Panama Canal Cruise & Southern California

From $2899 (was $3149)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

19 Days
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Vacation Package Details

Take a cruise tour through sunny Southern California, Mexico's best beach towns, and Central America's most fascinating ports of call en route to the spectacular Panama Canal-a marvel of engineering.

Tour Includes

6 Countries
  • USA
  • Mexico
  • Guatemala
  • Nicaragua
  • Costa Rica
  • Colombia
  • San Diego
  • Carlsbad
  • Los Angeles
  • Hollywood
  • Cabo San Lucas
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Acapulco
  • Puerto Quetzal
  • San Juan Del Sur
  • Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Panama Canal
  • Cartagena
Cruise Accommodations
  • 15 Nights
  • Cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Bliss
Hotel Accommodations
  • 3 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • All meals onboard ship
  • 3 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner on land portion
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active

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Tour Highlights

  • Visit the USS Midway Museum
  • Discover the City of Angels on a fascinating guided tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood
  • Relax in Acapulco, the "Pearl of the Pacific"
  • Enjoy a daylight transit of the Panama Canal
  • Enjoy the good life in Colombia's UNESCO recognized city of Cartagena

Mandatory Vaccinations Against COVID-19

All guests, including minors, must be fully vaccinated, at least 2 weeks prior to departure, to participate. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all departures until further notice.

Free Balcony Upgrade and Free Beverage or Internet Package Set Sail Offers

*Inside Cabins receive choice of two set sail offers. Ocean View and Balcony Cabins receive choice of four set sail offers. Unlimited Open Bar and Specialty Dining Package require additional service fees. Web prices reflect Instant Rebate pricing. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time. Click here to view additional offer details.

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Panama Canal Cruise & Southern California Highlights

Tours Starts: San Diego, CA

Tours Ends: Miami, Florida

Day 1

Arrive in San Diego

Welcome to San Diego! If you purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations, a friendly YMT representative will greet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. Meet your fellow travelers and learn about the days ahead at this evening’s included welcome dinner. (D)

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley or similar

Day 2

San Diego

This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of San Diego. You’ll see Downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island, and Old Town San Diego. Old Town is both the city’s oldest populated area and the site of California’s first European settlement. After free time to enjoy lunch on your own, head to the Navy Pier for an afternoon self-guided tour of the USS Midway Museum. The museum aboard the United States' longest-serving aircraft carrier houses an extensive collection of aircraft. Spend the evening at your leisure. San Diego is famous for its Mexican food, particularly its tacos and signature California Burritos! (B)

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley or similar

Day 3

Los Angeles via Carlsbad

Travel from San Diego to Los Angeles, stopping en route in Carlsbad for a walking tour and free time for lunch. Enjoy LA on your own tonight! (B)

Holiday Inn Express LAX or similar

Day 4

Los Angeles, Hollywood and Embarkation (Departs at 3:30 PM)

Enjoy a morning guided tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood, seeing many of the can’t-miss highlights of the City of Angels. View the iconic metal curves of the Walt Disney Concert Hall; the ornate TCL Chinese Theatre; the Dolby Theatre, home of the glamorous Academy Awards; Rodeo Drive; and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Depart this afternoon on the Norwegian Bliss (B)

Holiday Inn LAX or similar

Day 5

At Sea

Day 6

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (10:00 AM - 7:00 PM)

Once sought out as safe harbor for pirates, Cabo San Lucas is now the perfect place to dine al fresco or take a barefoot stroll across one of many peaceful white sand beaches. The ritzy Jewel of the Baja Peninsula’s most famous landmark is the iconic El Arco, a naturally occurring limestone arch.

Day 7

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (12:00 PM - 10:00 PM)

Puerto Vallarta is the quintessential Mexican resort town, overflowing with the charm of the old country. Narrow cobblestone streets are lined with shops and galleries. Restaurants provide perfectly shaded patios for you to indulge in authentic carne asada to the sounds of live music. Bargain for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, or wander the golden beaches of Banderas Bay.

Day 8

At Sea

Day 9

Acapulco, Mexico (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

One of Mexico's oldest coastal tourist destinations, Acapulco was nicknamed the “Pearl of the Pacific” by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, and other Golden Age globe-trotters. Enjoy dazzling views of dramatic sea cliffs and lush jungles while you relax on Acapulco’s pristine beaches, stroll through its stunning botanical garden, or enjoy the history of its 17th century fort. Be sure not to miss the legendary La Quebrada cliff divers!

Day 10

At Sea

Day 11

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (7:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

The sleepy Puerto Quetzal showcases the vibrant colors of Guatemala’s culture away from the hustle and bustle of more populated ports. Enjoy a relaxing day in Puerto Quetzal, visit a coffee plantation, or travel to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua. This elegant former capital is an incredible example of Central American colonial architecture!

Day 12

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua (10:00 AM - 7:00 PM)

Welcome to Nicaragua! The country is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, with long stretches of white sand and clear blue waters. San Juan de Sur is also known for its lush, tropical landscape. Take advantage of some of its many local attractions, including the nearby Lake Nicaragua or the settlement of Granada, which was founded by Spanish conquistadors.

Day 13

Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Sitting amid some of the most beautiful rainforests in the country, Puntarenas is a city in transition from important historical shipping port to tourist mecca.

Day 14

At Sea

Day 15

Transit Panama Canal

Cross over one of humankind’s most impressive engineering feats—the legendary Panama Canal. This 51-mile artificial waterway through the nation of Panama connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and fulfilled explorers’ centuries-long dream when it was completed in 1914. Enjoy this marvel of design as you pass through its series of locks over nearly 12 hours.

Day 16

Cartagena, Colombia (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

There is beauty everywhere you look in this fascinating colonial city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is positioned on an especially scenic stretch of the Caribbean coast, and boasts a stunning old town with phenomenal architecture and miles of remarkably preserved colonial-era stone walls. The food is spectacular, the people are friendly, and there are countless sights to take your breath away.

Days 17 & 18

At Sea

Day 19

Disembarkation and Depart For Home from Miami (Arrives at 7:00 AM)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Inside Cabin

Relax in lively style and smart sophistication. Our modern inside staterooms are highlighted with appointments like a TV, sitting area and more.

Balcony Cabin

See the world like never before. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to your very own private balcony. Stylish and sophisticated appointments enhance these modern rooms.

Norwegian Bliss Deck Plans

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