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 Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles (or in reverse) aboard the Emerald Princess. Princess Cruises 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, with swimming pools, a spa with sauna and massage, aerobics and dance classes and duty-free boutiques. Enjoy the commentary of each port on your in-cabin entertainment system, or relax in one of the luxurious lounges with expansive windows and watch the scenery glide by.
The chefs on Princess cruises are renowned for their international cuisine. Dining options include formal elegance in the dining room, 24-hour dining, the Pizzeria, Crown Grill Steakhouse, the outdoor Grill, a Curtis Stone celebrity chef restaurant, and the fantastic buffets. The varied entertainment includes music to suit every taste, Broadway style shows, the casino and more.
The staterooms are exquisitely furnished with twin beds (convertible to queen size), TV with in-house movies, an audio system, spacious closets and a bathroom with shower only.
* All shore excursions are optional, and may be purchased in advance on Princess Cruises’ website, or onboard the ship.