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Panama Canal Sunfarer Cruise
March 28 - April 8, 2020
Cruising from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Travelers may disagree on which sites deserve to be considered modern wonders of the world, but the Panama Canal would surely make most short lists. The shipping channelwhich took 33 years to complete and cost 25,000 workers their livesis arguably the greatest engineering project ever. Today, a journey through the canal will take you from the port of Colón on the Atlantic to bustling Panama City on the Pacific. Along the way, you'll find Gatun Lake, once the largest manmade lake in the world, which has proved a boon for Central American species that thrive here, undisturbed by the ships passing by.
Interior Stateroom $3,995 per person, double occupancy
Ocean View $4,295 per person, double occupancy
Ocean View Balcony $4,795 per person, double occupancy
Final Payment Due: January 3, 2020
Deposit of $600 per person due October 23, 2019
Ground Transportation from State College, PA to Airport
Fly to Fort Lauderdale, FL
Transfer from Airport to Hotel
Overnight stay in Ft. Lauderdale
Transfer from Hotel to Pier
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
The Caribbean is full of tropical wonders. But there’s nothing like Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s 2,400-acre private island paradise in the Bahamas. The most authentic, highest-rated private-island experience in the region, Half Moon Cay has won Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Best Private Island award 17 consecutive years, and was also named the best in Travel Weekly's Readers' Choice Awards. One visit and it’s easy to see why Holland America Line guests wish they could stay here forever. Most Caribbean cruises departing from Ft. Lauderdale include a day at Half Moon Cay. Uncrowded and unspoiled, it combines the unparalleled natural beauty of a protected preserve with access to a wide range of amenities and activities. With miles of pristine, white-sand beach, guests can stay busy all day or simply luxuriate in tranquil solitude. Holland America Line acquired this beautiful island more than 20 years ago to create a unique and memorable experience for our Caribbean cruise guests.
At SeaFB, L, D
Located off the coast of Venezuela, the windswept Dutch island of Aruba is otherworldly. Here, the beaches are spectacularly pristine, the waters are romantically restless, the island interior is lunar-like and filled with cacti, and the trees are—quite famously—bent in the wind. The island's consistent trade winds are part of the destination's allure: They keep the humidity, rain and hurricanes common in much of the Caribbean during its off-season at bay.
The main port and capital city, Oranjestad, is a maze of Dutch-colonial architecture painted in a palette of Caribbean pastels. There are some historic sites of note and myriad shops, from boutiques to megastores, selling all sorts of keepsakes, with jewelry and gold being popular items—in fact, gold was mined here in the 19th century. In Oranjestad and along the beaches you'll also find a treasure trove of excellent seafood restaurants, while farther afield are lighthouses, gold mine ruins and natural wonders that reflect the rugged appeal of Aruba.
The capital of Curaçao, Willemstad, is almost as old as a more famous Dutch settlement—it was founded in 1634, just 10 years after New Amsterdam, later called New York. But while the Dutch control of New Amsterdam was relatively brief, Curaçao remains a part of the Netherlands to this day. Its historic center is a unique mixture of Dutch architecture and Caribbean pastels, its gabled row houses overlooking Sint Anna Bay, a waterway dividing the city in two and connecting the Caribbean to the protected Schottegat Bay. The entire historic center of Willemstad has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While Willemstad's legendary days of yore can be explored at institutions like the Kura Hulanda and Curaçao Maritime Museum, this is a vibrant, living city too. Highlights of this multicultural melting pot might include a stop at its floating market and a visit to a curaçao distillery to taste the famous local liqueur. Natural wonders await as well: Some of the Caribbean’s most stunning diving and snorkeling spots are here. Finally, a meal in Willemstad will let you experience the diversity of the island through the surprising flavors of its cuisine, which reflects European, Caribbean and Latin American influences.
At SeaFB, L, D
Cruising Panama Calan, Gutun Lake, Colon Panama
In recent years, a Panama City building boom has invited the inevitable comparison to Dubai. Miami might be more accurate in terms of the skyline, but either way a mighty impressive transformation has taken place in a city that was once known primarily for one thing, the canal. And the forward trend continues with the 2014 opening of a metro line and major new green spaces. With English widely spoken and a U.S. dollar-based economy, Panama is an easy place to visit, which helps account for the enormous number of American citizens now living there.
Dating to 1519, Panama City holds the distinction of being the Spanish Crown’s first city on the Pacific. Gold, silver and treasures plundered from all the Americas were transported across the isthmus and sent back to the Old World. Panama City prospered big time for centuries, so today’s boom is really a sequel. The great news for preservation-minded travelers is that, despite the rapid urban change, the city is actively improving the Casco Viejo, its historic colonial heart. After the pirate Henry Morgan plundered the original settlement, this walled seafront area grew to be filled with mansions and churches of great distinction. It’s all still there.
Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica
Puerto Limón probably isn't the most bustling port you've ever visited, but don't be put off by its facade; like most coastal towns in Costa Rica, it is a perfect base from which to explore an attraction- and activity-rich region that can fulfill a variety of interests. You're never far from a rain forest or outdoor adventure in Costa Rica, and there are lots of day trips from Puerto Limón that allow you to pack in an adrenaline rush or a few more ticks on your birding list within just a few hours. There are treetops for zip lining and rushing rivers for whitewater rafting if you’re a more active traveler, and animal lovers can take sanctuary tours in and around Puerto Limón. Of course, when it comes time to eat, there's plenty of the national favorite, gallo pinto (rice and beans), and as with many port towns, there is lots of fresh seafood and even an upscale Italian restaurant. As for shopping, you can find arts and crafts that were made locally as well as edible treats like handmade chocolate.
Return to Fort Lauderdale
Ground Transportation to Airport
Ground Transportation to State College, PA
FB=Full Breakfast, BL=Bag Lunch, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
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