Panama Canal Cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess
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The building of this massive canal spanned 400 years and still remains one of the most vital trade routes in the world. Experience this man-made marvel as well as some of nature's most amazing creations in the Caribbean and Central America on this unforgettable journey.
11 Days/10 Nights
All shipboard meals are included
NOTE: Itinerary subject to changePanama Canal Cruise Ports of Call:
Day 1ï¿½Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Embark) - ship sails at 4pm
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Falmouth, Jamaica Arrive 12pm, Depart 8pm
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Cartagena, Colombia 6:30am-12:30pm
Day 6: Panama Canal (Scenic Cruising) 5am-3:30pm
Day 6: Cristobal, Panama 4pm-8:30pm
Day 7: Limon, Costa Rica 8am-5pm
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Grand Cayman Arrive 7am, Depart 3pm
Day 10: At Sea
Day 11: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Disembark) - ship docks at 7am. Flight home
Every Starr vacation includes deluxe motorcoach transportation to/from the pier including airport transfers, if needed.
Falmouth is the chief town and capital of the parish of Trelawny in Jamaica. It is situated on Jamaica's north coast 18 miles east of Montego Bay. It is noted for being one of the Caribbean's best-preserved Georgian towns. Founded by Thomas Reid in 1769, Falmouth flourished as a market centre and port for forty years at a time when Jamaica was the world's leading sugar producer. It was named after Falmouth, Cornwall in the United Kingdom, the birthplace of Sir William Trelawny, the Governor of Jamaica, who was instrumental in its establishment. The town was meticulously planned from the start, with wide streets in a regular grid, adequate water supply, and public buildings. It even had piped water before New York City.
Port of Call #2: Cartagena, Colombia
One of the more interesting cities on your itinerary steeped in history. This was the transit port for all the wealth Spain derived from South America. The famous "Old City" is comprised of 12 square blocks filled with attractions, boutiques, and restaurants.
Throughout Colombia, the Spanish Empire's influence in the New World is self-evident. Its fortress walls, quaint narrow streets, and balconied houses are all vivid reminders of Spain's hold on Cartagena and throughout the Caribbean and South America. This is the land of El Dorado and flamboyant adventurers in search of the ever-elusive gold. Cartagena's well-constructed fortifications defended its borders against seafaring pirates whose attacks lasted for more than 200 years. Today this modern and bustling city, seaport, and commercial center still boasts much of its original colonial architecture. Your journey here will provide you with a significant link to the region's grand past.
Port of Call #3: Panama Canal (Scenic Cruising)
The narrow isthmus separating the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean had a colorful and turbulent history long before Ferdinand de Lesseps first dreamed of building a transcontinental canal.
Disembarkation in Gatun Lake is restricted to passengers who have booked the following Shore Excursions only: PC1-100, PC1-110, PC1-115, PC1-120, PC1-170, PC1-175, PC1-210, PC1-235, PC1-350, PC1-385, PC1-605, PC1-610, PC1-615. Passengers on these tours are taken ashore by tenders. Later in the day, the ship then retraces her route through the Gatun locks to dock at Pier 6 in Colon in the Caribbean. The tours return to this point. All remaining passengers are able to disembark in Colon, where they may explore the dockside shops. There are no tours offered in Colon.
Note: The Panama Canal Authority assigns specific time slots for the transit of a vessel through the locks. The ship will anchor in a designated area and will wait for instructions. Once clearance is transmitted to the ship, procedures begin to bring ship's tour passengers ashore. Therefore, tour departure times may vary and will be announced onboard.
In ports where guests utilize tender boats to go ashore, Princess staff will make every effort to assist but are not allowed to individually physically lift more than 50 lbs. Guests requiring physical assistance must travel with an able-bodied companion. With your safety and comfort in mind, the final decision to permit or prohibit passengers from going ashore will be made on each occasion by the ship's Captain.
Port of Call #4: Cristobal, Panama
Spanish conquistadores hauled Incan gold through the dense rain forest to ports on the Atlantic. English freebooters sought to ransack those ports and attack the treasure ships that sailed from Portobelo. And 49ers braved mosquitoes and yellow fever to get to the California goldfields. While the Panama Canal remains one of the great American engineering feats of the 20th century, visitors to Panama will discover a whole range of scenic wonders. Explore historic old Portobelo. Hike into the dense rain forest, home to over 1,000 species of animals, or pay a visit to an Embera Indian village in the heart of Chagres National Park.
Port of Call #5: Limon, Costa Rica
Costa Rica's Limon Province boasts pristine beaches, sprawling banana plantations and dense rainforest.
These Caribbean lowlands are still sparsely populated - nearly a third of the province's population lives around Puerto Limon - and conservation efforts have led to growing eco-tourism. Limon Province offers other charms as well. Afro-Caribbean influences abound, from the lilting speech and reggae rhythms brought by Jamaican settlers to the colorful bungalows lining small fishing villages. Limon is a zesty little slice of heaven.
Port of Call #6: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
When Columbus made his landfall in the Caymans in 1503, he found tortoises and sea turtles in such profusion that he promptly named the islands Las Tortugas. But the name that stuck for the islands was the Carib word "Caimanas." Fitting, since the caiman is a New World crocodilian and the islands were long the lair of pirates, buccaneers, and assorted freebooters. Despite their past, the Caymans are a Caribbean demi-paradise of white-sand beaches, coral gardens, and offshore waters harboring spectacular shipwrecks. Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman also boast the highest standard of living in the entire Caribbean. This union of natural beauty and cosmopolitan style makes Grand Cayman a spectacular port of call for today's adventurers.
Note: Grand Cayman is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender. In certain sea conditions, an alternate pier is used to transfer passengers ashore. This may cause tour durations to vary.
Indulge your appetite whenever you wish on board Princess. Every hour, our chefs are busy baking, grilling and sauteing great-tasting fare from scratch. Princess offers unparalleled inclusive dining options throughout the ship with a wide range of culinary delights to suit any palate, from endless buffet choices to gourmet pizza, frosty treats, decadent desserts, and much more.
On every Princess ship, you'll find so many ways to play, day or night. Explore The Shops of Princess, celebrate cultures at our Festivals of the World or learn a new talent ï¿½ our onboard activities will keep you engaged every moment of your cruise vacation.
Original musicals, dazzling magic shows, feature films, top comedians and nightclubs that get your feet movin' and groovin'. There's something happening around every corner; luckily, you have a whole cruise of days and nights to experience it all.
Revitalize and refresh body, mind and soul with Princess. From rejuvenating spa treatments and the tranquility of a top-deck retreat reserved just for adults to our state-of-the-art fitness centers, you'll find all the elements to come back new.
Length: 952 feet
-Ship sails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
There are 2 formal nights on this sailing and dress clothes will be required.
Princess makes it easier for passengers to reward excellent service by automatically adding a discretionary Hotel and Dining charge of $13.50 per person per day for inside/ocean view/balcony, $14.50 per person per day for mini suite.
Guests under 16 years of age are not permitted in the spa. Guests under 21 years of age are not permitted to purchase or consume alcohol or gamble onboard any Princess vessel.
Guests under 16 years of age are not permitted in the spa and guests under the age of 18 are not permitted in the casino.
$500.00 per person due at time of booking to secure a cabin.
Flights Schedule (subject to change)
United Airlines Flight #832 Newark to Ft. Lauderdale
Departs 8:37am/Arrives 11:28am
United Airlines Flight #538 Ft. Lauderdale to Newark
Departs 12:21pm/Arrives 3:14pm
Most airlines charge a fee for checked baggage.
"Government fees & taxes, non-commissionable fees and port expenses" may include any and all fees, charges, tolls & taxes imposed by US and/or foreign/governmental or quasi-governmental authorities including, but not limited to, SU Customs fees, head taxes, dockage fees, wharfage fees, inspection fees, pilotage, air taxes, hotel or VAT taxes incurred as part of a land tour, immigration and naturalization fees, and Internal Revenue Service fees, whether assessed on a per passenger, per berth, per ton, or per vessel basis. In case of per ton or per vessel assessments, those assessments will be spread over the passenger capacity of the ship. Government Fees & Taxes are subject to change and the cruise line reserves the right to collect any increases in effect at the time of sailing even if the fare has already been paid in full. "Fuel Supplement" shall mean any additional charge to defray a portion of the cruise line's fuel cost. The amount of fuel supplements are subject to change.
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Starr's Tour Operator location # is 306035.
-Starr has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we suggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.
-Proof of Citizenship Requirement: PASSPORT
Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of your stay.