PARTIAL PANAMA CANAL CRUISE
February 21 March 4, 2009
Aboard the Island Princess

 
The Captain's Chart
 
Art's GPS readings

 
Feb. 22:  Montreal to Miami via American Airlines. Upon arrival we will transfer to Fort Lauderdale and our cruise ship. This evening we will enjoy our first delicious dinner on board.

 
Feb 23 & Feb 24: AT SEA. Time to relax and get acquainted with the ship and enjoy the endless array of facilities, activities and entertainment.

Feb 25: ARUBA. Although this unique Dutch island has blossomed as a sophisticated Caribbean destination, the real attraction is under water. Aruba is surrounded by colourful coral. The abundant sea life around Arashi Reef or the wreck of the Antilla is simply breathtaking. If you would rather stay dry, view it all by taking an optional excursion from the air-conditioned comfort of an Atlantis submarine or a glassbottom boat.

Feb 26: CARTAGENA, COLUMBIA. In the 17th century this walled city was a target for every pirate on the high seas. It has many architectural treasures along its narrow streets with Spanish inspired facades and balconies. A ride to the top of La Popa Hill will give you great views of the city and harbour, the old fort and a 17th century monastery. Gold, silver and precious stones are available at bargain prices.

Feb 27: PANAMA CANAL. Today we experience the transit of the Panama Canal. Be on deck to watch the "mules" pull our ship through. See the immense lift locks raise and lower the passing vessels and great volumes of water rushing by. Enjoy the scenery on either side of the canal with mangrove swamps and tropical plants, trees and bird life. As we cruise through there is a detailed narration of this colossal undertaking that cost $367 million in 1914. We will cruise as far as Gatun Lake, the largest man-made lake in the world, before returning to the Caribbean Sea.

 
Feb 28: LIMON, COSTA RICA. The mountainous beauty of this country will surprise you. You may want to take the excursion through the jungles and coffee plantations to cosmopolitan San Jose.

 
Mar 1: AT SEA. Following all of the exciting sightseeing of the past few days, a day to relax comes most welcome.

 
Mar 2: OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA. Some of the attractions around this Northern Jamaican town include the spectacular limestone tiers and tumbling waters of the 600-foot Dunn's River Falls, verdant Fern Gully, Turtle Beach, the lovely grounds of Shaw Park Gardens and the historic Prospect Plantation.

 
Mar 3: AT SEA. A final day to relax or participate in the activities on board ship.

 
Mar 4: HOME. We disembark the ship at Fort Lauderdale and transfer to the Miami Airport for our flight home.