Panama Canal

3 November - 18 November 2018

Duration

15 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

11 Ports

3-4 November

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 November

At sea

6-7 November

Mexico: Puerto Vallarta

8-9 November

Mexico: Huatulco

9-10 November

Guatemala: Puerto Quetzal

10-14 November

Nicaragua: Corinto

Costa Rica: Puerto Caldera

Panama: Balboa, Cristobal

14-15 November

Colombia: Cartagena

16 November

At sea

17-18 November

Bahamas: Half Moon Cay

18-19 November

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 Volendam
Holland America Line cruises - MS Volendam Verandah Suite
Holland America Line cruises - MS Volendam pool deck

The lovely sisters Volendam and Zaandam, carrying just over 1,400 guests each, are the perfect size to combine intimacy with extensive facilities, and a great onboard experience with a comfortable ride.

What we love

The Holland America hallmark décor is distinctive and memorable, with a huge collection of art and sculptures as a backdrop to the stylish public areas. Volendam and Veendam have distinctive themes in play - a floral garden focus for Volendam, and great world music through the ages on Veendam.

Capacity 1,432 Guests
Crew 615 International Staff
Style

These intimate ships are perfect for meeting new people, so the atmosphere is elegant but friendly, with lots to do and plenty of choice.

Year Built 1996 (Volendam) / 2000 (Zaandam)
Last Refurbished 2014 (Volendam) / 2013 (Zaandam)
Tonnage 61,214 grt (Volendam) / 61,396 (Zaandam)
Length 781 feet
Breadth 106 feet
Cruising Speed 23 knots
More about MS Volendam

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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