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CST #2036983-40

FWSA

September 28 - October 12, 2012

Itinerary

Ports of Call

  • Los Angeles departure
  • At Sea
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • At Sea
  • Huatulco, Mexico
  • Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
  • At Sea
  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • At Sea
  • Transit Panama Canal
  • Cartegena, Colombia
  • At Sea
  • At Sea
  • Miami arrival

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Cabo San Lucas, Baja.




Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.




Horseback riding a beach in Huatulco, Mexico.




Puerto Chiapas, Mexico




Puntarenas, Costa Rica.




Cartagena, Columbia.

FRIDAY, Sept 28, 2012
Norwegian Cruise Lines departs at 4:00 PM from the Port of Los Angeles. Travelers need to be on board two hours prior to departure.
SATURDAY, Sept 29, 2012
Day at Sea.

Familiarize yourself with the ship. Relax and enjoy the cruise. FWSA welcome cocktail party (time and location TBD).
SUNDAY, Sept 30, 2012, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

From the ship dock, you can walk through the Marina to a beach called Play Medano that is in front of the famous El Arco (the Arch). Playa Medano Beach has bars and restaurants the along the beach sand. Beach rentals for wave runners or kayaks are available to go in the bay or near the El Arco. You can also walk to the town from the ship dock, as it is above the Marina. Besides many shops, and restaurants they have the famous bars of Cabo Wabo & Giggling Marlin. Giggling Marlin bar, hoists people upside down like a marline to drink tequila shots.
MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2012, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

It is a short trip by Taxi to old town where you can stroll the cobblestone streets and see the marketplace. You can visit “Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral or you can walk along the Melecon, which is a famous waterfront mile long cement seawall walkway bordering the sea with beautiful statues by the downtown area.
TUESDAY, Oct 2, 2012
Day at sea.
WEDNESDAY, Oct 3, 2012: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Huatulco, Mexico.

Known for its nine most beautiful bays of the world with 36 beaches and breathtaking landscape. At the Bay of Tangolunda, a luxury resort area is nearby with beach rentals.

The main town is La Crucecita. The Virgin of Guadalupe has the largest painting in the world on its ceiling of the Virgin. There are several stores with handicrafts & shops about a 30 minute drive from the ship which overlook two of the bay by the river estuary.

Las Brisas Resort was the 2nd world’s largest Club Med at one time. It now has been remodeled and you can get a day pass to use the pool, beach and property facilities with all kinds of rentals from the beach.

There are many tours offered by boat to sightsee all the bays or swim & snorkel.

If you want to fit it all in, there is a combo tour of the town, then to a catamaran afterwards to see some of their beautiful bays and beaches.
THURSDAY, Oct 4, 2012, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico.

This is a small fishing village that has Mayan ruins around it. You can visit a coffee or banana plantation or take a boat to explore beautiful mangroves with streams & lagoons.

Apachula is the large town a short ride away. You can visit its town square or archaeological museum for Mayan artifacts. Colorful streets have many shops with leather, ceramics & local crafts.

Zapa is an ancient Mayan ruin site. This is a 45 minute ride.

  • The forest sky walk is a one and a half hour walk downhill on bridges and trails with a view of wildlife and the rain forest.

    The Jungle Crocodile Safari is in the area of the world’s largest crocodile population. You can view the crocodiles from a catamaran style boat.

    Poas Volcano sits 8,500 feet above sea level as an active crater 984 feet deep and 1 mile wide.

    Pacific Train, Bus & Boat: Ride the historical train through a rural countryside and then bus afterward to the Tarcoles River to board a boat to see 300 species of many birds, crocodile and iguanas. There will be local crafts to purchase in the area.

    There are also coffee plantations to visit and canopy tours.
  • SUNDAY, Oct 7, 2012
    Day at Sea.
    MONDAY, Oct 8, 2012
    Transit the Panama Canal.
    The canal connects North & South America. Unless there are ships ahead of us, normal time is 8 hours to travel through the canal. The Panama Commission will provide the ship with a pilot and commentator who will give a running account (over the ships address system) of the vessel’s passage through the canal and the history of the canal. The ship will go through 2 locks, then next to Gaillard Cut. This is a “V” shaped narrow channel cut from granite and volcanic rock that is the narrowest stretch of the channel. We will travel through Gatun Lake 24 miles across, and then go through 3 more locks at the end of the lake at Colon. Colon is Panamas 2nd largest town where we will exit the lake at the Port of Cristobel in Limon Bay.
    TUESDAY, Oct 9, 2012, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
    Cartegena, Columbia.

    This is Columbia’s main Caribbean port. The old city has 7 miles of walls 40 feet high around it. Inside the walls are narrow lanes with whitewashed houses and flower filled balconies. In one place, the old dungeons have been converted into craft shops with regional crafts. You can visit the San Pedro Claver Church built in the 17th century. The “Old City” is about a 5 block walk.

    Outside the old city is La Popa, the monastery of Santa Cruz that monks still live in and has a great view of Cartegena and the Caribbean. Beyond the Monestery is For San Felipe, which is a sixteenth century fort that stands guard over the old city.

    Bocagrande is the resort area with many deluxe hotels, fashionable shops and water sports. Pierino Gallo is the large shopping mall at Bocagrande. Columbia is noted for its famous gem, the emerald.
    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2012
    Day at Sea
    THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2012
    Day at Sea

    FWSA Farewell Cocktail Party (Time and location TBD)
    FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2012 8:00 am
    Arrive at Miami.

    If interested in staying in Miami, discounted lodging will be offered at the Four Points Sheraton Beach Hotel.

    Information & Questions

    Contact: Nancy Ellis
    VP North American Travel
    P.O. Box 9681, Truckee, CA 96162
    530-414-8261 [C]
    530-582-0566 [H/F]







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