million. Building the canal meant solving three problems: engineering, sanitation, and organization. The project, for example, required carving a channel through the Continental Divide and creating the then-largest man-made lake ever built, as well as defeating yellow fever and other tropical maladies. The United States oversaw the operation of the Panama Canal until December 31, 1999, when the Republic of Panama assumed responsibility for the canal's administration.

Our Ship: Princess Cruise Lines Coral Princess was Custom-built for the Panama Canal, the spectacular Coral Princess® is a destination all its own accommodating 1970 Passengers. Get active in the fitness center or on the digital golf simulator, browse the world-class art collection or relax with a massage in the Lotus Spa® or The Sanctuary, the on-deck retreat for adults. Dining choices include specialty restaurants, Sabatini’s and the Bayou Café & Steakhouse, plus Traditional or Anytime Dining. Later, head for the themed casino, or take in an unforgettable show at the dazzling Universe Lounge. Not to mention, exceptional cruise staff committed to serving your every whim.

As we enter the canal approach between 4am & 5am, it’s always great to view from your own private balcony…no need to go anywhere, just get up and drink coffee – a once in a lifetime opportunity to marvel at this amazing achievement. Is it worth it? 100% of Balcony Stateroom passengers say yes!

Cruise Ship in Canal

Itinerary:

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1 - Home Airport to Ft Lauderdale, Florida
After checking-in at your designated departure airport, please go directly through to the departure gate so you don’t get caught in a long line for security. When you arrive in Ft Lauderdale, FL proceed to the baggage re-claim area and an ABS Travel Group Representative will be there to meet you. Once all bags have been re-claimed, you will be directed to your transportation for transfer to the hotel near the Airport for overnight.
Overnight Ft Lauderdale, FL – no meals included today

Day 2 - Ft Lauderdale & Transfer to your Cruise Ship
Mid-morning we transfer to your floating home for the next 15 nights. Once on board it’s time to explore this beautiful vessel… Lunch is available in the buffet restaurant and dinner tonight is in the main dining room. We set sail at 7.00pm… Let the festivities begin… enjoy.
Overnight aboard ship – Lunch and dinner included with some in between snacking if you wish!

Days 3 & 4 – Two full days at sea
Sea days allow you to surface at whatever time you feel like it… relax on a sunbed explore this unbelievable ship or join in one of the many fun activities planned during the day… as always, the choice is yours.
Overnight aboard ship – All meals aboard ship included

Coral Princess

Day 5 – Cartagena, Columbia – 7.00am to 3.00pm
One of the more interesting cities on your itinerary steeped in history. This was the transit port for all the wealth Spain derived from South America. The famous "Old City" is comprised of 12 square blocks filled with attractions, boutiques and restaurants. Throughout Colombia, the Spanish Empire's influence in the New World is self-evident. Its fortress walls, quaint narrow streets, and balconied houses are all vivid reminders of Spain's hold on Cartagena and throughout the Caribbean and South America. This is the land of El Dorado and flamboyant adventurers in search of the ever-elusive gold. Cartagena's well-constructed fortifications defended its borders against seafaring pirates whose attacks lasted for more than 200 years. Today this modern and bustling city, seaport, and commercial center still boasts much of its original colonial architecture. Your journey here will provide you with a significant link to the region's grand past.
Overnight aboard ship – All meals aboard ship included

Cartagena

Day 6 – Transiting the Canal - 6.00am to 4.30pm
Experience one of the world's best short cuts! Journey 40 miles through the Panama Canal for an unforgettable experience. Witness first-hand one of the world's manmade short cuts that has changed travel and the transport of goods worldwide.
Overnight aboard ship – All meals aboard ship included

Day 7 – Fuerte Amador, Panama - 7.00am to 6.00pm
Fuerte Amador, situated at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, is a man-made peninsula extending out into the Pacific Ocean. The one-mile causeway was created by connecting four small islands with rocks excavated from the Panama Canal. There are several shops, restaurants, and other specialty stores centered around a large marina that serves as a tender dock. The causeway also affords a panoramic view of Panama City's impressive skyline and serves as the home for the Smithsonian Institute of Tropical Research. Note: Fuerte Amador is an anchorage port, passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender. On complete transits of the Panama Canal, the ship typically arrives in Fuerte Amador in the morning, operates tours and spends the full day at anchor.
Overnight aboard ship – All meals aboard ship included

Day 8 – At Sea. All meals aboard ship included.

Onboard

Day 9 – Puntarenas, Costa Rica - 7.00am to 7.00pm
Spanish explorers, the rumors of gold and vast riches could only mean that this section of Central America was the costa rica - the "Rich Coast." Hailed as the Switzerland of the Americas, Costa Rica occupies a unique position, lying between two oceans and two continents. On both coasts, tropical rainforests rise to the mountains of the interior, many of which soar over 13,000 feet above sea level. In the west, a seemingly endless succession of brown-sand beaches forms the nation's Pacific coast. Puntarenas is your gateway to Costa Rica's wonders - and to its capital city of San Jose.
Overnight aboard ship – All meals aboard ship included

Scenery

Day 10 – San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua - 7.00am to 6.00pm (Tender)
Until recent times Nicaragua was unfortunately known for the civil war (Sandinistas and Contras) that raged from the late 70s through much of the 80s. Today, the soldiers and guerrillas have given way sightseeing in a beautiful country. From strolling the cobblestone streets of colonial Granada on Lake Nicaragua, to exploring one of the many volcanoes, Nicaragua has something for even the most seasoned traveler.
Overnight aboard ship – All meals aboard ship included

Day 11 – At Sea. All meals aboard ship included.

Day 12 – Huatulco, Mexico - 8.00am to 5.00pm
Nine bays bordered by 36 golden-sand beaches form the beautiful Las Bahias de Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca. Welcome to Mexico's newest resort on the Pacific Riviera. Huatulco is a tropical Eden with crystalline waters, coral reefs, and uncrowded beaches. Inland, the rugged coast range is thickly carpeted with rainforest and coffee plantations. While Huatulco is still in its early stages of development, travelers may note that the resort has a different feel from other destinations on the Mexican Riviera. That's because large areas of Huatulco have been designated as an ecological reserve. Huatulco is located in the state of Oaxaca where the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean.
Overnight aboard ship – All meals aboard ship included

Huatulco, Mexico

Day 13 – At Sea. All meals aboard ship included.

Day 14 – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - 8.00am to 5.00pm
Puerto Vallarta was sleepy no more; its transformation into an international resort had begun. Then director John Huston chose the village as the location for his film "Night of the Iguana," starring Richard Burton. Today, the city has its own "Gringo Gulch," a haunt of the rich and famous. Travelers are also drawn by its climate, its excellent shopping - which offers great values on leather goods, jewelry, and handicrafts - and mile after mile of palm-lined beaches.
Overnight aboard ship – All meals aboard ship included

Puerto Vallarta

Day 15 – At Sea. All meals aboard ship included.

Day 16 – At Sea. All meals aboard ship included.

Day 17 – Arrive Los Angeles, CA – 7.00am
This morning after breakfast it’s time to leave this floating resort and head to the airport for the return flight home…
Breakfast included

Staterooms & Pricing:

inside stateroom - $4,995 per person based on double occupancy

Inside Stateroom

oceanview stateroom - $5,495 per person based on double occupancy

Ocean View Stateroom

balcony stateroom - $5,995 per person based on double occupancy

Balcony Stateroom

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Itinerary at a Glance

Starts: Friday March 1st 2019
Ends: Sunday March 17th 2019

Itinerary

What's Included

  • Flight from Rapid City to Ft Lauderdale, return back to Rapid City from Los Angeles
  • Pre Cruise Overnight
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • All meals and entertainment aboard ship
  • 6 Ports of Call
  • All air & cruise taxes
  • Onboard Cruise Gratuities for Stateroom Attendant and Dining Room Staff
  • All baggage handling & 1 Free checked Bag (airline fees paid up to 50lbs)
  • Fully escorted

Pricing

  • Price: from $4,995pp (double occupancy)
  • Single Supplement: Call for pricing

Tour Brochure

How to Book

  • Deposit of $1,000pp due at time of booking
  • December 15th 2018 - Final Balance due
  • Booking Form

What You'll Need

  • A camera is a must
  • Binoculars would be a great idea
  • Sun tan lotion for that warm sun
  • Passports are required for this tour

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