Panama Canal Itinerary-Coral Princess
Monday, February 16, 2015
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
According to the popular 1960's beach movie, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is "where the boys are." The city's reputation as America's Spring Break capital, however, has been replaced with a more favorable image of a prime family tourist destination, attracting more than 10 million visitors annually. The most popular beach resort in Florida is more rightly famed as the "Yachting Capital of the World," with more than 40,000 navigable waterways. Ft. Lauderdale boosts world-class theaters, shopping, museums, and sightseeing.
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 who built the first fort. Look hard and you might find remnants of three of them today. Most people seem to be interested in taking a water tour aboard the "Carrie B
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013
MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013
TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013
Arrival 7:00am, Departure 12:30pm
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.Aruba's long and colorful heritage is reflected in its dialect called Papiamento, it is a tongue that combines elements of Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, African, and English.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013
Arrival 9:00am, Departure 3:00pm
One of the most interesting cities on your itinerary steeped in history. This was the transit port for all the wealth that Spain derived from South America. The famous "Old City" is comprised of 12 squar blocks filled with attractions, botiques, and restaurants.
Throughout Columbia, the Spanish Empire's influence in the New World is self-evident. Its fortress walls, quaint narrowed 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 adventures in search of 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 region's grand past.
THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013
Panama Canal, Panama
Arrival 5:00am, Departure 4:30pm
The narrow isthmus seperating the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean had a colorful and turbulent history long before Ferdinand de Lesseps first dreamed of buildng a transcontinental canal.
Spanish Conquistadors hauled Incan gold through dense rainforests to ports on the Atlantic. English freebooters sought to ransack those ports and attack the treasure ships that sailed from Portobelo. And 49ers braved mosquitos and yellow fever to get to the California gold fields. While the Panama Canal remains one of the greatest 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 the Embera Indian village, in the heart of the Chargres National Park.
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013
Fuerte Amador, Panama (for Panama City)
Arrival 8:00am, Departure 6:00pm
Fuerte Amador, situated at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, is a man-made penisula extending out into the Pacific Ocean. The one-mile causeway was created by connecting four small islands with rocks excavacted 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 Smithsonian Institute of Tropical Research.
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Arrival 7:00am, Departure 7:00pm
To Spanish explorers, the rumors of gold and vast riches could only mean that this section of Central America was costa rica -"The Rich Coast." Hailed as the Switzerland of the Americas, Costa Rica occupies a uniques 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 sucession of brown-sand beaches from the nation's Pacific coast. Puntarenas is your gateway to Costa Rica's wonders-and to its capital city of San Jose.
MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013
TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Arrival 7:00am, Departure 6:00pm
Guatemala is located in the northern-most part of Central America and is one of the largest countries in the region. It boasts 37 volcanoes, a rich Mayan heritage, Lake Atitlan, and one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Antigua. Once the center of the impressive ancient Mayan civilization, Guatemala was conquered by Spanish Conquestedor Pedro de Alvarado in 1524. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. These issues have now faded into the past and today Guatemala is a thriving democracy with many varying landscapes, activities, and historical venues waiting to be discovered. Enjoy an African safari n the hot tropical Pacific Coast or explore the cool Mayan highlands where Lake Atitlan and the colonial city of Antigua are located. There is something for every traveler's interest in Guatemala.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013
SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013
Los Angeles, California