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September 2019 Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America

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  • 2019 Best for Cabins

    21-day
    Panama Canal

    Cruise Critic Favorite
    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    San Francisco, San Diego ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      San Francisco
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      San Diego
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Huatulco
    • Day 12
      Puerto Chiapas
    • Day 13
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 14
      Corinto
    • Day 15
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 17
      Panama Canal
    • Day 17
      Panama Canal
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Aruba
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Unique entertainment options and a high standard of service that sets it apart

    Cons

    Overcrowded at times and occasionally inconsistent fee-based dining

    Bottom Line

    A great choice for a pampered, laid-back vacation -- particularly for music lovers

    Reviews

    Nieuw Amsterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 2019 Best for Entertainment

    15 Night
    Transcanal Cruise

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Huatulco
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      San Juan del Sur
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Fuerte Amador (Balboa)
    • Day 12
      Panama Canal
    • Day 13
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 16
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 16
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 16
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 16
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 16
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 16
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Island Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Comfortable, mid-sized ship; peaceful adults-only sun deck; good variety of food.

    Cons

    Ship generally feels cramped; bathrooms and standard balconies are also small.

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for those looking for a traditional cruise ship experience with no surprises.

    Reviews

    Island Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 2019 Best for Entertainment

    19 Night
    Transcanal Cruise

    Cruise Critic Favorite
    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Huatulco, Puerto Chiapas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Huatulco
    • Day 6
      Puerto Chiapas
    • Day 7
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Panama Canal
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 14
      San Juan del Sur
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Manzanillo
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Los Angeles
    • Day 20
      Los Angeles
    • Day 20
      Los Angeles
    • Day 20
      Los Angeles
    • Day 20
      Los Angeles
    • Day 20
      Los Angeles
    • Day 20
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

    Cons

    Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

    Bottom Line

    Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

    Reviews

    Coral Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 2019 Best for Entertainment

    21 Night
    Transcanal Cruise

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Astoria, Oregon , San Francisco ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Astoria, Oregon
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      San Francisco
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Santa Barbara
    • Day 7
      Los Angeles
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Huatulco
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      San Juan del Sur
    • Day 15
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Fuerte Amador (Balboa)
    • Day 18
      Panama Canal
    • Day 19
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 22
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 22
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 22
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 22
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 22
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 22
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 22
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Island Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Comfortable, mid-sized ship; peaceful adults-only sun deck; good variety of food.

    Cons

    Ship generally feels cramped; bathrooms and standard balconies are also small.

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for those looking for a traditional cruise ship experience with no surprises.

    Reviews

    Island Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 23-day
    Panama Canal

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Victoria, Astoria, Oregon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    Cruise Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Victoria
    • Day 3
      Astoria, Oregon
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      San Francisco
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      San Diego
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Puerto Chiapas
    • Day 13
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 14
      Corinto
    • Day 15
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Panama Canal
    • Day 17
      Panama Canal
    • Day 17
      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Aruba
    • Day 20
      Curacao
    • Day 21
      Bonaire
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Volendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Incredibly polished service from friendly, well-trained crew

    Cons

    Does show its age in several areas throughout the ship

    Bottom Line

    Nice variety of activities, amenities and enrichment on a manageable midsize vessel

    Reviews

    Volendam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 2019 Best for Value

    15 Night
    Panama Canal Cruise

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    Cruise Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Ensenada
    • Day 3
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 4
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 5
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 6
      Acapulco
    • Day 7
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Acajutla
    • Day 9
      San Juan del Sur
    • Day 10
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 11
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Panama Canal
    • Day 13
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 14
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Cruise fare covers nearly everything: drinks, tips and excellent variety of excursions

    Cons

    Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites

    Bottom Line

    Inclusive nature and great service means a Mariner cruise is all about relaxing

    Reviews

    Seven Seas Mariner Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

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