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TUG/LOV Panama Canal Cruise Nov. 28, 2016

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I am going on this Panama Canal cruise. Who wants to join me?

Nov. 28, 2016 Note: it's 2016 not 2015

Ship: Coral Princess

Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida | Aruba | Cartagena, Colombia | Panama Canal, Panama (Gatun Lake) | Colon, Panama | Limon, Costa Rica | Ocho Rios, Jamaica | Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

http://www.princess.com/find/cruiseDetails.do?voyageCode=6640

Pricing which includes all fees and taxes:
- Inside Cat IB $1449.00 pp Single price $2588.00
- OV Cat OC $1659.00 pp Single price $3008.00
- Balcony Cat BD $1909.00 pp Single price $3508

If prices drop between now and the cruise, we will get the reduced price.

If booked by 8/18/15, you will receive:
1) $200 OBC per PERSON for balconies and above
2) Reduced deposit of $100

Plus the following for all cabins and which do not require booking by 8/18/15:
3) $50 OBC per room
4) 1 bottle of wine per room

There may be additonal past cruisers/military veteren benefits.

Our Travel Agent is Lynn Warner of CruiseShipCenters. Lynn is a Tugger and was on the first Tug cruise. Her email is LWarner@cruiseshipcenters.com. Phone # is 877 978-7447 but it is better to contact her by email.

She will get info on insurance for us.
 
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Pat, how many nights? Jim
 

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Hi everyone

I just wanted to add that Princess may pull this $200 per person OBC offer before Aug 18 depending on how many balcony cabins are booked so the sooner you book the better. Of course the $100 per person deposit if totally refundable if cancelled before the final payment date.

Lynn
 

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Sounds like it might be fun. We're considering this one: http://vacationstogo.com/fastdeal.cfm?deal=10446 14 nights, more South America, less Caribbean, full canal transit. Lower cost. And it's this December (2015), before Christmas, so I don't have to decorate. :)
 
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Hi everyone

I just wanted to add that Princess may pull this $200 per person OBC offer before Aug 18 depending on how many balcony cabins are booked so the sooner you book the better. Of course the $100 per person deposit if totally refundable if cancelled before the final payment date.

Lynn

That $400 per cabin OBC is a good deal. Better than the $75 per cabin Celebrity is offering on the other cruise. Might make the difference.
 

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Pat, the link you posted doesn't work. Or I should say, it just takes you to the Princess website.

I was trying to get more information. It looks like from the ports that this is a partial transit?
 

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Luanne, it is a partial transit R/T from Ft. Lauderdale. I corrected the original link.
 
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Hi Pat/Lynn,
I might be interested. what's the cancellation policy?

Hi everyone

I just wanted to add that Princess may pull this $200 per person OBC offer before Aug 18 depending on how many balcony cabins are booked so the sooner you book the better. Of course the $100 per person deposit is totally refundable if cancelled before the final payment date.
Lynn

Lisa, see Lynn's answer above in blue
 

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Also, there is $100. per person shipboard credit if you are active military (US or Canada) or Honorably Discharged. You need to provide Princess with a copy of your DD214, but only the first time (Lynn can help you with this).

If you own 100 shares of Carnival Stock, that's an extra $100. But that is per cabin, unless the cabin is two people with different last names.

I won't be able to go, since I don't fly that far. But I love Princess (I'm at 34 cruises right now with them), so feel free to ask for hints later.

Fern
 

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Pat H, you need to start the thread :whoopie:
 

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Pat, the link you posted doesn't work. Or I should say, it just takes you to the Princess website.

I was trying to get more information. It looks like from the ports that this is a partial transit?

The cost to add on the excursion to go thru to the Pacific on a smaller boat is $169 per person.

It is a 6-8 hour excursion.


Experience the full wonder of the Panama Canal with a crossing of the canal by tour boat on this daylong adventure. Travel by ship's tender to the Gatun Yacht Club, where you will board an air-conditioned transportation for the narrated drive through the isthmus to the small village of Gamboa. Located on the banks of the Chagres River and the Panama Canal, Gamboa lies in the heart of Panama's 55,000-acre Soberania National Park. Large tracts of lowland tropical rainforests that nourish thriving plants and harbor enchanting animal populations surround the village.

From Gamboa, embark on your ferry tour boat for a partial transit of the canal. Cruise through the Gaillard Cut along your journey. The Gaillard Cut is an artificial valley that cuts through the continental divide in Panama. The cut forms part of the Panama Canal, linking Gatun Lake, and thereby the Atlantic Ocean, to the Gulf of Panama and the Pacific Ocean. Construction of the cut was one of the great engineering feats of its time; the immense effort required to complete it was justified by the great significance of the canal to shipping, and in particular the strategic interests of the United States of America.

After crossing the Gaillard Cut, enter the Pedro Miguel Locks, which lower your vessel 28 feet on its way to the Pacific. Your boat will settle on Miraflores Lake. Sail across Miraflores Lake to the Miraflores Locks. A light lunch is available during your scenic cruise of the lake and locks. The Miraflores Locks are part of the engineering marvel that makes up the Panama Canal. The locks will lower your tour boat the final 56 feet, matching the level of the Pacific Ocean.

The lock gates at Miraflores are the tallest of the three due to the extreme tidal variation that takes place in the Pacific Ocean; the tidal variation on the Atlantic coast is by far less. Miraflores Locks are slightly over one mile long, from beginning to end. Depending on the size of each vessel, one can see anywhere from 1 to 3 vessels make the transit simultaneously. From the minute the vessels enters the locks, it takes approximately 10 minutes for the process to be completed. The water enters and leaving the locks by means of gravity only, as there are no pumps or other man made devices that assist in this process.

Your cruise ends at La Playita in Panama City, where you board your air-conditioned ground transportation for the return trip to the ship.
 
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I'm considering it too.
Trying to get my roomie to commit.
Not everyone is used to committing to vacations more than a year out.
That's only a TUG thing. ;)
 

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I'm considering it too.
Trying to get my roomie to commit.
Not everyone is used to committing to vacations more than a year out.
That's only a TUG thing. ;)

Anyone who travels with me is used to planning a year out . . . and often it has nothing to do with timeshare travels. :)
 

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Or you can look at it as making a commitment, and having (nearly) a year to save up before the final payment is due.
 

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This looks like a nice cruise. I'd consider it, though I've already booked the new RCL ship for its first transatlantic in Oct/Nov. I want to do a complete Panama Canal transfer one day.


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This looks like a nice cruise. I'd consider it, though I've already booked the new RCL ship for its first transatlantic in Oct/Nov. I want to do a complete Panama Canal transfer one day.


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See you onboard, Ken! ;)
 

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See you onboard, Ken! ;)


Nice! The Harmony looks like it will be a nice ship. I recently got convinced to do a few of these and within a week last month booked three cruises. Now that many of the ships offer unlimited Internet at a reasonable fee I can do this, since even with slow speeds I can stay in touch with the business.


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I'm considering it too.
Trying to get my roomie to commit.
Not everyone is used to committing to vacations more than a year out.
That's only a TUG thing. ;)

I had a friend book to Take advantage of the $200 per person OBC for balcony and only $100 per person deposit.

Suggest you book with N and have a discussion later :cool:

Would love you two to join. :cheer: :whoopie:
 

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Or you can look at it as making a commitment, and having (nearly) a year to save up before the final payment is due.

I am booked, hope you and DW will join.
 
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