Panama Canal Cruise

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  • Location
    Panama Canal
  • Date
    Jan 3-26, 2020
  • Price
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OverviewItineraryPricingDeparturesHotel & ExcursionsBefore You Go

OVERVIEW

Journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the Panama Canal on this unforgettable 20-day voyage. Stop first in Willemstad, Curacao, to explore the aquamarine waters of the island’s numerous beaches and dive along the stunning coral reefs and hidden caverns. In Santa Marta, Colombia, explore the Ciudad Peridida, or “Lost City,” believed to have been founded 650 years before peru’s Machu Picchu. Then make your way through the locks of the Panama Canal, considered on of the most important feats of civil engineering in the world. Along the Pacific coast marvel at humpback whales leaping into the air and slapping the water while on a scenic jaunt along Puerto Vallarta’s shores. Then snorkel in a quiet cove or go in search of migrating gray whales off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. And when you stop in Los Angeles, make sure you set aside time to count the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

Day 1: Depart Kingston
Day 2: New York (EMBARK)
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: Willemstad, Cruacao
Day 7: Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 8: Santa Marta, Colombia
Day 9: Cartagena, Colombia
Day 10: Daylight Transit Panama Canal 
Day 11: At Sea
Day 12: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Day 13: Corinto, Nicaragua
Day 14: Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Day 15: At Sea
Day 16: Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Guerrero Mexico
Day 17: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Day 18: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Day 19: At Sea
Day 20: Los Angeles, California
Day 21: Santa Barbara, California
Day 22: San Francisco, California 
Day 23: San Francisco, California 
Day 24: Depart for Home 

 

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Itinerary

DAY 1: FRI, JAN 3
7:00 am Depart from the Kingston Shrine Club (3260 Princess St. at Collins Bay Rd.) and travel to New York City where we will overnight in Times Square at the Hotel Wellington. Join us for a walk in Times Square before you have dinner on your own near our hotel. Then relax and get ready for our cruise.
Hotel: The Wellington Hotel (201) 247-3900
DAY 2: SAT, JAN 4
ALL ABOARD!  ALL ABOARD! After an included breakfast we transfer to the New York City pier to board the wonderful Norwegian GEM for the next 20 days. Relax and enjoy the Norwegian GEM as we begin our Panama Canal adventure!

Download Full Cruise Itinerary and Ports of Call. 
Hotel: The Norwegian Phone App: 1-877-308-5605
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3-21: SUN, JAN 5-THURS, JAN 23
  Panama Canal sailing on the Norwegian GEM!
DAY 22 & 23: FRI, JAN 24 & SAT, JAN 25
  Arrive in San Francisco for a 2 night post stay at our hotel within walking distance to Fisherman’s Wharf! We’ll enjoy a guided city tour with a local guide. An optional tour to Alcatraz will be available at an additional cost. 
DAY 24: SUN, JAN 26
  Fly directly from San Francisco to Toronto with Air Canada. 

 

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Pricing

 

Early Booking Bonus!

*** $200 Off Per Person if you pay in full by August 23, 2019***

TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Deluxe motor coach airport transfers from Toronto. 
  • Deluxe motor ocach transport to New York City. 
  • Flight with Air Canada: San Francisco to Toronto.
  • 1 night pre-stay in New York City with breakfast.
  • 2 ngight post stay in San Francisco with daily breakfast 
  • Guided motorcoach tour of San Francisco with breakfast daily
  • Optional tour to Alcatraz (additional cost)
  • Tranfers to and from ship the morning of Embarkation and Disembarkation.
  • All meals including daily breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard the ship.
  • Prepaid ship board gratuities 
  • Ultimate Beverage Package
  • All taxes and port charges 
  • Fully Escorted by a Maple Leaf Tour Director. 
INSIDE CABIN OCEANVIEW CABIN BALCONY CABIN
Double $5,699 Tax Incl. Double $6,499 Tax Incl. Double $7,199 Tac Incl.
Single $8,799 Tax Incl. Single $10,399 Tax Incl. Single $11, 899 Tax Incl. 
Occupancy: Double (2 to a room) Triple (3 to a room) Quad (4 to a room) Single (1 to a room)
Price is listed per person including tax.
  • A deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking.
  • Balance is due September 23, 2019
  • Minimum numbers apply. Prices subject to change at any time.
  • Deposits & all payments are non-refundable at any time.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE DISCLAIMER:
In the event of strikes, lockouts, stoppages of labour, riots, weather conditions, mechanical difficulties or any other reason whatsoever, Norwegian Cruise Line has the right to cancel, advance, postpone or substitute any scheduled sailing or itinerary without prior notice. Norwegian Cruise Line shall not be responsible for failure to adhere to published arrival and departure times for any of its ports of call. Norwegian Cruise Line may, but is not obliged to, substitute another vessel for any sailing and cannot be liable for any loss to passengers due to such cancellation, advancement, postponement or substitution. Reservations are subject to change or cancellation in the event of a full-ship charter, and in such event, NCL shall refund all passage moneys paid by the passenger.

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Departures

6:00 am Depart Belleville Maple Leaf Office at 81 Millennium Parkway (parking)
6:30 am Depart Napanee Flying J Northeast Corner of the Parking Lot
7:00 am Depart Depart Kingston Shrine Club 3260 Princess Street (parking)
7:15 am Depart Gananoque HWY#2 Carpool Lot
7:30 am Depart 1000 Islands Bridge
5:30 am Depart Ottawa Robbies Restaurant 1531 St Laurent Blvd (parking)
6:00 am Depart Ottawa All Saints Lutheran Church 1061 Pinecrest Rd (parking)
6:30 am Depart Kemptville Stinson’s Gas Bar HWY 43
7:00 am Depart Brockville Food Basics

*Temporary overnight parking is offered at the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority as a courtesy for individuals with special circumstances. The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority is not responsible and assumes no liability for theft of or damage to any vehicle or its contents while located on its property. Completion of this form shall not be construed as waiving compliance with any parking law, regulation or ordinance. Vehicles parked beyond the indicated departure date may be subject to towing.

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HOTEL

Hotel Wellington
We offer a truly guest-centered experience assuring that you will feel completely at home. With the Park Cafe, a neighborhood favorite, Molyvos, an award-winning Greek restaurant, and a friendly, welcoming team, the Wellington is an ideal base for visits to New York City.
Address: 871 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
Phone: 1-212-247-3900

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRUISE SHIP

Norwegian Gem The Norwegian GEM
Phone: 1-866-234-7350
This sparkling cruise ship is the perfect choice for year-round cruises from New York. Sail to the Bahamas & FloridaThe CaribbeanBermuda, the Mexican RivieraPanama Canal, or up the coast of Canada & New England. With tons of dining choices and Freestyle Cruising, Norwegian Gem has it all. Chill out by the pool, get lucky in the casino, unwind at the spa, and make the kids happy with spaces built with them in mind. Accommodations range from the luxurious multi-room or romantic suites to spacious and affordable staterooms.

EXCURSIONS

Willemstad, Curacao
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
Walk around this quaint harbour town and you’ll think you’ve travelled back in time to Old Amsterdam. Admire the colourful Dutch architecture and take advantage of the excellent shopping. Relax on 17-century veranda with a drink made with the famous Curaçao liqueur. 
Oranjestad, Aruba
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
Incredibly white sands and cobalt blue seas make the small island of Aruba a popular destination. In the bustling freeport town of Oranjestad, sherbet-coloured Dutch colonial buildings, draped in bougainvillea, oleander and hibiscus are simply picturesque. Small, but informative museums relate the island’s history.
Santa Marta, Colombia
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
Admire the stunning bays of Santa Marta and popular beaches. Explore the ancient cultures of the Taironas who occupied the land thousands of years ago. Stroll over to the Cathedral and admire its beautiful architecture and learn about its history.
Cartagena, Colombia
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
The old walled city of Cartagena reflects a turbulent history of conquistadors and pirates. Climb “las murallas” for an unforgettable view of the harbour. Shop for emeralds and leather goods along the cobblestone streets of this enchanting city.
Daylight Transit Panama Canal
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
When you book an overland journey on your partial transit of the Panama Canal, you’ll really travel like the jetsetters do as you sail through the Caribbean entrance of this maritime marvel. Once we arrive at Gatun Lake, booked shore excursion guests can disembark for an unforgettable adventure that not only promises beautiful scenery and wonderful photo ops, but an exciting jaunt to Colón, where guests will resume their cruise back aboard the ship. How’s that for excitement?
Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply

Stroll the seaport town with its multi-coloured cottages and local markets. Head to Carara Tropical Rainforest to explore exotic flora and fauna with a naturalist guide. Or opt for a tour of San Jose – home of the Teatro Nacional and Museo del Oro.


Corinto, Nicaragua
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
Nicaragua’s largest port, Corinto sits on an island connected to the mainland by bridges. Nicaragua is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and the area offers long stretches of white sand and clear blue waters. Visit the nearby city of León to see the wonderful cathedral, monuments and colonial buildings as well as the ruins of León Viejo, one of the oldest Spanish settlements in the Americas.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
This port city was constructed in 1984 to help connect nearby cities. Travellers often venture out to Antigua, a 90-minute trek to where 17th century colonial facades beckons and Guatemalan history comes alive.
Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Guerrero Mexico
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
Close proximity to the Sierra Madres and Pacific Ocean means this city is ideal for hiking and water sports. You can experience luxury in Ixtapa, and the rustic at Zihuatanejo. Kick up your heels at Ixtapa at night or sip margaritas leisurely at Zihua.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
Smaller and more subdued than Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta has retained a good deal of its small village charm along with 26 miles of spectacular beaches along the Banderas Bay. Stroll the cobblestone streets to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Or peruse the many local wares for sale at the open-air markets.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
Cabo’s signature landmark is El Arco (“The Arch”), a rock formation at the tip of “Land’s End.” The jewel of the Baja Peninsula is famous for its world-class sportfishing, as well as its high-end resorts and exclusive gated communities that line an area simply called “the Corridor.”
Los Angeles, California 
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
Check out the scene at Venice Beach. Spot a celebrity or two on Rodeo Drive. Take a walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Explore the La Brea Tar Pits or Getty Centre. Or spend the day at one of L.A.’s world-famous theme parks.
Santa Barbara, California  
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
With mild weather year-round, Santa Barbara, also known as the American Riviera, is the perfect place for exploring Spanish architecture on a walking tour, browsing downtown’s outdoor shops or enjoying a leisurely lunch along historic Stearns Wharf. Don’t miss visiting Mission Santa Barbara, perched on a hilltop overlooking the city. Built in 1786, “The Queen of the Missions” as it is known features a twin bell tower and beautiful murals. Also visit Santa Barbara Presidio, built by Spain in 1782. If sun, sand and awesome surfing are your thing, take your pick of gorgeous beaches just outside downtown.
San Francisco, California  
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Excursions: Additional Fees Apply
Come see why so many people end up leaving their hearts in this city by the Bay. It’s a place where little cable cars rise up steep hills to reveal magnificent vistas and winding streets meander past candy-coloured Victorian homes. With so many sights you may want to plan a few extra days to take it all in.

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BEFORE YOU GO

TRAVEL INSURANCE
Cancellation & Medical Insurance is strongly recommended for overnight tours and out of country travel. Travel Insurance is available for purchase through Maple Leaf Tours.
CRUISE INFORMATION SESSIONS
Clients booked on this tour are invited to attend our Pre-Cruise Get-Together. Registration is required in advance.
  • All passengers must have a valid passport until 6 months past your return date for this tour. BOOKING NAME MUST BE AS IT APPEARS ON PASSPORT.
  • For the comfort of fellow travellers, kindly refrain from using scented products such as perfume, cologne, and other fragrances and scented hand sanitizers.
  • There are regular stops made for comfort breaks.
  • Tipping for driver and escort is voluntary depending on quality of service
  • Baggage service will be provided. You will receive your luggage tags upon check in prior to departure. Please ensure that you adhere to our baggage policies. Maple Leaf Tours will pay only the portage charges for ONE large suitcase per person. You are responsible for your carry-on baggage.

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