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20 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from Vancouver

20 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from Vancouver

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Itinerary

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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
    Manzanillo
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Huatulco
  • Day 12
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 13
    Corinto
  • Day 14
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 16
    Panama Canal
  • Day 17
    Cruising
  • Day 18
    Aruba
  • Day 19
    Cruising
  • Day 20
    Cruising
  • Day 21
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Eurodam

Eurodam - Holland America Line

Pros

Midsized ship with great dining, entertainment and enrichment options, and good service

Cons

Busy Lido Market and spa reception; tired Club HAL spaces for kids; challenging internet

Bottom Line

Perfect combination of modern amenities and entertainment with traditional ship ambiance


Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because the Canal had been on our bucket list for a long time. We have sailed on Eurodam almost ten years ago and had some really good memories of that time. We stayed in Deerfield Beach the night before where we found ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the Canal had been on our bucket list for a long time. We have sailed on Eurodam almost ten years ago and had some really good memories of that time. We stayed in Deerfield Beach the night before where we found a delightful Brazialian buffet. Since spouse was riding a med scooter, we were given some leaway on standing in lines so embarcation went very smoothly. On board and in room by 12:30. The ship was well done in overhaul with new color scheme and upgrades. Our cabin 8033(accessable) was larger than most on the ones we were albe to peek in with plenty of room for the scooter to park and turn around. The shower was spacious but did flood the entire bath when used( drains wouldn't contain water). The bedding was very comfortable and the room was expertly maintained by steward whenever we left cabin ( one day even making bed 4 times). The dining was good in the main dining hall ( didn;t try specialitys) and we were treated with care and graciousness. Was nice to called by name every evening when we came to sign in to dine and by several of the attendants on the Lido deck. Even had one of the line supervisors prepare a plate and then carry to find table for spouse. The main entertainment was not as elaborate as we remember with the "shows" being a single singer or comedian. The best in our opinion was the staff preformance. Plenty of other activities with two excelent piano players in the Billboard who often had fifty or more people standing in the aisle watching since no more seating. The orange party was no more than waiters bringing around canapes while the band played very loud music in the BB King room. Don't bother with wearing Orange, few did. The self walking tour in Curacao was nice and we felt completely safe while seeing a good bit of the old city. The canal tour in Puerto Limon was excelent with many sloths and other wildlife being seen. The bird park at Cartegena was well done with some beautiful displays and easy to travel pathways. Most ports were typical vendors pushing the same trinkets and "local" (made in China) wares. Disembarcation for us was very easy since we were in the last group to be called. Eight ships in port that day. We lazed around and enjoyed talking and visiting until after 10:15. Walked off ship, picked up luggage, stood in line at immagration for about 10 minutes and then strolled to parking garage and were on road to Alligator Alley before 11:00. Overall a good cruise with some highlights and some letdowns. The worst was when HAL "allowed" us to have Meet and Greet in same room where they were playing bingo loudly. HAL did set up snacks and coffee which was jumped on by bingo players. Saw several quieter possible locations. No officers or other HAL reps attended. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Really nice mid-sized ship with excellent stops (Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Curacao, Cartagena Colombia and Puerto Limon Costa Rica where we went zip lining. Entertainment was much better than expected, and food in Lido was very good although ... Read More
Really nice mid-sized ship with excellent stops (Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Curacao, Cartagena Colombia and Puerto Limon Costa Rica where we went zip lining. Entertainment was much better than expected, and food in Lido was very good although we were disappointed in the in-cabin continental breakfast and limited dinner selections in the dining room. The only real disappointment was the relatively short time spent at the Panama Canal. If the Canal is your main reason for taking a cruise, I suggest you take a canal trip that goes end to end. Be aware that there are mostly seniors on this particular itinerary and although a few dress up for dinner, especially on the two Gala nights, most cruisers dress just enough to meet the requirements (e.g. no shorts in dining room at night). No lunch was served in dining room except once for Mariner members. It was our anniversary so we tried Tamarind on that night. The food was good but not exceptional although the service was special. All in all, a relaxing cruise that basically met our expectations.This was our second cruise on HAL (of six taken) and we would consider another one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was a very successful vacation. Aft cabin on 8th floor was perfect for going thru the Panama Canal. The guide narrating the cruise was a welcome surprise...he did a great job. We also liked the (30 minute) educational classes they ... Read More
This was a very successful vacation. Aft cabin on 8th floor was perfect for going thru the Panama Canal. The guide narrating the cruise was a welcome surprise...he did a great job. We also liked the (30 minute) educational classes they offered and attended almost all of them. Microsoft classes. Photo-coach classes. Port to table cooking demonstrations by chef about local foods. Presentations by the cruise director about the regions, and animals, and history. Fascinating topics. Also, the Lincoln Center Stage offered classical music performances and talks about performers. Such a treat! Our biggest complaint is that we don't like to dress up for dinner on the 2 gala nights, and eating in the Lido buffet can be challenging if ya want to just sit and have dinner as a couple. Would prefer HAL to come up with a dining service option for the "under dressed"...lol. One other thing we don't like is the high pressure "spa and fitness" people. They are too aggressive and materialistic...so we stayed away. However, we will definitely return to HAL!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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