Caribbean & Central America
(Panama Canal Cruise)
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.
Cruise Departure Dates:
As shown: Mar 2, Apr 1, Apr 28, May 1, Oct 27 (2014) // Jan 20, Apr 12 (2015)
Alternate route: Apr 16, Sep 23, Nov 11 (2014) // Feb 4,19, Mar 6,17 (2015)
Meet your driver for a private transfer with vehicle and driver.
The Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort is located on the Intercoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale Florida. It is a 384 guest room hotel that features a 127 slip full service marina. Rooms feature private balconies or patios with spectacular water or garden views, High speed Internet access, 26” color televisions with remote control, cable, On-Command movies, video guest check-out, and floor to ceiling windows. Guest can savor carefully prepared selections of the finest steak at Grille 66 – rated among the best in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy a soothing sanctuary of wellness and healing at Spa 66, a rare gem among Fort Lauderdale hotel spas, featuring massages, body treatments, skin care, and a beauty salon.
Take ataxi from Fort Lauderdale to port at your own peace.
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.
Today is a full day spent at sea, as you cruise onward toward your first destination, Aruba. 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.
Sit back and relax as you sail smoothly toward Aruba, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Today you'll sail northwest, along the coast of Panama to Puntareanas, Costa Rica. Grab a lounge chair around the big screen and watch one of the various movies lined up during your voyage.
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
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.
After your visit to Nicaragua, you'll begin the journey northwest en route to Mexico. This day at sea offers ideal opportunity to socialize with others on board. Grab a drink and mingle!
Today begins a string of three straight days at sea, cruising north 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 north toward Mexico. Curl up with a good book, or explore the ship's vast array of activities, including massages at the spa.
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.
A full day at sea as you sail up the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
Today is your final day at sea, as you sail onward to the Californian coast, headed for Los Angeles. Spend some time recounting the exceptional moments on your voyage.
Welcome to Los Angeles! This morning you'll disembark from your cruise vessel, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Meet your driver for a private port transfer.
The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs. You will have the unique opportunity to combine culture and entertainment with private transportation for the entire day, transfers from and to your hotel, a memorable visit to the Getty Museum, lunch at “Bon Apetit” restaurant, and shopping on fashionable Rodeo Drive! Your day includes round trip private transfers to and from your hotel, museum admission (beverages not included), lunch and shopping trip.
The Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood hotel is nestled in the heart of Hollywood within the city of Los Angeles and offers an ideal location for business and leisure travelers. This modern hotel is just a short walk, drive or commuter trek to many prominent corporations and attractions. Enjoy excellent amenities including free high-speed internet access and a fully-equipped business center. Work out in the fitness center or dive into the sparkling pool. Each spacious guest room boasts a sumptuous bed, ergonomically-designed desk and 37” HDTV.
Take a private airport transfer in Los Angeles with a private vehicle and driver.
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