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Panama Canal Cruise (Full Transit) aboard the Emerald Princess

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

Available Booking Dates

Tour Inclusions

  • Flights with Air Canada
  • Cruise as described, port taxes, all meals daily, all activities and entertainment

Costs

  • Per person, double occupancy, from Toronto or Montreal
  • Inside Cabin (various decks)  - $5,497.00
  • Outside Cabin with Obstructed View (Emerald Deck)  - $5,797.00
  • Outside Cabin with Clear View (Plaza Deck)  - $6,297.00
  • Outside Cabin with Private Balcony (various decks)  - $6,797.00
  • Single Supplement - add 50% to costs above
  • Ottawa - add $90.00
  • Calgary or Vancouver - add $390.00
  • Halifax, Winnipeg or Edmonton - add $390.00 (includes an overnight in Toronto or Vancouver en route to Los Angeles)

All Senior Discovery Tours Include:

  • All Airfare, Airport Taxes, & Surcharges
  • Carefully Selected Accommodations, Hotel Taxes, Gratuities & Luggage Handling
  • All Gratuities For Hotels, Drivers, Guides & Cruise Staff
  • Sightseeing & Excursions With Expert Local Guides
  • Cultural Experiences, Most Meals & Authentic Dining
  • Comprehensive Travel & Health Insurance Plan
  • A Dedicated, Professional, & Experienced Tour Manager
  • Roundtrip Transportation To/From Airport (From Most Canadian Cities)
  • All Prices Guaranteed in Canadian Funds

By creating artificial lakes and immense lift locks, the Americans performed one of the greatest engineering feats inn 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 Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale aboard the Emerald 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.


Day 1:  Departure / Los Angeles

We depart for Los Angeles, and upon arrival we transfer to our cruise ship. This evening we enjoy our first delicious dinner on board.

Day 2:  At Sea

Time to relax, get acquainted with the ship and your fellow passengers and enjoy the endless array of facilities, activities and entertainment on board. Visit the health club for a workout or beauty treatment, join an exercise class, line dancing or perhaps wine tasting.

Day 3:  At Sea

Day 4:  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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.

Day 5:  At Sea

Day 6:  Huatulco, Mexico

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 on the main square.

Day 7:  At Sea

Day 8:  San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Once a sleepy fishing 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.

Day 9:  Punta Arenas, Costa Rica

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.

Day 10:  At Sea

Day 11:  Fuerte Amador, Panama

This port, 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 4 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.

Day 12:  Panama Canal

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, 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!

Day 13:  Cartagena, Colombia

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. You may want to take a ride to the top of La Popa Hill for great views of the city, the old fort and a 17th century monastery. Gold, silver and precious stones are available.

Day 14:  At Sea

Day 15:  At Sea

Day 16:  Fort Lauderdale / Home

We disembark in Fort Lauderdale and transfer to the airport for our flight home.