Holland America offers new Panama Canal experiences

By ,   June 8, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Six Holland America Line cruise ships will sail eleven full Panama Canal transits and one ship will offer fourteen itineraries featuring both partial transits and the southern Caribbean during 2015 fall through spring 2016.  

With voyages ranging between 10 and 22 days, HAL provides passengers with more in-depth Panama Canal explorations than any other line. In 2015-16 season, the full and partial transits are expected to carry over 44,500 guests through the locks and lakes of the man-made wonder.

  • Go Between Oceans with a full Panama Canal transit

September 2015 - May 2016: ms Amsterdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Maasdam, ms Oosterdam, ms Westerdam and ms Veendam will make eleven transits between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans from 6 departure cities. Travelers can set sail from Boston MA, Fort Lauderdale FL, Seattle WA, San Diego and San Francisco CA, Vancouver British Columbia.

In addition to the transit, the 14-22-day-long cruises feature a variety of call ports along the way, making each sailing all the more enriching. The full transits visit destinations in Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Caribbean, as well as Half Moon Cay, HAL's private Bahamian island. 

  • Partial transits include ‘ABC’ Islands 

November 2015 - April 2016: ms Zuiderdam will make fourteen partial transits. The 10-11-day-long Panama Canal Sunfarer itinerary includes an exploration of the Panama Canal Gatún Lake and a combination of calls in the southern Caribbean, including Aruba, Bonaire, Costa Rica, Columbia, Curaçao, Panama, Grand Cayman and Half Moon Cay.

  • Go ‘On Location’ in Panama Canal

On each Panama Canal voyage, passengers can enjoy On Location enrichment program. It brings local experiences aboard the ships through presentations, lectures, cuisine and entertainment. Vacationers can learn to weave with palm branches during Caribbean sea days. While the ship is in Panama Canal, expert historian will recount the history of constructing the waterway. A Panamanian buffet and market on Lido Deck is the highlight of the cruise, where guests will indulge in regional delicacies.