Enjoy a 10 Night cruise to the lesser visited gems of the Caribbean and Latin America including Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and the Dominican Republic on the 5* Island Princess. Departing Fort Lauderdale in Florida this cruise also visits Falmouth in Jamaica and includes one night in a 4* Miami hotel before the cruise.
|DESTINATION||Caribbean – Panama Canal, Colombia & Costa Rica|
|FROM||Dublin / Florida|
|DATE||6th October 2019|
|DURATION||11 Nights (10-night cruise + 1-night hotel)|
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Miami, Florida, USA:
Following your flight from Dublin, you will be transferred to a hotel in Miami for your one night stay giving you a chance to relax on the famous beaches or explore this lively city. Adjectives such as glitzy and glamorous and fun and funky only hint at the reason Miami’s a world-renowned international destination. In the 500 years since Ponce de León arrived in search of the elusive fountain of youth, people have flocked here to capture the city’s energy, vitality and alluring charms. While the city’s noted for its towering palm trees, glittering blue ocean vistas and pristine beaches, beautiful weather, beautiful places and beautiful people it’s also home to an intriguing history, lively culture and postcard-perfect architecture. From the “walking trees” and ‘gator spotting in the Everglades to celebrity spotting in South Beach, Miami’s sure to impress.
Day 2: Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
Following your overnight in Miami, you will be transferred to the port in Ft. Lauderdale to board the magnificent 5* Princess cruise ship. According to the popular 1960 beach movie, Fort Lauderdale is “where the boys are.” The city’s reputation as America’s Spring Break capital, however, has been replaced with the more favorable image of a prime family tourist destination, attracting more than 10 million visitors annually. The most popular beach resort in Florida is even more rightly famed as the “Yachting Capital of the World,” with more than 40,000 registered crafts calling its waters home. The city also prides itself on being the “Venice of America” with more than 300 miles of navigable waterways. Fort Lauderdale boasts world-class theaters, museums, sightseeing, and shopping. The city sits 24 miles north of Miami and is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the second Seminole War. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale, who was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort. Look hard and you might find remnants of three of them today. More people seem to be interested in taking a water tour aboard the “Carrie B.”
Day 3: At Sea:
Day 4: Amber Cove, Dominican Republic:
Tucked on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Amber Cove, named for the translucent gemstone found on its shores, sits just seven miles from the town Puerto Plata, a cinematic locale used as the backdrop for the first Jurassic Park film. Just steps from the dock take in the sparkling beach, which offers a plethora of water activities, and the serene, natural beauty from the comfort of a private bungalow. Or venture off the property to take to the high seas on a luxury catamaran snorkeling expedition or explore the 450-year-old San Felipe Fortress. For high-flying adventure, swing through the trees on a zip line or ride a cable car 2,500 feet to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres for a look at its massive statue of Christ the Redeemer. And for those with a forward-thinking approach to social activism, delve into the culture and traditions of the friendly Dominican people while giving back to the community and making an impact on their lives. The experience will leave you feeling as warm as the glow from the amber sun.
Day 5: At Sea:
Day 6: 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. **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 7: Panama Canal (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. Spanish conquistadors hauled Incan gold through the dense rainforest 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 gold fields. 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. Hike into the dense rainforest, home to over 1,000 species of animals. Or pay a visit to an Embera Indian village in the heart of Chagres National Park.
Day 7: Continued – Cristobal, Panama:
The narrow isthmus separating the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean had a colorful and turbulent history long before Ferdinand de Lessups first dreamed of building a transcontinental canal. 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. After your ship completes her transit of the Gatun Locks, Princess shore excursion passengers only disembark via ship’s tender service. The ship then retraces her route through the locks to dock at Cristobal. All remaining passengers disembark there, where they may explore the dockside attractions.
Day 8: 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.
Day 9: At Sea:
Day 10: Falmouth, Jamaica:
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.
Day 11: At Sea:
Day 12: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida:
Following your departure from the ship, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.
1 Night in a Miami hotel and 10 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Star Island Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Island Princess)
Island Princess is your own private retreat on the sea. Whether you crave relaxation or exhilaration, you’ll find the soothing Lotus Spa®, live entertainment, gourmet cuisine, casino gaming and more. And for a special treat, try the Bayou Café and Steakhouse, which features New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine.
Dates & Prices
|06 October 2018||€1,819||Inside Cabin||Book Now|
|06 October 2018||€2,269||Oceanview Cabin||Book Now|
|06 October 2018||€2,609||Balcony Cabin||Book Now|
- Flight from Dublin to Miami
- All transfers from airport – hotel – port
- 1 night in a Miami hotel before the cruise
- 10 nights onboard the 5* Island 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
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit of 15%
- 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.