Cruising Through the Panama Canal


This 14-day guided group Cruise is a vast showcase of the Panama Canal, Central America and Caribbean. From the colorful Dutch architecture of Curacao and Aruba to the historic walled city of Cartagena, and the stunning bays of Santa Marta to the incredible engineering might of the Panama Canal and ecological diversity and beautiful beaches.


Day 1 - Depart New York City

This morning, transfer to New York City (Manhattan Pier) and board the Norwegian Encore. Once settled, get together for a Welcome Cocktail Party.

Day 2 - At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea and explore the Norwegian Dawn

Day 3 - At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea by the pool, try your luck at the casino or experience one of the many onboard activities.

Day 4 - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic | 10am - 6pm

Puerto Plata is the ninth largest city in the Dominican Republic and the capital of the province of Puerto Plata. For spectacular city views, take a ride up the Pico Isabel de Torres mountain which stands over 2,600 feet high. History buff? Visit Fortaleza San Felipe, which was built in the 16th century and served as a prison under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Or head to the Amber Museum, a museum filled with a unique collection of valuable Dominican amber which is tree sap that has hardened for millions of years capturing many fossils of plant and insect life.

Optional Shore Excursions Available: To Be Announced.

Day 5 - At Sea

Enjoy at day sea and experience all the Encore has on offer.

Day 6 - Willemstad, Curacao | 8am - 6pm

Today, we wake-up in Curacao! Walk around this quaint harbor town and you’ll think you’ve travelled back in time to Old Amsterdam. Admire the colorful Dutch architecture and take advantage of the excellent shopping. Relax on 17-century veranda with a drink made with the famous Curacao liqueur. Many optional shore excursions are available. Your Tour Director has access to the Group Desk and can help with any arrangements.

Day 7 - Oranjestad, Aruba | 8am - 6pm

Incredibly white sands and cobalt blue seas make the small island of Aruba a popular destination. In the bustling free-port town of Oranjestad, sherbet-colored Dutch colonial buildings, draped in bougainvillea, oleander and hibiscus are simply picturesque. Small, but informative museums relate the island’s history. Many optional shore excursions are available. Your Tour Director has access to the Group Desk and can help with any arrangements.

Day 8 - Santa Marta, Colombia | 9am - 6pm

Admire the stunning bays of Santa Marta and popular beaches. Explore the ancient cultures of the Taironas who occupied the land thousands of years ago. Stroll over to the Cathedral and admire its beautiful architecture and learn about its history.

Day 9 - Cartagena, Colombia | 6am - 2pm

The old walled city of Cartagena reflects a turbulent history of conquistadors and pirates. Climb “las murallas” for an unforgettable view of the harbor. Shop for emeralds and leather goods along the cobblestone streets of this enchanting city.

Day 10 - Panama Canal | 5am - 8pm

Today, it is the Panama Canal and sail through the Caribbean entrance of this maritime marvel. Once we arrive at Gatun Lake, booked shore excursion guests can disembark for an unforgettable adventure that not only promises beautiful scenery and wonderful photo ops, but an exciting jaunt to Colón, where guests will resume their cruise back aboard the ship. How’s that for excitement? Please note, only booked shore excursion guests can disembark at Gatun Lake. But everyone is welcome to explore at our port-of-call in Colón.

Colon was born from a desire to get to California (and its Gold Rush) as fast as possible, this industrious town was the last stop on the 19th century Panama Railroad. It’s now home to Canal Zones, U.S. military bases and of course, beauty.

Day 11 - Puerto Limon, Costa Rica | 8am - 6pm

Puerto Limón is known for its multi-cultural community and a festive annual Carnaval celebration. In recent years the area has become even better known as must-see stop for eco-tourists. The region’s unique geography and neo-tropical climate combined with abundant rainforests make for one of the most naturally diverse “biospheres” in the world. And you can take advantage of national parks and reserves in all directions from Limón. Pay close attention when you dock as many guests have reported seeing peaceful sloths lumbering in the trees right in port!

Day 12 - At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea and explore the Norwegian Encore.

Day 13 - At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea and explore the Norwegian Encore.

Day 14 - Depart Miami, FL | 7am

Arriving in Miami this morning, we disembark and transfer to the airport for our flight. Upon arrival, transfer home.

Tour Details

Hotel / Lodging

14 Days on NCL's Encore

Norwegian Encore

Repeat perfect moments on our newest, most incredible ship, Norwegian Encore — tailor-made for “Again! Again!” Whip around the race track, get lost in a VR wonderland or see a Broadway show. Give your taste buds a double dose of delicious at the many dining options. Do all this and so much more on Norwegian Encore. Because once is never enough.

Inside Stateroom (IA)

Balcony Stateroom (BA)


Cruise Ship


All Meals Onboard NCL's Encore


Optional Shore Excursions
Domestic Flight Miami-Hartford
Welcome Cocktail Party
The Norwegian Encore Speedway
9 Ports | 7 Countries
Daily Entertainment featuring Kinky Boots
^Choice of 2 Amenities: Amenity Choices Include: Ultimate Beverage Package, 250 Internet Package (per cabin), Commitment Ceremony,
$50 per port shorex credit (per cabin), Dining Package, Cocktail Party, 20 Photo Package (per cabin) or $75 onboard credit (per cabin).

Upcoming Departures

Tour DatesAvailableDeparture Points Subject to Change
Sun November 29, 2020 - Sat December 12, 2020
11/29/2020 - 12/12/2020
  • South Windsor, CT
  • New York City, New York
  • North Haven, CT

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