Panama Canal Cruise

Panama Canal Cruise

No vacation comes close to the dramatic scope of an epic Panama Canal Cruise (Sailing between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans transitioning between all three sets of locks - Gatun, Miraflores and Pedro Miguel).

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No vacation comes close to the dramatic scope of an epic Panama Canal Cruise (Sailing between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans transitioning between all three sets of locks - Gatun, Miraflores and Pedro Miguel).

Princess Panama Canal Cruise

Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean

from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

to San Francisco, California

 

No vacation comes close to the dramatic scope of an epic Panama Canal Cruise (Sailing between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans transitioning between all three sets of locks – Gatun, Miraflores and Pedro Miguel).  From the Panama Canal’s opening day to present, nearly a million ships have passed through the mighty locks.  Encompassing tragedy and triumph, Spanish kings, conquistadors and five different American presidents, the building of this massive project spanned 400 years.  And today, nearly 100 years after its completion, the Panama Canal remains one of the most vital trade routes in the world.  In addition to Panama’s man-made marvel, this voyage includes some of nature’s most amazing creations in the Caribbean and Central AmericaCome sail away with Gunther Tours! 

 

Day            Port                                                     Arrive                  Depart

02-Nov       Ft. Lauderdale, FL                           4:00 pm

03-Nov       At Sea        

04-Nov       At Sea                  

05-Nov       Cartagena, Columbia                    7:00 am                3:00 pm      

06-Nov       Panama Canal Full Transit           6:00 am                4:30 pm      

07-Nov       Fuerte Amador, Panama              7:00 am                6:00 pm

08-Nov       At Sea

09-Nov       Puntarenas, Costa Rica               7:00 am                7:00 pm      

10-Nov       San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua       7:00 am                6:00 pm

11-Nov       At Sea

12-Nov       At Sea

13-Nov       At Sea

14-Nov       Cabo San Lucas, Mexico             8:00 am                5:00 pm

15-Nov       At Sea

16-Nov       At Sea

17-Nov       San Francisco, CA                       7:00 am

 

Included:

* Gunther Motor Coach transfer to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

        -Gunther Motor Coach transfer from BWI Airport

        -2 nights hotel accommodations en route to Florida

* 2 breakfasts en route to Florida

* 2 dinners en route to Florida

* 15 nights Stateroom accommodations

* Ports of Call, including:

         -Cartagena, Columbia

         -Panama Canal Full Transit, Panama

         -Fuerte Amador, Panama

         -Puntarenas, Costa Rica

         -San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

         -Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

* All Meals on-board “Coral Princess”

* Shipboard Credit $25.00 Per Stateroom

* 1 Bottle of Wine Per Stateroom

* Broadway-style Shows, Las Vegas-style Casino

* Swimming Pools, Health and Fitness Center

* Driver, Escort and Pier Porter Gratuities

* Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses

* Includes $13.50 per person/per day ship hotel & dining gratuities

* Excludesone-way air from San Francisco to Baltimore

* ExcludesCancellation Insurance

Day 1

Welcome Aboard! Travel in comfort aboard our deluxe motor coach towards sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Before checking into our hotel in Florence, South Carolina for the night, we are treated to a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 2

After a deluxe continental breakfast we depart for Orlando, Florida. After checking into our hotel for the night, we are treated to a delicious buffet dinner at the hotel's restaurant at your leisure.

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Day 3

After a buffet breakfast we depart for Fort Lauderdale, Florida our port of departure. Upon our arrival, it's time to board the "Coral Princess", to begin our Panama Canal Cruise (Ocean to Ocean).

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Day 4 & 5

At Sea!

Day 6

Cartagena, Columbia - 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.

Day 7

Panama Canal Full Transit, Panama - Cruising through the Panama Canal will be one of the unforgettable experiences of your voyage! It takes approximately eight hours to navigate the 50-mile waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, allowing you to experience firsthand one of the engineering marvels of the 20th century. Completed in 1914, the canal marks the culmination of a dream born in 1513, when Balboa became the first European to cross the Isthmus of Panama and sight the Pacific. In 1880 Ferdinand de Lesseps and the French Canal company, builders of the Suez Canal, began construction in Panama, only to be defeated by disease, staggering cost overruns, and massive engineering problems. The French sold their claim and properties to the United States for $40 million, a staggering loss of $247 million on their investment. The United States began construction in 1904, completing the project in 10 years at a cost of $387 million. Building the canal meant solving three problems: engineering, sanitation, and organization. The project, for example, required carving a channel through the Continental Divide and creating the then-largest man-made lake ever built, as well as defeating yellow fever and other tropical maladies. The United States oversaw the operation of the Panama Canal until December 31, 1999, when the Republic of Panama assumed responsibility for the canal's administration. The Panamanian government controls the canal through the Panama Canal Authority, an independent government agency created for the purpose of managing the canal.

Day 8

Fuerte Amador, Panama (for Panama City) - Fuerte Amador, situated at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, is a man-made peninsula extending out into the Pacific Ocean. The one-mile causeway was created by connecting four small islands with rocks excavated from the Panama Canal. There are several shops, restaurants, and other specialty stores centered around a large marina that serves as a tender dock. The causeway also affords a panoramic view of Panama City's impressive skyline and serves as the home for the Smithsonian Institute of Tropical Research. Note: Fuerte Amador is an anchorage port, passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.

Day 9

At Sea!

Day 10

Puntarenas, Costa Rica - To Spanish explorers, the rumors of gold and vast riches could only mean that this section of Central America was the costa rica - the "Rich Coast." Hailed as the Switzerland of the Americas, Costa Rica occupies a unique position, lying between two oceans and two continents. On both coasts, tropical rainforests rise to the mountains of the interior, many of which soar over 13,000 feet above sea level. In the west, a seemingly endless succession of brown-sand beaches forms the nation's Pacific coast. Puntarenas is your gateway to Costa Rica's wonders - and to its capital city of San Jose.

Day 11

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua - Nicaragua is the largest Central American nation and has stunning landscapes, vast cultural treasures, and an intriguing history. Until recent times Nicaragua was unfortunately known for the civil war (Sandinistas and Contras) that raged from the late 70s through much of the 80s. Today, the soldiers and guerrillas have given way sightseeing in a beautiful country. From strolling the cobblestone streets of colonial Granada on Lake Nicaragua, to exploring one of the many volcanoes, Nicaragua has something for even the most seasoned traveler. Note: San Juan del Sur is an anchorage port, passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.

Day 12,13 & 14

At Sea!

Day 15

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - Millennia ago, Cabo San Lucas was part of the Mexican mainland. Then a massive rupture of the San Andreas Fault sent the waters of the Pacific crashing into the newly formed depression, creating the Sea of Cortez and the Baja Peninsula. Lying at the very tip of Baja, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas - or "Cabo" - is one of the premier resort destinations in the Western Hemisphere. Swim in the transparent waters, marvel at the wealth of marine life, relax on one of the white-sand beaches or try your hand at some of the finest sportfishing in the world. Note: Cabo San Lucas is an anchorage port, passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.

Day 16 & 17

At Sea!

Day 18

San Francisco, California - After breakfast we disembark the "Coral Princess" and depart for the airport for our flight home today. Having enjoyed the fellowship of friends old and new on our 2019 Panama Canal Cruise (Ocean to Ocean), we return home taking with us many amazing memories, pictures and souvenirs of a wonderful cruise which will last a lifetime!

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B=Breakfast, D =Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Carney Park & Ride Carney Park & Ride - 2980 Jomat Ave. Parkville, MD
Exit 31A (Harford Rd north) off Route 695
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Gunther Charters Gunther's - 7443 Shipley Ave. Harmans, MD (GPS)
Lot C off of Shipley Ave.
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