Cruise The Panama Canal
- Departs from San Diego, California, USA
- On 4th Mar 2018 for nights
- Onboard Oosterdam
- Prices from AU $3,299*
Pricing per person
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Cruise package includes:
- 16 night Panama Canal cruise aboard ms Oosterdam from San Diego to Ft Lauderdale
- All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
- All port/govt. charges
- BONUS 1 x Specialty dining Dinner experience at the Canelletto Restaurant aboard cruise ship*
- BONUS 1 x Specialty dining Lunch experience at the Pinnacle Grill Restaurant aboard cruise ship*
- BONUS US$50 per twin cabin ONBOARD CREDIT!*
*** WHY CRUISE WITH HOLLAND AMERICA ***
- Sophisticated five-star dining
- Ever changing menus
- Nearly one crew member for every two guests
- More than 135 years of polished performance
- Extra long days ashore
- Overnights aboard in key ports
- 24 hour in-room dining service
- Luxurious bathrobes
- 100% Egyptian cotton towels
- Fragrant bath soaps and lotions from Elemis Aromapure
- Generous storage
16 Night Cruise sailing from San Diego to Ft Lauderdale aboard Oosterdam.
Introducing the ms Oosterdam (pronounced OH-ster-dam), member of the grand Vista-class ships defining the future of cruising. Oosterdam dazzles guests with more of everything they desire in a cruise vacation: More staterooms with verandahs for private sunning, dining and relaxing. More dining choices including an intimate reservations-only restaurant. More ways to relax in The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, largest and most luxurious spa in the Holland America fleet.
Highlights of this cruise include:
San Diego, California, US
Beautiful, brilliant San Diego has the sun, the beaches, and the climate to die for. But don't let that fool you – the city is a power. It's the sixth-largest city in the U.S. and a center for military industry, trade, and biotechnology. Of course, it's a great place for cruise visitors. The San Diego Zoo is one of the world's best. Balboa Park is both a natural space and a collection of wonderful museums. Old Town is a colorful gaggle of shops and restaurants. Oh, and the beaches: Coronado, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla. The forecast is for a high of about 75 degrees. Every day. Sigh.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta squeezed into the thin space between Banderas Bay and the verdant folds of the Sierra Madre. It's no longer the well-kept secret of the artists, writers and Hollywood stars who first "discovered" it in the 1960s, but "PV" (as it is affectionately known) still retains the essence of the fishing village it once was. Viejo Vallarta, the old town, is a mix of red-tiled buildings, cobbled streets, chic shops and busy open markets. Other highlights include Mismaloya Beach, Gringo Gulch, and Conchas Chinas, the Beverly Hills of Vallarta. Head inland for more adventure, up into the rugged canyons and luxuriant jungles of the mountains.
Huatulco, situated on Mexico's Pacific Coast in the state of Oaxaca, has nine bays and 36 beaches, offering more than enough opportunities for fun in the sun. The most popular beach is La Entrega, with clean white sand and calm waters, perfect for snorkeling and swimming . . . or just relaxing. But Huatulco's attractions aren't limited to sand and surf; there are also archaeological sites to explore, rivers to raft, and waterfalls whose pools invite childlike splashing. Bird lovers, in particular, will find Huatulco to be especially captivating. The region is home to more than 225 bird species, including many rare ones and a number that are endemic to Mexico, like the Colima pygmy owl and the wildly colorful orange-breasted bunting and citreoline trogon. Bring your bird list, because you're sure to add new species to your "sighted" column. And the food in Huatulco! The food will give you plenty to write home about. The state of Oaxaca has some of the most iconic dishes in Mexico's culinary repertoire. You won't go home hungry.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Modernity meets Maya in Puerto Quetzal. Mayan culture still prevails in parts of Guatemala and other Central American nations. Weavers spin their brilliantly colored stories on backstrap looms, while monolithic stone temples of Tikal stand in silent testament to ancient ritual and wisdom. Developments in recent decades transformed the town into a bustling shipping center that handles Panamax-sized vessels of cargo. Its proximity to the Panama Canal a few hundred miles to the north helps considerably. Cruise passengers especially benefit from the modern port conveniences in Puerto Quetzal. The facilities here make transfers to Mayan archaeological sites of interest much easier, including adventures into the interior.
As a travel destination, Nicaragua still remains below the radar for many Americans, despite a recent surge of media interest in this Central American country. One of the region’s most politically and socially stable nations, Nicaragua has been billed as the next great spot for eco-, cultural and culinary tourism. Adventurous guests keen to experience its charms are rewarded richly for their efforts. The country’s most visited cities are Managua (the capital), Granada and León; the latter sits near the Pacific Coast. Corinto is the nearest port town, just northwest of León and along the route to the Panama Canal Zone. It offers many of the charms of the larger cities, including their colonial-era architecture, as well as a number of cultural and ecological attractions in surrounding areas. Given the port's proximity to León, it’s easy for cruise passengers to take a day trip to this beautiful city established by Spanish conquistadores in 1524. While there, be sure to sample the traditional dish called vigorón, a hearty plate heaped with pork, boiled yuca and cabbage salad. Though residents of Granada claim to have invented it, vigorón is popular around the entire country and is a true taste of Nicaragua.
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
One of the stops along the Panama Canal Zone route, Puerto Caldera on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast isn't your ordinary port of call, positioned as it is within easy day-trip distance of the country's multiple national parks. The town itself is small, but makes for an ideal base from which travelers can venture out to explore the variety of this Central American country's outdoor attractions and activities. These include snapping photos of gushing waterfalls (and swimming at the base of one, if you bring your swimsuit!), sightseeing near active volcanoes, bird-watching in nature reserves and sanctuaries and horseback riding on Pacific beaches . . . and that's just for starters. Visitors to Puerto Caldera and the surrounding region also enjoy shopping for handicrafts that local artists sell at their cooperatives, as well as sampling traditional Tico cuisine, especially gallo pinto—a combination of rice and beans eaten at any time of the day or night. Puerto Caldera is the perfect reminder that adventure often awaits just around the bend.
Time seems to stand still during a transit of the Panama Canal. Sure, for much of the time your ship may need to wait in line, and the process for all commercial vessels, including your ship, always involves careful steps under the authority of the canal engineers for each lock the ships pass through. Tropical flora and fauna nearly reach out from the shores in an environment overflowing with life, and water everywhere, such as in Gatun Lake just East of Cristobal. Consider a range of land and sea excursions which bring you closer to the environment and culture of a key part of world history.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Enjoy the perfect day of play on our pristine private island, from sunning on two miles of white sand to watersports, nature hikes, deep sea fishing, and more. For relaxing, reserve a private air-conditioned cabana by the sea. For adventure, feed the gentle rays at Stingray Cove, ride a horse into the surf or visit Half Moon Lagoon, the island's aqua park. Discover why Half Moon Cay—included on nearly every Caribbean itinerary—consistently wins guests' hearts.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Beaches, boats and year-round warm, sunny weather make Ft. Lauderdale a mecca for snowbirds, vacationers and sports enthusiasts. Once an infamous spring break destination, the “Venice of America” now has a decidedly upscale, sophisticated vibe. Cruise its famous canals and check out the passing scene of luxury mansions. Watch for the historic Stranahan home. Once a trading post, it’s the city’s oldest surviving structure. Spend an afternoon in the posh galleries and boutiques of Las Olas Boulevard, and unwind in a chic little bistro. Wildlife lovers will find much to explore in nearby Everglades National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Grab your binoculars and sunscreen and hop on an airboat. The park is home to alligators; manatees, gentle giants of the swamps; as well as rare Florida panthers. Birders can add the great blue heron, white ibis, pelican and snowy egret to their life lists.
|04/03/18||San Diego, California, USA||04:00PM|
|07/03/18||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico||08:00AM||05:00PM|
|10/03/18||Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala||10:00AM||06:00PM|
|12/03/18||Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica||08:00AM||06:00PM|
|19/03/18||Half Moon Cay, Bahamas||08:00AM||04:00PM|
|20/03/18||Ft Lauderdale (Pt Everglades), USA||07:00AM|