Pre- night lodging near the airport. We'll announce the name of the pre-night hotel closer to the time of departure. We are providing hotel and airport shuttles to Minneapolis from the following locations; Sartell (AmericInn); St Stephens (Trobec Bus Co); Little Falls (Walmart); Baxter (Walmart) Hibbing (Park Hotel) Virginia (Village Inn); Eveleth (Super 8); and Cloquet (Perkins). Oftentimes, folks will meet us at the airport if they live in or around the Twin Cities. Settle in to your pre-night hotel ~ More info to follow. You must have a current U.S. Passport
Day 2: Jan 22 (TUE) Fly to Fort Lauderdale, FL You need U.S. Passports for this tour!
We have a 7 am departure - We will need to be at the airport 2-3 hours prior to departure for groups. Our plane is scheduled to land at noon in Fort Lauderdale. Once we get through the airport security, customs, gather our suitcases, we'll meet our hotel transfer and check-in to our hotel in Fort Lauderdale. (To be announced). The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy as per your own agenda.
Day 3: Jan 23 (WED) Cruise on Princess Our morning is a bit laid back. We'll board our shuttle and transfer to the ship dock where the Carribean Princess is anchored. We'll begin the process of checking in at the pier for our 10 night Panama Canal Cruise. Once this is completed, you are free to get lunch on board the cruise ship as rooms are not always ready until about 2-3 pm
Day 4: Jan 24 (THU) Cruise on Princess/ At Sea Caribbean Princess " Panama Canal Cruise" At Sea offers plenty for you to do today. Sit back and get acquainted with your surroundings on board the ship...and don't forget to enjoy all the great amenities this ship has to offer! This ship has been all newly renovated.
Several Restaurant Options - We are booked with ANYTIME DINING where you go whenever you want between 5:30 pm-10 pm-
We are Waitlisted for Dining at 5 pm and if it opens you prefer that we'll change it for you . The Caribbean Princess also offers several formal dining rooms and several casual eateries on board.
Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Spa & Fitness Center
Shops, Theater & Lounge, Casino
Rooms requested have two beds that can be converted into one full size bed
All ships have balconies and we are available to receive free upgrades. Stay tuned!
Day 5: Jan 25 (FRI) Falmouth, Jamaica 8:00 am- 5:00 pm - The ship is docked. Falmouth is the chief town and capital of the parish of Trelawny in Jamaica. It is situated on Jamaica's north coast 18 miles east of Montego Bay. It is noted for being one of the Caribbean's best-preserved Georgian towns. Founded by Thomas Reid in 1769, Falmouth flourished as a market centre and port for forty years at a time when Jamaica was the world's leading sugar producer. It was named after Falmouth, Cornwall in the United Kingdom, the birthplace of Sir William Trelawny, the Governor of Jamaica, who was instrumental in its establishment. The town was meticulously planned from the start, with wide streets in a regular grid, adequate water supply, and public buildings. It even had piped water before New York City.
Day 6: Jan 26 (SAT) and At Sea You've already had a few days to find your way around this amazing cruise ship. There's so much you can do ... OR do nothing at all. You decide! Enjoy your day at sea.
Day 7: Jan 27th (SUN) Cartagena, Columbia 7:00 am- 3:00 pm - The ship is docked 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.
Throughout Colombia, the Spanish Empire's influence in the New World is self-evident. Its fortress walls, quaint narrow streets, and balconied houses are all vivid reminders of Spain's hold on Cartagena and throughout the Caribbean and South America. This is the land of El Dorado and flamboyant adventurers in search of the ever-elusive gold. Cartagena's well-constructed fortifications defended its borders against seafaring pirates whose attacks lasted for more than 200 years. Today this modern and bustling city, seaport, and commercial center still boasts much of its original colonial architecture. Your journey here will provide you with a significant link to the region's grand past.
Day 8: Jan 28 (MON) Panama Canal The narrow isthmus separating the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean had a colorful and turbulent history long before Ferdinand de Lesseps first dreamed of building a transcontinental canal. Spanish conquistadors hauled Incan gold through the dense rainforest to ports on the Atlantic. English freebooters sought to ransack those ports and attack the treasure ships that sailed from Portobelo. And 49ers braved mosquitoes and yellow fever to get to the California gold fields.
While the Panama Canal remains one of the great American engineering feats of the 20th century, visitors to Panama will discover a whole range of scenic wonders. Hike into the dense rainforest, home to over 1,000 species of animals. Or pay a visit to an Embera Indigenous village in the heart of Chagres National Park.
Disembarkation in Gatun Lake is restricted to passengers who have booked tours with Princess. Passengers on these tours are taken ashore by tenders. Later in the day, the ship then retraces her route through the Gatun locks to dock at Cristobal in the Caribbean. The tours return to this point. There are no tours offered in Cristobal. Tours are not available on overnight calls in Gatun Lake.
Note: The Panama Canal Authority assigns specific time slots for the transit of a vessel through the locks. The ship will anchor in a designated area and will wait for instructions. Once clearance is transmitted to the ship, procedures begin to bring ship's tour passengers ashore. Therefore, tour departure times may vary and will be announced onboard.
Day 9: Jan 29 (TUE) Limon, Costa Rica 7:00 am- 6:00 pm - Ship is docked Costa Rica's Limon Province boasts pristine beaches, sprawling banana plantations and dense rainforest. These Caribbean lowlands are still sparsely populated--nearly a third of the province's population lives around Puerto Limon--and conservation efforts have led to growing eco-tourism. Limon Province offers other charms as well. Afro-Caribbean influences abound, from the lilting speech and reggae rhythms brought by Jamaican settlers to the colorful bungalows lining small fishing villages. Limon is a zesty little slice of heaven.
Day 10: Jan 30 (WED) At Sea Exciting adventures await aboard Caribbean Princess, as she sets sail in the ocean blue.... Relax and enjoy the day as per your own agenda.
Day 11: Jan 31 (THU) Grand Cayman 7:00 am - 5 pm - Docked in the Cayman Islands When Columbus made his landfall in the Caymans in 1503, he found tortoises and sea turtles in such profusion that he promptly named the islands Las Tortugas. But the name that stuck for the islands was the Carib word "Caimanas." Fitting, since the caiman is a New World crocodilian and the islands were long the lair of pirates, buccaneers, and assorted freebooters. Despite their past, the Caymans are a Caribbean demi-paradise of white-sand beaches, coral gardens, and offshore waters harboring spectacular shipwrecks. Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman also boast the highest standard of living in the entire Caribbean. This union of natural beauty and cosmopolitan style makes Grand Cayman a spectacular port of call for today's adventurers. Note: Grand Cayman is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender. In certain sea conditions, an alternate pier is used to transfer passengers ashore. This may cause tour durations to vary.
Day 12: Feb 1 (FRI) At Sea Our last day on the lovely Caribbean Princess ~ Your day is yours to enjoy as per your agenda.
Day 13: Feb 2, (SAT) Homeward Bound You'll have ample time this morning to enjoy breakfast before boarding your Princess shuttle transfer for the Fort Lauderdale Airport. We'll arrive to the airport and begin the check in process for our non-stop flight home. Once our luggage is gathered, we'll board our local motor coach transfer and journey home with fond memories of our trip to beautiful through the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Columbia and Jaimaca. Our airline tickets are booked with Delta Airlines.
A Few Things to Know about This Tour Princess Cruise Lines can pull any allotted cabins blocked at any time once the ship begins to sell out. This may affect the availability of the tour as well as the cost if this happens. If you want to sail with Happy Trails Tours on this beautiful Panama Canal cruise in 2020, call ASAP and get your registration deposit made before they begin recalling cabin space. Also...they are offering a wonderful incentive with a "Flexible Air" program but we want to be sure to get our names in early so that we are all on the same plane - Call soon so we can secure seats on the plane together.
*Our 1st Recall Date: July 2019 / 2nd Recall is AUG 2019 Deposits: $600.00 per person is due with registration.
Airlines: We must have your full legal name as it appears on your government-issued Passport. We need your date of birth and gender. If you have a Delta Sky Mile number we will submit it for you. Once names are submitted, we will try to get a seat locations on the plane, if they will give it to us. We will do whatever possible to honor any special requests for seat location. All seats are in coach class. Airline rewards cannot be used for group reservations nor will they allow upgrades to 1st class. Also, the airlines will charge a fee to change a name once names have been submitted. Please note that fuel surcharges can sometimes occur with both the airlines and the cruise line. Passports: You must have a current U.S. passport with an expiration date of June 2020 or later. The number and expiration date is required on your registration form. There is no refund if you are denied boarding due to an expired passport (or no passport!).
Payment and Cancellation Deadlines / Insurance
Final Payment Due Date: October 1, 2019. We accept checks, money orders, bank drafts and credit cards for modes of payment. We do not accept American Express.
Deposit Due with Registration: $600 Per Person A portion of the Initial deposit is non-refundable with cancellations made after 08-15-19 penalty ($150 per person)
Monies returned after October 1, 2019 will be determined by what the cruise line, charters, hotels and other vendors determine at the time of cancellation. No refunds with cancellations made after Dec. 20, 2019. Cancellation Policy - Travel Insurance: Happy Trails Tour have penalties different from cruise and airline. This is why we offer the travel protection insurance at an additional fee. Princess Cruise Lines offers a Vacation Protection Coverage for $222.88 for doubles / $428.78 for Single Occupancy. This is their Premium Protection Plan - a good policy offering good coverage for air, cruise, pre-might lodging in Fort Lauderdale. Please let us know if you would like this added to your invoice.
Maximum Number: We only have 16 cabins reserved on the ship. Once those are sold out, cabins are sold at the current rate. We cannot guarantee availability. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Airline tickets are based on that day's fare ... it could change the rate of the trip depending on when you book. Call early! Minimum Number: We must meet a minimum of 25 by October 1, 2019 or the tour may have to be canceled. Any monies you have paid to Happy Trails Tours are fully refundable if Happy Trails cancels the tour due to lack of participation, including insurance. Medications: Do not pack them in your suitcase. Always carry them on your person. Bring a list along that shows what medications you are taking (especially if you transfer them into medication dispensers other than the original bottles).
Shore Excursions: There are many shore excursions offered at the ports of call and throughout this tour.. We recommend waiting to get on board the ship so that you can discuss in detail with Princess Shore Excursion team.
Your Cruise Tour: B004 10 Day Panama Canal-Round Trip Ship and Sale Date: Caribbean Princess on January 23, 2020 Caribbean Princess Ship Specifications: Ship Specifics: 3,140 Guests / 1200 Crew / 19 Decks We have all BB Balcony Category Cabins Booked. No Triple accommodations are being offered. Length: 952 Feet / Gross Tonnage: 112,894 / 193 Feet High