grand pacific paradise 66 NIGHTS 2018 SAMOA & AMERICAN SAMOA in focus On your voyage, you will sail around a tiny archipelago, located midway between Hawaii and New Zealand that is home to two countries: the independent island nation of Samoa and American Samoa, an unincorporated US territory. Although they are only 70 miles away from each other, they are a full day apart. Begin your adventure in Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, where among the many places to experience is Camel Rock, a curious offshore rock formation that you can see from the picturesque harbor. Leaving Pago Pago behind, you will cross the International Date Line to arrive in Apia. On your “lost day,” discover alluring blue lagoons, serene tropical beaches, cascading waterfalls, and lush rainforests. If you’re a literary fan, journey toward Mount Vaea to see the beautifully restored home of author Robert Louis Stevenson, and reward your taste buds with ocean-fresh fish wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an umu, an earth oven of hot stones. 2018 GRAND PACIFIC PARADISE | 45 PANAMA CANAL PANAMA CANAL EXPERIENCE: TWO OCEANS, ONE CANAL The Panama Canal is arguably the world’s mightiest engineering feat because in some sections the builders quite literally moved mountains to make this dream a reality. To see this mechanical marvel in action and feel the water lifting your ship up to 85 feet through the series of locks is an incredible sensation that you simply have to experience first-hand. The morning of the transit, enjoy a cup of coffee in the plush and comfortable Observation Lounge for the best view of the first chamber. Also enjoy intermittent commentary from the Bridge by a local expert for an enhanced experience. Interested in a shorter journey? Enjoy your favorite part of the world on a 14- to 22-night voyage. See pages 46 to 49 for itineraries.