Panama Canal Cruise
January 19, 2025 thru February 5, 2025
Join SUN TOURS on this amazing journey through the Panama Canal on the Coral 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
16 nights aboard the Coral Princess
18 days, 17 nights
All meals aboard included
- 16 Nights Aboard the Incredible Coral 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!
- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
- Puntarenas, Costa Rica
- Fuerte Amador, Panama
- Panama Canal
- Cartagena, Colombia
- Airfare from ABQ to San Francisco / Ft. Lauderdale to ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
- All airport/hotel/ship transfers
- Baggage handling at hotel (1 piece)
- 16-night cruise with all meals onboard
- All gratuities, except for excursions or special services
- Your SUN TOURS escort
- Government fees & air taxes
DAY 1 - Flight to San Francisco
We depart Albuquerque for our flight to San Francisco and lodge for the night as we prepare to embark on our cruising journey!
DAY 2 - Embarkment on the Coral Princess
Today we board our vessel, which we will call home for the next 17 days. The Coral Princess has more than 700 balcony staterooms and was custom built to navigate the historic Panama Canal. Be sure to try the Bayou Café and Steakhouse, which features New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine, join friends for cocktails and Movies Under the Stars® by the pool or try some decadent treats at the International Café. You’ll have the next couple of days to experience all the ship has to offer as we sail south on the waters of the pacific!
DAY 3 - 5 - At Sea
There is no shortage of things to do on the Coral Princess. Indulge in the many food options, make your bets at the Vegas style casino, go on a spree at the shops onboard, marvel at the incredible pieces at the art galley (and take some home from the auction), relax by the pool, or participate in one of the many Discovery at Sea programs to enhance your knowledge!
There are also 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.
DAY 6 - Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is a scenic coastal city in Jalisco, Mexico, nestled between mountains and Banderas Bay. It offers beautiful beaches, a lively Malecón boardwalk, a historic downtown with cobblestone streets, and a rich culinary scene. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, zip-lining, and water activities. Puerto Vallarta is a vibrant destination blending natural beauty, culture, and adventure.
DAY 7 & 8 - At Sea
DAY 9 - Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Guatemala is located in the northern-most part of Central America and is one of the largest countries in this 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 conquistador 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 in the hot and 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.
DAY 10 - At Sea
DAY 11 - 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.
DAY 12 - At Sea
DAY 13 - 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.
DAY 14 - Panama Canal Dull 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. The Panamanian government controls the canal through the Panama Canal Authority, an independent government agency created for the purpose of managing the canal.
DAY 15 - Cartagena, Colombia
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 16 & 17 - At Sea
DAY 18 - Arrive in Ft. Lauderdale
We arrive in Ft. Lauderdale and disembark the Coral Princess. We fly home with incredible memories of the voyage we have just experienced!
Itinerary subject to change. ***Passport Required***
Panama Canal Construction
The construction of the Panama Canal began in the late 19th century by the French, led by Ferdinand de Lesseps, but it was later taken over and completed by the United States. It officially opened on August 15, 1914.
Panama Canal Lock System
The canal uses a system of locks to raise and lower ships between the different water levels of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. There are three sets of locks: Miraflores and Pedro Miguel on the Pacific side, and Gatun on the Atlantic side.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
The surrounding area of Puerto Quetzal is known for its natural beauty, with lush landscapes, beaches, and volcanic scenery that attract tourists and outdoor enthusiasts.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Puntarenas features extensive mangrove forests along its coastline, which serve as important breeding grounds for various aquatic species and provide opportunities for boat tours and birdwatching.
The historic walled city of Cartagena, known as the "Old Town" or "Ciudad Amurallada," is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features well-preserved colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and impressive fortifications.
IB - Inside Stateroom per person
Deposit: 20% holds your space!
OC - Oceanview Stateroom per person
Deposit: 20% holds your space!
BC - Balcony Stateroom per person
Deposit: 20% holds your space!
MB - Mini Suite Stateroom per person
Deposit: 20% holds your space!
*Price per person, including air from ABQ, double occupancy.
Single occupancy Upon Request, Limited Availability.
Deposit: 20% holds your space!
Final payment due:
October 17, 2024
• Airfare from ABQ to San Francisco /Ft. Lauderdale to ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
• All airport/hotel/ship transfers
• Baggage handling at hotel (1 piece)
• 16-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 17, 2024
- None through October 17, 2024
- $100 – October 18 – November 21, 2024
- 50%* – November 22 – December 19, 2024
- 75%* – December 20 – January 2, 2024
- 100%* after January 2, 2024
*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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