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26 nights - departs 28 Apr 2020 - Island Princess

 

28 APRIL 2020 —  FLY AUSTRALIA TO SAN FRANCISCO

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the next 2 nights. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner and cocktail where you will meet your Tour Director.

29 APRIL 2020 —  SAN FRANCISCO

After breakfast enjoy a City tour including Alcatraz Island Tour.

Set off on a guided tour to take in the city’s icons and hidden hot-spots. This afternoon, head to the prison-island of Alcatraz, and hear stories about its many former infamous residents on a tour. Breakfast Included

30 APRIL 2020 —  YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you will have the opportunity to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge before departing the city. Afterwards, travel through California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range to the World Heritage-listed Yosemite National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts almost four million visitors each year, who flock here to witness the breathtaking natural wonders of this vast unspoiled wilderness. Marvel at the towering granite cliffs and domes, the jaw-dropping waterfalls, the beautiful Tuolumne and Merced rivers, forests of massive sequoia trees and picturesque mountain meadows.  Breakfast & Dinner Included.

 

 

 

01 MAY 2020 —  YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK & DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

This morning after breakfast you will have time to explore Yosemite National Park before setting your sights on Death Valley National Park today. Venture through Tiago Pass, and be amazed by the sparse desertland and extinct volcanic craters.  This International Biosphere Reserve is the hottest and driest part of the North American continent and is home to many species of plants and animals that have adapted to this harsh desert environment, such as the creosote bush, coyote and the Death Valley pupfish. The park’s main attractions include the Titus Canyon, with a ghost town and colour-striped hills; Badwater Basin, consisting of salt flats believed to be the lowest point on the continent; and Zabriskie point, the most famous viewpoint in the park and the start of a number of scenic hiking trails. Breakfast & Dinner included.

 

02 MAY 2020 —  LAS VEGAS

Today, descend 82 metres below sea level at Badwater Basin to see the large salt flats. From here, the flashing lights of Las Vegas call you!  No matter how much you hear about Las Vegas, nothing can quite prepare you for the fabulously over-the-top mega-resorts and the dazzling neon lights of America’s fastest growing metropolis. Vegas pulses with energy during the day and positively heaves at night. The city’s club scene rivals Ibiza for its intensity and it stages enough extravagant shows to give Broadway a run for its money. But this desert oasis also has plenty of history and off-the-beaten-track experiences to discover, especially if you wander off 'The Strip' and into the Fremont Street Experience in the old downtown area. Have a free night here to explore at your leisure.   You may choose to take in a show, have a flutter or just wander through the different venues and take it all in.  Breakfast included

 

 

03 MAY 2020 —  LAS VEGAS

Today you have included admission into the Mob Museum. The Mob Museum is dedicated to featuring the artefacts, stories, and history of organized crime in the United States, as well as the actions and initiatives by law enforcement to prevent such crimes. The museum is housed in the former Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse, which was built in 1933 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take in a free afternoon in this fascinating destination. This evening have included admission to the Neon Museum or a Ghost Tour. Breakfast included.

 

04 MAY 2020 —  GRAND CANYON

Farewell Las Vegas! Today you leave the bright lights and head to the Grand Canyon. Included today is also a Hoover Dam Pink Jeep Tour and a boxed lunch.  The Hoover Dam marked the first ever dam constructed nearly entirely out of concrete. The dam is used to provide power to the state of Nevada, control floods, and impounds the water of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. The Dam provides water to the states of Arizona, Nevada, and California. The site is very popular and is visited by over a million visitors each year. Breakfast & Lunch included.

 

 

05 MAY 2020 —  PHOENIX

Today you experience the nature of the Grand Canyon. You will explore the South Rim for approximately 2 hours, where you can take in the incredible vastness of this wonder. There will be sightseeing and picture stops with your Tour Director as you head towards Scottsdale, Phoenix.  Fondly known by locals as the Valley of the Sun, the greater metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona covers over 1500 square kilometres of desert and boasts a slew of luxury resorts, world-class golf courses, some excellent restaurants, fascinating museums, and a thriving nightlife scene. Breakfast included.

 

06 MAY 2020 —  JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK & PALM SPRINGS

After breakfast, explore Joshua Tree National Park which is named for its many indigenous Joshua trees. This impressive park covers two deserts - each with a unique ecosystem - and the Little San Bernardino Mountain range. A fascinating variety of plants and animals inhabit this land and visitors can experience this biodiversity while hiking, bird-watching or attending some of the ranger programs. Other activities include rock-climbing, star-gazing and camping. While exploring the park, visitors can stroll through the beautiful Joshua tree forest at Black Rock, learn about the cultural history of Cottonwood Spring Oasis and see the eery, hollowed eye-sockets of Skull Rock.

Continue onto the famed resort city of Palm Springs which offers an oasis of glitz and glamour in the California Desert. Visitors and part-time residents, among them celebrities and the usual A-list crowd, come each year to enjoy the impressive golf courses and to browse the upscale galleries and exclusive boutiques. Breakfast included.

 

07 MAY 2020 —  BEVERLEY HILLS

Today we head to the bustling city of Los Angeles. Here you will visit the Griffith Observatory.  The observatory features the Zeiss telescope, the historic coelostat solar telescope, portable telescopes on the lawn, live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, as well as programmes and exhibits. After lunch at Universal City Walk and you will visit Warner Brothers Studio for a tour. Breakfast Included

 

08 MAY 2020 —  SANTA MONICA

Today head towards beautiful Santa Monica. Enjoy a Tour Director led tour and some free time at the Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica Pier is a large pier located in Santa Monica, California. The pier offers visitors plenty of entertainment, including an amusement park, solar-powered Ferris wheel, carousel, arcade, visitor centre, aquarium, historic walking tours, an assortment of dining options, bars, souvenir shops and street performers. Tonight enjoy a farewell cocktail reception. Breakfast Included.

 

09 MAY 2020 —  EMBARK ISLAND PRINCESS

Today you will be picked up from your hotel  and will then be dropped off at San Pedro Port, to embark Island Princess for the next 14 nights. Breakfast & Dinner included

 

 

 

12 MAY 2020 —  PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXCO
Puerto Vallarta was sleepy no more; its transformation into an international resort had begun. Then director John Huston chose the village as the location for his film "Night of the Iguana," starring Richard Burton. Today, the city has its own "Gringo Gulch," a haunt of the rich and famous. Travelers are also drawn by its climate, its excellent shopping - which offers great values on leather goods, jewelry, and handicrafts - and mile after mile of palm-lined beaches. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

 

14 MAY 2020 —  HUATULCO, MEXICO

Welcome to Mexico's newest resort on the Pacific Riviera. Huatulco is a tropical Eden with crystalline waters, coral reefs, and uncrowded beaches. Inland, the rugged coast range is thickly carpeted with rainforest and coffee plantations.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

 

16 MAY 2020— SAN JUAN DEL SUR, NICARAGUA

Until recent times Nicaragua was unfortunately known for the civil war (Sandinistas and Contras) that raged from the late 70s through much of the 80s. Today, the soldiers and guerrillas have given way sightseeing in a beautiful country. From strolling the cobblestone streets of colonial Granada on Lake Nicaragua, to exploring one of the many volcanoes, Nicaragua has something for even the most seasoned traveler. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

 

 

 

17 MAY 2020 —  PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA

Hailed as the Switzerland of the Americas, Costa Rica occupies a unique position, lying between two oceans and two continents. On both coasts, tropical rainforests rise to the mountains of the interior, many of which soar over 13,000 feet above sea level. In the west, a seemingly endless succession of brown-sand beaches forms the nation's Pacific coast. Puntarenas is your gateway to Costa Rica's wonders - and to its capital city of San Jose. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

 

19 MAY 2020 —  FUERTE AMADOR, PANAMA

Fuerte Amador, situated at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, is a man-made peninsula extending out into the Pacific Ocean.

The one-mile causeway was created by connecting four small islands with rocks excavated from the Panama Canal. There are several shops, restaurants, and other specialty stores centered around a large marina that serves as a tender dock. The causeway also affords a panoramic view of Panama City's impressive skyline and serves as the home for the Smithsonian Institute of Tropical Research. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

 

20 MAY 2020 —  PANAMA CANCAL (FULL TRANSIT—CRUISING)

At just over 100 years old, the Panama Canal remains one of the great man-made wonders of the modern world and ranks #2 for its "engineering genius and … gateway to Latin American treasures."  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

 

 

 

 

 

400 Years in the Making

After the Isthmus of Panama was discovered by Europeans in 1513, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, ordered a 1534 survey to determine if a canal was possible. It wasn’t until the early 20th century, with a strong push from President Theodore Roosevelt, that the United States took over construction of the canal from the French, an epic job that took a decade to complete.

Photo: President Roosevelt visiting the construction site

 

A Decade of Construction

Carving through 51 miles of jungle and granite was no easy task. Tens of thousands of laborers worked, sacrificed and died while building the world’s largest canal. The genius lay in the concept of raising and lowering ships so they could cross Gatun Lake, a feat solely powered by gravity!

Photo: Building the Panama Canal railroad

 

"The Land Divided...The World United"

On August 15, 1914, the Panama Railway steamship SS Ancon, piloted by Captain John A. Constantine, made the first official transit under a banner that read "The Land Divided; The World United." After sailing from Cristobal, the ship briefly navigated into Caribbean waters, and turned into Panama's jungle, bound for the Pacific.

Photo: SS Kentuckian sailing through the Canal

 

Modern Lock Talk

Explore the new Agua Clara Locks on 10-day roundtrip sailings from Ft. Lauderdale into the expanded Canal on Caribbean Princess®, our largest ship to transit the canal, with exciting new amenities, to cruise the region. Even travelers who've sailed through the Canal have never seen it like this.

Photo: Transiting the locks

 

 

 

 

21 MAY 2020 —  CARTAGENA, COLUMBIA
One of the more interesting cities on your itinerary steeped in history. This was the transit port for all the wealth Spain derived from South America. The famous "Old City" is comprised of 12 square blocks filled with attractions, boutiques and restaurants.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

 

24 MAY 2020 —  DISEMBARK FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA—FLY TO AUSTRALIA

After disembarkation, transfer to the airport for your onward flight back to Australia. Breakfast included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside from

$17,599

Oceanview from

$17,789

Balcony from

$18,389

Suite from

$19,295

 

Flights are from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne. For other cities please contact us.

Prices are per person based on twin share in lowest grade for each category type. Please refer to full terms and conditions of booking located at the bottom of this page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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