Panama Canal

4 March - 19 March 2018

Duration

15 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

9 Ports

4 March

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.

Don't miss

Spend time in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, and stop off at one of the rooftop bars for excellent views. Then to Balboa Park – one of the best in the world.

5-6 March

At sea

7 March

Mexico: Puerto Vallarta

8 March

At sea

9 March

Mexico: Huatalco

10 March

Guatemala: Puerto Quetzal

11-12 March

Nicaragua: Corinto

Costa Rica: Puerto Caldera

13-14 March

At sea

15 March

Colombia: Cartagena

16-17 March

At sea

18 March

Bahamas: Half Moon Cay

19 March

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.

Our tip

A great way to see Fort Lauderdale is on the hop on hop off water taxi tour – a one day pass gives you unlimited travel and it’s a great way to sightsee as well as to get around.

The Ship

Your home from home

Holland America Line cruises - MS Westerdam in Venice
Holland America Line cruises - MS Westerdam Superior Verandah Suite
Holland America Line cruises - MS Oosterdam Vista Dining Room

Sister ships Oosterdam and Westerdam, each carrying just under 2,000 guests as part of Holland America’s Vista class series, are a combination of traditional comfort with modern technology, ensuring a smooth ride and a warm welcome.

What we love

We love the distinctive gallery style décor on board the Holland America ships, ranging from classic oils to contemporary photography. The eclectic mix of fascinating art works and sculptures can be toured and enjoyed, or simply appreciated as the backdrop to your leisurely cruise.

Capacity 1,916 Guests
Crew 817 International Staff
Style

An appealing combination of contemporary relaxation and classic traditions mean that you can choose the venue on board to suit your mood, from formal dining to lots of more casual options, and a wide choice of entertainments and activities.

Year Built 2003 (Oosterdam) / 2004 (Westerdam)
LAST REFURBISHED 2016 (Oosterdam) / 2010 (Westerdam)
Tonnage 82,305 grt (Oosterdam) / 82,348 grt (Westerdam)
Length 936 feet
Breadth 106 feet
Cruising Speed 24 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.

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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