Panama Canal Cruise (Full Transit)

aboard the Emerald Princess

Tour Highlights

As early as the days of Columbus, man was determined to find a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
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. 

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Fort Lauderdale and upon arrival transfer to our cruise ship. This evening we enjoy our first delicious dinner on board.
Time to relax and get acquainted with the ship and your fellow passengers, and enjoy the endless array of facilities, activities and entertainment onboard. Visit the health club for a workout or beauty treatment, join an exercise class, line dancing or perhaps wine tasting.
In the 17th century this walled city was a target for every pirate on the high seas. It has many architectural treasures along its narrow streets with Spanish facades and balconies. You may want to take a ride to the top of La Popa Hill for great views of the city, the old fort and 17th century monastery. Gold, silver and precious stones are available at bargain prices.
Today we experience the transit of the Panama Canal. Be on deck to watch the “mules” pull our ship through. See the immense lift locks raise and lower the passing vessels and great volumes of water rushing by. Enjoy the scenery on either side of the canal with mangrove swamps, tropical plants, trees and bird life. As we cruise through the canal there is a detailed narration of this colossal undertaking that cost $367 million in 1914.
Fuerte Amador, situated at the 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 canal. There are shops, restaurants and other specialty stores centered around a large marina, and the causeway affords a panoramic view of Panama City’s impressive skyline.
Perched at the tip of a sandy peninsula (its name means “sandy point”), the entire city of Punta Arenas is within easy walking distance from the port. The people of this city have a reputation for friendliness and have long welcomed tourists to the sunny beaches that encircle the city.
Once a sleepy village, San Juan del Sur is now the most popular travel and vacation destination on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast, offering a lively mix of local culture and wonderful natural attractions.
Made up of nine bays on the coast of Oaxaca, Huatulco is an unblemished tropical site for rest and relaxation. Tourists can engage in local customs and shop for beautiful native clothes in plazas such as La Nata, located in the Main Square.
Explore this quaint Mexican fishing village with its cobblestoned lanes, red-tiled roofs and palm covered hills. You may want to spend the afternoon at Bahia de las Banderas with its glistening blue waters and powdery beaches.
We disembark in Los Angeles and transfer to the airport for our flight home.

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