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Holland America Panama Canal Cruise from San Francisco

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Overview

After flying to San Francisco, a cosmopolitan hub of culture and activity, you’ll cruise along to Mexico and experience the intoxicating culture and history here. Costa Rica, your next stop, is a calmer and naturally stunning location that homes a range of flora and fauna you simply need to see. The charming city of Cartagena feels as though you’ve stepped into a fairy-tale, with cobbled pathways and classic architecture. Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas is a picturesque paradise, and your penultimate stop before your final destination of Fort Lauderdale.

Details

Day 1

Transatlantic flight to San Francisco - transfer independently to your hotel to check-in.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar

Day 2

San Francisco

Today is a great chance to really get to know San Francisco, a destination that houses so many famous landmarks. From the Fisherman’s Wharf and Lombard Street to Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, take this opportunity to explore.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar

Day 3

This morning you will check out of your hotel and transfer independently to the port, to embark on the Holland America Zuiderdam for your Panama Canal cruise.

Day 4

Day at sea

Day 5

Day at sea

Day 6

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

One of Mexico’s most vibrant and lively destinations, Cabo San Lucas is the entertainment hub for a reason. Expect fantastic nightlife, seemingly-endless beaches and a constant sunshine – this is a city which you’ll never forget.

Day 7

Day at sea

Day 8

Day at sea

Day 9

Huatulco, Mexico

With miles of unspoiled coastline and endless sunshine, Huatulco offers a total of nine beautiful bays edged by a spectrum of blue. Combined with virgin jungles and exotic birdlife, this is a coastal resort you’ll really love.

Day 10

Puerto Chiapas, Mexico

Puerto Chiapas is the Pacific gateway to the Mayan world, often being the beginning of excursions to the Izapan ruins. You won’t get bored here – from old cathedrals and rainforest treks to local markets selling colourful textiles, this is diverse and exciting. The exotic surrounds make this paradise to wander through.

Day 11

Day at sea

Day 12

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

Rich landscapes and colourful birdlife meet in Puerto Caldera, where national parks can be found in abundance. Head inland to seek out Poas Volcano, which rises to nearly 9000 feet, and Arenal which is the most active volcano in the country. Alternatively, one of the last tropical dry rainforests, Palo Verde, can be found here.

Day 13

Day at sea

Day 14

Fuerte Amador, Panama

Day 15

Fuerte Amador, Panama

Enter Panama Canal Balboa

Cruising Panama Canal

Exit Panama Canal Cristobal

Day 16

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena is a leafy maze of cobbled walkways and vast churches, making for a charming fairy-tale city. Relax in the cafés and people watch, go sightseeing along the winding streets or seek out the UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are beaches to retire to when the bustle of the city gets too much.

Day 17

Day at sea

Day 18

Day at sea

Day 19

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Breath-takingly beautiful, Half Moon Cay will completely captivate you. This pristine island is ideal for relaxing on the beaches, visiting the stingray cove and spending time with the kids at the island’s aqua park. Set around 100 miles from Nassau, it’s a popular choice for Caribbean itineraries.

Day 20

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Arrive in Fort Lauderdale at approximately 7am this morning, where you will disembark your cruise.

Shop on Las Olas Boulevard, eat in one of the many restaurants and relax on the beaches – Fort Lauderdale is a popular choice with holidaymakers and with good reason.

Hotel: Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina or similar

Day 21

After checking out of your hotel, transfer independently to Miami Airport for your return flight home.

Day 22

Arrive back home

What's Included

  • Return Transatlantic flights
  • 2 nights hotel in San Francisco and 1 night hotel in Fort Lauderdale (as stated or of a similar standard)
  • 17 nights on Holland America Zuiderdam in an Inside Cabin (upgrades available)

What's Not Included

  • Transfers from airport to hotel, hotel to port, port to hotel, and hotel to airport
  • Gratuities on-board the ship

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

TODAY 28ºC
TUE 21ºC
WED 18ºC
THU 17ºC
FRI 20ºC
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average Temperature (Celsius) Average Rainfall (Inches)
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16ºC
20ºC
21ºC
26ºC
30ºC
32ºC
32ºC
30ºC
26ºC
19ºC
14ºC
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1
1
0
0
1
0
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Average Temperature (Celsius) Average Rainfall (Inches)

Jan
14ºC
3
Feb
16ºC
4
Mar
20ºC
2
Apr
21ºC
1
May
26ºC
1
Jun
30ºC
0
Jul
32ºC
0
Aug
32ºC
1
Sep
30ºC
0
Oct
26ºC
1
Nov
19ºC
2
Dec
14ºC
4

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