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Celebrity Infinity
Houston TexasSt AugustinePuerto VallartaJekyll IslandCharlestonKennedy Space CentrePanama-CanalHalf-Moon-Cay-beaches-and-tipsGuatemalaCartagenaCabo San LucasSan Diego

Southern States and Panama Canal Cruise

Tour departs: 21 April 2017
Tour length: 29 Days

Overview

Tour Departs – 21 April 2017.

Tour Length –  29 Days.

Visiting the Southern States of America is a way to experience the history and charm of the country which is so unique. It is of course the area that defined “Southern hospitality”, and at the conclusion of the tour we believe you will have a new appreciation for the term.
We start the tour off by flying with Air NZ to Houston for 2 nights, visit a ranch and have a true Cowboy experience before flying to Charleston, South Carolina. Spend time at Jekyll Island Club and explore Boone Hall, one of America’s oldest plantations.
After learning about the history of the States, we then learn about the future with a wonderful day at the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral.

 

Highlights Include
  • Houston for a 2 night stay.
  • Charleston, South Carolina.
  • St Augustine, the oldest city in the USA.
  • Jekyll Island Club Resort for 2 nights.
  • Kennedy Space Centre.
  • Florida Everglades boat ride

 

Cruise Highlights Include

Our coach touring finishes in Fort Lauderdale, and then we set sail on one of the most celebrated cruises for the next 16 nights, The Panama Canal, on board Celebrity Cruises “Infinity” in Ocean View Staterooms.  Balcony Staterooms available upon request.

  • Panama Canal
  • Bahamas
  • Cartagena, Columbia
  • Guatemala
  • Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

Itinerary

Friday 21 April

Home – Houston

We depart today for our flight to Houston, Texas. On arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel for the next 2 nights.



Saturday 22 April

Houston (B.D)

After a leisurely breakfast we see what Texas has to offer with a Ranch visit and Cowboy experience.
Tonight we have a welcome dinner together at a local restaurant.



Sunday 23 April

Houston – Charleston, South Carolina (B.D)
An early afternoon flight today to Charleston where we experience true southern hospitality. Your tour opens in beautiful antebellum Charleston, where magnificent formal gardens grace much of the historic district.



Monday 24 April

Charleston (B.D)
Charleston has survived the Civil War, major fires, an earthquake and hurricanes – and still exudes elegance, charm and grace. Get to know the city with a local guide including its cobblestoned streets, historic homes and restored buildings – some with origins prior to the Revolution. Stop at the battery overlooking Fort Sumter, where on April 12 1861, the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Following your tour, experience southern plantation living as you explore one of America’s oldest working plantations, Boone Hall, set amidst moss draped oaks. Discover the remarkably preserved original slave cabins, unusual in their brick construction. Enjoy a local speciality at dinner, the famous She-crab soup!



Tuesday 25 April

Charleston – Beaufort – Savannah, Georgia (B.D)
Travel south along the coast through South Carolina’s Low Country to the charming town of Beaufort, the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands.” Perhaps you’ll opt to explore Beaufort’s quaint streets during a stroll and browse the shops at your own pace. Continue south to historic Savannah, home of the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to wander this enchanting city’s tree-filled squares, the City Market or the River Street shops.



Wednesday 26 April

Savannah – Jekyll Island (B.D)
Begin the day with a guided tour of Savannah’s sprawling Historic District. Make your way along the cobblestone-paved Factors Walk and River Street, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into trendy shops, taverns and restaurants. Visit the beautiful Andrew Low Home and Gardens and learn about the driving force behind the Girl Scouts and its founder, Juliette Low. Travel south along the unspoiled Georgia coast of vast marshlands, winding rivers and beautiful beaches. Arrive at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club Hotel, grandly situated in the midst of the fabled Golden Isles.



Thursday 27 April

Jekyll Island – St. Simons Island – Jekyll Island (B)
Jekyll Island was once the winter retreat of prominent gilded age families. Their grand “cottages” still stand. A tram takes you on a tour of the Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District – one of the nation’s largest restoration projects. The Rockefellers, Vanderbilt’s and J.P. Morgan once vacationed here along the 240-acre river edge. Visit another of the fabled Golden Isles, quaint St. Simons Island. See its striking 104 foot tall lighthouse and visit the Museum of Coastal History. Later, enjoy leisure time to explore the quaint shops and restaurants in the village.



Friday 28 April

Jekyll Island – St. Augustine  (B.D)

Travel south to the United States’ oldest city, St. Augustine, first settled in 1565. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided trolley tour highlighting the Old Spanish Quarter, historic Bayfront, “Old Town,” which dates to 1572, and the Plaza de la Constitucion with its shops and restaurants. Spend time at leisure this afternoon and come to know more of the city’s many cultural attractions. Visit the Fountain of Youth – an archaeological park and site of the area first explored by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.



Saturday 29 April

St. Augustine – Daytona – Cape Canaveral (B)

After a leisurely start this morning we depart St. Augustine and en-route to Cape Canaveral, we stop at Daytona Speedway for a tour and some free time to explore. On arrival in Cape Canaveral, the remainder of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.



Sunday 30 April

Cape Canaveral  (B)

Breakfast at the hotel before blasting off to today’s experience at the Kennedy Space Centre:

Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex is a must see destination in Central Florida. Less than an hour east of Orlando, KSC provides a mixture of the past and the future, with rich historical references in each of the exhibits, coupled with a clear vision into the future, bolstered by the amazing learning from both the International Space Station and the Hubble telescope photos.



Monday 1 May

Cape Canaveral – Fort Laudedale (B.D)

After breakfast we will depart Cape Canaveral early in the morning and head to the swamp!

Explore the heart of the Central Florida Everglades on this exciting airboat adventure and educational tour! Enjoy the exhilarating ride as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed boat captain whisks you over land and water at approximately 40 miles per hour, into the Central Florida Everglades. Experience beautiful protected wetland hammocks, pristine fresh water marshes, a bald-cypress swamp, and the local wildlife. Later today we have city tour of Miami and South Beach before heading to our hotel.


Tuesday 2 May

Commence Cruise (B.L.D)

After a leisurely start to the day, we transfer to the port and get settled in to our home for the next 16 nights, the “Celebrity Infinity”.


Wednesday 3 May

Cruising at Sea (B.L.D)
Two days to enjoy all the facilities of your floating resort.



Thursday 4 May

Cruising at Sea (B.L.D)



Friday 5 May

Cartagena Colombia (B.L.D)
This large city seaport was once the major centre for Spanish settlement in the America’s. Cartagena’s colonial walled city and fortress were designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 1980, also renowned for its pristine offshore islands and the finest emeralds in the world.


Saturday 6 May

Colon Panama (B.L.D)

Colón is a Panamanian city and sea port, lying near the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. It is the capital of Panama’s Colón Province and has traditionally been known as Panama’s second city.



Sunday 7 May

Panama Canal Crossing (B.L.D)
The absolute tour highlight today. Our ship enters the Canal Zone at 6.00am for a full day traversing of this man-made wonder. Marvel at the series of giant locks that gently raise and then lower our cruise ship from one ocean to another. Cruise island dotted Gatun Lake, sculptured by the hand of man and gaze at the jungle clad shoreline crawling with vines and wildlife. We exit the Canal Zone at Cristobal at 8.00pm.



Monday 8 May

Cruising at Sea (B.L.D)



Tuesday 9 May

Puntarenas, Costa Rica (B.L.D)
Located along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Puntarenas is a great place to see native wildlife ranging from scarlet macaws to the alpha predator of Central America: the jaguar. Surfers from around the world regard this region of Costa Rica as prime surfing waters. As one of the country’s leading fishing ports, Puntarenas is the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood, including ceviche de corvine – bits of fresh fish marinated in lime juice with onions, peppers and spices.



Wednesday 10 May

At Sea (B.L.D)



Thursday 11 May

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (B.L.D)
On the Pacific coast, Guatemala is located in the northernmost part of Central America. Puerto Quetzal is one of the world’s newest and most exciting cruise destinations and boasts sublime scenic dramas. It is also the gateway to World Heritage listed Antigua.  Established in 1543 Antigua offers history, museums, architecture and some of the best restaurants, galleries and shopping in Guatemala.


Friday 12 May

Cruising at Sea (B.L.D)


Saturday 13 May

Cruising at Sea (B.L.D)



Sunday 14 May

Puerto Vallarta (B.L.D)
Nestled on the 28 mile curve of Banderas Bay, flanked by shimmering Pacific waters and lush green mountains, Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful town with friendly people. It has managed to retain much of its traditional Old Mexico charm. Visit the town centre, a fun filled maze of pretty cobbled streets lined with many and varied shops and top quality restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine.



Monday 15 May

Cabo San Lucas (B.L.D)
Once referred to as the “Millionaire’s Sandbox”, Cabo San Lucas is Mexico’s jewel resort at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula. Its remote location and un-spoilt beauty makes this a seaside paradise.



Tuesday 16 May

Cruising at Sea (B.L.D)
Our last day to really enjoy all the facilities our cruise ship has to offer. This evening we have farewell dinner together in one of the Celebrity’s specialty restaurants.


Wednesday 17 May

Disembark San Diego – Los Angeles – Home (B)

Sadly, this morning our cruise comes to an end. We disembark in San Diego and are transferred to Los Angeles LAX Airport where we have reserved day room accommodation, allowing you to relax and freshen up prior to the return flight home this evening.



Friday 19 May

Arrival time is early morning. Welcome Home.

 

Map

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Prices

Tour Costs per person Ocean View

Share Twin Per Person Ocean View Stateroom – $16,950
Supplement for Single Stateroom/Room – $ 5,950

Tour Costs per person Balcony

Share Twin Per Person Balcony Stateroom – $19,300
Supplement for Single Stateroom -$8,250

Costs Include
  • Economy class air travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane (additional cost to upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class available on request).
  • Superior Tourist / First Class hotel accommodation.
  • Ocean View Staterooms (category 06) on the cruise ship.  Upgrade to balcony staterooms available (category 2B)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary B = Full Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.
  • First Class air-conditioned coach transportation for all touring.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Services of a tour director and local guides for touring and sightseeing.
  • All port taxes and tips to crew on the 16 night cruise.
  • Tips to local guides and coach drivers.
  • Airport and government security taxes.
  • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person.
  • Fully Escorted by a Maher Tours Leader.

Costs Exclude
  • Any meals and sightseeing tours not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as room service, laundry, drinks, telephone charges etc.
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