Panama Canal Sunfarer Cruise
11 Days | Oct-Nov, 2019; March 2020
Starting At $Custom
Enjoy the sun drench islands of the Caribbean as you head to a unique experience one of the greatest engineering feats in history: the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal stretches 48 miles from the Caribbean Sea in the north to the Pacific Ocean in the south. Most of the journey is across the sprawling Gatun Lake, a haven for sailors, scientific research, and anglers chasing peacock bass.
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Day 1 Fort Lauderdale
Board the ms Zuiderdam at Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) and depart for at 4:00 p.m.
Day 2 Half Moon Cay
Part of the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay lies about 100 miles southeast of Nassau. Half Moon Cay offers everything you need for a day of play on your cruise. Park yourself in an air-conditioned cabana along a two-mile crescent of blinding white beach. Visit Stingray Cove to feed and learn more about the gentle creatures. Ride your horse to a deserted beach and into the surf. Or, stroll over to Half Moon Lagoon, island’s aqua park.
Day 3 Day At Sea
Today, your day will be spent on the warm waters of the Caribbean. Take advantage of this sea day and relax on the beautiful Zuiderdam. Try your hand in the casino or treat yourself to a massage in the day spa.
Day 4 Oranjestad, Aruba
Any visitor will create their own Aruba cruise experience, but here are two to try. First, there is the Aruba of beaches, sun and shopping. And why not? The beaches shimmer. The sun grants its benedictions through dry, 82-degree days all year long. And the shopping buzzes along Main Street and Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard. Second, there is the time-sculpted Aruba. Arikok National Park covers nearly one-fifth of the island and is home to species you’ll find nowhere else, caves for exploring, and ragged, wind-torn bits of coastline.
Day 5 Willemstad, Curacao
Willemstad graces the Shottegat Harbor with neighborhoods that mix Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese urban styles and then dresses them in effulgent pastels. It’s a combination seen nowhere else in former Dutch colonies. Wander the shops and markets of the Punda and Otrobanda districts and soak up some color.
Day 6 Day At Sea
Today enjoy a day sailing through the Southern Caribbean. Browse through the duty free shops, or just spend the day relaxing pool side.
Day 7 Enter the Panama Canal
This morning, the ship will enter the Panama Canal at Cristobal, Panama. Enjoy the scenic cruising through the Canal and Gatun Lake. Here is human labor on an operatic scale: When it was created, Gatun Lake was the largest human-made lake in the world. All it took was the world’s biggest dam to create it. And all that took was one of the greatest feats of engineering in history. The Panama Canal stretches 48 miles from the Caribbean Sea in the north to the Pacific Ocean in the south. Much of the journey is a narrow cruise through the jungle, but 21 miles of the transit is across the sprawling Gatun Lake, a haven for sailors, scientific research, and anglers chasing peacock bass. You will Exit the Canal at Cristobal and make a stop in Colon, Panama.
Day 8 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
In the surreal world of the Costa Rican rainforest, the tropical hothouse environment pushes life into a constant state of fast forward. Holly species change sex. Plants live on air, not soil. Orchids instruct insects where to land. Puerto Limon, on the Caribbean coast is a gateway to all that bio-fantasia. There are national parks, refuges, and reserves in all directions, from the coast to the jungled mountains to the volcanic parks on the road to San Jose. Closer to town, highlights for cruise visitors include Playa Bonita beach, a couple miles from downtown, and a panga-boat ride along the Tortuguero Canal, which encompasses more than 100 miles of waterways along the coast.
Days 9 – 10 At Sea
Enjoy your last days at sea; take a yoga class, browse through the duty free shops, or just spend time relaxing pool side. There are many activities on board from hands-on cooking classes to winetasting and mixology demonstration. Pamper yourself with a visit to the Greenhouse Spa or visit the Art Gallery.
Day 11 Fort Lauderdale
Return to Florida at 7:00 am for your return trip home.