HISTORIC PANAMA CANAL CRUISE TOUR

16 NIGHTS ONBOARD CORAL PRINCESS

Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles

 

FEBRUARY 4 – 21, 2025

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Summary

Cruising is the best way to see the Panama Canal. Gaze in awe as you traverse the massive lock system, as your onboard cruise destination experts explain the history and culture of Panama with live narration from the bridge.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – FEBRUARY 4, 2025

FLIGHT TO FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA

Join our group for our flight from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale. Upon arrival we transfer to our overnight stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel. A chance to mingle with your fellow travellers at the included Manager reception.

DAY 2 – FEBRUARY 5, 2025

BOARD CORAL PRINCESS

DEPART 3:00 PM

Breakfast included prior to early afternoon transfer to board the Coral Princess in your chosen category. There is no place on earth where you can begin in one sea and travel to a completely different ocean within hours – bypassing the entire continent of South America. Enjoy the thrill of transiting the Historic Locks with Princess Cruise Lines. Discover immersive onboard experiences, as well as diverse tropical rainforests, white sand beaches and dramatic volcanoes. Launched in 2003, the Coral Princess was refurbished in 2016. This coral class ship features Two Main Dining rooms, an Italian restaurant, Steakhouse, International Café, Buffet restaurant and more! For entertainment, enjoy the Princess Theatre, Universe Lounge with 3 revolving stages, Martini Bar and Disco. With the Lotus Spa and Fitness Centre, 4 pools and 5 whirlpool spas, putting course, casino, sports deck, along with a library and cards room, you are sure to find your time passes much too quickly! Once onboard, relax, settle into your cabin and enjoy the passing scenery as we embark on the “World’s Greatest Shortcut”. (B,D)

DAY 3 – FEBRUARY 6, 2025

AT SEA - CRUISING

Today is our first day at sea. Be sure to explore your ship and all the entertainment available. (B,L,D)

Coral Princess at Sea

DAY 4 – FEBRUARY 7, 2025

AT SEA - CRUISING

Our second day at sea. Maybe you want to join in a cooking demonstration or dance classes or simply enjoy the spellbinding waves as we cruise towards our first port of call! (B,L,D)

DAY 5 – FEBRUARY 8, 2025

ARUBA

Docked: 9:00AM to 6:00PM

We are in port today from 9:00 .m. to 6:00 p.m. Dutch influence still lingers on this balmy Caribbean island, part of the former Netherlands Antilles until its independence in 1986. Aruba is a contrast: the island's arid interior is dotted with cactus and windswept divi-divi trees while secluded coves and sandy beaches make up its coast. Explore on your own or choose from 20 different shore excursions. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 - FEBRUARY 9, 2025

AT SEA - CRUISING

Time today to relax and prepare for our big adventure tomorrow! (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - FEBRUARY 10, 2025

PANAMA CANAL FULL TRANSIT HISTORIC LOCKS

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. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 - FEBRUARY 11, 2025

FUERTE AMADOR, PANAMA

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. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 - FEBRUARY 12, 2025

AT SEA - CRUISING

Time to catch our breath from the marvels of the last 2 days, before we reach Costa Rica! (B,L,D)

DAY 10 - FEBRUARY 13, 2025

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. Enjoy your day in Costa Rica with 19 different excursions available to purchase. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 - FEBRUARY 14, 2025

AT SEA - CRUISING

Relax and enjoy your day at seat. Happy Valentines Day! (B,L,D)

DAY 12- FEBRUARY 15, 2025

PUERTO CHIAPAS, MEXICO

The southern most port of Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Chiapas is relatively new, being built in 1975, and is the primary hub from which the region’s agricultural goods, including coffee, are sent abroad. Explore surrounding areas including Tapachula, visit coffee estates and banana and cacao plantations in the area. Excursions to Maya sites, such as Izapa, are also an option. Be sure to take time to sample the local cuisine! (B,L,D)

DAY 13 - FEBRUARY 16, 2025

HUATULCO, MEXICO

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. Maybe of interest is an eco tour and crocodile sanctuary or snorkeling in the bay. (B,L,D)

DAY 14 - FEBRUARY 17, 2025

AT SEA - CRUISING

Our journey is coming to a close, be sure to take in a show, enjoy the passing scenery and revel in the warm sea breezes. (B,L,D)

DAY 15 - FEBRUARY 18, 2025

MANZANILLO, MEXICO

Manzanillo's history as a resort on the Mexican Riviera is brief. But the port's history is as old as the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Cortes first spied the harbour in 1522, when he chose the bay as the site for a shipyard. The city's maritime heritage continues to this day: Manzanillo is the largest commercial port on Mexico's Pacific Coast. What draws travellers, however, is the bay's scenic beauty: jungle-laden mountains rise above rocky coves and golden-sand beaches. The offshore waters offer superb diving - and some of the finest fishing in the world. (B,L,D)

DAY 16 - FEBRUARY 19, 2025

AT SEA - CRUISING

Our second last day onboard. Be sure to check out all the entertainment options! (B,L,D)

Princess Theater, Shows

DAY 17 - FEBRUARY 20, 2025

AT SEA - CRUISING

All too soon our journey is ending. Time for some last minute shopping onboard, trying your luck in the casino and enjoying fabulous food and entertainment. (B,L,D)

Sabitini Dining Room

DAY 18 - FEBRUARY 21, 2025

LOS ANGELES TO TORONTO

We dock at 7:00 a.m. and will soon begin the disembarkation from our home for the last 16 days. Transfer from ship to Los Angeles airport is included for our return flight home back to Toronto. Thank you for joining BST Vacations and we hope to see you again soon! (B)

Inclusions

COST INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip airfare Toronto to Fort Lauderdale, return from Los Angeles
  • Airport taxes and fees
  • Cruise cabin in category chosen
  • Cruise port fees and taxes
  • Onboard Cruise Gratuities
  • 1 night accommodation in Fort Lauderdale
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • All meals while onboard cruise ship
  • Transfer from Fort Lauderdale airport to hotel, hotel to cruise pier, and Los Angeles cruise pier to LAX airport
  • Blowes & Stewart Travel Group Ltd. Professional Fee
  • Fully escorted by Rosemary Bartlett

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Items of a personal nature such as food and drinks on land portion of tour, laundry, telephone calls, bottled water, etc.
  • Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption and/or Out-of-Province Medical Insurance
  • New Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases beyond our control
  • Fees for Passports or Visas that may be required
  • Any item not specified as being included

Pricing

COST PER PERSON

(Based on Double/Twin Occupancy)

in Canadian Dollars

BB– Balcony Stateroom $7,089.00 including taxes and fees of $1,612.69+ $46.85 HST

BC– Balcony Stateroom $6,899.00 including taxes and fees of $1607.66 + $46.85 HST

BD– Balcony Stateroom $6,689.00 including taxes and fees of $1603.41 + $46.85 HST

OC– Oceanview Stateroom $5,999.00 including taxes and fees of $1587.59 + $46.85 HST

IB– Inside Stateroom $5,399.00 including taxes and fees of $1571.54 + $46.85 HST

Level Up with Princess Packages - full details from your travel advisor

Princess Plus - Beverage and Wi-Fi package surcharge $1,190.00 per person

Princess Premiere - Beverage and Wi-Fi package surchage $1,700.00 per person

Celebrity Eclipse

INAUGURAL DATE - January 17, 2003

OCCUPANCY - 2,000 Guests

REFURBISH DATE - January 2019

Coral Princess, with more than 700 balcony staterooms, was custom built to navigate the historic Panama Canal. Be sure to try the Bayou Cafe and Steakhouse, join friends for coctails and Movies Under the Stars by the pool or try some decadent treats at the International Cafe

Included Dining

Indulge your appetite whenever you wish on board Princess®. Every hour, our chefs are busy baking, grilling and sautéing 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 choice to gourmet pizza, frosty treats, decadent desserts and much more.

Activities

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 — our onboard activities will keep you engaged every moment of your cruise vacation.

Entertainment

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.

Joyful Rejuvenation

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.

Trip Notes

To Confirm Space on the Tour, a non-refundable deposit of $1500.00 per person is required at time of booking.

Balance of payment is due October 1, 2024. At the time of booking, we will also require a photocopy of the information page of your passport indicating that it is valid for six months following the date of your return to Canada.

Weather in February will average 30 degrees celius, so be sure to pack your sunscreen and hat!

Canadian citizens do not require a visa to visit Aruba, Costa Rica, Mexico or Panama.

Tour Director Bio

Rosemary Bartlett has 14 years tour directing experience, and when she is not on tour, you will find her on the golf course! Here's a little bit about Rosemary

  • Visited 14 countries on 5 continents
  • First trip abroad was Italy
  • Never travels without her camera
  • Starting her day with a cappucino makes her very happy
  • Bucket list destinations - Norway, Sweden and Finland
  • Words to live by "Treat everyone you meet like you wish to be treated"
  • Why does she travel? Every day is like Christmas. New experiences and adventures are around every corner. Travel is the gift that just keeps giving.

She looks forward to sharing this amazing adventure with you!

Terms & Conditions

BST Escorted Group Terms & Conditions

(These Terms & Conditions do not apply to Charters. Separate T & C apply.)

Please carefully review the Terms & Conditions outlined below. Any reservation made with BST constitutes a binding agreement signifying your acceptance of, and your agreement to follow, these Terms & Conditions, and to be bound by them.

To process your reservation, we will need your personal information including your name, address, telephone number, email address, passport number, date of birth, citizenship, and information you have disclosed regarding health, medical, dietary, mobility and other special requirements. BST will require a copy of your valid passport at time of deposit.

Deposit and Final Payment

Deposit is due at time of booking to secure your reservation. The deposit amount due is $1500.00 CAD per person.

The final payment deadline is due in our office on or before the date included on your invoice.

All payments once received are non-refundable. Please refer to insurance sections below.

Please make cheques payable to Blowes and Stewart Travel. We also accept in-office cash / debit payments, or Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards.

Completion of the electronic credit card authorization form or the PDF credit card authorization form commits you to your reservation and the charges on your credit card.

The Company reserves the right to cancel a reservation if payment has not been received by the specified due date.

Final Travel details will be issued 2 weeks prior to departure.

Not Included in the Trip Cost

All quoted trip costs do not include items of a personal nature such as but not limited to; medical insurance, cancellation/interruption insurance, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, phone calls, airline baggage fees where applicable and meals that are not included or listed in the itinerary.

Escorted Group Cancellation Policy

All escorted groups require a minimum number of passengers to travel. Should minimum numbers not been reached, the Company has the right to cancel the tour with a full refund to the passengers booked. Refund will be processed in manner received. Tours unable to operate due to Travel Advisory, acts of God, Terrorism or any other event and no fault of BST, will be subject to cancellation charges as listed above.

BST highly recommends the purchase of cancellation/interruption insurance for all trips. BST will not be held responsible for loss of monies due to cancellation/changes.

Medical insurance is mandatory for all trips outside of the Province of Ontario. If client has out of province medical insurance with a separate insurance provider, BST must be advised of insurance company name, policy number & company contact information prior to trip commencement.

Persons leaving the tour during operation will not receive a refund of unused services and all costs of returning to the point of embarkation will be borne by the client. For additional information on packages/plans offered, please visit https://www.igoinsured.com/Direct/ManulifeGlobal.aspx? ag=STEWPET&lang=E

Global Pandemic

Customer acknowledges the risks related to the spread of infectious or contagious diseases. It remains the customer's responsibility to take the necessary precautions applicable to any health hazards, including but not limited to a Global Pandemic. To ensure the safety of all guests and employees, suppliers may have mandatory safety protocols in place, and the availability of their services and facilities may be impacted.

Customer agrees to follow all current and future regulations/protocols set forth for safety in compliance with government policies at your own expense.

BST is not responsible for any fees for, or associated with, mandatory government testing in destination or for returning to Canada, quarantine or expenses relating to any Global Pandemic or similar. If additional insurance protection is declined, it remains the customer's responsibility to verify if their travel insurance policy covers a Global Pandemic.

BST will not be held liable should customers be denied boarding due to insufficient proof of a negative Global Pandemic test prior to departure, or displaying symptoms of a Global Pandemic upon check in. No monies will be refunded to customers who have been denied boarding or refunded at port of entry.

Additional Notes

All prices listed are per person in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise noted. Pricing is based on supplier cost, currency exchange rates and conditions in effect at the time of brochure printing. Final payment may fluctuate based on changes to the currency exchange at that time. Should there be a pricing increase, a maximum of 7% of base cost, may be applied, or to the taxes and/or government-imposed fees, fuel surcharges or additional airline fees before final payment, these increased charges will be levied to the customer and applied to the final invoice. No additional surcharges may be applied after the trip is paid in full. All trips may be subject to change in situations beyond our control.

When travelling outside of Canada all Canadian passengers require a valid passport. If travelling with a foreign passport (not Canadian) BST must be advised at time of booking so we can advise accordingly. Most countries require passports to be valid for 6 months beyond the expected return date.

Some countries may also have visa requirements for entry. Any fees to obtain visas or additional travel documentation that may be required are the responsibility of the traveler. Entry into another country cannot be guaranteed and is at the sole discretion of the local authorities. BST takes no responsibility for a customer being denied entry into another country. Cancellation charges and any additional fees will be at the customer’s expense.

It is the passenger's responsibility to obtain information, and to have in their possession, all the required documentation to travel (such as passports, visa where applicable, etc.) required by the relevant governmental authorities, for themselves and passengers in their care. Note that the documents required for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required for the return.

BST is not responsible for any missing or inappropriate documents. Failure to have proper travel documents will result in denied boarding and automatic cancellation of your reservation without refund.

BST accepts any passengers that have a disability, intellectual or physical condition providing they are able to care for themselves during the trip which includes boarding the plane/bus on their own; participating in any included tours/sightseeing without assistance; the ability to understand meeting points/times and the ability to care for their own documents. BST will accept any passenger who’s intellectual or physical condition is such as to render him/her incapable of caring for him/herself without assistance, provided that he/she is accompanied by an attendant (at an additional cost) who is responsible for the passenger enroute and with the care of such attendant, he/she will not require attention or assistance beyond that which is usually provided by BST tour escort. Some destinations may not be suitable for physical mobility issues.

Baggage restrictions vary by airline and destination. Specific details will be provided with your final travel documents.

Please ensure that you have secured baggage tags to your luggage prior to arriving at the airport, train station or boarding the coach.

Please note that you are responsible for carrying your own luggage and are responsible for the safety and security of your luggage at all times. BST will not assume liability for loss, theft, or damage due to breakage, fire, water, or theft, during transport on the plane, coach, train or at hotel. Ask your agent for details of Baggage and Personal Effects Insurance coverage.

Airline seating requests are taken into consideration and sent to each airline if applicable. Additional charges apply for premium seating on aircraft. Specific seating on coaches or trains cannot be guaranteed. BST will try to accommodate all requests.

BST reserves the right to decline any person as a member of the trip at any time before or during the trip should such person’s presence be considered detrimental to the interest, comfort, and enjoyment of the other members. Persons leaving the trip after commencement will not receive a refund of unused services and all costs of returning to the point of embarkation will be borne by the client.

When travelling outside of Ontario, please note local customs may differ and conditions of travel may not be the same as home. Clients not travelling on full itinerary as outlined assume full responsibility for any cancellation penalties or fees incurred due to cancellation or alteration to itinerary in any way.

Our Role

In offering travel arrangements for sale, BST acts solely as the organizer of the tours and responsible for making all reservations as outlined. BST cannot be held responsible for supplier errors or omissions. We do not maintain any control over the personnel, equipment or operations of any supplier and we assume no responsibility for, and shall not be expected or required to pay for any financial loss, personal injury, other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity which you may experience either by reason of (1) non-performance by any supplier for whatever reason (2) wrongful causes, negligent or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any supplier or its employees or on the part of any other party not under the control of BST (3) any defect, breakdown or other failure of any aircraft, train, bus, automobile, accommodation, ship or other equipment or instrumentality operated and owned or otherwise used by a supplier or (4) BST is not liable for any loss, damage, injury or death resulting from circumstances beyond its direct control such as unexpected weather conditions, civil unrest, acts of God, force Majeure or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Book early to secure your cabin! Reach out to your BST Vacations Travel Advisor for details.