Saturday, March 28 to Monday, April 13, 2015
15-night Westbound Panama Canal Cruise aboard the Celebrity Infinity
Join Hamilton Tours as we Sail Away - celebrating our 29th Anniversary!!
Day 1: Sat., March 28 – We will depart from Orillia at 12Noon, Barrie, Kozlov Mall at 12:30p.m., Barrie, Tollendale Village at 12:50p.m. & the Tour Office at 1:30p.m. (Contact our office regarding optional Van shuttles from Collingwood, Wasaga Beach & Stayner to meet the coach in Barrie) Travel by Hammond motor coach to Pearson International Airport for our direct flight to Fort Lauderdale. Our current flight time is on Air Canada departing at 16:50 and arriving at 20:14 . We will stay overnight at the Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Hotel.
Day 2: Sun., March 29 – We will take prearranged shuttles to the Port to board the Celebrity Ship: Infinity for our 15 night Westbound Panama Canal Cruise. The Ports of Call are listed below.
Day 3: Mon., March 30 - At Sea
Day 4: Tues., March 31 - At Sea
Day 5: Wed., April 1 - Cartagena (Colombia)
Day 6: Thurs., April 2 - Colon (Panama)
Day 7: Fri., April 3 - Panama Canal
Day 8: Sat., April 4 - At Sea
Day 9: Sun., April 5 - Puntarenas
Day 10: Mon., April 6 - At Sea
Day 11: Tues., April 7 - Puerto Quetzal
Day 12: Wed., April 8 - At Sea
Day 13: Thurs., April 9 - At Sea
Day 14: Fri., April 10 - Puerto Vallarta with Optional Private Excursions
Day 15: Sat., April 11 - Cabo San Lucas with Optional Private Excursions
Day 16: Sun., April 12 - At Sea
Day 17: Mon., April 13 – Arrive in San Diego. Transfer to the Airport and flight home to Toronto. Our current flight on AC is scheduled to depart at 11:40 and arrive in Toronto at 19:25. At Pearson International Airport we will be met by our coach and will return to our original departure points.
The Panama Canal is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 meters (85 ft) above sea level. The current locks are 33.5 meters (110 ft) wide. A third, wider lane of locks is currently under construction and is due to open in 2015.
France began work on the canal in 1881, but had to stop because of engineering problems and high mortality due to disease. The United States took over the project in 1904, and took a decade to complete the canal, which was officially opened on August 15, 1914. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal shortcut greatly reduced the amount of time taken for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, enabling them to avoid the lengthy, hazardous Cape Horn route around the Southernmost tip of South America via the Drake Passage or Strait of Magellan. The shorter, faster, and safer route to the U.S. West Coast and to nations in and around the Pacific Ocean allowed those places to become more integrated with the world economy. The approximate time to traverse the canal is between 20 and 30 hours.
Celebrity Infinity Facts: Occupancy: 2170
Inaugural Date: Mar 3, 2001
Length: 965 ft
Beam: 105 ft
Draught: 26 ft
Cruise Speed: 24 kts
Tour includes: Tour includes: round trip transfer by motor coach to Pearson International Airport, Return flights on Air Canada, Fully escorted by a Hamilton Tours Director, 1 pre-night hotel accommodation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 15 night Celebrity Panama Cruise, port charges & taxes. HST EXEMPT
Cost per person based on outside, ocean view mid ship cabins:
(6 cabins – 3 Port side & 3 ocean side –Deck 3)
Twin $4769.00 & Single price upon request
Cost per person based on Aqua Class 1 - outside, mid ship & aft cabins with balcony:
(4 cabins – 4 Port side on Deck 11)
Twin $5779.00 & Single price upon request
Cost per person based on Aqua Class 2 - outside, mid ship cabins with balcony:
(8 cabins – all Port side on Deck 9)
Twin $5679.00 & Single price upon request
The prices listed are guaranteed - based on the 18 cabins in our present inventory at the time of printing. This sailing is SOLD OUT to the PUBLIC – so why not join us! We have 18 of the best cabins on this sailing reserved for our Hamilton Tours Ltd. Clients. Once our cabin inventory has been depleted, bookings can only be taken on a WAIT LIST.
Not included in pricing: onboard ship gratuities & optional side trips while in port.
A Valid Canadian Passport is required for this tour
An initial deposit of $1000.00 is required at time of booking.
A second deposit of $2000.00 is due on December 1 with the balance due in full by Jan. 12, 2015
RBC Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.