Caribbean & Central America
(Panama Canal Cruise)
Relaxing days spent at sea, and stops in exotic port cities are both a part of the adventure on this Panama Canal cruise. Set sail from the incomparably charming city of New Orleans, setting your coordinates for Central America. See beautiful historical sites in Cartagena, Colombia; then take a swift journey through the Panama Canal in daylight, a true masterpiece of modern engineering; and an obvious high point of the voyage. Enjoy the festivities in the Mexican Riviera, with Huatulco and its magnificent eco-tourism, and renowned beach hot spots Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Conclude in San Diego, as you make landfall once again in the United States, this time on the Pacific Coast. Adventure awaits, so come on board.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel (4*) is at the heart of New Orleans, a city known for unforgettable dining, intoxicating live music, Old World charm and good time living. Connect with the sights, sounds and flavors, and let the good times roll. Work, Relax, Connect Sample regional cuisine at Roux Bistro or enjoy a cocktail at the enchanting Pelican Bar. Then stop by the state-of-the-art fitness center or outdoor pool. Also offered are a business center and 105,700 sq ft, a total of 53 rooms, of flexible meeting space.
Depart from your hotel for your photo walking tour. Artfully capture your journey here in the Crescent City and wherever it may lead. Let our professional photographer document your travels in one of the most soulful and sensual cities in the world. If you are interested in photography, at any level, professional photographer can take you to off-the-beaten path locations for great shots of the Crescent City. Early morning, after dark, French Quarter, Uptown, cemeteries, neighborhoods, waterways. You name it. Basic photographic assistance is also provided. Return to your hotel and photo review.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. You'll set sail in the late afternoon.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
The Norwegian Jewel offers some of the largest suites at sea, and there are staterooms to accommodate every style. When it comes to entertainment, this ship's filled with excitement: 16 dining options, 13 bars and nightclubs and that's just the beginning. Entertainment day & night. Spectacular stage shows, comedian, dance clubs, bars & lounges, piano bars and live music. Access the fitness center, sports court, pools, waterslide, and hot tubs.
Full day spent relaxingly at sea.
Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena of the West Indies) is a large Caribbean beach resort city on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region. Activity and development of the Cartagena region is dated back to 4000 B.C. around Cartagena Bay by varying cultures of indigenous peoples. The Spanish colonial city was founded on June 1, 1533 and named after Cartagena, Spain. In 1984, Cartagena's colonial walled city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today, experience one of the world's most incredible short cuts. Journey 40 miles through the Panama Canal for an unforgettable experience. Witness first-hand one of the world's most impressive engineering feats that has changed travel and the transport of goods worldwide.
Huatulco, centered on the town of La Crucecita, is a tourist development in Mexico. It is located on the Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca. Huatulco's tourism industry is centered on its nine bays thus the name Bahias de Huatulco but has since been unofficially shortened to simply Huatulco. The principal bays are Bahia de Santa Cruz, Bahia Chahue, and Bahia Tangolunda. There are golf courses, horse stables, tennis courts, marinas, trendy restaurants - pretty much everything you'd expect out of a tropical beach vacation. Near the city center there is also an ecological park, Rufino Tamayo.
Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican balneario resort city and port situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas, and was once named as La ciudad más amigable del mundo (The Friendliest City in the World). Tourism has become a major economic activity for Puero Vallarta because of the appealing warm climate, scenery, tropical beaches, and rich cultural history.
Cabo San Lucas is a city and seaport at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. Cabo is known for its sandy beaches, world-class scuba diving locations, balnearios, the distinctive sea arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and abundant marine life, including birthing whales in the winter, and a large marlin sportfishing industry. The distinctive El Arco de Cabo San Lucas is the city's most notable landmark.
After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates as you disembark from your ship.
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