Panama Canal

3 October - 21 October 2018

Duration

18 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

11 Ports

3 October

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.

4-5 October

At sea

6 October

Mexico: Puerto Vallarta

7 October

Mexico: Manzanillo

8 October

At sea

9-10 October

Mexico: Huatulco, Puerto Chiapas

11 October

Guatemala: Puerto Quetzal

12-13 October

Nicaragua: Corinto

Costa Rica: Puerto Caldera

14-16 October

At sea

17 October

Aruba: Oranjestad

18-19 October

At sea

20 October

Bahamas: Half Moon Cay

21 October

Arriving in Fort Lauderdale

These days Fort Lauderdale is a sophisticated place awash with upmarket hotels and excellent restaurants. The glorious weather and swathes of golden beach are still a huge draw, but there are also plenty of cultural attractions, such as the Museum of Art and the Museum of Discovery and Science. The city also boasts 300 miles of navigable waterways and canals, meaning there's plenty of space for the resident millionaires to park their yachts, and the cruise port is one of the busiest in the world.

Don't miss

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens is a great visit, with remains dating back to 2000 BC – in Florida - who knew there was anything so old there?! It’s a fascinating museum too, and the gardens are beautiful.

The Ship

Your home from home

Holland America Line cruises - MS Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice
Holland America Line cruises - MS Nieuw Amsterdam Superior Verandah Suite
Holland America Line cruises - MS Nieuw Amsterdam pool deck

One of the newer Holland America ships, and with a guest count of just over 2,000, this, the fourth Nieuw Amsterdam in the company’s long history, reflects the glamour and liveliness of New York City, formerly known as Nieuw Amsterdam.

What we love

In true Holland America style, Nieuw Amsterdam features an amazing art collection with works ranging from antiques by traditional Dutch masters to renowned contemporary masterpieces. All are distinctive and eye-catching, making this ship unlike any other.

Capacity 2,106 Guests
Crew 929 International Staff
Style Choice is everything, with excellent dining options, a choice of inviting bars and lounges, great entertainment and lots to do on board. This is a great family ship too, with multi-generational groups loving the facilities during school holidays.
Year Built 2010
Tonnage 86,700 grt
Length 936 feet
Breadth 106 feet
Cruising Speed 24 knots
More about MS Nieuw Amsterdam

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.

Hyatt Regency Pier 66, Fort Lauderdale

Overnight in Fort Lauderdale

The Hyatt Regency Pier 66 has been THE hotel of choice for cruise passengers for as long as we can remember.

Florida Everglades

See more of Florida

Go out into the Florida Everglades and Sawgrass Recreation Park with native flora and fauna and reconstructed Seminole villages.

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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