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LU announces Panama Canal cruise for alumni, friends

Panama CityLamar University invites alumni and friends to participate in an 11-night cruise aboard the Azamara Quest exploring beaches, rainforests, and the Panama Canal January 4-15, 2018.

“This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime kind of a trip,” said Shannon Copeland, director of Alumni Affairs and Advancement Services.

“Alumni will not only experience the beautiful scenery, the unique culture of these countries, and the luxury of the Azamara Quest, but they will also connect with fellow LU alumni and friends,” Copeland said.

Panama CanalEmbarking in Miami, the Azamara Quest will sail to Cartagena, a vibrant colonial Columbian port city and UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring ornate churches, the Palace of the Inquisition, and other historical sites. Next is the culturally diverse Panama City, where LU alumnus and CEO of the Panama Canal Authority Jorge Quijano will offer a private tour of the canal and lunch at the Governor’s House.

The cruise will make its final stop in Costa Rica to experience three destinations: Golfito, the gateway to Corcovado National Park; Quepos, known for sport fishing, the Damas Estuary and the Manuel Antonio National Park; and Puntarenas, an old-time port town with renowned beaches.

“Our travel partner, AHI, really takes the worry out of international travel. They work with local experts and professional tour guides to make sure that every detail is worked out and all travelers have a wonderful experience,” said Copeland.

The Azamara Quest is a boutique ship that offers premium amenities as well as fine dining and optional shore excursions. Early reservation is encouraged as space is limited and some stateroom categories are already wait-listed.

City skylineThe Cardinal Adventures program was established in 2010 as a way to encourage lifelong learning and to provide alumni and friends of the university opportunities to engage with each other. Each trip has a strong educational component as well as experienced travel service from LU’s travel partner, AHI Travel.

AHI Travel is a premier operator of personalized group travel programs in North America. The first travel company to develop tours exclusively for college and university alumni, AHI serves educated individual travelers and their families as well as members of alumni associations and professional groups. All of AHI's programs feature a strong educational component and the goal of providing experiences that foster a deeper understanding of diverse cultures and nature.

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