The Panama Canal is often called one of the greatest engineering achievements, and for the 2022-2023 cruise season 4x HAL-Holland America ships will offer itineraries that include a full transition between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Onboard, passengers get a "front-row seat" on the 8-hour daylight trip through the Panama Canal, often called a rite-of-passage experience.
The itineraries range from 14 to 23 days and are currently scheduled for the HAL ships Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Volendam and Zuiderdam. HAL’s Panama Canal voyages depart from several ports, including Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale Florida, San Diego California, Seattle Washington, Vancouver BC Canada. A lot of the itineraries have 2 or 3 embarkation/debarkation options, enabling passengers to stay on for an extended trip or utilize the cruise port that is most convenient.
In addition to the Panama Canal, the new itineraries visit ports in the Caribbean and Central America, offering a tropical vacation with golden beaches, lush flora, exotic fauna.
Passengers looking to explore the Panama Canal on their Caribbean voyage can experience a partial transit on ms Eurodam and ms Volendam, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida) on 10- and 11-day sailings. The ships call at tropical ports as they make their way to Gatun Lake where passengers can enjoy a day of scenic cruising throughout the Panama Canal.