The luxury cruise company Princess has revealed that in its 2011-12 season they will include an extended Panama Canal passage. The line’s ‘Two-Day Canal Experience’, available on many longer sailings, combines a full transit of the Canal, including the Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun Locks, with a second day in Panama at Fuerte Amador. This extra day will give travelers time to explore Panama with excursions such as riding the Panama Canal Railway, exploring a rain forest, visiting an authentic Embera Indian village and touring Panama City.
The Coral Princess and Island Princess will feature three itineraries offering the Two-Day Canal Experience. The 14-day itinerary sails between Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles with calls at Aruba, Cartagena, and Puntarenas, Costa Rica. A 15-day option offers an additional call in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. And another 15-day option sails from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale with calls at Cabo San Lucas; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Cartagena; and Aruba.
Sailings on these itineraries depart between Sept. 25, 2011, and April 27, 2012. The ships also offer longer Grand Adventures of 17, 18 and 19 days, sailing to and from Vancouver.
The Island Princess will sail on a 10-day round trip itinerary from Fort Lauderdale, which offers a partial Panama Canal transit to Gatun Lake followed by a call in Colon, plus calls in the Caribbean ports of Aruba; Cartagena; Limon, Costa Rica; and Grand Cayman or Ocho Rios. The ship offers 20 departures between Oct. 10, 2011 and April 17, 2012.