Rose Parade and Panama Canal Cruise

From $2499 (was $4998)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

21 Days

Includes all meals on cruise
Passport Required
View Dates and Prices

This program is currently sold out but new dates are coming soon! Call 877-332-6185 for more details.


The Panama Canal has captured people's imagination since the first ship, the SS Ancon, transited its 48 mile length 104 years ago. This incredible feat of engineering shaved 7,800 miles off of the trip from New York to San Francisco! Since you are checking the Rose Parade off your bucket list this year, why not extend your trip and check off the Panama Canal too?

Trip includes

  • 14-night cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star

  • Hotel Accommodations: 6 nights hotels accommodations

  • Service: A professional Tour Director

  • Sightseeing: Sightseeing per itinerary. Complimentary seat cushion, Rose Parade Program and reserved grandstand seating at the Rose Parade.

Activity Level

Click here for full details.

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy an exclusive private viewing of the Rose Parade floats and the parade from reserved grandstand seats
  • Travel along the Southern California coast through Santa Barbara to Solvang and Pismo Beach
  • Enjoy an included guided tour of Hearst Castle
  • While cruising, visit ports in five countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Colombia
  • Witness the Panama Canal transit in daylight

Set Sail Offers

*Web prices reflect 2 for 1 pricing, must speak to a Travel Consultant for Free Beverage Package or Internet offer and details. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time. Please follow the steps below to price your vacation with YMT. When you complete all the steps, please click "Reserve" next to the date on which you would like to travel.

Step 1

Airfare to tour:

Step 2

Number of travelers:

Step 3

Cabin Type:

Rose Parade and Panama Canal Cruise

(Click the map to enlarge)

Rose Parade and Panama Canal Cruise

Tour Starts: Los Angeles, California

Tour Ends: Miami, Florida

Day 1 – 5

Los Angeles and Pasadena

Join YMT for the annual New Year's tradition as only YMT can present it: Five days in Los Angeles filled with activities around the parade. Includes a private evening presentation by the Tournament committee with dinner, exclusive evening access to the float barn where you can see the floats in the making, a reserved grandstand seat,
everything you need to watch the parade on New Year's day, and an option to add the postparade up close float viewing on the day after.

(See our Rose Parade & Los Angeles Tour for a more detailed itinerary on the events of Days 1 - 5.)

Westin Hotel LAX or similar

Rose Parade & Panama Canal Post Parade Float Walking Tour OptionOPTION: POST PARADE FLOAT WALKING TOUR:

Only available with the Rose Parade and Panama Canal Cruise & Tour! Limited seats available for transfer and self-guided walking tour to see the floats after the parade up close and personal on January 2nd.

Day 6

Santa Barbara and Solvang

Head north along the beautiful coastline to Santa Barbara, known as "the American Riviera." Enjoy a walking tour and an opportunity for lunch on your own before continuing a bit inland to nearby Solvang, which is Danish for "sunny fields." Situated in the Santa Ynez Valley wine area, the city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the facades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. Enjoy an evening at leisure here and perhaps enjoy the local wine.

Marriott Santa Ynez Valley or similar

Day 7 & 8

Embarkation of Norwegian Star and At Sea

After a leisurely morning, transfer to San Pedro and embark the Norwegian Star. On board, you'll find 16 unique places to eat and 10 exciting bars and lounges! Remember all your meals on board are included.

Day 9 & 10

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (10:00 AM–6:00 PM) and At Sea

The Los Cabos region of the Southern Baja Peninsula is home to the bustling towns of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. In the past few years, swanky new hotels and sleek condos have been added to round out this vacation destination. Day 11 at sea will let you take full advantage of the "freestyle" life — try
your luck in the casino or enjoy the spectacular entertainment

Day 11 & 12

Acapulco (8:00 AM–6:00 PM) and At Sea

La Quebrada where the cliff jumpers of Acapulco hurl themselves into the ocean is the most iconic site here. Be sure to visit it during the day in port, or enjoy some last opportunities for Mexican souvenir shopping. On Wednesday, enjoy another relaxing day at sea and check out the many entertainment options on board.

Day 13

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (8:00 AM–4:00 PM)

The somewhat sleepy port of Puerto Quetzal showcases the vibrant colors of Guatemala's culture and takes you away from the hustle and bustle of more populated ports. Perhaps choose an excursion to nearby Colonial Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit a coffee plantation.

Day 14

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua (10:00 AM–5:00 PM)

Welcome to Nicaragua! A lush, tropical landscape in and around port will greet you. Take advantage of the many activities, such as a tour to the nearby Lake Nicaragua or the conquistadors-founded settlement of Granada.

Day 15

Puntarenas, Costa Rica (8:00 AM–6:00 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 16

At Sea

After three days of port activities, it is time to sit back, relax with a book or perhaps get pampered in the spa.

Day 17

Scenic Cruising of the Panama Canal

Linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, the Panama Canal provides one of cruising's most unforgettable experiences. After over 10 years in the making, the canal was finally completed in 1914.

Day 18

Cartagena, Colombia (10:00 AM–7:00 PM)

Cartagena is full of history and charm. For example, from La Popa Monastery, you have a panoramic view of the city and harbor. You can enjoy the artisan center of Las Bovedas (The Dungeons), Plaza Bolivar, the Palace of Inquisition, and the Church of San Pedro Claver.

Day 19 & 20

At Sea

The day is yours to enjoy—that is what "freestyle" cruising is all about! Two final days to relax and take in everything the Star has to offer before it is time to say goodbye!

Day 21

Disembarkation and Depart for Home from Miami

Your vacation comes to an end today, but your memories will last forever!

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. 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 tours 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.

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.

Star Inside Stateroom

These staterooms come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed additional bedding to accommodate up to two more guests. You'll have easy access to everything fun and exciting on board. Approx. 142 sq. ft.

Star Oceanview Porthole Window Stateroom

Norwegian Star Oceanview Staterooms come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to accommodate up to two more guests, as well as a porthole that offers a great view. You'll be right near everything fun and exciting on board. Size: 159 sq. ft.

Star Balcony Stateroom

With room for up to three guests, Norwegian Star staterooms have two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and a pull out sofa to accommodate one more. Along with a sitting area, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a private balcony with an amazing view. Approx. Size: 203 sq. ft.

Norwegian Star Deck Plans

Click here to view Norwegian Star's deck plans on Norwegian's website. Content that you may read on Norwegian's website may not be applicable to your tour, please speak with a YMT Travel Consultant for clarification.

You might also like:

Grand Alaskan Cruise & Tour


It's time to travel to Alaska and experience all that our 49th state has to offer! The Grand Alaska cruise and tour is an adventurer's dream vacation that explores Anchorage and the scenic Matanuska-Susitna Valley en route to Talkeetna. You'll visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters and learn about “The Last Great Race,” considered to be the most challenging of its kind anywhere in the world. Discover Denali National Park by coach, or by optional train ride which allows you to experience the magnificent Alaskan wilderness from a new perspective.

You'll also enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard Holland America Cruise Line's ms Westerdam. While at sea you will pass through Glacier Bay National Park, where glaciers routinely calve off icebergs as high as 10-story buildings. Dock for a day in Juneau, Alaska’s state capital, also known as “Little San Francisco,” for its multicolored houses that hug the hillside. Then spend a day in Ketchikan, home of the world's largest totem pole collection. Back out at sea, cruise along the Alaska Inside Passage – one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world - and the west coast of Vancouver Island. Stop in Vancouver, Canada for a highlights tour of the city, and Seattle where you can soak up the incredible view from the observation deck of the iconic Space Needle, by joining an optional excursion – a perfect memory to add to your unforgettable Alaska tour! 

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your Grand Alaskan Cruise & Tour!

View this tour

Rose Parade & Coastal California Tour


Enjoy the highlights of California's two most famous cities, along with the stunning coastline that lies between them. This option adds a four-day extension to our Rose Parade & Los Angeles Tour, so that you can enjoy a leisurely coastal California exploration and end your tour in San Francisco.

Fly to Los Angeles, home to movie glitz and glamour and hub for the great American New Year’s tradition the Rose Parade. Start your trip by attending an included exclusive evening viewing of the stunning, hand-decorated Rose Parade floats. Discover the highlights of LA on a city tour, where you'll have a chance to see the famous Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre where each year the Academy Awards take place (outside viewing). Then, it's time for the big day! You'll watch the unforgettable spectacle of the 130th Tournament of Rose Parade from your reserved grandstand seats. Afterward, take a stunning tour north along California’s coastline to San Francisco, stopping in Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, Big Sur and Monterey. Along the way visit the famed Hearst Castle. End your exciting vacation in the heart of San Francisco for a city tour, including Alcatraz Island – a must see and often inaccessible since admission is limited. This trip is sure to be a highlight of your year!

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your Rose Parade & Coastal California Tour! 

View this tour

Rose Parade & Highlights of Southern California


Combine the iconic Rose Parade with some sunny time in Southern California. From the "American Riviera", Santa Barbara, to Palm Springs, an oasis in the desert including a visit to Joshua Tree National Park, and back to the coast and beachy San Diego - this tour will brighten your winter time!
View this tour