Caribbean & Central America
(Panama Canal Cruise)
Explore Los Angeles with private guide before you discover the beauty of the Panama Canal. Considered by many to be the “eighth wonder of the world,” it’s not surprising that travelers across the globe aspire to one day witness the marvel of engineering that is the Panama Canal up close. The result of several nations’ historic efforts, a Panama Canal cruise is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, best experienced by sailing through on an unforgettable luxury voyage. The massive locks control the level of water in the Panama Canal, enabling ships to pass through this 51 mile "water bridge". The entire transition takes about 9 hours.
Ships are lifted and lowered a total of 170 feet as they pass from the Caribbean to the Pacific (or vise-versa), crossing over the Isthmus of Panama and straight through the continental divide. This epic journey embarks and concludes on the shores of the United States, sailing between Ft. Lauderdale on the east, and Los Angeles on the west, while making calls-to-port in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia and Aruba. An incredible voyage awaits for you.
Cruise Departure Dates:
As shown: Apr 16, Nov 11 (2014) // Feb 4, Mar 17 (2015)
Alternate route: Mar 2, Apr 1, Apr 28, May 1, Sep 23, Oct 27 (2014) // Jan 20, Feb 19, Mar 6, Apr 12 (2015)
Take a private airport transfer in Los Angeles with a private vehicle and driver.
Located on the grounds of Universal Studios Hollywood and 9 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Sheraton Universal a 20-story hotel is 1 block from the Metro stop and 4 miles from Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Sheraton Universal Hotel offers a large fitness center, an outdoor pool with spa tub, a casual restaurant, and complimentary guest tram service to Universal Studios Hollywood. Sheraton Universal's 451 guestrooms have city views, premium cable channels, high-speed Internet access, and Sheraton’s signature Sweet Sleeper Beds with triple sheeting and down pillows.
Spend half of the day in the company of an Expert Guide and vehicle with driver as you are shown the highlights of this great city! Enjoy the different sights of downtown Los Angeles, such as the Dorothy Chandelier Theater where the Oscars are granted and Olvera Street. Continue to Hollywood Hills through the famous Hollywood blvd. where the Chinese Theater is located. Brief stop at the Chinese theater and then continue through the Sunset blvd. passing through the Sunset Plaza and entering Beverly Hills where the passengers will be shown the house of different Hollywood stars. Continue to Rodeo drive where you will be given time for lunch (not included) and shopping.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer to Long Beach with vehicle and driver.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled into your cabin, as well as explore the facilities on your ship. Tonight's welcome dinner will be an ideal opportunity to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
Port charges are included on your itinerary.
Island Princess was built to Panamax size – this means she can offer you the exclusive experience of sailing through the Panama Canal. A high percentage of balcony staterooms give passengers the chance to view this feat of engineering up-close, or take in stunning views of spectacular glaciers during cruises to Alaska. Featured on just one other Princess ship, the Bayou Café and Steakhouse is a unique dining venue onboard in which to enjoy authentic New Orleans cuisine accompanied by live jazz.
Your first full day at sea today provides you with plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with some of your fellow cruisemates.
Today is a full day spent at sea, as you cruise onward toward your first destination, Mexico's Cabo San Lucas. Nights are always a buzz with activity, and it's up to you to choose your pleasure - from live theater and the big screen, to plush lounges, swanky casinos and dance clubs.
It is the largest community in Los Cabos municipality, and the second-largest in Baja California Sur, after La Paz. The word cabo translates into English as cape and San Lucas is the Spanish name for Saint Luke. Thus Cabo San Lucas can be translated as Cape Saint Luke and Los Cabos as The Capes.
Today begins a string of three straight days at sea, cruising south through the Pacific Ocean. If you're feeling lucky, make your way to the onboard casino and try your hand at a game of cards, roulette or the slot machines.
Cruising the Pacific Ocean, you are relaxingly making your way south toward the Panama Canal. Curl up with a good book, or explore the ship's vast array of activities, including massages at the spa.
You're nearing the lower portion of Central America now as you continue on to tomorrow's port stop, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. This day at sea offers ideal opportunity to socialize with others on board. Grab a drink and mingle!
San Juan del Sur is a coastal city on the Pacific Ocean, in south-west Nicaragua. The town is a popular tourist location because of its many nearby spectacular beaches. San Juan del Sur is popular among surfers and is a vacation spot for many Nicaraguan families and foreign tourists, who consider it an unspoiled alternative to Costa Rica. Its population is approximately 18,500, comprised largely of families engaged in fishing. San Juan del Sur, set aside a crescent-shaped bay, was a popular resting place for gold prospectors headed to California in the 1850s.
Puntarenas is the capital and largest city in the province Puntarenas, Costa Rica, at the Pacific coast. The eponymous and oddly shaped province has its largest section in the South, far from the capital. Some 100,000 live in the city and close towns. With beaches on the Pacific Ocean, it also attracts many tourists, especially surfers. It is also a possible stopover point for the touristy Monteverde, further inland. Its port, Caldera, is one of the main ports in the country. Also, regularly scheduled ferries carry vehicles from Puntarenas to the Nicoya Peninsula
Meet your private driver at the port for transfer to a full day tour to the Manuel Antonio National Park. The park is Costa Rica's smallest national park, just over 683 hectares, but it remains one of the most amazing, and most popular to visit. Among a small forested area and three exceptionally beautiful beaches you will find a truly tropical paradise. Here, the mountains meet the sea, the beaches are covered with coconut palms and the ecosystem is teeming with land, air and sea species. During the 2 hour walk on the park trails, you will have the opportunity to see the endangered squirrel monkey (Manuel Antonio boasts the largest population in the world), various colorful and majestic birds, white faced monkeys, sloth, brilliantly colored land crabs, and colorful butterflies. A beach break will be included for time to enjoy the waves! After the tour, you will be returned back to the port.
One full day at sea is all that separates you from the highlight experience of your voyage: transitioning the Panama Canal. Sit back and relax, or alternately, discover the world of art onboard your cruise ship. Every Princess ship has art experts and world-class caliber artwork to enrich your cruise experience, or perhaps, even to take home through one of the art auctions.
Here is the moment you've been waiting for- today you'll transition the Panama Canal. As staggering a concept of digging through the Continental Divide, The Panama Canal also involved constructing the largest earth dam ever built, as well as the most massive canal locks and gates worldwide. This is a true historic engineering feat.
Cartagena de Indias is a port city on the northern coast of Colombia and capital of Bolívar Department. It is the fifth largest urban area in Colombia with a population over 1 million. Founded in 1533 by Spaniard Don Pedro de Heredia, and named after the port of Cartagena in Spain's Murcia region, the city was a major center of early Spanish settlement in the Americas. It experienced rapid development in the eighteenth century as the de facto capital of the Viceroyalty of New Granada and as the main hub of commerce and transportation in the late viceroyalty era. The city is presently a center of economic activity in the Caribbean region and a popular tourist destination. Cartagena's colonial walled city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Oranjestad is the capital and most important city of Aruba located on the southern coast near the western end of the island. The town was built around Fort Zoutman shortly after it was erected in 1796. The fort is still one of the town's attractions, others being the tax-free harbour and the Willem III Tower, located near the fort. Dutch colonial architecture is less visible than on neighbouring island Curaçao, but several modern recreations have emerged, including the outdoor shopping mall at Royal Plaza, and a few scattered buildings along Main Street and on the Main Square. Oranjestad is served by the Queen Beatrix International Airport, 2.5 kilometers from the city center.
Today you'll sail north, through the tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea. Grab a lounge chair around the big screen and watch one of the various movies lined up during your voyage.
Today is your final day at sea, as you near the southern coast of the United States, sailing to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Spend some time recounting the exceptional moments on your voyage.
Welcome to Fort Lauderdale. This morning you'll disembark from your cruise vessel, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Meet your driver for a private transfer with vehicle and driver.
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