Full Transit Panama Canal Cruise

from San Diego, CA to Tampa, FL

Departing saturday october 20 for 16 days / 15 nights

Channel your inner explorer as you traverse the Panama Canal and see why it’s considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Your incredible journey begins in San Diego, CA where you’ll set sail for beautiful ports throughout Central and South America. The scenic coastline beauty will take your breath away. Crossing the Panama Canal is more than a journey – it is a rite of passage. Stroll along charming cobblestone streets in the colonial city of Antigua in Puerto Quetzal. Rolling hills, high mountains and riverbeds are just part of the gorgeous landscape you can explore when sightseeing in Costa Rica. And when you arrive in Cartagena, make sure you visit the largest Spanish fort in the New World – San Felipe de Barajas, built in the 17th century. We travel aboard the Norwegian Pearl. Her chic bowling alley, delicious dining options, multiple bars and lounges, dazzling casino, tranquil spa, and spacious Garden Villas are just a few things that make this Jewel Class cruise ship a destination of her own.

Norwegian Pearl


Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) - 2,391
Gross Register Tonnage - 93,530
Overall Length - 965 feet
Max Beam - 125 feet
Draft - 27 feet
Engines - Diesel Electric
Cruise Speed - 25.1 knots
Crew - 1,072
Inaugural Date - 2006
Refurbished Date - 2017


Day 1: Depart Rapid City to San Diego, CA
Today we leave Rapid City and fly to San Diego for our pre-cruise overnight.
Overnight San Diego, CA – No meals included

San Diego

Day 2: Transfer to ship and depart at 4:00 pm

A leisurely morning before we head to the port and board our floating home for the next 14 nights.
Breakfast at the hotel – Lunch and dinner aboard ship. Overnight Cruise Ship

Day 3: At Sea – Overnight Cruise Ship. All meals included

Day 4: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – 8am to 5 pm
Cabo's signature landmark is El Arco ("The Arch"), a rock formation at the tip of "Land's End." The jewel of the Baja Peninsula is famous for its world-class sport fishing, as well as its high-end resorts and exclusive gated communities that line an area simply called "the Corridor."
Overnight cruise ship – all meals included

Day 5: At Sea – Overnight Cruise Ship. All meals included

Day 6: At Sea – Overnight Cruise Ship. All meals included
Day 7: Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala – 8.00am to 4.00pm
This port city was constructed in 1984 to help connect nearby cities. Travelers often venture out to Antigua, a 90-minute trek to where 17th century colonial facades beckons and Guatemalan history comes alive.
Overnight cruise ship – all meals included 

Puerto Quetzal

Day 8: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua – 10.00am to 4.00pm

Situated along the Pacific in southwestern Nicaragua, the coastal town of San Juan Del Sur is one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations. Discover local boutiques, delicious cuisine and beautiful landscape through a wide range of activities and tours. Whether horseback riding through a lush forest, gliding across emerald waters on a catamaran or catching some waves at one of the world-class surfing spots, everyone can find a piece of paradise in San Juan Del Sur.
Overnight cruise ship – all meals included 


Day 9: Puntarenas, Costa Rica – 8.00am to 6.00pm
Stroll the seaport town with its multi-colored cottages and local markets. Head to Carara Tropical Rainforest to explore exotic flora and fauna with a naturalist guide. Or opt for a tour of San Jose – home of the Teatro Nacional and Museo del Oro.
Overnight cruise ship – all meals included 

Day 10: At Sea - Overnight Cruise Ship - all meals included

Day 11: Daylight Transit Panama Canal
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 cruise ship – all meals included 

Day 12: Cartagena, Columbia – 10.00am to 6.00pm
The old walled city of Cartagena reflects a turbulent history of conquistadors and pirates. Climb "las murallas" for an unforgettable view of the harbor. Shop for emeralds and leather goods along the cobblestone streets of this enchanting city. Looking for a cruise to Cartagena? Check out our selection of Panama Canal cruises.
Overnight cruise ship – all meals included


Day 13: At Sea – Overnight Cruise Ship. All meals included

Day 14: George Town Grand Cayman – 8.00am to 5pm
The largest of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman is famous for its Seven Mile Beach, the popular Stingray City and its excellent diving. Both nature and history are preserved underwater with a collection of easily viewed shipwrecks. Looking for a cruise that stops in the Cayman Islands? Check out our selection of Caribbean cruises.
Overnight cruise ship – all meals included

Day 15: At Sea – Overnight Cruise Ship. All meals included

Day 16: Tampa & flight home – 8.00am disembarkation

Staterooms & Pricing:

inside stateroom - $4,495 per person based on double occupancy

Inside Stateroom

oceanview stateroom - $4,795 per person based on double occupancy

Oceanview Stateroom

balcony stateroom - $5,895 per person based on double occupancy

Balcony Stateroom

Weather averages


Itinerary at a Glance

Starts: Saturday October 20th 2018
Ends: Sunday November 4th 2018


What's Included

  • Round trip coach class air from Rapid City to San Diego, CA and return from Tampa, FL
  • Airline fees for 1 x 50lb suitcase per person
  • 1 pre-cruise overnight San Diego, CA with Full Breakfast on departure morning
  • 14 nights aboard Cruise Ship and Full Transit Panama Canal - Daytime
  • All Meals once on board ship and all onboard Gratuities - Stateroom Attendants and Dining Room Staff
  • All Taxes and Fees (Ship and Air) plus All Transfers from Airport / Hotel /Ship / Airport
  • Services of an ABS Escort


  • Price: from $4,495pp (double occupancy)
  • Single Supplement: Call for pricing

Tour Brochure

How to Book

  • Deposit of $1,000pp due at time of booking
  • April 15th 2018 - Further $1,000pp due
  • June 18th 2018 - Final Balance due
  • Booking Form

What You'll Need

  • A camera is a must
  • Binoculars would be a great idea
  • Passports are required for this tour

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