2019 Panama Canal Discovery Cruise with Tim Taggart ** Including Air from Salt Lake city

Dates Jan 17-Feb 1, 2019
Destination Miami, FL; Day at Sea - Western Caribbean Cartagena Panama Canal Western Caribbean Day at Sea Puntarenas, Costa Rica Costa Maya Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala Day At Sea-Pacific Ocean Acapulco, Mexico Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Day at Sea, CA; Los Angeles, CA;
Duration 16 days 15 nights
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We invite you to come sail away with Morris Murdock Travel and favorite tour director, Tim Taggart next January to get warm and start the new year off right, discovering the modern wonder that is the Panama Canal.

This 2-week cruise with a full Panama Canal crossing is a great value that includes airfare from Salt Lake City, pre-night hotel in Miami and roundtrip transfers!  Sail with Norwegian Cruise Line on the Star to enjoy the comfort of a single unpack experience while you visit amazing ports in Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico on your way to Los Angeles.   This cruise will appeal to more than one type of passenger.  While the highlight for most will be seeing Canal that is now over 100 years old, these ports offer many cultural highlights and adventure galore for those seeking some activities in nature.

While on board Tim Taggart will engage the group in several lectures and activities to let you enjoy the group members you'll be traveling with.  The best part about doing a cruise with is a group is having both group time and FREE time to enjoy your vacation, your way!

Call us for more details or if you are ready to confirm your spot, click on the BOOK NOW button below and take your 1st steps in booking a dream experience, providing memories to last a lifetime.

Sarah Wangsgard
Tel: (801) 483-6473
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Day 1:Thursday, Jan 17, 2019

Salt Lake City to Miami, FL

Today we'll depart Salt Lake City to fly to Miami and start our adventure.  We'll be transfers to our hotel and have the evening to enjoy on our own.

Day 2: Friday, Jan 18, 2019

Miami to Board the NCL Star

Today after a leisurely morning we'll be picked up at our hotel and transfers to the Port Of Miami to board our "floating resort" we get to enjoy for the next 2 weeks!

Tonight after dinner we will gather as a group and have a chance to get to know our fellow group travelers.

Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Saturday, Jan 19, 2019

Fun Day at Sea -  The ship has much to keep you busy and interested during your day.

We will be offering a special lecture today with host Tim Taggart

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Sunday, Jan 20, 2019

Fun Day at Sea 

We will gather together this morning for a Sunday devotional and then the day is yours to relax and enjoy the ship.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Monday, Jan 21, 2019

Cartagena, Colombia

The old walled city of Cartagena reflects a turbulent history of conquistadors and pirates. Climb "las murallas" for an unforgettable view of the harbour. Shop for emeralds and leather goods along the cobblestone streets of this enchanting city. 

1 of 4 in our Private Group Excursion Package: Cartagena, Colombia

Tour around the city passing through the residential neighborhoods that border the bay of Cartagena. Afterwards passengers will visit San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, the most apotheosis structure of engineering made in the new world. Afterwards they will visit Historical Museum and San Pedro Claver Cloister within the wall city ending the tour with a demonstration of emerald work at the Emerald Museum.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019

Daylight Transit Panama Canal

Experience one of the world's best short cuts! Journey 40 miles through the Panama Canal for an unforgettable experience. Witness first-hand one of the world's man-made short cuts that has changed travel and the transport of goods worldwide.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

Fun day at Sea with Book of Mormon seminars with your host

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Thursday, Jan 24, 2019

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Stroll the seaport town with its multi-colored cottages and local markets. Head to Carara Tropical Rainforest to explore exotic flora and fauna with a naturalist guide. Or opt for a tour of San Jose - home of the Teatro Nacional and Museo del Oro.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Friday, Jan 25, 2019

Corinto, Nicaragua

Nicaragua's largest port, Corinto sits on an island connected to the mainland by bridges. Nicaragua is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches, and the area offers long stretches of white sand and clear blue waters. Visit the nearby city of León to see the wonderful cathedral, monuments and colonial buildings as well as the ruins of León Viejo, one of the oldest Spanish settlements in the Americas.

2 of 4 IN OUR PRIVATE GROUP EXCURSION PACKAGE: Leon, Nicaragua with Lunch

Leon is a colonial city that stands out for its architecture jewels and its important role in Nicaragua's history.  The city was founded in 1610 and it functioned as capital of the country on multiple times after the independence in 1821, alternating the title with Granada, until Managua was declared the only and permanent capital of Nicaragua.

We will visit the Cathedral of Leon, one of the most beautiful temples of the continent and the biggest one in Central America, recently declared as a World Heritage Site. This temple is the resting place of great Nicaraguans like the poets Ruben Dario and Salomon de la Selva. From the roof of the Cathedral you will get an extraordinary panoramic view of this charming city and the Maribios volcano range.

Then we will visit Ruben Dario Museum, located in the house where the great poet lived during 14 years. Visit as well the the Sutiaba (indigenous neighborhood), the Central square Museum of Myths and Legends.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Saturday, Jan 26, 2019

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

This port city was constructed in 1984 to help connect nearby cities. Travellers often venture out to Antigua, a 90-minute trek to where 17th century colonial facades beckons and Guatemalan history comes alive.

3 of 4 IN OUR PRIVATE GROUP EXCURSION PACKAGE: Antigua, Guatemala with lunch

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide to board your air-conditioned transportation for the guided 90-minute country side drive through sugar and coffee plantations as we make our way to this colonial jewel known as Antigua.Have your camera ready as you'll enjoy a photo stop at Antigua's Plaza Mayor, this central park, though small, is the heart of the city.  Ride along cobblestone streets, past vibrant colonial architecture restored to host a charming city today full of churches, convents and mansions - makes it apparent why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Stop at La Merced Church, one of the most important churches in Antigua. Continue to Santa Catalina Arch, one of the distinguishable landmarks in Antigua that originally connected the Santa Catalina convent to a school, allowing the cloistered nuns to pass from one building to the other side without going out on the street.  You will also visit the popular Jade Museum and Factory. On this visit you will see displays of the best sculptures made in Jade. Discover the intricate relation between the Mayans and this precious stone. Step into the factory to see how this stone is cut and polished by Guatemalan artisans who follow the carving traditions of their ancestors. At the end you can explore the shop for exquisite jade pieces available for purchase. Lunch and folkloric show at the Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Sunday, Jan 27, 2019

Sabbath Day at Sea with devotional and messages from our host.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Monday, Jan 28, 2019

Acapulco, Mexico

As one of Mexico's oldest coastal tourist destinations, Acapulco has much to offer both tourist and traveler. Shop, swim or simply take a siesta on the beach. But be sure not to miss the legendary La Quebrada cliff divers.


When your cruise ship docks on Acapulco's port, embark on a tour that allows you to sightsee in addition to participating in a baby turtle release ceremony. The sightseeing tour hits all the Acapulco highlights, including La Quebrada to see the cliff divers, Diego Rivera's mural, and the Chapel of Peace.  You will have free time for lunch and shopping before being transported back to the ship in the afternoon.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Fun day at sea to relax and enjoy the ship

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14: Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo's signature landmark is El Arco ("The Arch"), a rock formation at the tip of "Land's End." The jewel of the Baja Peninsula is famous for its world-class sportfishing, as well as its high-end resorts and exclusive gated communities that line an area simply called "the Corridor."

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15:Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Fun Day At Sea

Last day at sea to enjoy the ship, relax from your adventures and enjoy some time with your group of new friends!  

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16:Friday, Feb 1, 2019

Disembark ship

Today we must say goodbye to our ship and group of new friends as we disembark the ship for our transfer back to the airport for our flight back to Salt Lake City (or other home city & onward destination) with memories of great adventures and friendships made that will last a lifetime.

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights of the Tour:

  • Small group size (50 max) for cruise package with air and transfers 
  • All Inclusive price * Air, hotel, transfers, cruise & on board group activities
  • Morris Murdock tour Director/Guest lecturer for the whole trip 
  • Private group shore excursions will be offered for our group (optional with cost)


  • Cruise cost for chosen cabin on NCL Star
  • Round trip airfare from Salt Lake City
  • Pre night with transfers in Miami, FL
  • Group director while on cruise for travel and group assistance
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily while on board ship
  • Daily entertainment on board
  • Group activities and Book of Mormon seminars during cruise days

Not Included:

  • Government fee's and taxes: $407.70 per person 
  • On board Gratuities
  • Optional Excursions in ports both private and group
  • Trip cancellation/Trip interruption coverage - Starting as low a $35.00 pp

Optional Pricing

* Following rates are per person, based on double occupancy in cabins.  

    • $2,299.00 Inside Cabin
    • $2,659.00 Port Hole Outside Cabin
    • $2,699.00 Outside/Full Window cabins start at with obstructed view
    • Balcony Cabin - Call for pricing
    • Ask about our 3rd & 4th passenger rates

Cruise Tour Add on Options

  • Optional 4 Port Private Shore Excursion Package: Cartagena; Leon, Nicaragua; Antigua, Guatemala & Acapulco, Mexico $355.00 pp

Payment Terms:

    Deposit of $500.00 per person is due at booking
  • Final Payment is due September 14, 2018
  • ** This tour is based on a minimum of 30 passengers traveling-max of 50

Note: Fares shown are in U.S. dollars and are per person, based on double occupancy. Government taxes, fees, and fuel supplement (where applicable) are additional. NCL reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $65.00 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, NCL will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $10.00 per passenger per day. Prices are based on availability and subject to change.

NOTE: Cruise ports are subject to change before notice by the cruise lines and are beyond the control of the booking agency.