Panama Canal

22 April - 12 May 2018

Duration

20 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

11 Ports

22 April

Setting sail from San Diego

Laid-back, friendly and blessed with near-perfect weather all year round, San Diego is one of America's most likeable cities. Enjoy a stroll through Balboa Park, dotted with beautiful Spanish Renaissance-style architecture, take a whale watching trip along the coast, or sample the nightlife of the trendy Gaslamp Quarter. The swells of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach attract a surfer crowd, while the Old Town has a strong Hispanic influence thanks to the city's proximity to the Mexican border. There are also plenty of family-friendly attractions, including Legoland, SeaWorld and the famous San Diego Zoo.

Our tip

Plan ahead – there are great cultural opportunities in San Diego, so you might want to pre-book concert tickets or a show.

23-24 April

At sea

25 April

Mexico: Puerto Vallarta

26 April

At sea

27 April

Mexico: Huatalco

28 April

Guatemala: Puerto Quetzal

29-30 April

Nicaragua: Corinto

Costa Rica: Puerto Caldera

1-2 May

At sea

3 May

Colombia: Cartagena

4-5 May

At sea

6 May

Bahamas: Half Moon Cay

7 May

United States: Fort Lauderdale

8 May

At sea

9 May

United States: Charleston

10-11 May

At sea

12 May

Arriving in Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the USA, and in amongst the skyscrapers are plenty of red-brick buildings, a Georgian architecture that lends the city a distinctly European feel. The Freedom Trail is a 2 ½ mile walking route around the city that gives an excellent introduction to American history, and Boston is home to a wealth of cultural riches, including the superb Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the world famous Harvard University. Bostonians are also big sports fans, and one of the country's biggest baseball teams, the Red Sox, play their home matches at Fenway Park.

Don't miss

Whatever else you do, walk the Freedom Trail, the perfect introduction to Colonial Revolutionary Boston, covering 16 historical sites in the course of two or three hours. You can do it on your own!

The Ship

Your home from home

Holland America Line cruises - MS Maasdam
Holland America Line cruises - MS Maasdam dining room
Holland America Line cruises - MS Maasdam spa

The classic Maasdam is an inviting size – spacious, but carrying just over 1,200 guests. Her stylish take on the Holland America traditions make her an excellent choice for those who enjoy a distinctive and cosy ambience.

What we love

Every Holland America ship boasts a wealth of artworks and artefacts, and on Maasdam the theme is the Dutch East and West India companies of the 17th to 19th Centuries - a great trading era. This is an excellent backdrop to the high levels of service and attention on board.

Capacity 1,259 Guests
Crew 580 International Staff
Style The Holland America style is warm and welcoming, with a charming crew and attentive smiling service. A stimulating onboard programme keeps guests busy at sea, and they enjoy the sociable contrast to their time exploring ashore.
Year Built 1993
LAST REFURBISHED 2011
Tonnage 55,575 grt
Length 719 feet
Breadth 101 feet
Cruising Speed 22 knots
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Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego

Our favourite San Diego hotel

It’s about 20 miles north of central San Diego, but we have to recommend the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

View of San Diego from boat

Whale watching

If you are here in the summer or autumn, take the opportunity to go and find a blue whale leaving from San Diego’s Big Bay.

The Lenox, Boston

Our recommended hotel in Boston

We like the family owned Lenox – great location and very cosy.

Fall foliage

Private tours in Boston

If you’re here at the right time of the year, don’t be cynical about a Fall Foliage tour – it’s breathtaking!

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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