Panama Canal by Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide to Cruising the Panama Canal

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One of the greatest engineering feats ever, the Panama Canal is one of the world's most popular cruise itineraries. Ports of call in this book span the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera, but the highlight of the cruise is the eight-hour transit of the Canal in which six massive locks raise and lower cruise ships 85 feet in each direction. Reading about the monumental construction of the Canal and its history makes this voyage an unforgettable experience. Panama Canal By Cruise Ship also features the culture, ...

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Panama Canal By Cruise Ship - 5th Edition: The Complete Guide to Cruising the Panama Canal

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Overview

One of the greatest engineering feats ever, the Panama Canal is one of the world's most popular cruise itineraries. Ports of call in this book span the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera, but the highlight of the cruise is the eight-hour transit of the Canal in which six massive locks raise and lower cruise ships 85 feet in each direction. Reading about the monumental construction of the Canal and its history makes this voyage an unforgettable experience. Panama Canal By Cruise Ship also features the culture, flora and fauna of this tropical region. Port information from Florida to California.
Includes detail on:

- How the Canal was built with detailed illustrations
- History and culture of Panama and Caribbean
- All ports of call with local attractions and walking tour maps
- Shore excursion information
- Best way to get around each island and port with cab fares and bus info
- Shopping tips for duty-free and local products
- Best beaches plus dive and snorkel sites

Printed on high quality matte stock with color photography throughout, Panama Canal By Cruise Ship includes port maps which show exactly where your ship docks and distances to attractions. Golf courses for each island included. Over 300 photos (most in color) and 100 maps. Comes with beautiful large pullout color map of the Panama Canal.

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Chicago Tribune
In Panama Canal By Cruise Ship, author Anne Vipond goes beyond the standard cruise-guide fodder of ship and port descriptions. Though she supplies that information, she also tells the story of the canal's arduous construction and what its eventual completion meant to the world. She fleshes out details on Panama itself and the countries and cities one is most likely to visit and the plants and animals one is most likely to see during a trans-canal cruise. There's even a pull-out map of the isthmus with all major points identified. It's a comprehensive work.
Toronto Globe and Mail
...there are few books better on cruising than those by Anne Vipond.
Travel Trade Magazine
Covers the destinations with solid detail and from the cruiser's perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980957365
  • Publisher: Ocean Cruise Guides, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One
General Information
CHOOSING YOUR CRUISE
Land Tours
Shore Excursions
PORTS OF CALL
PREPARING FOR YOUR CRUISE
THE CRUISE SHIP
NATURAL PHENOMENA
HISTORY OF PANAMA CANAL
Spanish influence
French Attempt
American takeover

ART & ARCHITECTURE
PLANT AND ANIMAL LIFE

Part Two
The Voyage & The Ports
Chapter 1: THE CARIBBEAN
Florida
San Juan & Puerto Rico
St. Thomas
Jamaica
Grand Cayman
Cozumel
Aruba / Curacao
Cartagena
Chapter 2: PANAMA
The Canal and
Ports of Panama
Chapter 3: CENTRAL AMERICA
Costa Rica
Nicaragua
Guatemala
Chapter 4: MEXICO
Huatulco
Acapulco
Zihuatanejo
Puerto Vallarta
Mazatlan
Cabo San Lucas
Sea of Cortez
Chapter 5: WEST COAST PORTS
San Diego, Los Angeles
San Francisco, Vancouver
GLOSSARY: CRUISE LINES
INDEX
COLOR PULL-OUT MAP WITH PORT MAPS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Great Cruise Information!!

    I am just getting into this book, but so far, find it is a great book for planning and information before our cruist in September. Very interested in the information about the places that most of the cruise ships stop while on this trip. Gives lots of good advice about where to go and what to see.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    A perfect guide for Caribbean cruisers

    This small guide is very current, and gives a great overview of cruising in the Caribbean, as well as brief but detailed discussions of each island and country. The map of the Panama Canal was the most complete and current available - better than the one our tour guide had! The ms Zuiderdam was selling the book onboard (for more money).

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    Panama Canal and more

    I picked up Anne Vipond's Panama Canal by Cruise Ship because I had used her book on the Mediterranean cruise ports. She includes lots of background and history on the Canal which I found added to my experience. When traveling to the Panama Canal it is so much more meaningful if you are aware of how it was built and place it in the context of it's time. If you don't have time to read McCullough's Path Between the Seas, Vipond at least gives you enough to enhance the experience.
    The book also contains lots of information on Islands you may visit on any of the Panama cruises. The title in this way is deceiving as the book includes so much more than the canal. It is well illustrated with beautiful photos.
    The big plus to me for buying the book is the information on different excursions available. I find it overwelming when planning excursions as so much is offered and very little information included from the cruise lines.
    The pull out map that is included is invaluable as it details the canal itself. This enabled me to understand where I was and not see the Canal out of context.
    I give a strong recommendation to buy this book. The only drawback? It's heavy to carry but worth the weight.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Excellent companion to Panama!

    Great content on the history and challenges which faced the US while building this great canal. Maps are color and very helpful. Covers each lock with a history and separate map. Very good shore excursion info. Foolishly, left the book out on balcony during downpour.

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