Panama Canal Cruise
January 7, 2024 thru January 22, 2024
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Join our SUN TOURS on this amazing journey through the Panama Canal on the Emerald Princess. For over 100 years it has remained one of the great manmade wonders of the modern world. This cruise is so breathtaking it has been named a Cruise World Wonder by Conde Nast Traveler! Princess was the first cruise line to sail the Panama Canal and has been doing so since 1967.
Roundtrip Air Transportation
15 nights aboard the Emerald Princess
16 days, 15 nights
All meals aboard included
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- 15 Nights Aboard the Incredible Emerald Princess
- Ship Amenities including Endless Buffet Options, Vegas Style Casino, Shops, Art Gallery, Sports Courts, Afternoon Tea, Movies, Freshwater Pools, Hot Tubs, Musical Productions, Night Life, Play Areas for Kids, and More!
- Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Las Bahias de Huatulco, Mexico
- Puntarenas, Costa Rica
- Fuerte Amador
- Panama Canal
- Cartagena, Colombia
- Airfare from ABQ to Los Angeles /Ft. Lauderdale to ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
- All airport/hotel/ship transfers
- Baggage handling at hotel (1 piece)
- 15-night cruise with all meals onboard
- All gratuities, except for excursions or special services
- Your SUN TOURS escort
- Government fees & air taxes
DAY 1 - Fly to LA & Board the Ship
We depart Albuquerque for our flight to Los Angeles and transfer to our home for the next 16 days, the beautiful Emerald Princess.
DAY 2 - Day at Sea
Our first relaxing day at sea, we can explore our ship, watch a movie, go for a swim, or just relax on our balcony with a good book.
DAY 3 - Cabo San Lucas
We arrive in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Millennia ago, Cabo San Lucas was part of the Mexican mainland. Then a massive rupture of the San Andreas Fault sent the waters of the Pacific crashing into the newly formed depression, creating the Sea of Cortez and the Baja Peninsula. Lying at the very tip of Baja, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas – or “Cabo” – is one of the premier resort destinations in the Western Hemisphere. Swim in the transparent waters, marvel at the wealth of marine life, relax on one of the white-sand beaches or try your hand at some of the finest sportfishing in the world
DAY 4 - At Sea
DAY 5 - At Sea
DAY 6 - Las Bahias de Huatulco
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 7 - At Sea
Today we have a leisurely day of cruising! You can be as busy as you choose. Relax on deck with a good book, hit the gym, or maybe take a dance lesson.
DAY 8 - At Sea
DAY 9 - Puntarenas
Puntarenas is your gateway to Costa Rica’s wonders – and to its capital city of San Jose. 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
DAY 10 - At Sea
While we’re at sea, perhaps we’ll choose to curl up with a good book on deck or watch a show in the onboard theater. Maybe there will be a class we’ve always wanted to take. For those that like to try their luck, a visit to the casino is in order. There are so many options, and we can make it as leisurely or as exciting as we want!
DAY 11 - Fuerte Amador
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.
DAY 12 - Panama Canal
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 13 - Cartagena
One of the more interesting cities on our voyage, Cartagena 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. Our journey here will provide a significant link to the region’s grand past.
DAY 14 - At Sea
DAY 15 - At Sea
DAY 16 - Arrive in Ft. Lauderdale
Arrive in Ft. Lauderdale and disembark. Fly back home.
Itinerary subject to change. ***Passport Required***
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*Price per person, including air from ABQ, double occupancy.
Single occupancy Upon Request, Limited Availability.
Deposit: $500 holds your space!
Final payment due:
October 3, 2023
• Airfare from ABQ to Los Angeles /Ft. Lauderdale to ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
• All airport/hotel/ship transfers
• Baggage handling at hotel (1 piece)
• 15-night cruise with all meals onboard
• All gratuities, except for excursions or special services
• Your SUN TOURS’ Escort
• Government fees, port and air taxes
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: October 3, 2023
- $100 – October 4 – November 6, 2023
- 50%* – November 7 – December 4, 2023
- 75%* – December 5 – 19, 2023
- 100% – After December 19, 2023
*Percentage of total price
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Sunport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included. Tips for guides/services on optional excursions or individual on-ship services are not included.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
January in Panama offers excellent weather conditions for tourists looking to explore the country's diverse landscapes, beaches, and cultural sites. It's a popular time for travel, so it's advisable to book accommodations and activities in advance. Enjoying outdoor activities, sightseeing, and beach days are highly favorable during this month due to the pleasant weather conditions.
Average High: Around 88°F (31°C)
Average Low: Around 77°F (25°C)
Minimal rainfall, especially compared to the wetter months.
Plenty of sunny days, making it ideal for outdoor activities and exploring.
Warm sea temperatures, great for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.
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