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Partial Panama Canal Cruise

aboard the Crown 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 will sail round-trip from Fort Lauderdale via the “Path Between the Seas”, for a partial transit of the canal aboard the Crown 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. 

Princess’ award winning shore excursions and fascinating onboard programs bring the culture and colours of this region to life. Talented chefs will take you on a culinary journey, with freshly prepared and carefully crafted dishes that celebrate this part of the world. 

Take in some of the finest cruise ship entertainment as the theatre lights up the top deck day or night with feature films, or watch a lavish Broadway production complete with dazzling stage sets and international performers in the state-of-the-art Princess theatres! 

* 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 we transfer to our cruise ship. This evening we will enjoy our first delicious dinner on board.
Time to relax and get acquainted with the ship and enjoy the endless array of facilities, activities and entertainment. Visit the health club for a workout or beauty treatment, join an exercise class, line dancing or perhaps wine tasting.
Falmouth is the chief town and capital of the parish of Trelawny, and is noted for being one of the Caribbean’s best preserved Georgian towns. You may want to spend the day at the beach or visit the renowned Rose Hall.
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 inspired facades and balconies. A ride to the top of La Popa Hill will give you great views of the city and harbour, the old fort and a 17th century monastery. Gold, silver and precious stones are available at bargain prices.
Today we experience the transit of the Panama Canal. 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 and tropical plants, trees and bird life. As we cruise through there is a detailed narration of this colossal undertaking that cost $367 million in 1914.
The mountainous beauty of this country will surprise you. You may want to take the excursion through the jungles and coffee plantations to cosmopolitan San Jose.
Following all of the exciting sightseeing of the past few days, a day to relax comes most welcome.
We arrive at Grand Cayman, famous for its Seven Mile Beach and some of the finest duty-free shopping in the Caribbean. In Georgetown the 5-story building limit contributes to the charming ambiance of this island.
A final day to relax or participate in the activities on board ship.
We disembark the ship at Fort Lauderdale and transfer to the airport for our flight home.

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