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Brand g Vacations is proud to offer an LGBT+, inclusive, guaranteed full ship charter cruise through the Panama Canal, an experience unlike any you’ll find on any other cruise ship.
We have chartered the Royal Clipper, the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship. With a complement of 42 sails, the Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold. Experience the informal elegance, culinary delights, and gracious service in the intimacy of 227 LGBT+ friends.
This cruise departs from Panama City, Panama. The main attraction here is, of course, the Panama Canal, considered by many the eighth wonder of the world. The Panama Canal is a 48-mile-long corridor that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean.The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. On your Panama Canal cruise, join other passengers on the decks as a canal historian explains the workings of the locks and points out sights along the way.
The cruise ends in Oranjestad, Aruba. The island is a surprising mix of soft, white-sand beaches and desert; Dutch heritage and influences from nearby Venezuela.
Laugh. Dance. Smile. Relax on this unforgettable adventure of the senses.
Be sure to check out the optional Panama City pre-cruise package detailed below in the Optional Add-Ons section.
Miss Conception, is presently touring the world with his one woman live singing shows that has audiences howling with laughter and leaping to their feet with applause. This international Female Delusionist® has launched her new show ‘The Wonderful World of Miss Conception – an all live singing show featuring your favorite story book characters with a twist!” and will be performing some of these numbers onboard for our guests. www.missconception.ca/
Alison Jiear, a popular cabaret artist and musical theatre performer, trained classically in voice and piano at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Australia. She moved to London in the late 1980’s as a member of The Fabulous Singlettes, an Australian girl group specializing in Motown songs. They starred in their own West End show, ‘Stop in the Name of Love’, recorded numerous television specials and supported Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey.
Kim Kuzma’s extensive vocal range and sassy stage presence have earned her a reputation as a dynamic performer. Her casual often candid conversations with her audience have earned her a loyal and rapidly growing following of fans. Heard worldwide, Kim’s award winning debut CD Contradictions received rave reviews from critics and fans alike and held the No.1 spot on the HMV Vancouver Indie Sales Charts for over seven and a half months.
Kuzma has performed across Canada, throughout the United States, South America and in Europe. She has shared the stage of the Palace of Fine Arts and The Castro Theatre with the renowned San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and opened for legendary singer Harry Belafonte in the wine country. Mister Marcus, a reporter and critic from the Bay Area calls Kim Kuzma, “An absolute hit with the audience”, and encouraged his readers to, “Keep an eye on this name!” www.kimkuzma.com
DJ Robbie Leslie known to many as one of the first generation of DJ’s. From starting his career on Fire Island at the Sandpiper (now the Pavilion) in 1975 he subsequently moved on to become, some may say the Father of DJ’s, playing in iconic venues worldwide including Studio 54, Roxy and The Saint in the Big Apple to Heaven in London as well as being the resident RSVP Cruises. Simply put, Robbie was on the Circuit before the Circuit was invented.
Along the piers of Balboa, the port marking the Pacific terminus of the Panama Canal, you’ll see yachts from all over the world. Balboa was built to house American administrative headquarters for the Canal and many of the buildings are handsome examples of the American colonial style of the early 1900’s. (D)
Today we take a leisurely cruise through the Panama Canal and get a real-life look at perhaps last century’s greatest engineering achievement… along with its surrounding lush, verdant lands. This testament to human audacity joins the Pacific and Caribbean in the most direct way possible, and is well worth the nearly 20-hour voyage. (B,L,D)
The vivid colors of the San Blas Islands are undoubtedly the inspiration for the fanciful birds, fish and animals in brilliant reds, oranges, blues and greens that decorate the intricately appliquéd molas created by the indigenous Kuna women. Strung along the throat of Panama’s dramatically beautiful Kuna Yala coast, the remoteness of these coral atolls protects an independent people who prize their communal culture with its rich oral history and artistic heritage. (B,L,D)
The Royal Clipper offers a traditional and elegant way to see the world. Feel the wind fill the sails and gently carry you from one gorgeous destination to the next. Use this relaxing day at sea to read a book, get in a workout in the Royal Clipper gym, visit the spa or on board sauna, work on your tan, or simply do nothing and watch the world go by. (B,L,D)
Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located on the north coast of Colombia, Cartagena host a spectacular collection of buildings and massive fortifications dating from the early 1600’s. The Fortresses were built to protect Cartagena from pirates. City highlights include Saint Philip of Barajas Fortresses and the Fort Ferdinand Fort. (B,L,D)
The oldest city in Colombia, romantic Santa Marta is fringed by beautiful beaches and the stunning mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta range. Ancient ruins take cover in the lush mangrove forests of Tayrona National Park, the perfect spot for a day hike. (B,L,D)
During your time on board, you can choose to relax on a sun lounger or cool off in one of the pools on the top deck, while more adventurous passengers may enjoy the opportunity to climb the rigging or even have a go at steering the ship. Alternatively, you can wander the interior areas of the ship and discover relaxing lounges, a revitalizing spa and a peaceful library. (B/L/D)
Bon boni means welcome in the local dialect, Papiamento, and it’s universally understood by all who visit little Aruba. Just 15 miles from Venezuela, this almost independent nation still has a ceremonial Dutch Governor General. Once it depended on oil for income, but tourism is the new king. No wonder Aruba’s endless beaches and spectacular diving are too tempting to pass up. After breakfast, disembark and enjoy your included Brand g transfer to the Aruba airport, or to a local hotel to extend your stay. (B)
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An $1,000 per person deposit is required to confirm your space. The balance of the trip is due 90 days before departure on Monday August 23, 2021 (08/23/21). Failure to make payment(s) in a timely manner may cause your reservation to be cancelled.
After paying the required trip deposit, make no further payments until 90 days prior to the trip start date (08/22/2021).
Cancel for any reason up to 90 days prior to the trip start date for a nominal cancellation fee of $100 per person
If the vacation is withdrawn or rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances, you may either transfer your payments to another Brand g vacation or receive a full refund.
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Measuring 320 SqFt, Owner’s Suites feature a separate sitting area, free minibar, private marble bathrooms with whirlpool/shower, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and telephone. These suites feature two double beds convertible to a King bed and room service is available.
Measuring 255 SqFt, Deluxe Outside Verandah Suites have private marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs/showers, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player, telephone and a sitting area. They also feature private verandahs, which are furnished with a table and chairs. All cabins have two lower beds, which convert to a double bed.
These deluxe outside staterooms measure 175 SqFt, are situated behind the library and open onto the public deck. They feature fixed double beds, minibars, private marble bathrooms with a whirlpool tub/shower and are complete with bathrobes. They also feature air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and a telephone.
Category 2 superior outside staterooms measure approximately 148 SqFt. The accommodations are thoughtfully designed featuring: private marble bathrooms with shower, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and telephone. All cabins have two lower beds, which convert to a double bed. Some feature a third bed as indicated with a triangle on the deck plan. The third bed tucks completely out of the way if not in use.
Measuring approximately 148 SqFt, Category 3 accommodations are thoughtfully designed featuring: private marble bathrooms with shower, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and telephone. Some cabins have fixed double beds as indicated with the letter D on the deck plan, where others have two lower beds, which convert to a double bed.
Measuring approximately 148 SqFt, Category 4 accommodations are thoughtfully designed featuring: private marble bathrooms with shower, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and telephone. Some cabins have fixed double beds as indicated with the letter D on the deck plan, where others have two lower beds, which convert to a double bed.
Measuring approximately 148 SqFt, Category 5 accommodations are thoughtfully designed featuring: fixed double beds, private marble bathrooms with shower, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and telephone.
These cozy inside staterooms measure approximately 100 SqFt and feature fixed double beds, private bathrooms with shower, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and telephone.
The Royal Clipper boasts state-of-the-art navigation systems and every comfort and luxury one could wish for. For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 439 foot Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea-going experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yacht. Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style.
Find your secret hideaway on one of the hidden balconies on either side of the bow. Or climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to one of the passenger lookout crows-nests, thoughtfully furnished with a comfortable settee, where you’ll have the grandest view of all!
Royal Clipper’s interior spaces are just as dazzling. They include a three-deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed, three-level dining room featuring open-seating dining, deliciously prepared cuisine and a no-tie dress code.
Your ship’s accommodations are thoughtfully designed, featuring: private bathrooms, air conditioning, hair dryers, private safe, television, DVD player and nightly turn-down service. Cabins are equipped with 220-volt outlets, plus a 110-volt shaver outlet. Bring a converter if you need to use U.S. appliances which are not dual voltage.
The Royal Clipper offers a large number of activities to her guests. But, the real icing on the cake are all of the extra touches provided by Brand g along with the comfort you can only find in the environment of an all-gay and lesbian vacation.
The chefs aboard the Royal Clipper transform ordinary dining into an extraordinary treat. And you’re free to dine when and with whomever you wish—including the sailors, which is also very appetizing.
Every morning you can nibble on a continental breakfast with delicious muffins and rolls or feast on a full breakfast with fruit, bacon and omelets made to order.
For lunch there’s a marvelous buffet of seafood, salads and grilled favorites. And when evening comes, our elegantly appointed dining room becomes the setting for the chef’s finest culinary presentations, designed to please the eye and the palate, and complimented by a selection of equally fine wines.
$799 per person based on double occupancy; $1,099 based on single occupancy
Highlights and Inclusions:
Day 1: November 18, 2021 – Panama City (Welcome Reception)
Upon arrival to Panama City’s airport (PTY), you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to the Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall Hotel. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception with your fellow guests, featuring wine, beer and h’ordeuvres, as well as local entertainment.
Day 2: November 19, 2021 – Panama City (B/L/D)
After an included breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a half-day tour featuring Old Panama City, Modern City Highlights and a visit to the Old Quarter. We will first go to the Old Panama City or Panama Viejo. Founded in 1519 and now a UNESCO Heritage Monument, as the oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. Next we visit the second city of Panama or the Old Quarter. There we learn about the cultural, social, and architectural development while we walk through its narrow streets. After the walking experience, you are welcome to stay in the Old Quarter for lunch on your own or you may return with your guides back to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, and dinner is on your own.
Day 3: November 20, 2021 – Panama City/Embarkation (B/L/D)
This morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Late morning, you’ll check out of the hotel and leave your luggage for transport directly to the Royal Clipper. We’ll then board coaches bound for lunch, followed by a visit to the Frank Gehry Biodiversity Museum. The Biomuseo is located on the Amador Causeway, a prominent area at the entrance to the Panama Canal in the Pacific Ocean, where one can observe the skyline of the modern city, the historic district, Ancon Hill, and the Bridge of the Americas. The museum’s 4,000 square meters contain eight permanent exhibition galleries designed by Bruce Mau Design. In addition to the main spaces, the museum includes a public atrium, a space for temporary exhibitions, a shop, a cafe, and multiple outdoor exhibits displayed in the botanical park. The permanent exhibition is a combination of art and science.
After, we’ll transfer to the port for embarkation aboard the Royal Clipper, where your luggage will await you inside your stateroom. Relax, unpack, and get ready for an unforgettable sailing through Panama’s famous canal.
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Arrivals: You may arrive to Panama City, Panama (PTY) at anytime on November 20th, or prior. Transfers will be provided to the ship or optional pre-cruise program host hotel.
Departures: One post cruise transfer will be provided on November 27th. The ship is scheduled to arrive to Oranjestad, Aruba at 8:00 AM and therefore we recommend flights departing Oranjestad (AUA) at 12:30 PM or later. We will transfer you from the Royal Clipper to the Oranjestad Airport or host post cruise hotel. Any further transfers will need to be arranged independently at your own expense.
International roaming charges can be expensive for cellular devices, and it is advisable to contact your domestic carrier to determine the charges and plans available for each country you are visiting, then select the best available plan for your expected usage.
All cabins have a direct dial telephone. Onboard, Wi-Fi cards are available for purchase for use of the internet.
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 45 days prior to departure of these requests.
The power onboard the Royal Clipper is 220v, European standard. To use any electrical product from the US or Canada you will need a plug adapter. If your device is not dual voltage (220/110v), you will require an electrical converter. Many electronic devices have built-in electrical converters, however please check the manufacturer’s specifications for details. Power on land is 110v with outlet types A and B, the same as in the US.
Citizens of the US and Canada are required to have a valid passport, which expires at least 6 months after the last date of the trip. Visas are not required for citizens of these countries. Citizens of all other countries should check with the consulates of the countries visited on the itinerary to verify entry requirements.
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. Gratuities for the included portions of this program have been pre-paid. At your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
Attire is casual by day, shorts and T-shirts. Evenings are casual, as well, there’s no need to pack formal-wear. Swimsuits, shorts and flip-flops are discouraged in the dining room. Men are expected to wear pants or nice shorts to dinner; women wear slacks or casual dresses. Bathing suits should be worn only on deck.
Laundry service is available on board the ship. Costs will be listed in each suite’s directory, and charged to the guest’s account. Self-service laundry facilities are not available on the ship.
Excursions are included on the Panama City pre-cruise program. However, during the cruise, all excursions are offered by the cruise shore excursion desk for an additional cost.
The currencies for this trip are the Panamanian balboa, Colombian peso, and in Aruba florin. Some vendors accept US dollars but may return change in local currency. It will be useful to have small amounts of local currency while touring.
The official currency on board the Royal Clipper is the Euro. All charges for services and products on board will be placed on the guest’s shipboard account to be settled at the end of the voyage by Visa, MasterCards, or American Express.
The comfort and safety of our guests is our first priority. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. On board the cruise, smoking is not permitted in the suites or enclosed, public areas. There is a designated smoking area on the Sun Deck. We request that you refrain from smoking during excursions.
For up to date information on the latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor or a travel medicine specialist.
For more information, you may also visit the US Centers for Disease Controls website: www.cdc.gov.
In November temperatures stay up in the low 80s during the day and in the mid-70s at night. On the water it can feel cooler, so don’t forget a shawl or light jacket. A rain jacket is also advised.
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Information contained in these terms does not form part of any offer or contract. The transportation of guests and baggage on Star Clippers vessel is provided solely by Star Clippers and is governed by the terms and conditions printed on the Passage Contract. The Passage Contract will be included with your travel documents and contains complete and important information regarding cancellations, itineraries, Star Clippers’ liability, health and immigration requirements, and other relevant terms and conditions. The terms and conditions of the Passage Contract will apply to persons who have booked a cruise regardless of whether or not they have embarked the vessel. Please read your Passage Contract carefully. To the extent that any of the information in the brochure conflicts with the terms of the Passage Contract, the terms and conditions contained in the Passage Contract shall control.
Itinerary arrival and departure times are always subject to change without notice. Star Clippers reserves the right to cancel, alter, advance, postpone or substitute any scheduled sailing or itinerary, substitute another vessel for the scheduled ship, or substitute or cancel scheduled ports of call, which, in its sole judgment and discretion, is justified for any reason, and to do so without liability for any loss whatsoever to guests as a result of said change(s).
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2021 cruise fares cover certain shipboard services including: accommodations, onboard meals and entertainment, and complimentary beverages aboard ship (water, juice at breakfast, coffee, tea, soda house wines, select liquors, and select beers). All fares are quoted in US dollars, are per guest and based on double occupancy. Not included in your program tariff are: beer, spirits, sodas and wine, optional shore excursions, meals taken ashore during the cruise, fuel surcharges, laundry, and purchases from the ship boutique, spa or any item or service of a personal nature.
Travel agents are considered to be the agent of Passenger and not of Carrier. Carrier is not liable for any representation, act or omission of Passenger’s travel agent. Passenger’s cruise fare is not considered paid until Carrier receives full payment, and the amount thereof is subject to change at any time prior to Carrier’s receipt of payment. Passenger shall at all times remain liable to Carrier for the price of passage. Carrier reserves the right to refuse embarkation if all charges and surcharges have not been paid in advance of departure.
All payments will be processed by Brand g Vacations. A $1,000 per person deposit is required at the time of booking, with final payment due no later than 90 days prior to departure. Alternatively, guests may choose to make the required deposit and then pay equal monthly instalments with the final payment due by 90 days prior to departure. Guests will not be permitted to change travel agents once final payment has been received. Final documentation will be issued after receipt of final payment and approximately 30 days prior to sailing. All reservations are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due date, and are guaranteed only when paid in full 90 days prior to sailing. Reservations made within 90 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Brand g Vacations. Payments may be made by AMEX/ VISA®/ MasterCard® or DISCOVER®.
Should you find it necessary to cancel your reservation or any component thereof, you are required to contact your Travel Professional or Brand g Vacations directly by telephone as well as submit your cancellation in writing. Refunds are subject to the schedule below regardless of suite/cabin resale and cancellation charges may not be converted to future cruise credits:
|Days Before Departure||Per Person Charges|
|Greater than 90 (through 8/21/21)||$100.00|
|90-0 days (08/22 -11/20/21)||100% of the total per person fare|
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Brand g Vacations or Star Clippers reserves the right without liability to require a guest to disembark and/or to refuse to board and transport a guest who, in the judgment of the hosts or the ship’s Captain, is unfit to travel or may require care beyond that which Brand g Vacations or Star Clippers is reasonably able to provide.
We strongly recommend that guests are able to navigate the stairs on-board without assistance. Should guests require assistance, they must travel with someone who is able to assist them both ashore and at Onboard. We are unable to offer special assistance. Please note that wheel-on and/or wheel-off access is not available at ports-of-call.
You may bring aboard the ship a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects without charge. Baggage for ship guests or guests on our land extension programs must be handled in accordance with regulations of our ground operators. Baggage exceeding these limitations is subject to the charges as set forth by the individual operators. Airlines are strict with baggage limitations. Guests are encouraged to contact individual airlines for weight limitations.
All baggage must be securely packed, and properly and clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and other articles not suitably packed are transported at your own risk. Brand g Vacations or Star Clippers is not responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any other personal item during air travel or land extension programs.
Baggage and personal belongings will be taken off the ship upon guest disembarkation. Under no circumstances will baggage be stored onboard without the owner of such baggage being on the vessel. Brand g Vacations or Star Clippers is not responsible for baggage stored in shore side facilities.
Under no circumstances may dangerous items (including but not limited to: explosives, firearms, combustible or illegal substances) be taken aboard the ship. We recommend that you hand-carry travel documents (passport, visa, cruise tickets), medications and valuables. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times.
All travel documents (air and cruise tickets, passport and medical insurance information) are the guest’s responsibility. It is also the guest’s responsibility to obtain any necessary visas and public health documents for all applicable ports and to comply with all customs requirements. Without the required documents, a guest may be denied boarding and accommodation by Star Clippers or the guest may be disembarked during the voyage and Brand g Vacations, or Star Clippers will not make a refund or be otherwise liable to any guest for such denial of boarding or disembarkation.
Please check with the appropriate consulate for specific requirements. Security measures imposed by governments may change from time to time and each guest will be required to comply with them. As a courtesy, we will endeavor to provide each guest with notice of measures that may affect them, but complying with any such requirements is the sole responsibility of each guest. Please consult your travel professional for advice on such requirements to avoid loss of boarding privileges.
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