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About Huatulco

Founded some 40 years ago by FONATUR, Mexico's tourism development agency, Huatulco (located in the state of Oaxaca) encompasses a stretch of 18 miles of Pacific coastline, located at the foot of the Sierra del Sur Mountains. Here you'll find dozens of pristine sand beaches, spread across nine bays -- four of which have been designated as ecological preserves where no development is permitted.

The area is also dotted with small villages where many of the locals preserve native traditions including basket weaving, cactus horticulture and cooking. Most cruise lines offer at least one excursion that visits these villages. (Look for one that includes the nopale -- prickly pear cactus -- farm; the fruit is delicious.)

Designed to attract mass tourism, cruisers visiting Huatulco will also encounter numerous souvenir and jewelry shops, and yet crass commercialism seems to have taken a back seat here, unlike other purposely designed tourist cities like Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and Acapulco. Buildings in Huatulco may not be higher than four stories, so there are no tall structures to clutter the area, beaches are everywhere and the government is taking pains to preserve the indigenous flora and fauna.

Huatulco is composed of three smaller regions, as well as several outlying villages. Santa Cruz is the port area where cruise ships dock. La Crucecita is the main downtown area and Tangolunda is the hotel and resort zone.

Huatulco most commonly appears on Panama Canal itineraries, though it might also be included in Pacific coast partial Panama Canal transits and some Mexican Riviera sailings.


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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Huatulco

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Cartagena, Panama Canal ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Huatulco Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cartagena (Colombia)
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      Panama Canal
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      Fuerte Amador (Balboa)
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      Cruising
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      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
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      San Juan del Sur
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      Cruising
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      Huatulco
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      Cruising
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      Puerto Vallarta
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Los Angeles
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    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

    Emerald Princess entered service in 2007 as one of the largest ships in Princess Cruises' fleet...

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    SCOOTERNINJA
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Chlorophyll more like borophyll
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Don't Know About Everyone Else, but I had a Blast
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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Huatulco

    Leaving:
    San Antonio
    Visiting:
    Coquimbo, Lima ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Huatulco Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Antonio (Chile)
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      Coquimbo (La Serena)
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Lima
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      Cruising
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      Manta
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      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
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      Cruising
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      Huatulco
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      Cruising
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      Puerto Vallarta
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      Cabo San Lucas
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      Cruising
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      San Diego
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    Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

    Cons

    Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

    Bottom Line

    One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences

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    Celebrity Eclipse Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in March 2020 when the ship w...

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    TeeRick
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Celebrity Eclipse was fine but the weather was not
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    debbyLA
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Expect some bad weather and often miss ports, we did pre and post self trips
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Huatulco

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Huatulco Route (Holland America Line)
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      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
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      Huatulco
    • Day 7
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 8
      Corinto
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
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      Cruising
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      Panama Canal (Cruising)
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      Panama Canal
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      Cruising
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      Aruba
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      Curacao
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      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
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    Baybari
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great Itinerary But Time to put The Old Mare to Rest
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Comfortable Rotterdam
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  • 116 Night
    Cruise to Huatulco

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Honolulu, Kauai ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal Cruises
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    116 Night Cruise to Huatulco Route (Crystal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Honolulu
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      Kauai
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Auckland
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      Perth (Fremantle)
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      Bali
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      Singapore
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Colombo
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      Cruising
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      Male
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      Cruising
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      Mumbai (Bombay)
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      Mumbai (Bombay)
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      Cruising
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      Salalah
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      Cruising
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      Luxor
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      Luxor
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      Aqaba (Petra)
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
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      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
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      Limassol
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      Rhodes
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      Cruising
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      Istanbul
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      Istanbul
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      Nessebur
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      Odessa
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      Constanta
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      Cruising
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      Katakolon (Olympia)
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      Taormina (Messina)
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      Sorrento
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      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 86
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
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      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
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      Cruising
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      Cartagena (Colombia)
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      Gibraltar
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      Cruising
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      Ponta Delgada
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      Cruising
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      Hamilton
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      Cruising
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      Key West
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      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
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      Cruising
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      Acajutla
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      Puerto Madero
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      Huatulco
    • Day 113
      Cruising
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      Puerto Vallarta
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Crystal Serenity - Crystal Cruises

    Pros

    Extensive enrichment and entertainment, inclusive fares, top-notch service.

    Cons

    Can feel clubby with many older, repeat passengers.

    Bottom Line

    You'll be pampered but never bored on luxury's largest ship.

    Reviews

    Crystal Serenity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 980-passenger Crystal Serenity takes the best of big-ship cruising and the best of luxury t...

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    LHT28
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    NOT Crystalized
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We had a great cruise on the Serenity
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Huatulco

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Curacao, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Huatulco Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Curacao
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Corinto
    • Day 11
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 12
      Huatulco
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      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

    Launched in 1997, Rotterdam VI is the sixth in a line of Holland America flagships and it shows...

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    WTHB
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Far better than anticipated
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Great Itinerary and Service
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    • 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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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Huatulco

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Huatulco Route (Princess Cruises)
    • 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)
    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

    Emerald Princess entered service in 2007 as one of the largest ships in Princess Cruises' fleet...

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    marygvancott
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A Panama Canal cruise should be on everyone's bucket list!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Amazing cruise through the Panama Canal!
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    • Wi-Fi
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    • Select Dining
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    • Room Service
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Huatulco

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Half Moon Cay, Curacao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line