By creating artificial lakes and immense lift locks, the Americans performed one of the greatest engineering feats in history, completing the canal in 1914. A canal crossing is memorable. The scenery around this 8th wonder of the world is lush and tropical and the intricate workings of the locks and sheer immensity of the achievement are awe-inspiring.
We sail from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles aboard theEmerald Princess
. Princess Cruises, whose ships are considered among the most beautiful and hospitable, was one of the first cruise lines to traverse the canal. Their ships are luxurious, floating resorts with all the pleasures of a deluxe resort hotel. Facilities include swimming pools, a spa with sauna and massage, aerobics and dance classes as well as duty-free boutiques. Enjoy the commentary on the history and highlights of the ports by the on-board experts, or relax in one of the luxurious lounges with expansive windows and watch some of the world's most dramatic scenery glide by.
Food is considered an art form on the Princess ships. The Italian chefs are renowned for their international cuisine and the service is unsurpassed. You will delight in the dining options available; formal elegance in the dining room, the Pizzeria, Crown Grill Steakhouse, the outdoor Grill, a Curtis Stone (celebrity chef) restaurant and fantastic buffets.
Entertainment is varied and almost endless. From after dinner drinks in one of the elegant lounges, with music to suit every taste, to Broadway-style shows in the Princess Lounge. You may also visit the casino at any time.
The staterooms are exquisitely furnished with twin beds (convertible to queen size), colour TV with in-house movies and news channels, climate control, refrigerator, telephone, safe, spacious closets and a private bathroom with shower only.
* All shore excursions are optional, and may be purchased in advance on Princess Cruises’ website, or onboard the ship.