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December 2019 Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America

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  • 11 Night
    Panama Canal Cruise

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Cartagena, Gatun Lake ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 5
      Gatun Lake
    • Day 5
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 6
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Harvest Caye
    • Day 9
      Roatan
    • Day 10
      Costa Maya
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Miami
    • Day 12
      Miami
    • Day 12
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Pearl - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Plenty of dining, nightlife and family options to easily accommodate short sailings

    Cons

    Unless you're onboard for a theme charter, evening entertainment might feel a bit dated

    Bottom Line

    Whether you're just taking a long weekend or sailing with superstars, Norwegian Pearl is a cheerful ship to call home

    Reviews

    Norwegian Pearl Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    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.

  • 2019 Best for Entertainment

    10 Night
    Transcanal Cruise

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Falmouth, Cartagena ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Falmouth
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 6
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 6
      Gatun Lake
    • Day 7
      Limon Bay
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      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.

  • 15 Night
    Transcanal Cruise

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

    Emerald Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Friendly crew, well-crafted shore tours, improved specialty dining

    Cons

    Long queues to enter main dining rooms and upselling in the spa

    Bottom Line

    Relaxed atmosphere with dining and entertainment options for all ages

    Reviews

    Emerald Princess Reviews

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

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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 Service

    15 Night
    Panama Canal Eastbound Cruise

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal
    • Day 12
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Bonaire
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      San Juan
    Ship Details

    Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

    Cons

    Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

    Bottom Line

    Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles

    Reviews

    Vision of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.5
    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.

  • 14 Night
    Panama Canal Cruise

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Key West, Falmouth ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Key West
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Falmouth
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Santa Marta
    • Day 7
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 8
      Gatun Lake
    • Day 8
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 9
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Roatan
    • Day 12
      Harvest Caye
    • Day 13
      Costa Maya
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Tampa
    • Day 15
      Tampa
    • Day 15
      Tampa
    • Day 15
      Tampa
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Dawn - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Tons of dining, bars and activities keep everyone entertained; refurb is modern, not tacky

    Cons

    Less-than-perfect ship has confusing layout and occasional maintenance issues

    Bottom Line

    Enthusiastic crowd has a fun time onboard, despite upcharges and an older ship

    Reviews

    Norwegian Dawn Reviews

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

    Norwegian Dawn is a ship you love despite its flaws. Built in 2002 as the third ship in the Nor...

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
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    • 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 Service

    17-night
    Panama Canal Holiday Voyage

    Cruise Critic Favorite
    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Cartagena, Cartagena ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 5
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 6
      Panama Canal
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 14
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 15
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Azamara Journey - Azamara

    Pros

    Unique programming, friendly service and impressive commitment to destination cruising

    Cons

    Limited entertainment options, including a too-small casino, and hit-or-miss theater offerings

    Bottom Line

    Great choice for a truly grown-up getaway with more time in port

    Reviews

    Azamara Journey Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    For destination-intensive itineraries, excellent food, a comfortable onboard experience that le...

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    • 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.

  • 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

    Emerald Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Friendly crew, well-crafted shore tours, improved specialty dining

    Cons

    Long queues to enter main dining rooms and upselling in the spa

    Bottom Line

    Relaxed atmosphere with dining and entertainment options for all ages

    Reviews

    Emerald Princess Reviews

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

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    • 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.

  • 10 Night
    Transcanal Cruise

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Grand Turk, Cartagena ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Turk
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 6
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 6
      Panama Canal
    • Day 7
      Limon Bay
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Montego Bay
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Caribbean Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Varied selection of dining venues, daytime activities and evening entertainment

    Cons

    Not a lot of active pursuits available onboard

    Bottom Line

    Port-intensive itineraries and regionally themed activities offer an immersive experience

    Reviews

    Caribbean Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Caribbean Princess maintains a laid-back ambiance, allowing for laugh-out-loud fun that's never...

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    • 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 Public Rooms

    15-day
    Panama Canal

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    Cruise Itinerary

    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Huatulco
    • Day 7
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 8
      Corinto
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Curacao
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Rotterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Pool deck never feels overcrowded

    Cons

    Older ship showing signs of age, particularly in non-suite cabins

    Bottom Line

    Simple ship with a laidback atmosphere

    Reviews

    Rotterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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  • 2019 Best for Entertainment

    10 Night
    Transcanal Cruise

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Grand Turk, Cartagena ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Turk
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 6
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 6
      Gatun Lake
    • Day 7
      Limon Bay
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Ocho Rios
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    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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  • 2019 Best for Dining

    17-day
    Panama Canal Holiday

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Half Moon Cay, Curacao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Curacao
    • Day 6
      Aruba
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Panama Canal
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 11
      Corinto
    • Day 12
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 13
      Huatulco
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Rotterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Pool deck never feels overcrowded

    Cons

    Older ship showing signs of age, particularly in non-suite cabins

    Bottom Line

    Simple ship with a laidback atmosphere

    Reviews

    Rotterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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  • 17-day
    Panama Canal Holiday

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    San Diego
    Visiting:
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    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      La Paz
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Manzanillo
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Huatulco
    • Day 9
      Puerto Chiapas
    • Day 10
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 11
      Corinto
    • Day 12
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 14
      Panama Canal
    • Day 14
      Panama Canal
    • Day 15
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Amsterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Fabulous entertainment, despite ship's small size

    Cons

    Not much variety of dining

    Bottom Line

    Great value for bucket-list itineraries

    Reviews

    Amsterdam Reviews

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

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  • 14-nights
    Panama To St. Maarten

    Leaving:
    Balboa
    Visiting:
    San Blas Islands, Cartagena ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Star Clippers
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      Balboa
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      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      San Blas Islands
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Aruba
    • Day 9
      Curacao
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Jost Van Dyke
    • Day 12
      Sopers Hole
    • Day 13
      Sopers Hole
    • Day 13
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 14
      St. Barts
    • Day 15
      St. Maarten
    Ship Details

    Star Flyer - Star Clippers

    Pros

    The thrill of sailing on a beautiful masted clipper ship

    Cons

    Small cabins

    Bottom line

    A unique experience for active passengers seeking a cruise with a difference

    Reviews

    Star Flyer Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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