5* California to Florida – Panama Canal

Travel from the Pacific to the Caribbean on this magnificent 15-night cruise from California to Florida via the Panama Canal. Boarding the 5-star Coral Princess in Los Angeles you’ll visit Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco in Mexico, San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua and Puntarenas in Costa Rica before you reach Fuerte Amador at the mouth of the Panama Canal. After crossing into the Caribbean you call at Cartagena in Colombia before reaching the final destination of Ft. Lauderdale. The holiday includes one night in a 4* Los Angeles hotel before your cruise.

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DESTINATION California to Florida
FROM Dublin / California
DATE 6 December 2018
DURATION 16 Nights (15-night cruise + 1-night hotel)
PRICE From €1,799 pp

Travel from the Pacific to the Caribbean on this magnificent 15-night cruise from California to Florida via the Panama Canal. Boarding the 5-star Coral Princess in Los Angeles you’ll visit Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco in Mexico, San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua and Puntarenas in Costa Rica before you reach Fuerte Amador at the mouth of the Panama Canal. After crossing into the Caribbean you call at Cartagena in Colombia before reaching the final destination of Ft. Lauderdale. The holiday includes one night in a 4* Los Angeles hotel before your cruise.

California to Florida

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1-2: Los Angeles, California, USA: Overnight     Depart 16.00

Following your flight from Dublin, you will be transferred to a hotel in Los Angeles for your one night stay giving you a chance to relax on the famous beaches or go celebrity spotting in this lively city. After a night in your hotel, you will be transferred to the port where your ship will be waiting.

The City of Angels always hovers between dream and reality. Once a near-forgotten colonial outpost, the pueblo metamorphosed into an agrarian paradise before reinventing itself as a movie colony. Perhaps no other city owes so much to the technological innovations of the 20th century, from the automobile to the airplane. Little wonder that LA is oft described as the “dream machine.” In LA, reinvention is a way of life. Yet this talent for change has created a city with a rich ethnic diversity and a sizzling culture. LA is the source for trends that migrate across the country and then the world. Where else can you enjoy a Thai taco or munch on a kosher burrito? Or travel from downtown’s high rises to the beaches of Malibu, shopping in Beverly Hills along the way?

Day 3-4: At Sea:

Day 5: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Arrive 08.00     Depart 17.00

Puerto Vallarta was sleepy no more; its transformation into an international resort had begun. Then director John Huston chose the village as the location for his film “Night of the Iguana,” starring Richard Burton. Today, the city has its own “Gringo Gulch,” a haunt of the rich and famous. Travelers are also drawn by its climate, its excellent shopping – which offers great values on leather goods, jewelry, and handicrafts – and mile after mile of palm-lined beaches.

Day 6: At Sea:

Day 7:  Huatulco, Mexico: Arrive 08.00     Depart 17.00

Nine bays bordered by 36 golden-sand beaches form the beautiful Las Bahias de Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca.

Welcome to Mexico’s newest resort on the Pacific Riviera. Huatulco is a tropical Eden with crystalline waters, coral reefs, and uncrowded beaches. Inland, the rugged coast range is thickly carpeted with rainforest and coffee plantations. While Huatulco is still in its early stages of development, travelers may note that the resort has a different feel from other destinations on the Mexican Riviera. That’s because large areas of Huatulco have been designated as an ecological reserve. Huatulco is located in the state of Oaxaca where the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean.

Day 8: At Sea:

Day 9: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua: Arrive 07.00     Overnight     Depart 18.00

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: Due to time constraints in port, some tours may not be available on every voyage. Please refer to your Cruise Personalizer on princess.com for a complete list of tours available during your cruise. Tour content may vary based on the amount of time in port.
San Juan del Sur is an anchorage port. Transfer from the ship to shore will be via the ship’s tender transfer.
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. (22kg). 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.

Day 10: Puntarenas, Costa Rica: Arrive 07.00     Depart 19.00

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: At Sea:

Day 12: Fuerte Amador, Panama (for Panama City): Arrive 07.00     Depart 18.00

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. On complete transits of the Panama Canal, the ship typically arrives in Fuerte Amador in the morning, operates tours and spends the full day at anchor.

Day 13: Panama Canal Full Transit Historic Locks, Panama: Arrive 06.00     Depart 16.30

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 14: Cartagena, Colombia: Arrive 08.00     Depart 17.00

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.

**Please note that passengers may encounter numerous local vendors at various tourist locations and may find them to be persistent in their sales offers.

Day 15-16: At Sea:

Day 17: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: Arrive 07.00

Following your departure from the Coral Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.

1 Night in a Los Angeles hotel and 16 Nights accommodation aboard the 5* Coral Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Coral Princess)

Coral Princess

Coral Princess, with more than 700 balcony staterooms, was custom built to navigate the historic Panama Canal. Be sure to try the Bayou Café and Steakhouse, which features New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine, join friends for cocktails and Movies Under the Stars® by the pool or try some decadent treats at the International Café.

  • Last Refurbished: January 2016
  • Guest Capacity: 2,000 lower berths
  • Number of Crew: 895
  • Tonnage 91,627

DINING

Passionate about our culinary craft, we’re committed to serving you mouthwatering, handcrafted dishes made from scratch throughout your voyage. Be sure to join us at one of our award-winning specialty restaurants to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or milestone and enjoy tantalizing specialties.

  • Crafted by Curtis Stone (dining room dishes)
  • Chef’s Table Experience^
  • Chocolate Journeys℠
  • Sabatini’s℠ (Italian specialty restaurant)^
  • Bayou Café & Steakhouse℠ (specialty restaurant)^
  • International Café
  • La Patisserie (World Cup of Pastry)
  • Princess Pizzeria
  • The Bar & Grill
  • Horizon Court (buffet)

ACTIVITIES

Each day, a world of exciting activities awaits, from cooking demonstrations to dance classes, trivia contests and a range of enrichment programs, including our Encounters with Discovery at SEA™ speaker series from experts who offer insights into the places you’ll visit.

  • Discovery at SEA™ Programs
  • Festivals of the World
  • The Atrium
  • Shops of Princess
  • Art Gallery & Auctions
  • Photo & Video Gallery
  • Platinum Photography Studio
  • Freshwater pools & Hot Tubs
  • Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
  • Princess Links (putting course)

ENTERTAINMENT

There’s always something happening on board — from heading to the Princess Theater for a lavish original musical production to enjoying a blockbuster movie poolside under the stars or simply relaxing in a lounge sipping a cocktail where a live band is playing your song.

  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Original Musical Productions
  • Music & Dancing
  • Vegas-style Casino
  • Featured Guest Entertainers
  • Princess Theater
  • The Voice of the Ocean (live show)
  • Universe Lounge
  • Explorers Lounge
  • Crooners Bar

JOYFUL REJUVENATION

Everything you need to refresh body and mind is right on board. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or a makeover in the salon, or a soothing massage in the Lotus Spa®. Or maybe it’s a brisk workout in the fitness center, followed by a little “me time” in The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved just for adults.

  • The Princess Luxury Bed
  • SLEEP by Princess
  • The Sanctuary (retreat for adults)^
  • Lotus Spa®^
  • Lotus Spa® Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes^

FAMILIES

Cruising is the ideal way for families to reconnect, from grandparents to grandkids and everyone in between. Share the joy of discovery on fascinating excursions, delight in entertaining group activities on board and, best of all, stay in a family suite or book adjoining rooms that keep family members close by.

  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Discovery at SEA™ programs
  • Festivals of the World
  • Shore Excursions
  • Discovery Family Fun Fair^
  • Pools & Hot Tubs
  • Sports Court
  • Enrichment Courses
  • Karaoke & Trivia Games
  • Holiday Activities^

KIDS & TEENS

Staffed by experienced counselors, our younger cruisers are sure to stay happy all day long. Through our Discovery at SEA™ program, as well as the California Science Center partnership, we deliver exciting interactive activities for kids ages 3-12, while teens can sip mocktails and make new friends.

  • Just for Kids 3-7
  • Just for Kids 8-12
  • Just for Teens 13-17

^Nominal charges may apply.
*On select sailings.

 

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Dates & Prices

Date Price Stateroom
06 December 2018 €1,799 Inside Cabin Book Now
06 December 2018 €2,689 Oceanview Cabin Book Now
06 December 2018 €2,689 Balcony Cabin Book Now

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Price Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Los Angeles
  • All transfers from airport – hotel – port
  • 1 night in a Los Angeles hotel before the cruise
  • 15 nights onboard the 5* Coral Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis while on board
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Flight from Miami to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Child and family prices available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.