The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Panama Canal Cruise

Jan. 4 – Jan. 15, 2018 Sold Out

Details

Unpack once and set sail for 11 nights aboard the deluxe Azamara Quest.

Begin in Miami and cruise to Havana, Cuba. Experience the colonial charms of this historic city, and delight in an exclusive AzAmazing Evening in Havana. Sail on to the Panama Canal and experience a full-day transit of this incredible engineering marvel before overnighting in Panama City. Then hug Costa Rica’s Pacific coastline and visit the ports of Golfito, Quepos and Puntarenas, regions rich with colorful wildlife and unique ecosystems. Optional experiences, such as old city tours, national park excursions, river trips, coffee tasting and wildlife viewing are specially designed to immerse you in the sights, sounds and flavors of each port. This exciting adventure includes a special AzAmazing Evening, all meals and gratuities for the ship’s cabin and restaurant staff. Best of all, this program features longer stays and more overnights in select ports, giving you opportunities for greater immersion and extra time to explore these marvelous locales.

Tour highlights and included features

  • Complimentary AzAmazing Evening that brings the local culture to life during entertaining, authentic events
  • Welcome and farewell receptions to mingle with fellow travelers
  • Daily casual gatherings with your AHI Travel Director and fellow alumni
  • Azamara's optional shore excursions (at an additional cost) led by knowledgeable guides
  • Complimentary travel mementos
  • Deluxe staterooms with fine linens, french bath products, fresh flowers, plush robes, flat-screen television and refrigerator with mini-bar
  • Extensive meal program featuring five distinct dining experiences, a wine cellar and 24-hour room service
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, bar, dining and dining staff
  • Complimentary fine wines, select standard spirits and international beers
  • Complimentary sodas, bottled water and specialty coffees and teas
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Complimentary self-service laundry

Dates Jan. 4 – Jan. 15, 2018 Sold Out

Cost $3,295* (From Price. Airfare is not included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Cruise

Region North America

Activity level

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Operator

Contact Addie Natalie
natalie.6@osu.edu
614-292-2372
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3

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Itinerary

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Miami, Florida. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: MIA. Arrive at Miami International Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Cruise Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them. The meeting location will be provided with your final documents.

Transfer to the pier and embark the Azamara Quest.

The ship sets sail for Havana, Cuba.

Accommodation - Azamara Quest
Meals - Appropriate in-flight meal service and dinner

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Welcome to Havana, a study in contrasts. Old and modern, calm and vibrant, deeply complicated and completely inviting. Cuba is on the cusp of change, and Havana, the crux of the transformation. Take advantage of this special opportunity to catch a special glimpse between a troubled past and an exciting future.

Rich in culture, history, sunny skies and sandy shores, Havana is full of artists, designers, and other creatives, where every art form comes alive. It’s a vibrant place full of colorful buildings and cobbled streets lined with classic cars, salsa clubs, urban plazas and eclectic architecture. At first glance, Havana seems neglected. But the tattered facades of this magnificent city only add to its charm.

Accommodation - Azamara Quest
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Spend your day exploring the delights of this carribean capital.

This evening, gather for an exclusive Welcome Reception followed by dinner. Meet your fellow travelers and exchange tales of your favorite travel adventures.

Accommodation - Azamara Quest
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Spend your first day at sea becoming acquainted with the ship and its many amenities.

Accommodation - Azamara Quest
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Enjoy another day at sea today.

Accommodation - Azamara Quest
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Discovery: Transiting the Panama Canal.

Considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal is one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments and a must-see for every world traveler. The Canal was completed in 1914 through the efforts of over 80,000 workers and was one of the most difficult and largest engineering projects every undertaken. Once finished, the Panama Canal enabled ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in half the time it previously required, and now the 48-mile canal sees over 14,000 ships pass every year. Your journey cuts through Isthmus of Panama and takes about nine hours, as ships are lifted and lowered a total of approximately 170 feet through its three locks.

The ship arrives in Panama City and will overnight.

Panama City: Founded in 1519 by the Spanish conquistadors, Panama City is now one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Central America and home to incredible architectural and ethnic diversity. This diversity is reflected in the variety of culinary styles and Panamanian dishes, which are a unique blend of Spanish, African and Native American cuisine. When not dining at one of the city’s many renowned restaurants, visit the neighborhood of Casco Viejo, the historic heart of Panama City. You may also wish to see the popular Calle Uruguay district, hike through acres of national parks or visit the rainforest at Parque Natural Metropolitano, located just minutes from downtown. Of course, a trip to the Miraflores locks to watch huge ships travel along the iconic Panama Canal is always an educational highlight!

Enjoy time at leisure this evening to begin your discovery of the culture, cuisine and charms of Panama City.

Accommodation - Azamara Quest
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Recommended Optional Excursion: Miraflores Locks and Old Canal.

Coming from the Pacific Ocean, the Miraflores locks are the first set of locks a ship must transit going through the Panama Canal. Get an up-close encounter with these engineering marvels. Your official Panamanian guide will explain the entire process while you watch a vessel journeying through the locks. You'll also see a brief film about the Panama Canal and observe the impressive scale model spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. After, drive through portions of Albrook Air Force Base where the new domestic airport is located. The base has been converted into a commercial area and high-end residential district. On your return to the ship, pass by the community of Balboa, the main area where workers and important building were located during the canal construction.

Additional Optional Excursions:
Panama City Tour.

Take in the sights of Panama City, from its towering skyscrapers to the historical colonial city. A guided walk will take you to impressive ruins including the Cathedral and the Bishop’s House.
Gamboa Aerial Tram.
Discover exuberant flora and fauna as you travel through the forest canopy of the Gamboa Resort. After, see an exhibit of butterflies, fish and snakes while a local expert provides insight.
Optional Excursions are available at an additional cost.

This evening, the ship departs Panama City.

Accommodation - Azamara Quest
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Spend the morning and afternoon exploring the ship, visiting with friends or taking in the sights off the ship’s bow.

This evening, the ship arrives in Golfito.

Golfito: Set against a beautiful scenery of steep green hills and a pristine rainforest, the port town of Golfito overlooks tranquil Golfito Bay and is a gateway to Puerto Jimenez, the renowned Osa Peninsula, and Corcovado National Park—one of the few remaining large, lowland tropical rainforests in the world. Golfito has some of the best beaches in Costa Rica, and combined with its many marinas and boats, it features spectacular sport fishing, yachting, surfing, and other water sports. Nature lovers will also appreciate Golfito: as Costa Rica’s only city situated within a declared protection area, it’s home to hundreds of species of rare flora, fauna, birds, and animals.

The ship overnights in Golfito tonight.

Accommodation - Azamara Quest
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Recommended Optional Excursion: Golfito National Wildlife Refuge.

Embark on a peaceful excursion into Golfito National Wildlife Refuge, the northernmost home to many plant and animal species that can be found nowhere else on earth. With your professional guide, trek through this ecological preserve while inspecting unique flora and playful rainforest denizens. Watch for birds, sloths, monkeys, reptiles, butterflies, orchids, toucans and hundreds of other birds that thrive here. Consisting of nearly 7,000-acres, this lowland rainforest serves as an important watershed and natural resource for the entire Golfo Dulce region.

Additional Optional Excursions:
Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

Immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s natural wonders during a cruise along the rainforest coast, followed by guided tours of the Rescue Animal Care Center and the Casa Orquideas botanical garden.

Dolphin Watch and Enchanted Point.
Embark on a dolphin-watching adventure in the waters of Costa Rica’s coast. There’s also a chance to spot sea turtles, schools of fish and manta rays.
Optional Excursions are available at an additional cost.

This evening, the ship departs Golfito.

Gather for an exclusive Farewell Reception this evening to celebrate your adventures.

Accommodation - Azamara Quest
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner



This morning, the ship arrives in Quepos.

Quepos: A tropical inlet surrounded by a lush rainforest, Quepos is an enchanting Costa Rican town, featuring six square blocks of restaurants, bars, bakeries, art galleries, and gift shops, all fronted by the main beach. It’s renowned for sport fishing, particularly marlin, and draws anglers in from all over the world. Other nearby attractions range from the Butterfly Botanical Gardens and the Damas Estuary with its maze of wetlands, crocodiles, herons, and monkeys, to the Naranjo River and Savegre River for white-water rafting and the Damas Caves to see stalagmites and stalactites. Go kayaking or snorkeling along the coastline of Manuel Antonio, or simply meander the friendly streets of Quepos and soak in the local atmosphere.

Recommended Optional Excursion: Manuel Antonio National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park, which protects 683 hectares of tropical rainforest and over a thousand different species of flora, is the jewel of Costa Rica’s national parks. Its fragile rainforest ecosystem shelters an abundant wildlife including monkeys, butterflies and a variety of tropical birds. Walk with your naturalist guide along a well-maintained trail as you wind through the dense, awe-inspiring rainforest ecosystem. Along the way, your guide will acquaint you with your surroundings, including the diverse flora and wildlife that you may encounter. There is also time at leisure for swimming inside the park. An optional stop in the town of Quepos is also available, where you will find several restaurants and shops.

Additional Optional Excursions:
Fincas Naturales Private Refuge.

Fincas Naturales, a living laboratory of nature conservancy, is a wonderful example of sustainable development. Visit this refuge and experience a variety of flora and fauna, including monkeys, agoutis and precious tropical hardwood trees.
Optional Excursions are available at an additional cost.

This evening, the ship departs Quepos.

Accommodation - Azamara Quest
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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This morning, the ship arrives in Puntarenas.

Puntarenas: With its coastline filled with beaches, islands, inlets, and natural treasures, Puntarenas is a gateway to a myriad of outdoor attractions, including boat trips through the mangroves, canopy zip line tours, butterfly gardens, horseback riding, and sport fishing. Take a catamaran to the nearby Isla of Tortuga for its white sand beaches, snorkeling, and swimming, go river rafting down the Corobici River, or explore the Mangrove Forest on the north side of the peninsula to see crocodiles, herons, and more. Be sure to take a stroll along the Paseo de la Turistas for shopping, souvenirs, local ceviche or a cold beverage, and pick up some Costa Rican coffee for the journey home.

Recommended Optional Excursion:Costa Rica’s Favorites
Jump into the fun of Costa Rica. This exhilarating day includes an aerial tram ride, a jungle boat river cruise and the beauty of La Pura Vida or the Pure Life as Costa Ricans like to call their way of living. Everything about this country is a natural wonderland —lush tree stands, dripping jungle canopies, swirls of powerful water and incredibly diverse flora and fauna. During this excursion, Puntarenas reveals its beauty beginning with a ride on the Pacific Rain Forest Aerial Tram. Fly over the canopy of the rainforest to witness the depth of green and search for wildlife. Afterwards, take an exciting cruise through the jungle along the Tárcoles River, a giant river full of herons and several species of unique birds. Reptiles may line the banks, too, so look out for iguanas, caiman or crocodiles.

Additional Optional Excursions:
Aerial Tram Rainforest Adventure.

Soar through the lush beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest on an aerial tram. The rich ecosystem is full of tropical flowers, plants, aromatic herbs and medicinal plants.

A Walk in the Clouds.
Immerse yourself in the incredible beauty of Costa Rica’s cloud forest while crossing thrilling suspension bridges. Spot wildlife along the way and see orchids, ferns, heliconias and other plants.
Optional Excursions are available at an additional cost.

This evening, the ship departs Puntarenas and sets sail for Caldera.

Tonight you arrive in Caldera and overnight in port.

Accommodation - Azamara Quest
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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After breakfast, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Cruise Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Juan Santamaría International Airport for your return flights home.

Meals - Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.

Contact

Contact Addie Natalie at Ohio State Alumni Tours:
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3
Email: natalie.6@osu.edu

Space is limited. Book your tour now!

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