Cruise the original Panama Canal with Crystal before its expansion

Not many technological marvels are still operating just as they were almost 100 years ago. Detroit and the auto industry have certainly come full circle since the inception of the assembly line in 1914. The Panama Canal, however, continues to serve as a vital link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans just as it was when it transited the first ship in 1914. Crystal Symphony will be among the last luxury cruise ships to pass through the canals in their original form as construction will begin to widen this monument to transportation in early 2011.

Crystal Symphony sails the Panama Canal

Both Crystal Symphony and sister ship, Crystal Serenity, were built to conform to the original Panamax guidelines, which determine whether a ship can successfully pass through the complicated locks system within the canal or not. Crystal Cruises six 2011 sailings provide a unique opportunity for passengers to experience one of the greatest construction feats of the 20th century before it is forever altered to keep up with modern shipping demands.

Crystal Serenity will sail from Miami to Los Angeles on January 4, 2011, with calls in Grand Cayman, Cartagena, Huatulco, and Puerto Vallarta before docking in Los Angeles on January 17, 2011. Crystal Symphony makes her first 2011 departure from Miami on February 23, 2011 and calls in Tortola, St. Barts, St. Martin, and Aruba before passing through the Panama Canal and disembarking in Caldera, Costa Rica.

Panama Canal sailings fares start at $3,845 per person/double occupancy with 2-for-1 rates which includes free Economy or Business class airfare and a $1000/per couple ‘All Inclusive – as you Wish’ onboard credit.

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