NEW YORK TRANS PANAMA CANAL TO CALIFORNIA CruiseTOUR aboard Norwegian Gem

01/02/2019 - 01/22/2019

21-day CruiseTOUR from $1999 with $99 LOW-cost AIR!

52 GREAT TRIPS... So Much Included! LOW-cost Air from $99, Most Meals, Cancellation Travel Protection PLUS Cancel For ANY Reason, Escorted, MORE!

…One of 52 GREAT TRIPS

NEW YORK TRANS PANAMA CANAL TO CALIFORNIA

aboard NCL Norwegian Gem

 

New York City ~ Curacao ~ Aruba ~ Santa Marta, Colombia ~ Cartagena, Colombia ~ Daylight Transit of Panama Canal ~ Puntarenas, Costa Rica ~ Corinto, Nicaragua ~ Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala ~ Ixtapa, Mexico ~ Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ~ Cabo San Lucas, Mexico ~ Los Angeles

Optional 5 Day Post Tour Best of Las Vegas

 

SO MUCH Is Included! ~ LOW-cost Air Add on Cities from just $99 ~ FREE Travel & Cancellation Travel Protection PLUS Cancel For ANY Reason option ~ FREE Meal Package ~ FREE Escorted Experience ~ And so much more!

 

21 Day NEW YORK TRANS PANAMA CANAL TO CALIFORNIA CruiseTOUR from just $1999. LOW-cost Air is available from Many USA cities!  This amazing trip is a 52 GREAT TRIPS EXCLUSIVE and SO MUCH is Included! You will fly (LOW-COST AIR) to New York (and return from Los Angeles). Your leisurely paced CruiseTOUR features your comprehensive Trip Cancellation & Interruption Travel Protection PLUS Cancel For ANY Reason Option (FREE TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN) and already free to make this a worry-free vacation. All Transfers are included (FREE TRANSFERS) in New York & Los Angeles.  

 

Enjoy an exciting 19 Day cruise aboard NCL’s Norwegian Gem. Best of all no need to worry about planning meals as you enjoy Breakfast & Dinner daily (FREE MEAL PACKAGE) while in Los Angeles.  Your comprehensive sightseeing will include the best the Caribbean, Canal, Central America to California.  Experience a 2-night Los Angeles stay with sightseeing.

 

You can even add an optional 5-day post tour of world-famous Las Vegas. This CruiseTOUR is the ABSOLUTE BEST VALUE for a first-class experience.  This is the ONLY 2019 departure so we recommend you act fast!
 

 ITINERARY
 

TRIP ITINERARY: Departs January 2, 2019

 

Day 1 | LOW-cost Air USA to New York

 

Fly from Select USA cities to New York (other cities on request).  Upon arrival FREE TRANSFERS are included from New York airport to New York Pier in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.  Board NCL Norwegian Gem for a 18-night cruise. SPECIAL PERKS including On Board Credit, Dining Upgrades, Beverage Packages, Free On-Board Gratuities may be available.  Your travel agent can assist you with details.

 

Day 2 | Cruising: Fun Day at Sea

 

Day 3 | Cruising: Fun Day at Sea

 

Day 4 | Cruising: Fun Day at Sea

 

Day 5 | Cruising: Curacao

 

11 am – 7 pm.  The simplicity of this colorful island makes it one of the most delightful ports of the Caribbean. City and island tours are available, highlighting the island's liqueur distillery. Travelers exploring on their own will want to view the Queen Emma Floating Bridge and visit the floating market where brightly painted schooners are laden with exotic fruits and vegetables. The island's crystalline waters are also home to the Caribbean's largest protected underwater park, with coral reefs stretching for miles.  

 

Day 6 | Cruising: Aruba

 

8 am – 5 pm. Aruba is an island of contrasting terrain, from its white-sand southern shoreline to its rugged and adventurous northern coast. This charming Dutch island is known for its warm and welcoming locals, extensive culinary experiences (there are over 200 restaurants), and duty-free shopping. Aruba offers excellent diving, and diving excursions include sites like the wreck of a World War II German freighter. Cooling trade winds coupled with average temperatures in the 80s make windsurfing and kitesurfing popular sports.

 

Day 7 | Cruising: Santa Marta, Colombia

 

9 am – 5 pm. Santa Marta boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Colombia as well as nearby natural attractions like the magnificent Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the Cienaga Grande and Tayrona National Park. Among its architectural landmarks are the Temple of San Francisco and the convent of Santo Domingo. Santa Marta was the first port of call for the Spanish Conquistadors and is one of the oldest cities in Latin America.

 

Day 8 | Cruising: Cartagena, Colombia

 

7 am – 2 pm. Cartagena is a fascinating city, nearly surrounded by lagoons, bays and the Caribbean Sea. Almost all excursions include a stop at the mall for jewelry shopping (the city is famous for emeralds). For those not interested in expensive jewelry, bargaining is expected at Las Bovedas, where coffee beans and handicrafts are good buys.  

 

Day 9 | Cruising: Full Day Daylight Transit of the Panama Canal (Atlantic to Pacific)

 

The Panama Canal is both an engineering masterpiece and a natural wonder. Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the passageway crosses the huge, man-made Gatun Lake and the amazing Gaillard Cut, blasted out of solid mountainside. The great locks raise and lower your ship along a 50-mile waterway -- sometimes with just inches to spare on either side.

 

Day 10 | Cruising: Fun Day at Sea

 

Day 11 | Cruising: Puntarenas, Costa Rica

 

8 am – 5 pm. Puntarenas is located in the central region of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. With a population of 100,000, it is the capital of the province of the same name. Flat, dark-sanded Jaco Beach is a popular seaside locale and surfing spot. As with the rest of the country, a wealth of nature attractions is accessible from Puntarenas. Don't miss the delicious seafood available everywhere, from typical diners called "sodas" to more formal restaurants.

 

Day 12 | Cruising: Corinto, Nicaragua

 

9 am – 5 pm. Corinto, despite its large harbor, remains a small, quiet town on the coast, with pristine beaches looking out on the Pacific. Adventurous visitors may also charter a boat to the uninhabited Isla El Cardon, with its untouched beaches and wild interior. Corinto’s harbor is a major transshipment point for coffee and other goods, and visitors may be able to buy high quality coffee from close to the source.

 

Day 13 | Cruising: Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

 

8 am – 4 pm. Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala's largest Pacific Ocean port. The population centers are located in the more temperate central highlands, rather than along the tropical coasts, which are characterized by black sand beaches.

 

Day 14 | Cruising: Fun day at sea

 

Day 15 | Cruising: Ixtapa, Mexico

 

7 am – 2 pm. Ixtapa sits on a picturesque bay, wrapped in rugged mountains and pristine waters. Divers and snorkelers will find brilliant marine life. Most tourists spend their time playing golf or tennis, horseback riding along the beach, or just relaxing.

 

Day 16 | Cruising: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

 

9 am – 3 pm. Since this port was discovered as a prime vacation spot in the 1960s, it has become home to luxury resorts and beautiful villas. But, the city's tranquil past is still evident in its charming courtyards, cobblestone streets and markets. The most popular excursions visit Gringo Gulch, the town square and unique cathedral. There's always shopping and horseback riding or relaxing on the beach.

 

Day 17 | Cruising: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

 

7 am – 2 pm. El Arco, a rock archway carved by the surf, dominates the harbor of Cabo, which lies at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling excursions and deep-sea fishing trips are popular in Cabo. Or, shop at the pier's souvenir market or relax on a beautiful beach.

 

Day 18 | Cruising: Fun day at sea

 

Day 19 | Arrive Los Angeles  / Los Angeles

 

Your cruise aboard “Gem” comes to an end and you disembark the ship.  Meet your escort today for your three-day experience in Los Angeles. Upon arrival you check into your first class (3 star) Los Angeles hotel, Hyatt Place Los Angeles / El Segundo (or similar). You may upgrade to deluxe (4-star) Renaissance Los Angeles / El Segundo (or similar) for just $99. Tonight, enjoy dinner in Los Angeles.

 

Day 20 | Los Angeles & Sightseeing

 

Breakfast is included this morning.  Today you enjoy a tour of this magical city.  Los Angeles is world famous as the ‘celebrity center’ of the planet.  Enjoy sightseeing including the famous Farmers Market, downtown, Hollywood Boulevard and so much more.  This afternoon you have some leisure time for your own interests. Tonight, farewell dinner is included.

 

Day 21 | Los Angeles and Fly to USA – Post Tour of Las Vegas Begins

Breakfast is included this morning.  Your unique journey New York Trans Panama Canal to California will come to an end today as you say goodbye to your Tour Escort and other travel companions.  You will be transferred to the Los Angeles Airport for your flight home with many wonderful memories of your CruiseTOUR (NOTE: You may extend your tour with an optional post tour of Las Vegas.)

 

Post Tour - Best of Las Vegas

5 Days / 4 Nights – January 22 - 26, 2019

$299 Double, $499 Single, $249 3rd/4th

(Upgrade to deluxe 4-star city center accommodations in Las Vegas for $199 Double, $398 Single, $149 3rd/4th).

 

Day 1 | Travel to Las Vegas

Guests that select this post tour option will travel today to Las Vegas and check into the first class (3 star) Excalibur Hotel (or similar).  You may upgrade to the deluxe (4-star city center) MGM Grand Hotel (or similar). Welcome to the world’s most exciting city.

 

Day 2 | Las Vegas at leisure

Las Vegas has so many things to see and do and you enjoy your day in this amazing playground.

 

Day 3 | Las Vegas at leisure

How about an optional trip to the Grand Canyon today.  The choices for your day in Las Vegas are endless.

 

Day 4 | Las Vegas at leisure

One final day to enjoy the best of Las Vegas.

 

Day 5 | Las Vegas to Las Vegas Airport – Fly home

Today your wonderful Panama Canal CruiseTOUR comes to an end as you are transferred to the Las Vegas Airport.  Fly home with many wonderful memories of your unique journey from New York to California.

 

PRICING

 

CruiseTOUR RATES:
 

Rates from $1999

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

Government taxes & fees of $467.71 are additional.

 

All categories are available aboard the ship.  SPECIAL PERKS including On Board Credit, Dining Upgrades, Beverage Packages, Free On-Board Gratuities may be available.  Your travel agent can assist you with details.

 

Rates are valid for: January 2, 2019 departure  

 

Rates were valid on March 27, 2018 and are subject to change

 

PAYMENTS: $800 PP deposit due upon booking. Final Payment due 120 days prior to departure.  If there are any additional airfare charges or any Travel Protection supplements they must be paid at time of deposit.

 

CANCELLATION PENALTIES: Deposit is non-refundable, 120 - 91 days prior 50%, 90 - 61 days prior 75%, Within 60 days 100%

 

TAB: INCLUSIONS

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED & what’s not included…

 

SO MUCH IS INCLUDED! Just compare 52 Great Trips with the competition and find out all of the value you receive.  No wasted time, no tricks, no long planning and hassle-free travel.  We are passionate about this experience and that is why this looks different than anything you have ever seen before. 52 Great Trips has included all of the essential cost for your vacation so you can enjoy a worry-free experience.  (note: items of a personal nature like drinks, shopping, gratuities and the like are not included.)

 

LOW-COST AIRFARE AVAILABLE: See air chart below. You already know, that getting to the cruise or destination requires expensive travel arrangements.  LOW-cost Air is already offered in your 52 Great Trips price.  And that even includes your arrival and departure transfers.  Compare how much more it would cost you if you had to purchase air and transfers on your own. This saves you HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS! Upgrade to 52 PREMIUM AIR and you can select the number of stops, the times, the airlines, or any flight preferences at prevailing air supplements. This option is VERY HIGHLY recommended to get your EXACT flight preferences. Ask your agent for details.

 

Low-cost Air Add On:  add $99 for New York. add $149 for Hartford, Las Vegas, Philadelphia. add $199 for Baltimore, Phoenix, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Washington. add $249 for Boston, Buffalo, Denver, Ft Lauderdale, Orlando, Portland OR, Richmond, Seattle, Tampa.  add $299 for Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus OH, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, San Antonio, St Louis. add $349 for Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Memphis, West Palm Beach. NOTE: all rates are per person.

 

Transfers Are Available Even If You Don’t Participate in our Low-cost Air Program:  You may purchase round-trip transfers in New York and Los Angeles for just $69 per person.  You must provide your exact air schedule no later than 60 days prior to trip departure.

 

NCL NORWEGIAN GEM: Special 18-night cruise aboard Norwegian Gem sailing from New York to Los Angeles. SPECIAL PERKS including On Board Credit, Dining Upgrades, Beverage Packages, Free On-Board Gratuities may be available.  Your travel agent can assist you with details.

 

FIRST CLASS (3 Star) HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: 2 nights Los Angeles are included. You can upgrade to deluxe 4-star city center accommodations just $99 per person Double, $198 per person Single, $79 per person 3rd/4th.  NOTE: all rates are per person.

 

FREE MEAL PACKAGE: Most Meals including ALL Breakfasts, and ALL Dinners. The cost of meals while you are traveling is a substantial cost.  That is already included in your 52 GREAT TRIPS price.  Most meals are already planned for.  Compare how much more it would cost you if you had to purchase this FREE program already included. This saves you HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS! Meal package is not included on Pre & Post tours.

 

SIGHTSEEING as outlined in itinerary on the ITINERARY Tab. Every effort has been made to include all the “must see” attractions in each destination, yet provide time for individual exploration.

 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:  There are some things that are not possible to include.  Items of a personal nature (like beverages, shopping, gratuities and the like) are NOT included in your price.  Also travel components (like currency conversion, air departures taxes departing a foreign country, local taxes and on-site resort fees in some some cities that can’t be prepaid, VISA’s, passport application, airline baggage fees and the like) are NOT included in your price.

 

TAB: PACKAGE DETAILS

 

WHAT IS ’52 GREAT TRIPS’ ALL ABOUT…

SO MUCH IS INCLUDED! Just compare 52 Great Trips with the competition and find out all of the value you receive.  No wasted time, no tricks, no long planning and hassle-free travel.  We are passionate about this experience and that is why this looks different than anything you have ever seen before. 52 Great Trips has included all of the essential cost for your vacation so you can enjoy a worry-free experience.  (note: items of a personal nature like drinks, shopping, gratuities and the like are not included.)

 

FREE CANCELLATION & INTERRUPTION TRAVEL PROTECTION Plus CANCEL FOR ANY REASON TRAVEL PROTECTION SUPPLEMENT*: 52 Great Trips takes the worry out of travel because ALL of our guests already have Trip Cancellation & Interruption Travel Protection and is FREE. This is so critically important for your peace of mind for your vacation experience.  Cancel for Work-related Reasons (including loss of job)  trip protection FREE (up to the value of the trip cost including work-related reasons in addition to job loss). Cancellation trip protection FREE (up to the value of the trip cost).Travel interruption trip protection FREE (up to 150% of Trip Cost). Emergency medical and evacuation & Repatriation trip protection FREE (up to $250,000)..  Baggage & Personal Effects travel protection FREE (up to $1500).  Travel Delay travel protection FREE (up to $750). Missed connections travel protection FREE (up to $500).  Baggage delay travel protection FREE (up to $400). Non-medical Emergency Evacuation FREE (up to $150,000). Accident & Sickness Medical Expense travel protection FREE (up to $50,000). And more.  Compare how much more it would cost you if you had to purchase this free program already provided FREE. This saves you HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS!  (benefits include Worldwide Emergency Assistance.) See TRAVEL INSURED trip protection policy statement for exact details and benefit limits.) TRAVEL INSURED is one of America’s most respected Travel Insurance Providers and provides you peace of mind while traveling. Please see your Travel Protection Policy coverage limits and descriptions for complete details.  This document contains highlights of the travel protection plan. The plan contain insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company. The plans also contain non-insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by an independent organization.  Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions.

 

TRAVEL PROTECTION POLICY DETAILS:  Your FREE policy will include coverage of your total invoice for $2001 to $2500 per person.  ADD CANCEL FOR ANY REASON PROTECTION FOR JUST $73 (*NOT available for residents of New York)

If you purchase services that exceed this amount you can add to the travel protection amount with the following low-cost add on:            

    $2501 - $3000 per person    $35 supplement     + $20 Cancel for ANY REASON

    $3001 - $3500 per person    $70 supplement     + $40  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $3501 - $4000 per person    $105 supplement   + $60  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $4001 - $4500 per person    $140 supplement   + $80  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $4501 - $5000 per person    $175 supplement   + $100  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $5001 - $5500 per person    $210 supplement   + $120  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $5501 - $6000 per person    $245 supplement   + $140  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $6001 - $6500 per person    $280 supplement   + $160  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $6501 - $7000 per person    $315 supplement   + $180  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $7001 - $7500 per person    $350 supplement   + $200  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $7501 - $8000 per person    $385 supplement   + $220  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $8001 - $8500 per person    $420 supplement   + $240  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $8501 - $9000 per person    $455 supplement   + $260  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $9001 - $8500 per person    $490 supplement   + $280  Cancel for ANY REASON

    $9501 - $10000 per person $525 supplement + $300  Cancel for ANY REASON

 

CANCEL FOR ANY REASON TRAVEL PROTECTION*:  You may add at an additional cost optional CANCEL FOR ANY REASON TRAVEL PROTECTION. This gives you protection regardless of your reason for cancellation.  This addition provides coverage of 75% of the nonrefundable trip cost. Trip cancellation must be 48 hours or more prior to scheduled departure. CFAR must be purchased at the time of the plan purchase and within 14 days of your initial trip deposit.   Please see your Travel Protection Policy coverage limits and descriptions for complete details. *NOT available for residents of New York.

 

52 GREAT TRIPS TOUR ESCORT, Tour Manager or Host: Having a local expert is of great value and with our travel experience you will have it.  Having an experienced local expert to ensure the smooth operation of the trip, answer your individual questions and be of assistance in the event of an emergency is of great value. Compare how much more it would cost if you had to purchase this free program already included. (see FAQ policy description for full details.)

 

GUESTS WORLDWIDE CAN PARTICIPATE: Airfare is available to New York and from Los Angeles from many USA and other gateways to participate in this trip.  We can provide hotel & transfers before or after the tour. Ask your 52 Great Trips agent for details.

 

LEISURELY PACED TRAVEL EXPERIENCES ARE ALREADY INCLUDED: While many trips shuttle their guest from destination to destination, the 52 Great Trips philosophy is to offer a more leisure paced tour to ensure an in-depth experience for our guest.  So many of our competitors have one-night stays and move your Cruise or CruiseTour along too fast. With 52 Great Trips your travel experience will be a journey under the philosophy of taking your time.  Have the time to enjoy where you are visiting. Compare what they do versus this program already included.

TAB: FAQ

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

About NCL Norwegian Gem: 93,530 tons  / 2394 passengers.  The Norwegian Gem boasts a multitude of amenities and services. Generously equipped with 12 restaurants and 11 bars and lounges, the ship offers guests the opportunity to explore different entertainment and dining venues each night. Enjoy the contemporary atmosphere of the Magenta Main Dining room, which features fabulous artwork and walls that subtly change color, dine on Asian specialties in the Orchid Garden Asian Restaurant or grab a quick meal at Topsiders Grill. When it’s time to let loose, visit Bliss, the ship’s lively lounge and nightclub, or recap the day’s events over cocktails in the art-deco Shakers Martini & Cocktail Bar. Don’t miss out on the four-lane, mood-lit bowling alley or the Yin and Yang Spa & Beauty Salon, which features a full array of spa treatments.

 

Additional amenities include a tennis court, fitness center, enclosed nets where golfers can practice their drive, casino, theater and exclusive Haven. Perfect for families, the Gem has extensive youth facilities for kids of all ages, and a large number of connecting staterooms and suites to accommodate any group.

 

Escort or Host: Either way you are going to get local knowledge on the destination you are visiting.  We provide a special 52 Great Trips Escort that travels with you on the included land portion of the trip when there is a minimum of 30 guests.  If there are less, then we provide a local host that provides that same experience. Either way, you are going to enjoy a personal and intimate experience with local experts of the region you are visiting. Optional Pre & Post tours are hosted.

 

FREE Meal Package: A core philosophy of 52 Great Trips is to be inclusive with meals.  This means providing Breakfast & Dinner daily on the tour portion of your tour. This will be provided as a planned meal or in some instances as a credit to allow you choice (depending on the convenience for our guests in the destination we are visiting).  Optional Pre & Post tours do not include meals to provide you the maximum amount of freedom of choice.

 

Travel Protection Program: 52 Great Trips is very unique in that your trip travel protection program is free.  Pre-existing condition is waived with your deposit. Your enrollment is automatic with participation in our group travel program.  The premium is included for the base cost of the Tour or CruiseTour. Your Travel Protection includes Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Travel Delay, Baggage & Personal Effects Coverage, Accident & Sickness Medical Expense Coverage, Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation Coverage, and world-wide assistance from Travel Insured.  See the trip protection plan policy for complete details of coverage. IF you would like to increase your trip protection coverage contact Travel Insured or your travel agent for exact details. 52 Great Trips HIGHLY recommends the addition of CANCEL FOR ANY REASON optional supplement.


What’s NOT Included:  There are some things that are not possible to include.  Items of a personal nature (like beverages, shopping, gratuities and the like) are NOT included in your price.  Also travel components (like currency conversion, air departures taxes departing a foreign country, local taxes and on-site resort fees in some some cities that can’t be prepaid, VISA’s, passport application, airline baggage fees and the like) are NOT included in your price.

 

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