We’re off for our flight to sunny San Diego to embark on an amazing cruise aboard Holland America’s ms Veendam bound for the fascinating Panama Canal, one of the world’s engineering masterpieces. We’ll enjoy sailing along the California coast and discovering the color, culture and sunny disposition of Mexico. Our cruise ends in Fort Lauderdale, where we’ll board our flight home.
The Panama Canal has always inspired wonder. Now the “Big Ditch” is getting even bigger, with yet another set of locks and wider shipping lanes to accommodate today’s super-size ships. Come experience history in the re-making as our luxurious mid-size ship easily navigates the original locks, its illustrious story brought to life by an onboard Canal commentator. See the sunny beaches and lush rain forests on either side.
“PV” (as it is affectionately known) 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.
Warm sun, sandy beaches and nine beautiful bays in every shade of blue await. Jungles teem with birds & are the nesting grounds of endangered sea turtles.
In the cultured little country of Guatemala, modern Maya still weave their stories on backstrap looms, and the great stone temples of Tikal stand in silent testament to ancient Mayan ingenuity.
Nicaragua is the next great spot for eco-, cultural and culinary tourism. The port town of Corinto boasts colonial-era architecture, and is close to Leon, the beautiful city established by Spanish conquistadores in 1524. Be sure to sample the traditional dish called vigoron, a hearty plate heaped with pork, boiled yuca and cabbage salad.
The wonders of this 51-mile engineering feat continue as the Panama Canal celebrates its 101st anniversary.
This small town makes for an ideal base from which to venture out to explore the country’s multiple national parks. Activities include snapping photos of gushing waterfalls, sightseeing near active volcanoes, bird-watching in nature reserves and sanctuaries, and horseback riding on Pacific beaches. Enjoy shopping for local handicrafts as well as sampling traditional Tico cuisine, especially gallo pinto-a combination of rice and beans eaten any time of the day or night.
Following several sieges against the city in the late 1500's, Spain spent millions building the fortifications that are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town protected by these walls is also part of that designation. Walk deeply textured alleyways through some of the best-preserved colonial neighborhoods of the Americas. For a change of pace, visit one of the lovely beaches. Bocagrande is close to the city, and Playa Blanca is south across the bay.
Holland America’s pristine private island offers everything we need for a day of play in paradise; a two-mile crescent of perfect beach; an interior lagoon; private beachside cabanas.
Category DA $2879 Per Person Twin
Category D $2919 Per Person, Twin
Category C $2959 Per Person, Twin
Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed,bathtub and shower
Prices include all port charges and taxes.
Single, triple & quad rates available upon request.
Prices for Interior Staterooms available upon request.
Prices are subject to price increases and availability.
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE AIR FARE
HOLLAND AMERICA'S CANCELLATION POLICY:
Days prior to sailing
76 or more
75 to 57
56 to 29
28 to 16
15 or less (or No Show)
Charges per person
50% of cruise fare
75% of cruise fare
Cancellation protection is recommended. Payment should accompany your deposit.
U. S. citizens must carry a valid passport for this cruise
- Round trip transportation to/from airport and pier
- Variety of Ship Board Activities
- All port taxes
- Accident insurance
- 15 nights cruising on the ms Veendam
- Use of the ship as our hotel
- All Meals while onboard ship
- NOT INCLUDED: Ship Personnel Gratuities