If this was Captain Munnerlyn’s last trip with the Panthers, it was a fun one.

Munnerlyn, a fifth-year cornerback who is eligible for free agency for the first time, returned Saturday from a week in the Caribbean on the Panthers’ annual fan cruise.

He joined linebacker Luke Kuechly, offensive linemen Geoff Hangartner and Jeff Byers and tight ends Richie Brockel and Gary Barnidge on the seven-night cruise, which included stops in Grand Turks, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Munnerlyn said it was a relaxing week – despite the fact that his future with the team remains in doubt.

“It was a great experience. Hopefully, I can go back next year,” he said, laughing.

With the Panthers expected to cut Chris Gamble to get under the salary cap, Munnerlyn would seem to be a priority for new general manager Dave Gettleman.

Releasing Gamble would leave the Panthers with three cornerbacks, all with two years of experience or fewer – Josh Thomas, James Dockery and Josh Norman.

Munnerlyn, 24, has started 34 games in four years in Charlotte, including 25 the past two seasons. A seventh-round pick from South Carolina in 2009, he tied a team record in 2012 by returning two interceptions for touchdowns.

Munnerlyn said he’d like to remain with Carolina, but isn’t sure whether he’ll be eligible for the team cruise next year.

“I really don’t know. My agent met with them at the combine,” he said in a phone interview Monday. “Right now we’re still over the cap. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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