Monday, 4 March 2013

Follow Us To The Panama Canal!

OK, with the Spring issue all safely tied up and ready for the printer's next week, it's time for us to set sail again and provide another 'live' glimpse at the joys of travelling by sea here on the World of Cruising blog.

And we have a really great opportunity for cruise fans to follow, with a trip to the that engineering marvel of the Panama Canal

We'll be cruising on board the recently refurbished Coral Princess (above) of Princess Cruises from March 7 and taking their 10-day round-trip itinerary from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades).

Along the way, we will get plenty of sea-time to explore the ship (carrying 1,970 passengers) and see the results of the recent dry-dock refrub, while also stopping at the island of Aruba, Cartagena on the Colombia mainland, cruising through (and back again) in the Canal, stopping at Limon in Costa Rica and then having a final port call at the island of Grand Cayman.

It should be a grand slice of the Southern Caribbean as well as as a look at South and Central America, with Princess being one of the most proficient and polished cruise companies for the region. 

It's probably more than a year since we last sailed out of Port Everglades (for Allure of the Seas), hence it will also be good to see their infrastructure in action as well. We know Grand Cayman quite well from recent visits, but the other ports are either new (Cartagena and Limon) or somewhere we haven't been in a while (Aruba), hence it should be a great cross-section of attractions, too.

So, be sure to follow along with us as we blog daily (Internet connection permitting!) and provide some key insights into this fascinating cruise destination.