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Los Angeles , California | Cabo San Lucas , Mexico | Puerto Vallarta , Mexico | Puerto Quetzal , Guatemala | Puntarenas , Costa Rica | Panama Canal (Cruising) , Panama | Colón , Panama | Cartagena , Colombia | George Town , Grand Cayman | Fort Lauderdale , Florida

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VISION OF THE SEAS

TIME TO SEE THE WORLD

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VISION OF THE SEAS

TIME TO SEE THE WORLD

Collect cultures across the globe as you gain a whole new perspective on adventure onboard Vision of the Seas®. Get a taste of Cajun-Caribbean fusion with sailings from New Orleans to the Bahamas and beyond. Take some time to get up close with the masterworks of the Mediterranean or the stunning scenery of the Baltic Sea. Or discover all the colors of New England on a fall foliage escape. Wherever you’re looking to explore, this is the ship that can take you there.

Collect cultures across the globe as you gain a whole new perspective on adventure onboard Vision of the Seas®. Get a taste of Cajun-Caribbean fusion with sailings from New Orleans to the Bahamas and beyond. Take some time to get up close with the masterworks of the Mediterranean or the stunning scenery of the Baltic Sea. Or discover all the colors of New England on a fall foliage escape. Wherever you’re looking to explore, this is the ship that can take you there.

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BEGINS HERE

Get ready to soak up all the thrills onboard Vision of the Seas®. Take your pick of eight pools and whirlpools. Not to mention an arcade with all your favorite games, and a nightclub where statues come to life right before your eyes.

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GLOBETROTTING

Dive into some fresh-rolled sushi and Japanese favorites at Izumi Japanese Cuisine. Or savor the flavors of Tuscany at Giovanni’s table. And toast to the past with a tasty old fashioned at the vintage inspired R Bar.

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SHOW STOPPERS

Grab your playbill and relive all your favorite Broadway shows in Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme. Or catch disco fever and shake your groove thing at Boogie Wonderland. If you’re up for a little friendly competition, bring your game face to Love & Marriage or Battle of the Sexes.

ROOM FOR

ADVENTURE

We’re redefining the way you stay, one room at a time. With quiet comfort and services designed to exceed your expectations, our staterooms offer the perfect time-out from nonstop onboard action and exciting adventures in port. From special needs to wee ones, and even extended families wanting to keep the whole crew together, we’ve got you covered.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Los Angeles, California

DEPARTS:
4:00 PM
HOLIDAY

IN HOLLYWOOD

Discover Los Angeles' multicultural history by walking through its diverse selection of neighborhoods: See the ornate Twin Towers Dragon Gateway in Chinatown and the traditional Mexican shopping stalls and vendors of Olvera Street. Then, chill by the beach at Santa Monica Pier, or take the iconic drive down Sunset Boulevard, one of the most often-filmed thoroughfares in the country.

Aerial view of a beach in Santa Monica, California
Tall palm trees on a street in Beverly Hills, California
View of the ferris wheel and roller coaster on the Santa Monica pier in California

Discover Los Angeles' multicultural history by walking through its diverse selection of neighborhoods: See the ornate Twin Towers Dragon Gateway in Chinatown and the traditional Mexican shopping stalls and vendors of Olvera Street. Then, chill by the beach at Santa Monica Pier, or take the iconic drive down Sunset Boulevard, one of the most often-filmed thoroughfares in the country.

Aerial view of a beach in Santa Monica, California
Tall palm trees on a street in Beverly Hills, California
View of the ferris wheel and roller coaster on the Santa Monica pier in California

THINGS TO DO

View of Point Dume in Malibu, California

Explore the Outer Beach Towns

Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu and Long Beach are four of Los Angeles' most popular beach destinations. Of the four, Malibu is the most remote and least urban — head here for surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Depending on traffic, you can get to Long Beach in 40 minutes, while the others take around an hour.

The view of Los Angeles, California from Runyon Canyon Park

Hit the Hills

LA isn't only about urban adventure — the locals love the outdoors, too. Hike the hills at Runyon Canyon Park, where they also offer free outdoor yoga classes. Or hit the Griffith Park trails: Here, you can hike to Bronson Canyon, the entrance of which appears as the mouth of the Batcave in the 1960s version of "Batman."

View of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California

Shopping

LA is known for its shopping, and the city's most iconic spot for retail is Rodeo Drive. Browse through high-end fashions, and maybe spot a few celebrities while you're there. Head to the Grove for more budget-friendly designer offerings, and stroll down Melrose Avenue if you're looking for boutiques and vintage items. For bargains on clothes, shoes and textiles, check out the Los Angeles Fashion District.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

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THINGS TO DO

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Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

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Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

DAY 3 - TENDERED

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
OCEAN EXPLORATION

ON THE SEA OF CORTEZ

Explore Baja's quintessential seaside town — check out Iglesia de San Lucas, a Spanish missionary church dating back to 1730. Then, see the majestic, photo-ready rock arches on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula. Take in views of clear ocean waters and desert-like landscapes on the coastline of the Sea of Cortez, or relax on the sands of Playa Medano before popping in for a margarita at an oceanside watering hole.

Boats docked at a marina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Aerial view of the famous arch in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
A sandy beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Explore Baja's quintessential seaside town — check out Iglesia de San Lucas, a Spanish missionary church dating back to 1730. Then, see the majestic, photo-ready rock arches on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula. Take in views of clear ocean waters and desert-like landscapes on the coastline of the Sea of Cortez, or relax on the sands of Playa Medano before popping in for a margarita at an oceanside watering hole.

Boats docked at a marina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Aerial view of the famous arch in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
A sandy beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

THINGS TO DO

The fanous arch in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Natural Monument

Reachable by water taxi, El Arco ("The Arch") will enchant you. Here, impressive arches naturally formed from rock frame white-sand beaches and crystal-blue waters. Snap a pic of the arch, and catch a glimpse of the sea lions that often pop up to get some sun on the rock formations.

View of Lovers beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from the sea

Submerge in Love

This same water taxi can also drop you off at romantic Playa del Amor — Lover's Beach. Watch the clear waters of the Sea of Cortez crash against the massive eroded granite rocks that rest on the shore.

Colorful houses in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Creativity Walk

Take a break from the sun and stroll through the old town of San Jose del Cabo, a quick 30 minutes away from Cabo San Lucas. The town's Gallery District is full of small studios where local artists sell their work. Bring your camera to capture the enchanting Spanish colonial architecture of this historic town.

Three shrimp tacos with coleslaw and salsa on a wooden board

Local Cuisine

Cabo San Lucas' cuisine is as exotic and mesmerizing as its vistas. Cruise to Cabo San Lucas to savor delicious chocolate clams, tamales fajados (chicken tamales), tamales guemes (pork, raisin and olive tamales), spicy shrimp tacos and their famous comida de pobres (seafood stew). Then wash it all down with clamato, a sweet tomato and clam drink.

Various decorative Mexican bowls for sale

Shopping

Head to San Jose del Cabo for beautiful and varied local handicrafts in places like Silver Moon Gallery, Indian Hands and Curios Carmela. Another great stop during your Cabo San Lucas cruise is La Coyota, an hacienda-turned-shop where you can find embroideries, toys, hand-painted bowls and other types of pottery.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

ARRIVES:
11:30 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM
WATERFRONT MEXICAN

MAGNETISM

Puerto Vallarta is paradise and romance defined. Relax on pristine beaches such as Yelapa, admire the the terracotta roofs of the old town and take in the impressive views of the bay from its charming promenade. From there, walk down to Los Arcos, the Roman-style arches overlooking the water that are Vallarta's most iconic symbol. Then, head to El Malecon, a beachside walkway with contemporary sculptures, as well as bars, lounges and nightclubs.

Houses along the coastline of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Las Animas beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Waterfront malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is paradise and romance defined. Relax on pristine beaches such as Yelapa, admire the the terracotta roofs of the old town and take in the impressive views of the bay from its charming promenade. From there, walk down to Los Arcos, the Roman-style arches overlooking the water that are Vallarta's most iconic symbol. Then, head to El Malecon, a beachside walkway with contemporary sculptures, as well as bars, lounges and nightclubs.

Houses along the coastline of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Las Animas beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Waterfront malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

THINGS TO DO

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Coastal Town Yelapa

Laze in the Sun

Kick back and enjoy the crystalline waters of Yelapa Beach, a seemingly undiscovered stretch of sand in Puerto Vallarta's Bahia de Banderas, only accessible by boat. Don't leave without heading to a street vendor for freshly baked beach pies (coconut is quite popular), which go for just $2 per slice.

Ancient relief art on pyramid in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Afternoon With the Ancients

Just outside the village La Chloe is the Xihuacan Museum and Archeological Site, a 3,000-year-old site is believed to have been a cultural ceremonial center used by different tribes, including the Aztecs, Toltecs, Zapotecas and Olmecs. Here, you can see a wealth of ancient artifacts, including vases, figurines and jewelry.

Fragment of street view in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Romance in the Air

Visit Vallarta's Zona Romantica, also known as Old Vallarta, famous for ancient streets dotted with beautiful, candle-lit restaurants, bars and cafes like Cafe de Artistes, all under colorful garlands hanging from colonial balconies. Cruise to Puerto Vallarta and shop the local markets, bookstores and galleries in the zone, and take a piece of romance with you.

Grilled fish and tortillas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Local Cuisine

Puerto Vallarta's cuisine is deeply rooted in the traditions of Jalisco, the state where Vallarta is located. Try pescado embarazado, charcoal-grilled fish marinated in lemon and slathered with salsa huichol, a distinctive sauce made with cascabel chili peppers, cumin, salt and vinegar. Or fill up on birria, a traditional stew of tender, slow-cooked goat meat spiced with guajillo chiles. And don't forget to sip some Jalisco tequila or mezcal.

Mexican pottery in bold earthy colors and patterns at artisan market in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Shopping

Puerto Vallarta is renowned for its hand-blown glass, earthy pottery and chunky silver jewelry. Head to the town's markets of Mercado Municipal Rio Cuale or Pueblo Viejo Mercado de Artesanias, where you'll find shops brimming with the famous pottery and jewelry. Pick up your own handmade serape (shawl) or some traditional toys and masks before going back to the ship.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

THINGS TO DO

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation. Now that’s fresh.

Oven baked almond crusted scallops w/red bell pepper pesto served at Giovanni's Table. Cruise fine dining Italian Restaurant
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria with indoor and al fresco seating, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews. Fee applies.

DAY 6 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Women performing on stage for the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show, Vision of the Seas
Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

Women performing on stage for the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show, Vision of the Seas
Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

THINGS TO DO

The performance crew of the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show on stage in Majesty of the Seas
Boogie Wonderland

PEACE, LOVE & DISCO BEATS

Throw it back to the era that started it all with the best disco music and dancing that will leave you boogie woogie-ing all night long.

Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas
Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme

ENTER STAGE RIGHT

Sing along with your favorite show tunes as the rhythm, rhyme, words and music of Broadway transport you to NYC.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
COLOSSAL AND

COLORFUL

Feel Guatemala's true pulse in the colonial capital of Antigua or the charming villages of San Antonio Aguascalientes. Then, discover its natural wonders, like the majestic Lake Atitlan in the town of Panajachel. Lake Atitlan isn't merely a single destination, but rather a collection of quaint villages and towns. They pepper the crater's cliffs and hide in majestic fjord like valleys.

Antigua Central Park near Port Quetzal, Guatemala
View of Agua volcano from lake Atlitlan near Port Quetzal, Guatemala
Old ruins in Antigua near Port Quetzal, Guatemala

Feel Guatemala's true pulse in the colonial capital of Antigua or the charming villages of San Antonio Aguascalientes. Then, discover its natural wonders, like the majestic Lake Atitlan in the town of Panajachel. Lake Atitlan isn't merely a single destination, but rather a collection of quaint villages and towns. They pepper the crater's cliffs and hide in majestic fjord like valleys.

Antigua Central Park near Port Quetzal, Guatemala
View of Agua volcano from lake Atlitlan near Port Quetzal, Guatemala
Old ruins in Antigua near Port Quetzal, Guatemala

THINGS TO DO

Santa Catalina Arch and Agua Volcano by Port Quetzal, Guatemala

Colonial Relics

Travel back in time as you saunter the streets of this Spanish Colonial town that lies 4,500 feet above sea level. Antigua is clad in pastel-colored buildings, balconies dripping bougainvilleas and house museums like Casa Santo Domingo and Casa de los Suenos, which depict the country's storied past.

Traditional Mayan textiles on a market in Port Quetzal, Guatemala

Weave Your Way

Find the artist within with a tour of San Antonio Aguascalientes, and let your inner creative have some fun while learning how to weave intricate patterns from the local Maya women. Then shop for their high-quality huipiles (woven blouses) at the local textile market.

Two giraffes at a safari park in Port Quetzal, Guatemala

Animal Kingdom

Head to Auto Safari Chapin for close and safe encounters with rare animals from Guatemala and Africa, like zebras, lions and giraffes — all from the comfort of your air-conditioned drive-through coach. Then, get on your feet and explore the nature park for sightings of exotic birds and endangered species like water buffalos, dwarf goats and ostriches.

Traditional street food in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Local Cuisine

Guatemala's cuisine is made of hearty dishes like empanadas — savory pastries stuffed with potato and meat and topped with guacamole, cilantro and onion — pollo asado (spiced roasted chicken) and mashed plantains. For a taste of these local delicacies, head to Las Antorchas, Rincon Tipico or La Casa de las Sopas in the old town of Antigua.

Colorful wooden maracas at street shop in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Shopping

Antigua's bustling local market, found on Calle Poniente, displays a colorful collection of local arts and crafts like masks, wood carvings, huipiles (woven blouses), maracas and kites. Another unmissable location with your cruise to Puerto Quetzal is Nim Po't, a hall with a massive array of Maya clothing.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

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Tropical and fruity cocktails served right by the pool at the Solarium Bar

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Tropical and fruity cocktails served right by the pool at the Solarium Bar

THINGS TO DO

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R Bar

SHAKING UP THE CLASSICS

Vintage glamor comes alive at R Bar — serving classic cocktails, like gin martinis and Old Fashioneds, in a distinctly sophisticated setting.

Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas
Solarium Bar

SUN, SERENITY & SIPS

Does sitting in the whirlpool make you thirsty? Grab a drink at the nearby Solarium Bar.

DAY 9 - DOCKED

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
WELCOME TO

THE JUNGLE

Puntarenas introduces you to the ever-beautiful beach attractions of Costa Rica. Drive out to the Nicoya Peninsula and relax on one of its diverse beaches. Journey to the top of active Poas Volcano for incredible views of the turquoise lake that fills its steaming crater. Observe rescued wildlife like jaguars, spider monkeys and electric-colored frogs at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a private eco-tourism reserve.

Puntarenas Cathedral, church in Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Public square in Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Pier and Palms in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Puntarenas introduces you to the ever-beautiful beach attractions of Costa Rica. Drive out to the Nicoya Peninsula and relax on one of its diverse beaches. Journey to the top of active Poas Volcano for incredible views of the turquoise lake that fills its steaming crater. Observe rescued wildlife like jaguars, spider monkeys and electric-colored frogs at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a private eco-tourism reserve.

Puntarenas Cathedral, church in Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Public square in Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Pier and Palms in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

THINGS TO DO

Suspension bridge in a rainforest in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

High in the Clouds

Walk across four suspended bridges and along the treetops and the forest fog of San Luis Park. A local guide will take you through the dense tropical jungle and into a hummingbird garden to witness the beautiful birds as they fly rapidly among the trees.

Bag of coffee beans from Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Coffee Culture

Tour the 640-acre Arabica coffee plantation of Espiritu Santo in the charming mountain town of Naranjo. Learn how beans are prepared for roasting while sipping on the delicious brew. The coffee produced here lands in Starbucks stores across the globe.

Traditional decorated ox cart in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Folkloric Allure

After the coffee sampling, head to the nearby artisan town of Sarchi, famous for its arts and crafts and for making the colorful oxcarts, famous folkloric carriages and symbols of Costa Rican culture. Wooden rocking chairs and painted ceramics are also available and locally made.

Ethnic tropical cuisine, gallo pinto with rice and beans in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Local Cuisine

Fill up for the day with a traditional Costa Rican breakfast of gallo pinto, a hearty combo of rice beans flavored with spices, cilantro and onions. Later on, order up casado, a plate-style combo of rice, beans, tortillas, fried plaintains and your protein of choice — celebrate the ocean and opt for grilled fish. During your Puntarenas cruise, stop by a street vendor for a tamal, the Costa Rican classic of cornmeal and garlic wrapped in a banana leaf.

Colorful souvenir batiks in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Shopping

For close-by shopping options, head straight to Paseo de los Turistas, a promenade with many craft shops selling everything from locally grown coffee to leather goods. If driving is not an issue, head to the village of Sarchi and pick your favorite oxcart as a souvenir. Cruise to Costa Rica to stop by a beachside vendor and pick up a batik, a colorful dyed cloth traditional to the area.

DAY 10 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

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Health, Fitness, Sports, Area, Rock Climbing,  passengers playing basketball, 

2011 Brand Campaign Details, 

Oasis of the Seas, OA, Oasis Class, Allure of the Seas
GR, Grandeur, Grandeur of the Seas?, Family, Children, pool, sky, open deck, blue sky, relaxing, family time, swimming, water

THINGS TO DO

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Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

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Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

DAY 11 - CRUISING

Panama Canal (Cruising), Panama

ARRIVES:
6:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

SEA TO SHINING SEA

Cross from one ocean to another while taking in the unparalleled mountain and water views of the engineering marble known as the Panama Canal. The best way for visitors to see the canal is to literally get in the middle of it. See the man-made marvel of the canal while you take in the natural wonders around it, including the rainforest of Soberania National Park and the bright green hilltops of Barro Colorado Island.

The second lock of the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean
A bridge spanning over the Panama Canal
Jungle on the shoreline of a small island in Lake Gatun, in the Panama Canal, Panama

Cross from one ocean to another while taking in the unparalleled mountain and water views of the engineering marble known as the Panama Canal. The best way for visitors to see the canal is to literally get in the middle of it. See the man-made marvel of the canal while you take in the natural wonders around it, including the rainforest of Soberania National Park and the bright green hilltops of Barro Colorado Island.

The second lock of the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean
A bridge spanning over the Panama Canal
Jungle on the shoreline of a small island in Lake Gatun, in the Panama Canal, Panama

THINGS TO DO

The first lock of the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean with a view from a ship

Get Swept Up

The man-made system of locks are where the Panama Canal works its magic by lifting passing ships up to the canal's main elevation, then letting them down again. You'll see three lock systems as you make your way through the canal: Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun.

A yellow-backed bird found in the Soberania National Park that can be seen from the Panama Canal

Exotic Views

From the ship, you'll get great views of Soberania National Park, a 55,000-acre area of protected rainforest that's home countless species of birds, mammals and reptiles. See if you can catch a glimpse of an orange-chinned parakeet or a white-faced capuchin monkey.

Caupchin monkeys on Monkey Island in Lake Gatun on the Panama Canal

Lake Gatun

Be sure to look for the islands that surround Lake Gatun during your Panama Canal cruise. See the lush forests and colorful birds, and get to know the impressive body of water itself — at the time it was created, it was the largest man-made lake in the world.

DAY 12 - DOCKED

Colón, Panama

ARRIVES:
6:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
CANAL TO

CARIBBEAN EXPLORATION

Colón is your portal to many quintessential Panama attractions. See the world-famous Panama Canal at the Gatun locks. Explore the Caribbean Sea coast at pristine beaches like Playa La Angosta. Or take the one-hour drive to Panama City, where you can walk among Colónial-era buildings in Casco Viejo or take in the local feel of vibrant Avenida Central.

Wild two-toed sloth hanging on tree in Colon Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama in Colon
Tropical paradise of sandy beaches with clear blue water in Panama

Colón is your portal to many quintessential Panama attractions. See the world-famous Panama Canal at the Gatun locks. Explore the Caribbean Sea coast at pristine beaches like Playa La Angosta. Or take the one-hour drive to Panama City, where you can walk among Colónial-era buildings in Casco Viejo or take in the local feel of vibrant Avenida Central.

Wild two-toed sloth hanging on tree in Colon Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama in Colon
Tropical paradise of sandy beaches with clear blue water in Panama

THINGS TO DO

The second lock of the Panama canal from the Pacific ocean

Lock in the Wonder

Experience the Panama Canal in all its engineered glory as you witness ships being lifted in the Gatun locks to enter Gatun Lake. Ships then traverse through the lake and exit the canal on the Pacific Ocean side, going down again in the Miraflores locks.

The second lock of the Panama canal from the Pacific ocean The fortifications in Portobelo National Park in Colon, Panama

Naturally Fortified

Head to the Portobelo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and find yourself surrounded by historic fortifications like the ruins of San Lorenzo Castle and Fort. Don't miss San Lorenzo Protected Forest, which houses many hiking trails and marine flora and fauna, like mangroves and sea turtles.

The Panama Cathedral in Colon

The Beat of the City

Drive for just an hour and find arguably the most visually appealing city in Central America: metropolitan Panama City. Cruise to Colón and walk by impressive skyscrapers like the Vitri Tower, feed your artistic side with a visit to BioMuseo museum, and shop for souvenirs in the historic streets of Panama Viejo.

Young woman holding in hands wicker basket with freshly baked empanadas

Local Cuisine

Seafood in its many forms is the staple cuisine of Colón. Sample shrimp and coconut rice or white fish ceviche marinated in lime and habanero. Not feeling like fish? Seek out golden-brown empanadas stuffed with meat and cheese or sancocho, a hearty chicken stew with corn, squash and herbs. Finish your meal with raspados, the local dessert of grated ice sweetened with condensed milk.

Panama Hats sold in Colon, Panama

Shopping

The Colón Free Zone is one of the biggest duty-free markets in the world. Head here to find wholesale stores selling everything from clothes to shoes and jewelry during your Colón cruise. If you're heading to Panama City, don't miss out on the shopping there. Shops like Karavan, Beermarkt and Papiro y Yo selling indigenous art, local beer and the ever-popular Panama hats.

DAY 13 - DOCKED

Cartagena, Colombia

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM
STORYBOOK CHARM

WITH A TROPICAL TWIST

Cartagena feels like a fairy tale town with colorful streets like Calle del Tablon, where balconies overflow with bright pink bougainvillea. Beautiful historic buildings like the San Pedro Claver Church showcase the city's heritage, while flawless beaches like Playa Blanca remind you this is also a Caribbean paradise.

Beautiful turquoise water at Playa Blanca near Cartagena, Colombia
San Felipe de Barahas castle in Cartagena, Colombia
Church of St. Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena feels like a fairy tale town with colorful streets like Calle del Tablon, where balconies overflow with bright pink bougainvillea. Beautiful historic buildings like the San Pedro Claver Church showcase the city's heritage, while flawless beaches like Playa Blanca remind you this is also a Caribbean paradise.

Beautiful turquoise water at Playa Blanca near Cartagena, Colombia
San Felipe de Barahas castle in Cartagena, Colombia
Church of St. Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia

THINGS TO DO

Buildings with balconies lining a street in Cartagena, Colombia

Walk This Way

Get to know Cartagena by foot with any of the many walking tours available and learn about the city's history and charm while discovering every colonial nook. Visit the Palace of the Inquisition, the San Felipe de Barajas Castle and the chocolate or emerald museums. Only a walk will allow you the time and space to see them.

Small boats anchored close to shore at Islas de Roasario, Colombia

Soothing Shores

Get to Bocagrande and see a Colombian version of a Miami strip, clad with trendy shops and stylish sky-rises. Or head to Playa Blanca or Rosario Islands for clear waters and blinding bright sand and be lulled by the gentle waves.

An outdoor market under a covered walkway in Cartagena, Colombia

Market Finds

To get a real local experience head to the bustling Mercado de Bazurto, where you can find fresh local fruits like Mamey, Cherimoya and Lulo or have a plate full of seafood — try the popular crab rice — for less than $5.

Two arepas rellenas filled with shredded beef

Local Cuisine

Cartagena proudly serves some of the best seafood in the country. Caribbean and Latin American flavors blend in dishes like ceviche, arepas rellenas (corn pancakes filled with meat) and pandebono (cheese bread). Don't miss Mila Pasteleria and Gelateria Paradiso for local sweets like coconut cake layered with dulce de leche and gelato made with mamey, a local fruit with a creamy texture and sweet pumpkin-like flavor.

Traditional hats for sale in Cartagena, Colombia

Shopping

Walk to Casa Chiqui, This is Cartagena or Abaco Libreria and Cafe for local books, crafts and coffee. Cruise to Cartagena and stroll the Mercado for trinkets like traditional Colombian hats. If you're looking for jewelry, Cartagena is one of the world's largest producers of emeralds. Go to Lucy Jewelry to find your very own precious stone.

DAY 14 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

THINGS TO DO

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation. Now that’s fresh.

Oven baked almond crusted scallops w/red bell pepper pesto served at Giovanni's Table. Cruise fine dining Italian Restaurant
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria with indoor and al fresco seating, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews. Fee applies.

DAY 15 - TENDERED

George Town, Grand Cayman

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
LAID BACK

LUXURY

Grand Cayman strikes the perfect balance between glitzy glamor and easygoing island life. You can hit the famous Seven Mile Beach and just chill, Cayman Mama in hand. Swim with stingrays on a snorkeling safari. Or treat yourself to a little retail therapy at some of the best designer shops in the world.

One of the best-known wreck dives in the Caribbean, the USS Kittiwake, George Town, Grand Cayman
Stingrays in the crystal clear waters of George Town, Grand Cayman
People riding horseback on the beach, George Town, Grand Cayman.

Grand Cayman strikes the perfect balance between glitzy glamor and easygoing island life. You can hit the famous Seven Mile Beach and just chill, Cayman Mama in hand. Swim with stingrays on a snorkeling safari. Or treat yourself to a little retail therapy at some of the best designer shops in the world.

One of the best-known wreck dives in the Caribbean, the USS Kittiwake, George Town, Grand Cayman
Stingrays in the crystal clear waters of George Town, Grand Cayman
People riding horseback on the beach, George Town, Grand Cayman.
THINGS TO DO

Close-up of a Hawksbill turtle in George Town, Grand Cayman

Swim with Sea Turtles

The whole family can swim alongside sea turtles and tropical fish at the Cayman Turtle Centre. Or wander around the Caribbean Aviary and spot exotic birds up close, including Grand Cayman’s national bird, the Cayman parrot..

Palm trees swaying on the Seven Mile Beach, George Town, Grand Cayman

Stroll the Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach is actually five-and-a-half miles of coral sands and crystal-clear shoreline. But it’s peppered with restaurants, bars, and upscale resorts— and it was named one of the world’s Ultimate Beaches by Caribbean Travel + Life.

Palm trees in the North Sound Golf Club, George Town, Grand Cayman

Tee Off in Paradise

Hit the green at the North Sound Club, the only 18-hole championship golf course on the Cayman Islands.

DAY 16 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Women performing on stage for the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show, Vision of the Seas
Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

Women performing on stage for the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show, Vision of the Seas
Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

THINGS TO DO

The performance crew of the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show on stage in Majesty of the Seas
Boogie Wonderland

PEACE, LOVE & DISCO BEATS

Throw it back to the era that started it all with the best disco music and dancing that will leave you boogie woogie-ing all night long.

Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas
Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme

ENTER STAGE RIGHT

Sing along with your favorite show tunes as the rhythm, rhyme, words and music of Broadway transport you to NYC.

DAY 17 - Arrival Day

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM

A YACHT OF ADVENTURE

Before leaving South Florida, be sure to visit the Florida Everglades for a thrilling afternoon gliding in a high-speed airboat across this expansive river of grass. Keep your eyes peeled for herons, turtles, and the American alligator— all of which are native to the wetlands.

Before leaving South Florida, be sure to visit the Florida Everglades for a thrilling afternoon gliding in a high-speed airboat across this expansive river of grass. Keep your eyes peeled for herons, turtles, and the American alligator— all of which are native to the wetlands.

THINGS TO DO

Family style fresh seafood platter in Fort Lauderdale

LOCAL CUISINE

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic Fort Lauderdale dining experience than eating fresh-off-the-boat seafood in a waterfront eatery. Local “Floribbean” cuisine melds Caribbean and Latin-influenced flavors with locally caught fish, shrimp and crab. Surf-and-turf joints line every inch of A1A along the beach, while white tablecloths drape the majority of Las Olas sidewalk restaurants.

Tourist shop with hats and beachwear in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

SHOPPING

Pick up beachwear at The Gallery at Beach Place, or find rare books and handmade hats on Hollywood Boulevard. Dania’s Antique Row is home to some 100 dealers, while art galleries and unusual boutiques line Las Olas Boulevard. For serious bargains, head to the Swap Shop flea market or the Sawgrass Mills outlet sprawl.

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