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Just some of the views on your Panamacruise vacation Click to enlarge - Panama Canal - Full Transit from East to West Click to enlarge - Panama Canal - Full Transit from East to West Click to enlarge - Panama Canal - Full Transit from East to West

17 days / 16 nights, departing Thursday October 26

Join us on this great cruise at a great price!  We travel aboard the beautiful Island Princess and journey on a Full Transit of the Panama Canal from West to East. Cruising through the Panama Canal will be one of the unforgettable experiences of your voyage.

Cruise ship

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.

Panama Canal

Our Ship: Princess Cruise Lines Island Princess was Custom-built for the Panama Canal, the spectacular Island Princess® is a destination all its own. Get active in the fitness center or on the digital golf simulator, browse the world-class art collection or relax with a massage in the Lotus Spa® or The Sanctuary, the on-deck retreat for adults. Dining choices include specialty restaurants, Sabatini’s and the Bayou Café & Steakhouse, plus Traditional or Anytime Dining. Later, head for the themed casino, or take in an unforgettable show at the dazzling Universe Lounge. Not to mention, exceptional cruise staff committed to serving your every whim.

South American Church

Over 700 balcony staterooms / Accommodates 1,970 passengers

Which cabin to choose - Inside, Outside (Oceanview) or Balcony cabins on a Panama Canal cruise. As we enter the canal approach between 4am & 5am, it’s always great to view from your own private balcony… no getting dressed and drinking your coffee is just great – a once in a lifetime opportunity to marvel at this amazing achievement. Is it worth it? 100% of balcony passengers say yes!

Panama Canal

The Ports:

Aruba: Dutch influence still lingers on this balmy Caribbean island, part of the former Netherlands Antilles until its independence in 1986. Aruba is a contrast: the island's arid interior is dotted with cactus and windswept divi-divi trees while secluded coves and sandy beaches make up its coast. Aruba's long and colorful heritage is reflected in its dialect. Called Papiamento, it is a tongue that combines elements of Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, African and English.

Cartagena, Columbia: One of the more interesting cities on your itinerary steeped in history. This 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. Your journey here will provide you with a significant link to the region's grand past.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica: 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.

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua: Nicaragua is the largest Central American nation and has stunning landscapes, vast cultural treasures, and an intriguing history.Until recent times Nicaragua was unfortunately known for the civil war (Sandinistas and Contras) that raged from the late 70s through much of the 80s. Today, the soldiers and guerrillas have given way sightseeing in a beautiful country. From strolling the cobblestone streets of colonial Granada on Lake Nicaragua, to exploring one of the many volcanoes, Nicaragua has something for even the most seasoned traveler.

Huatulco, Mexico: Nine bays bordered by 36 golden-sand beaches form the beautiful Las Bahias de Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca. Welcome to Mexico's newest resort on the Pacific Riviera. Huatulco is a tropical Eden with crystalline waters, coral reefs, and uncrowded beaches. Inland, the rugged coast range is thickly carpeted with rainforest and coffee plantations. While Huatulco is still in its early stages of development, travelers may note that the resort has a different feel from other destinations on the Mexican Riviera. That's because large areas of Huatulco have been designated as an ecological reserve. Huatulco is located in the state of Oaxaca where the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Puerto Vallarta was sleepy no more; its transformation into an international resort had begun. Then director John Huston chose the village as the location for his film "Night of the Iguana," starring Richard Burton. Today, the city has its own "Gringo Gulch," a haunt of the rich and famous. Travelers are also drawn by its climate, its excellent shopping - which offers great values on leather goods, jewelry, and handicrafts - and mile after mile of palm-lined beaches.

Cabins and pricing

Inside Cabin aboard the Radiance of the Seas Ocean view Cabin aboard the Radiance of the Seas Per person double occupancy sharing an Ocean View Cabin with Private Balcony

Inside cabin

per person double occupancy sharing an Inside cabin

Ocean view cabin
per person double occupancy sharing an Ocean View Cabin

Private balcony
per person double occupancy sharing an Ocean View Cabin with Private Balcony

Book now for this fantastic vacation!

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Itinerary at a glance

Starts: Thursday October 26th 2017
Ends: Saturday November 11th 2017

What's included?

  • Flight from Rapid City to Ft Lauderdale, return back to Rapid City from Los Angeles
  • Pre Cruise overnight in Ft Lauderdale, FL
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • All meals and entertainment aboard ship
  • 6 Ports of Call - 15 nights aboard Princess Cruise Lines full transit of the Panama Canal
  • All air & cruise taxes
  • Onboard Cruise Gratuities for Stateroom Attendant and Dining Room Staff
  • All baggage handling
  • 1 Free checked Bag (airline fees paid)
  • Fully escorted



  • Price: from $4,495 (pp based on double occupancy)


How to book

  • Deposit $1,000 per person
  • Further deposit of $750 per person due March 15th 2016
  • Final Balance Due July 5th 2017 or at time of booking if after this date.
  • Booking form
  • Ways to pay

What you'll need

  • A Passport is required for this Cruise
  • Suntan lotion for that warm sun
  • A camera for the beautiful scenery

Hanging out on your cruise


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