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Panama Canal Cruise

featuring Aruba, Costa Rica and Gatun Lake

12 DAYS • 30 MEALS Sail from Miami passing though one of the world’s most impressive engineering feats, the Panama Canal. Stops in Colombia, Costa Rica and Aruba highlight this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

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The Mayflower Tours Way
  • 30 Meals (11 dinners, 9 lunches and 10 breakfasts)
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Narrated sightseeing tour of Miami Beach including South Beach with a local guide
  • Experience an exotic 12-day cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Pearl cruise ship sailing from Miami
  • Visit the small island of Aruba with its incredibly white sand, cobalt blue seas and picturesque sherbet-colored Dutch colonial buildings
  • Call at Cartagena, Colombia, whose old walls recall the city’s history with visions of conquistadors and pirates
  • Daylight transit through the historic Panama Canal, one of the greatest engineering marvels of the 20th-century and legendary short cut, into Gatun Lake
  • Call at the Caribbean seaport of Colon, Panama, the last stop on the Panama Railroad and home to incredible beauty
  • Visit Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, one of the continent’s oldest cities surrounded by rain forest rich in flora and fauna
  • Enjoy five full days at sea with a variety of cruise ship amenities including fabulous restaurants, intimate lounges, a full casino, three pools, top-notch entertainment and dozens of fun activities
  • $60 in Mayflower Money
Day One — Arrive in Miami Arrive in Miami by 5:00 p.m. today where a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers is scheduled. Dinner Day Two — Miami Beach Sightseeing and Board the Norwegian Pearl A local guide joins us for narrated sightseeing tour of Miami Beach including the South Beach area before boarding the Norwegian Pearl. Dinner Days Three and Four — Days at Sea Enjoy your days at sea and get to know the Norwegian Pearl with its variety of amenities including fabulous restaurants, intimate lounges, a full casino, pools and top-notch entertainment. All meals onboard Day Five — Oranjestad, Aruba We call at the small island of Aruba today, popular because of its incredibly white sand and cobalt blue seas. In the bustling town of Oranjestad, the sherbet-colored Dutch colonial buildings, draped in bougainvillea, oleander and hibiscus are simply picturesque. There are a few small, but very informative museums related to the island’s history found here along with optional excursions including an island tour and underwater submarine ride. All meals onboard Day Six — Day at Sea Another day at sea to enjoy this exotic 11-day cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl. All meals onboard Day Seven — Cartagena, Colombia We call at Cartagena, Columbia today, whose attractions are a spectacular collection of buildings and massive fortifications dating from the early 1600s. Optional excursions show you the Fortress, built to protect Cartagena from pirates, which took 27 years to build and was completed in 1657. Some may wish to board canoes and embark on an extraordinary ecological experience. A trip through the beautiful tunnels and the Mangrove Cave of the Swamp of the Virgin is fascinating and is considered one the most important and fascinating ecosystems of Cartagena de Indias. The flora, fauna, huge diversity of tropical birds, beautiful fishes and crustaceans and the imposing mangroves represent the natural wealth of the region. All meals onboard Day Eight — Panama Canal, Gatun Lake and Colon, Panama Today is dedicated to one of the greatest engineering marvels of the 20th-century, the 48-mile-long Panama Canal, one of the world’s greatest short cuts! Our daylight transit affords us the opportunity to see our vessel be raised some 85 feet above sea level as we come into Gutan Lake. Numerous exciting excursions are available here. We then continue to the Caribbean seaport of Colon, Panama, the industrious last stop town on the Panama Railroad, now home to shopping and incredible beauty. All meals onboard Day Nine — Puerto Limon, Costa Rica The port of call today is at Puerto Limon, Costa Rica’s most important port. Established in 1502 by Christopher Columbus, Puerto Limon is one of the continent’s oldest cities and exports bananas and grains to various parts of the globe. While here, be sure to take one of the many optional shore excursions such as a trip along the Tortuguero Canals. Known as Costa Rica’s Amazon because of its surrounding rain forest, the heavy annual rainfall fills the area with an extremely rich flora and fauna. Here you can see orchids, water lilies and you may spot, birds, monkeys, crocodiles, sloths, and toucans in this unique system of natural and man-made canals used as waterways for transportation and exploration. All meals onboard Days Ten and Eleven — Final Days at Sea Enjoy your final two days at sea All meals onboard Day Twelve — Miami and Home Arrive in Miami and take the group transfer to the Miami International Airport for flights out after 1:00 p.m. Breakfast
Day One Marriott Miami Airport, Miami, Florida Days Two through Eleven Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Pearl
Departure Date Stateroom Category Per Person Twin Single Room
March 12, 2017 Interior $1,649 add $1,169 Available
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Exterior $2,049 add $1,569 Available
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Add $566 per person for government taxes and fees, which is subject to change

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Rooms for the night before the tour are available. Cost of a room in Miami is $339, tax included.

Tour Activity Level
LEVEL 3: A blend of longer and shorter days on this program with more walking tours mixed with some periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces or involve stairs.