PANAMA CANAL CROSSING CRUISE & TOUR

PANAMA CANAL CROSSING CRUISE & TOUR

The Panama Canal is considered one of the modern Wonders Of The World. Commence your tour in San Diego for two nights in California’s oldest town. Experience what it’s like to travel through the original locks of the Panama Canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and discover an array of breathtaking, tropical destinations along the way.

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Highlights:

San Diego, California - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala - Puntarenas, Costa Rica - Panama Canal Crossing - Colon, Panama - Cartagena, Columbia - Miami, Florida

Includes:

* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• San Diego: two nights 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Excursion to the USS Military Midway Museum
• Celebrity cruise: 15 nights sailing onboard Celebrity Infinity with meals (onboard the cruise only)
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All transfers, taxes and gratuities***

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Merit Travel Hosted

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17 nights

$4,795* p.p.


Activity Level:
Sight-seeing

Group size: 30 maximum

17 night cruise & tour onboard Celebrity Infinity

Departs Toronto/Vancouver:
Nov. 7, 2019

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DAY 1 | Nov. 7, 2019 | Toronto/Vancouver - San Diego, California
Board your flight to San Diego.
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in.
Accommodation at Residence Inn San Diego
Downtown/Bayfront (2 nights)



DAY 2 | Nov. 8, 2019 | San Diego, California (B)
Today enjoy a tour to the USS Midway Museum and take a trip through American naval history. This enormous ship, known as the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, now offers a range of interactive exhibits, and is an essential piece of San Diego’s—and America’s, military history.



DAY 3 | Nov. 9, 2019 | San Diego, California (B, D)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the cruise terminal to board your cruise.
Ship departs 4:00 p.m.
Accommodation onboard Celebrity Infinity (15 nights)
Below is information on your cruise itinerary and ports of call you will be visiting. Shore excursions are not included. Meals (B, L, D) and prepaid gratuities are included onboard the cruise.



DAY 4 | Nov. 10, 2019 | At sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.



DAY 5 | Nov. 11, 2019 | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (B, L, D)
Arrive 10:00 a.m. Depart 6:00 p.m.
Once sought after by pirates for its safe harbours, the Los Cabos region of the Southern Baja Peninsula is now home to bustling towns of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Cabo San Lucas, with a population of 25,000, is the faster-growing of the two. In the past few years, swanky new hotels and sleek condos have been added to round out this vacation destination.
Superb sportfishing put Cabo San Lucas on the map, but nonfishermen will enjoy the thriving beach community as well. Snorkeling gear, boats, wave-runners, kayaks, paddleboats and windsurf boards are all available for the active vacationer.



DAY 6 | Nov. 12, 2019 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (B, L, D)
Arrive 12:00 p.m. Depart 8:00 p.m.
Puerto Vallarta is where Mexico comes alive. Fall in love with Puerto Vallarta's old-world charm and dreamlike natural beauty. Lush tropical jungles surround this quaint colonial city with interesting architecture, cobblestone streets and white-washed buildings.
Discover chic boutiques along the Malecón, then check out the exploding art scene and sizzling nightlife.



DAYS 7-8 | Nov. 13 to 14, 2019 | At sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.



DAY 9 | Nov. 15, 2019 | Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (B, L, D)
Arrive 9:00 a.m. Depart 7:00 p.m.
Puerto Quetzal, on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, gives access to Guatemala City, the capital, beaches and some significant historical sites. Magnificent buildings of the colonial period remain at Antigua, the colonial capital, located near Guatemala City.
Guatemala was the centre of the old Mayan civilization, and many sites from the classic Mayan period (3rd to 10th century AD) have been excavated and studied. The largest of these is Tikal in the northern lowlands, where some 3,000 structures, including tall temple pyramids as well as plazas and monuments, cover an area of about 62 miles. Thought to have sustained a population of 50,000 at its peak, it was abandoned for unknown reasons at the end of the 10th century.



DAY 10 | Nov. 16, 2019 | At sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.



DAY 11 | Nov. 17, 2019 | Puntarenas, Costa Rica (B, L, D)
Arrive 7:00 a.m. Depart at 5:00 p.m.
The Central Pacific's largest city, Puntarenas sits on a long, narrow peninsula in the Gulf of Nicoya in Costa Rica. For years, it was the country's principal port, and though Puntarenas handles big cruise ships, a large fishing fleet still anchors in the estuary behind town.
Being the country's most important fishing port, Puntarenas is the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood. A series of open-air cafés that line the beach are the perfect place to head for dessert or refreshments, since they specialize in ice cream and fresh fruit drinks.



DAY 12 | Nov. 18, 2019 | At sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.



DAY 13 | Nov. 19, 2019 | Panama Canal (B, L, D)
Arrive 7:00 a.m. Depart 7:00 p.m.
Linking the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Panama Canal provides one of cruising's most unforgettable experiences. Over 10 years were needed to complete the canal's 51 miles in 1914, which allowed for shipping and vessels to avoid the lengthy and often dangerous voyage around Cape Horn. 'The Big Ditch' lifts vessels by a fascinating feat of mechanics aided by on-shore 'mule' locomotives through three great locks, traversing man-made lakes, channels blasted through rock, and the dense jungle.
Two other special highlights of the canal are Gatun Lake and the Gaillard Cut. Gatun Lake is one of the world's largest man-made lakes covering 163 square miles. Gaillard Cut is an 8-mile channel built through solid rock which was the most difficult excavation in the canal construction.



DAY 14 | Nov. 20, 2019 | Colon, Panama (B, L, D)
Arrive 7:00 a.m. Depart 4:00 p.m.
There’s more to Panama than the canal. Panama’s ethnic mix is reflected in its arts. This is a proud nation that honours its many Indian tribes and its rich Spanish legacy. And with some of the finest deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and birding, once you embrace Panama, you’ll find it hard to leave.



DAY 15 | Nov. 21, 2019 | Cartagena, Colombia (B, L, D)
Arrive 8:00 a.m. Depart 5:00 p.m.
Cartagena is full of history and charm. At La Popa Monastery, you will have a panoramic view of the city and harbour. Enjoy the artisan centre of Las Bovedas (The Dungeons), Plaza Bolivar, the Palace of Inquisition and the Church of San Pedro Claver, and shop for Colombian emeralds - the finest in the world.



DAYS 16-17 | Nov. 22 to 23, 2019 | At sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.



DAY 18 | Nov. 24, 2019 | Miami - Toronto/Vancouver (B)
Arrive 7:00 a.m.
After breakfast, disembark cruise and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

*CDN$ p.p. dbl. occ. Taxes included. Based on an interior stateroom cat. 12 or similar. Single supplement: $1,995. Upgrade to an ocean view stateroom cat. 08 or similar: $800. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom cat. C3 or similar: $2,900. Airfare available from most Canadian airports, please enquire. **Minimum 16 passengers required for a Merit Travel tour host. ***Gratuities are included onboard the cruise. Shore excursions not included.

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