New Years Panama Canal Cruise
- December 21, 2013 - January 5, 2014
- Starting from $2999
- For Jewish Singles in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s
- Pre-Trip: San Diego Pre-Cruise
Join Amazing Journeys this New Year’s and let us rock your boat! Aboard Celebrity Century, we’ll take you on a journey in and around some of the most incredible ports in Latin America. From Guatemala to Costa Rica and Columbia to Panama, enjoying the sunshine of Puerto Vallarta and the beauty of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, this will be a destination of beauty, culture and serenity as we glide from one ocean to another. The Panama Canal, one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its extraordinary completion in 2014 and you’ll be onboard to witness this remarkable engineering feat that has changed world travel and international business forever.
Beginning in San Diego and ending in Ft. Lauderdale, you’ll enjoy a winter escape that is chock full of tropical sunshine, warmth and total hedonism. We’ll enhance your chill-out time with exciting group shore excursions, special events and a New Year’s Eve Party that you’ll never forget. Our unique brand of customer service will create a carefree vacation in every sense of the word. Add to all this a great group of Jewish singles from around the globe and your New Year’s Panama Canal Cruise with Amazing Journeys will be a vacation that will change your life!
Your Panama Canal New Years Value-Added Cruise Package Includes:
- 15 Night Cruise in Your Choice of Luxury Staterooms
- All Meals, Snacks and Room Service on Board Ship
- All Onboard Gratuities
- All Port Taxes and Government Fees
- All Entertainment on Board Ship
- Exclusive Amazing Journeys Cocktail Parties
- Exclusive Onboard Group Events
- Fully Escorted by Amazing Journeys
- Shabbat and Havdallah Services On Board Ship
- Customized Group Shore Excursions Available for Purchase
- Hospitality Desk Staffed Daily
- Gifts and Prizes to Participants
- Roommate Matching Upon Request
- Captain’s Gala Welcome Reception
- Carefree Hassle-Free Planning
- VIP Treatment Throughout
Day 1 – Saturday, December 21 – San Diego, California
Embark Celebrity Century, Depart at 4:30 pm - San Diego is California’s “first city,” with roots dating back to 1796. San Diego’s beautiful harbor is a lovely place to stroll and explore. Historic Seaport Village, along the Embarcadero, is filled with fascinating shops and galleries. See some of the most amazing animals on earth at the world-famous San Diego Zoo or take a stroll in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Our program begins onboard with a festive Welcome Aboard program followed by a brief Havdallah service.
Day 2 – Sunday, December 22 – Sea Day/Spa Day
Explore our home-away-from-home and get to know your fellow Amazing Journeyers as we enjoy our first day at sea. Celebrity Century has a ton to offer from fun restaurants, live music, a relaxing spa, pools, classes and more. So learn your way and join in on some of our group-exclusive events and gear up for a great vacation of adventure, exploration and good times.
Day 3 – Monday, December 23 – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Arrive at 11:30 am, Depart at 6:30 pm – Known as “The Aquarium of the World,” Cabo has one of the largest reefs in the world where water sports of all kinds are the “catch of the day”. Enjoy kayaking, sailboating, snorkeling, and if you love fishing, Cabo is the marlin capital of the world. If you’d rather look at the water than be on it, there are many stunning beaches as well as championship golf courses that surround the Cabo area with breathtaking views.
Day 4 – Tuesday, December 24 – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Arrive at 1 pm, Depart at 8 pm – A traditional Mexican village inhabited by genuinely warm people, Puerto Vallarta features beautiful beaches, boutique shopping and some of the most picturesque and challenging golf courses in the Western Hemisphere.
Day 5 – Wednesday, December 25 – Sea Day/Spa Day
Today you’ll get to enjoy all you came on a cruise to do… relax poolside with your new friends while sipping a Pina Colada, enjoy learning about the different destinations with onboard enrichment programs or de-stress with a hot stone massage.
Day 6 – Thursday, December 26 – Sea Day/Spa Day
Participate in one of many onboard Amazing Journeys programs, learn a new skill in one of the onboard classes, play a game of cards, take a yoga or pilates class or enjoy destination influenced entertainment.
Day 7 – Friday, December 27 – Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Arrive at 7 am, Depart at 6 pm – Guatemala’s largest Pacific Ocean port is also the gateway to some of the most fascinating and beautiful sightseeing in the country. Head north, through plantations where the air is perfumed with sugar cane and coffee, across mountain ridges overlooking beautiful Lake Atitlan. Or cruise past volcano-guarded mountains, to the colonial capital of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where cobblestone streets and period architecture evoke the area’s age-old Spanish colonial heritage. Tonight, we’ll have an Amazing Journeys Shabbat gathering.
Day 8 – Saturday, December 28 – Sea Day/Spa Day
Our day at sea will provide lots of opportunities for great times on our floating resort. Filled with countless ways to spend your day; soak up the sun by the pool, work out in the gym, take a class or try your luck in the casino! Tonight, we will have a special group Havdallah.
Day 9 – Sunday, December 29 – Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Arrive at 7 am, Depart at 6 pm – Decked by plenty of islands, inlets, jungles, beaches and beautiful natural treasures, Puntarenas offers a wide range of attractions. Supported by the sun and the beach, you will enjoy an incredible array of optional day trips including coastal horseback riding, eco-trail hiking, sunbathing on beaches in national parks, or cycling along picturesque roads and amongst the beaches and mountains. For a true adventurer, the area offers ATV excitement, suspension bridges, mangrove swamp tours, dolphin watching and even an ultra-light flight.
Day 10 – Monday, December 30 – Sea Day/Spa Day
Spend the day relaxing poolside with your friends while enjoying your favorite beverage as you share your most exciting experiences of the trip so far. Enjoy a massage at the spa, participate in wine tasting or pilates. Choose to do it all, or nothing at all. It’s your vacation, and we want you to enjoy it as you please!
Day 11 – Tuesday, December 31 – Panama Canal (Cruising)
Arrive at 6 am, Depart at 6 pm – The Panama Canal will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its extraordinary completion in 2014. The 48 mile-long international waterway known as the Panama Canal allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, saving about 8000 miles from a journey around the southern tip of South America, Cape Horn. In 1819, Panama was part of the federation and country of Colombia but when Colombia rejected United States plans to build a canal across the Isthmus of Panama, the U.S. supported a revolution that led to the independence of Panama in 1903. Today, it takes approximately fifteen hours to traverse the canal through its three sets of locks. Being on deck to witness this remarkable engineering feat that has changed world travel and international business forever will remained forever etched in your mind. With only a few feet on either side of the ship, you will soon discover why the Panama Canal is one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World.
Day 12 – Wednesday, January 1 – Colon, Panama
Arrive at 6 am, Depart at 4 pm – As the capital of Colón Province on Panama’s central Caribbean coast, Colón lies at the very heart of the country’s rich history and innovation. It’s easy to fit in visits to sights like the Panama Railroad, Gatun Locks, and old Spanish fortress Fort San Lorenzo. In 1980, UNESCO declared Fort San Lorenzo, together with the fortified town of Portobelo about 30 miles to the northeast, to be a World Heritage Site under the name, “Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama” describing the fortifications as magnificent examples of 17th- and 18th-century military architecture; forming part of the defense system built by the Spanish Crown to protect transatlantic trade.
Day 13 – Thursday, January 2 – Cartagena, Colombia
Arrive at 8:30 am, Depart at 3 pm – Cobbled streets, balconies with blooming bougainvillea, and pastel plazas make Cartagena one of Latin America’s most photogenic cities. But it’s not just another pretty seaport. Founded in 1533, this Spanish-Colonial city is steeped in history. Its location made it a popular port for plunderers and pirates. In 1984 Cartagena’s colonial walled city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today thrill-seekers will find a perfect mix of old and new with a twist of island attitude. Fusion fare is big throughout the city. You’ll find quite a few options featuring creative delicacies combining tastes from around the world plus all the local favorites including plantains and coconut rice, and of course coffee. An exceptional example of a sustainable and productive cultural landscape that is unique and representative of a tradition that is a strong symbol for coffee growing areas worldwide, the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 14 – Friday, January 3 – Sea Day/Spa Day
Enjoy your first free day of the new year. Take a jog around the track, try a new restaurant, spend time with friends – it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you are having fun! Tonight, we’ll have an Amazing Journeys Shabbat gathering.
Day 15 – Saturday, January 4 – Sea Day/Spa Day
Sleep in and order room-service, go back to your favorite restaurant or relax at the spa. Soak in the final day at sea. Tonight we’ll wrap up our amazing tour with Havdallah and our famous Farewell Event; lots of fun and memories recaptured.
Day 16 – Sunday, January 5 – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Disembark am – Soak in the last of your warm tropical experience as we head home, taking with us new friends and memories of a fabulous vacation.
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A deposit of $550 for the cruise ($1100 for single occupancy) is due with your reservation. Full payment is due September 23, 2013.
Rates are subject to change based on availability.
These rates are based on an all-inclusive, custom-designed package that differs from offerings seen in public advertising.
- We will match you with a roommate if desired.
- Early reservations receive priority cabin location.
Please note – This is a group exclusive vacation package. We are unable to make any of our package components available to anyone who is not part of our Amazing Journeys group.
All cabins where we provide roommate matches are non-smoking. Items listed on this website are subject to change at any time. By providing payment you agree to the terms and conditions as outlined on this website.
Air: Airfare is not included in the cruise rate. Transfers are available at an additional cost. Details regarding transfers will be sent closer to the sailing date.
Cancellation Policy for the Cruise and Pre-Cruise Package: Prior to June 20, 2013, there is a $75 penalty for cancellation. From June 21 – September 23, 2013, the cancellation penalty is the amount of the deposit for cruise and pre-cruise package. From September 24 – November 20, 2013, the cancellation penalty is 50% of the total cruise and pre-cruise package price. Cancellations made on or after November 21, 2013 and “no-shows” will receive no refund. There is no refund in the event of interruption or cancellation after the start of the trip.
This tour is operated by Celebrity Cruises. Ships registry: Malta
Cancellation insurance:Trip insurance is optional but highly recommended and is available through Amazing Journeys, LLC. Information will be sent with your cruise confirmation.
Passport Requirements: All passengers must present a valid passport (valid for six months beyond the last date of travel) to travel on this itinerary. If you are from a country outside of the US, Canada or EU, this itinerary may require visas. Passengers should check on visa requirements from their home country.
Port taxes, Government Fees and Gratuities: Port taxes, government and immigration fees have been included in the rate. Gratuities are also included in the rate. Port taxes, government fees and gratuities are based on November 2012 rates and are subject to change. Fuel surcharges were deleted from the rates due to a suspension in fees by Celebrity Cruises. Should oil costs go above $65 per barrel, and the cruise lines reinstate these fees, Amazing Journeys reserves the right to add them back at that time.
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