Guided tour - WMT’s Panama Canal Cruise

  • Dates:Oct 30-Nov 10, 2017

Trip Details

This is one of the first sailings to traverse the NEW locks of the Canal to beautiful Gatun Lake, the most scenic spot on this famed passage between the oceans. While sailing through the beautiful Caribbean, we will enjoy a perfect combination of exciting ports of call and leisurely days at sea.

Monday, October 30
Flight to Ft Lauderdale
We will depart as a group from Cedar Rapids.  Upon arrival in Fort Lauderdale, our private group transfer will take us to our overnight stay. You may choose to relax at the hotel, or explore the area on your own, visiting the shops and restaurants within walking distance.

Tuesday, October 31
Ft Lauderdale
Late morning we will depart our hotel for Port Everglades, where we will board the Caribbean Princess®. Explore the ship and enjoy lunch before we set sail at approximately 4PM. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, November 1
Princess Cays, Bahamas
Enjoy a private beach party on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. One hundred miles long and only two miles wide, Eleuthera offers unspoiled beaches. You can relax on the beach, enjoy a watersport or take an excursion to explore the island. You will see quaint villages, have photo stops at the beautiful harbor and bay, visit one of nature's wonders and experience an extravaganza of Eleutheran culture, plus a taste of the island with an authentic native lunch and Junkanoo, the Bahamian masquerade tradition. (B,L,D)

Thursday and Friday, November 2 and 3
At Sea
The day is yours to enjoy! Customize your cruise experience with the myriad of dining, activity and entertainment options available. Take a class on dancing, cooking, ceramics, photography and more. Sit in on the Princess Book Club in the onboard library or an art appreciation lesson.  (B,L,D)

Saturday, November 4
Cartagena, Colombia
This historic city still boasts of its original Spanish Colonial architecture. The famous "Old City" is comprised of 12 square blocks filled with attractions, boutiques and restaurants. Its fortress walls, quaint streets and balconied houses are all vivid reminders of its former time. The city's numerous monasteries and noble mansions are significant links to the city's grand past. (B,L,D)

Sunday, November 5
Panama Canal and Colon, Panama
An undisputed bucket list destination, the Panama Canal holds both historical and international significance. It's nearly impossible to grasp its enormity and the amount of work that went into its construction, without passing through its famed locks. The "Panamax" locks will open in June 2017 and our Caribbean Princess ship is set to be one of the first mega-ship cruise vessel to use the new locks of the Panama Canal expansion project. Our ship will be lifted and lowered through the lock system as we traverse this man-made marvel. The Panamax Expansion will double the Canal’s capacity, having a direct impact on economies of scale and international maritime trade. In Colon take an excursion for more insight to the canal, explore Panama’s National Park and Rainforest or experience traditional Embera hospitality through a ceremonial dance and entertainment. (B,L,D)

Monday, November 6
Limon, Costa Rica
Limon boasts pristine beaches, sprawling banana plantations and dense rainforests. Afro-Caribbean influences abound, from the lilting speech and reggae rhythms brought by Jamaican settlers, to the colorful bungalows lining small fishing villages. You may choose to ride aboard the historic railroad that birthed Costa Rica's banana industry and enjoy the lush scenery just outside your window, where you might spot howler monkeys and two-toed sloths!  If you perhaps choose to be a bit more adventurous with a zipline excursion, where you will glide through the rainforest on specially-built traverses and cables for a bird's-eye view of the rainforest canopy. Limon is a zesty little slice of heaven. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, November 7
At Sea
What do you want to do today? With Princess, you have the freedom to choose from an endless selection of activities tailored to suit your unique onboard experience. For something physical, take an exercise class at the gym, practice your putt on the green, play some basketball or relax with a massage. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, November 8
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Blue-green mountains, white-sand beaches, and soft breezes across flower-adorned hillsides - Jamaica is a sensual feast. Stunning natural beauty and a unique society molded by British, African, Spanish and Asian influences make Jamaica an unforgettable port of call in the Caribbean. Visit the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls’ 600 foot waterfall or explore the lush tropical jungles, waterfalls and sparkling pools of the beautiful Coyaba gardens. (B,L,D)

Thursday, November 9
At Sea
A relaxing end to a memorable experience!   Consider the Ultimate Ship Tour today for a behind the scenes look at the fascinating operations of the Caribbean Princess. (B,L,D)

Friday, November 10
Ft Lauderdale to Cedar Rapids
Upon arrival in Fort Lauderdale, we will transfer to the airport for our return flight to Cedar Rapids. (B)

Included Highlights: 

  • Fully-escorted tour from Cedar Rapids
  • Private airport transfers
  • Baggage handling
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Ft Lauderdale
  • 10-night cruise accommodations
  • Breakfast at hotel and all meals onboard ship
    10 (B) breakfast, 9 (L) lunch, 9 (D) dinner
  • Shipboard entertainment
  • Destinations Unlimited Travel Bag
MD—Mini Suite with Private Balcony $3,195
BB - Private Balcony $2,895
BD - Private Balcony $2,795
OC - Oceanview Stateroom $2,645
OW - Obstructed Oceanview Stateroom $2,245
IC - Inside Stateroom $2,115

Deposit:  $700 per person is required to confirm your reservation
Final Payment:  Due on or before July 14, 2017
Cancellation Policy:  Deposit is non-refundable. After July 14, 2017, trip cost is non-refundable.


Cedar Rapids – American Airlines—$615 per person
(22 seats are available at this discounted group fare)

° Mid-morning departure from Cedar Rapids, change planes in Chicago, late-afternoon arrival in Ft Lauderdale

° Around noon departure from Ft Lauderdale, change planes in Charlotte, evening arrival in Cedar Rapids

Seats for each option are limited and will be selected when reservations are made.
Flight times are subject to schedule change by the airline.
First class air and departure from other cities available upon request.
If you choose to secure your own flight arrangements, your arrival & departure times must match our group air schedule to qualify for the included airport transfers.
There will be no refund for unused tour components.

Not Included:

  • Airfare arrangements—(Group Airfare is available)
  • Shore excursions
  • Passport
  • Personal items
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages, specialty drinks, sodas and certain snacks
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

*Fares are per person, cruise, one pre-night hotel, based on double occupancy, capacity controlled, apply to the first two passengers in the stateroom in the categories listed above on the 10/31/17 sailing of Caribbean Princess and include Taxes, Fees and Port expenses of $300.00. Ships of Bermudan and British Registry.  Single rate available upon request.

Travelers on this tour should be in reasonably good health. Certain components of this trip may not be able to accommodate those with special needs. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to guests with walking, dining or other personal needs.

Travel insurance is highly recommended and available through Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited. If the insurance premium is paid within 14 days of deposit, pre-existing conditions are covered, some limitations apply. If you decline the insurance offered by the agency, we strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance through another broker.

All passengers are required to have a passport valid through May 11, 2018. Non-US citizens must have a valid passport and advise Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited of your nationality at the time of deposit.

Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited reserves the right to take photos during any part of the tour and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a reservation with Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited, group members agree to allow their images to be used in such photos. Group members who prefer that their images not be used are asked to advise their group escort at the beginning of the tour.

Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited, escorts and hosts, selected air carrier, selected hotel, ground operators, Princess Cruises®, the shipowner, and their affiliates, shall have no liability for loss or damage to baggage and property, or for personal injuries or delay due to the acts or omissions of any carrier, hotel operator, restaurant, or any other supplier of services or facilities caused by weather, strike, war, quarantine or for any other reason or by the shipowner, and is governed by the terms and conditions printed on the cruise contract which is issued to all guests. Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited acts only as an agent for suppliers in selling travel-related services, accepting reservations, and booking services that are not directly supplied by this travel agency (i.e. air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, cruises, etc).

The itinerary, as published, will be followed as closely as possible. If, it is rendered necessary to make changes in this itinerary, the above named providers will not be responsible for any loss or expense caused guests by reason of such change. The above named providers reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any person, whether with or without cause, at any time. It is understood and agreed that a refund may not be made to guests who do not complete a cruise for any cause whatsoever. Please note that information on this flyer is based on details available at the time of printing and is subject to change. Please read this contract carefully. Any payment constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions.