Celebrate the 100-Year Anniversary of the Panama Canal with a Daylight Transit and Exclusive Tour

Celebrate the 100-Year Anniversary of the Panama Canal with a Daylight Transit and Exclusive Tour
Zegrahm Offers Small-Ship Expedition Cruise to Five Central American Countries during Panama Canal Centennial Year
Seattle, WA (August 1, 2013) – Zegrahm Expeditions, the world leader in small-ship cruising and overland adventures, is pleased to present its 15-day Rain Forests & Reefs expedition, departing February 7, 2014. At the crossroads of two continents, this expedition reveals the wonders of five countries, including Belize, Honduras, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama and is ideally timed during the centennial year of the Panama Canal.
A particular highlight in Panama will be the opportunity for travelers to not only complete a daylight transit of the Panama Canal, but also be treated to a VIP tour of the five billion dollar Panama Canal expansion project that began a decade ago and is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Travelers will go behind the scenes at the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center near the Gatun Locks on the Caribbean Sea. Here, travelers can observe the four billion cubic meters of structural concrete that is being poured into the ditches that comprise the new set of locks from a vantage point rarely visited by the public, plus will have the opportunity to meet with one of the authorities currently working on the expansion project.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for our travelers to experience history in the making and we couldn’t be more excited to secure this exclusive access during our visit,” states Zegrahm president, Edwin Blythe. “In addition to learning about the history of this engineering marvel, travelers will also be enlightened on the natural history and culture of this dynamic region with our experienced expedition team, including Panamanian native, Rich Cahill, plus Conrad Weston and Dennis Wille, who both hail from Costa Rica.”
Additional highlights of Zegrahm’s time in Central America include searching for Central America’s incredible diversity of wildlife during Zodiac cruises and nature walks—over 750 species of birds have been recorded in Costa Rica alone; meeting the Kuna Indians of San Blas and the Emberá Indians of the Darién who proudly preserve their cultural heritage; experiencing world-class snorkeling from Belize’s Half Moon Caye to one of the world’s largest marine parks in Coiba, Panama; and stepping ashore on seldom-visited Isla de Providencia, Colombia—its long history includes tales of colonization, conquest, and buried treasure.
This expedition is aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Island Sky and is priced from $11,980 per person. For more information about Zegrahm or to make a reservation on an upcoming expedition, please visit www.zegrahm.com or call 1.800.628.8747.
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Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc., founded in 1990, is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.