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18 Night Panama Canal Cruise
Sep 15– Oct 3, 2013
Vancouver to Ft. Lauderdale
Aboard Zaandam | Virtual Tour | Deck Plan
  • FREE Air from Ft. Lauderdale back to Vancouver
  • Includes Transfer from cruise line terminal to airport in Fort Lauderdale
  • FREE Lunch at the The Pinnacle Grill
  • FREE Dinner at the Canaletto
  • FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities for Veranda Suite (valued at $432/couple)

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Vancouver, BC
Astoria, OR
San Diego, CA
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Cartagena, Colombia
Cruising Panama Canal
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Pricing

Category Type Cruise Line Rate Our Rate (CAD) Per Day Savings per couple Tax (CAD)
Porthole Oceanview (Cat H) $2,535 $2,099 $117 $872 $450
Picture Window Oceanview (Cat E) $2,785 $2,249 $125 $1,072 $450
Veranda Suite (Cat BC) $4,049 $3,549 $197 $1,000 $450

Itinerary


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Vancouver, BC

Sun Sep 15, 2013
Cruise Departure: 4:00 pm

If you could watch the history of Vancouver as a time-lapse movie, you'd see the creation of a sawmill and a community that grew up around it, which then became the townsite of Granville. Then comes the railroad, and development of the great natural harbor. Then: a sudden linkage to the Orient, Eastern Canada, and Europe. Immigrants come, business blooms, and the skyscrapers rise up along Burrard Inlet, always with the mountains visible in the spaces between the buildings. Go for the galleries, boutiques, public markets, and restaurants of every flavor. Visit vibrant Chinatown and Stanley Park, with its 1,000 acres of forests, gardens, lakes and lawns in the heart of the city.


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Astoria, OR

Mon Sep 16, 2013
Arrive: Noon | Depart: 6:00 pm

Once they reached the ocean, Lewis and Clark hoped to return home by ship. When none came, they built Fort Clatsop, a few miles south of present-day Astoria, to ride out the winter of 1805-6. Today the fort is a national memorial with exhibits, living-history demonstrations, and trails through the surrounding wetlands. The town itself nestles into the southern bank of the Columbia River, one long bridge ride away from Washington state. Cruise visitors can climb the spiral steps of Astoria Column for a view of the town, the river and the surrounding countryside. Climb down and you can walk or ride a trolley along the river.


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At Sea

Tue Sep 17, 2013

Enjoy everything Zaandam has to offer during this day at sea.


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At Sea

Wed Sep 18, 2013

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San Diego, CA

Thu Sep 19, 2013
Arrive: 7:00 am | Depart: 4:00 pm

Beautiful, brilliant San Diego has the sun, the beaches, and the climate to die for. But don't let that fool you – the city is a power. It's the sixth-largest city in the U.S. and a center for military industry, trade, and biotechnology. Of course, it's a great place for cruise visitors. The San Diego Zoo is one of the world's best. Balboa Park is both a natural space and a collection of wonderful museums. Old Town is a colorful gaggle of shops and restaurants. Oh, and the beaches: Coronado, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla.


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At Sea

Fri Sep 20, 2013

Enjoy everything Zaandam has to offer during this day at sea.


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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Sat Sep 21, 2013
Arrive: 11:00 am | Depart: 6:00 pm

It's desert, beach, blue surf and big fish along the southern tip of Baja California. Cabo San Lucas is the entertainment hub and the end of the road, where the peninsula goes off a cliff into the sea. San Jose del Cabo is the old town, and exudes classic Mexico. In between the two cities, the resort-fringed coast is slathered in sunshine. Cruise visitors will find that Cabo is fine, the shopping divine, and the beaches all shine. Lover's Beach is a great place to see the arch at Land's End. Medano and Chileno beaches are placid and lovely. Las Playitas is a series of mini-beaches tucked into weathered coves.


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At Sea

Sun Sep 22, 2013

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At Sea

Mon Sep 23, 2013

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Huatulco, Mexico

Tue Sep 24, 2013
Arrive: 8:00 am | Depart: 5:00 pm

Everything you ever wanted in a seaside resort: warm sun, sandy beaches and nine beautiful bays rimmed in every shade of blue. Nearby: low-growth caducifolia jungles teeming with birdlife and the nesting grounds of endangered sea turtles.


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Puerto Chiapas, Mexico

Wed Sep 25, 2013
Arrive: 8:00 am | Depart: 5:00 pm

Puerto Chiapas is the Pacific gateway to the Mayan world. Just north of the Guatemalan border on southern Mexico's Pacific Coast, the port is the starting point for excursions to the ruins at Izapa. Founded around 1500 BCE, Izapa is noted for its large, intricately carved "Tree of Life" stone. Nearer port, explore San Cristobal de Las Casas cathedral, journey to a rainforest, or shop for local handicrafts like stone carvings or colorful textiles. Or, simply wander the beaches and take in the untamed and exotic surroundings.


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At Sea

Thu Sep 26, 2013

Enjoy everything Zaandam has to offer during this day at sea.


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Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

Fri Sep 27, 2013
Arrive: 8:00 am | Depart: 6:00 pm

It's hard to throw a stick in Costa Rica and not have it hit a national park. The city of Puerto Caldera, on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, has a number of them within easy reach for cruise visitors. Just to the south, Carara is a mecca for birders, especially those chasing the scarlet macaw. Poas Volcano is inland, and rises to nearly 9,000 feet. See it before it blows again. Barra Honda contains a series of limestone caves. Palo Verde preserves one of the last tropical dry rainforests in Central America. Arenal has the most active volcano in the country. Tapanti contains species of orchids discovered only in 2009. Grab your hiking boots and a pair of binoculars. It's all a feast, wherever you go.


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At Sea

Sat Sep 28, 2013

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Cruising Panama Canal (Full Transit)

Sun Sep 29, 2013
Arrive: 5:00 am | Depart: 7:00 pm

Cruising the Panama Canal


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Cartagena, Colombia

Mon Sep 30, 2013

Arrive: Noon | Depart: 6:00 pm

Privateers loved Cartagena, the chief Spanish port in New Granada (today's Colombia). Sir John Hawkins besieged the city in 1568 and his nephew, Sir Francis Drake, sacked it 18 years later. In response, Spain poured millions into the port's defense, building the fortifications that are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town the walls protected is also part of that World Heritage designation. Cruise visitors can walk those deeply textured alleyways today through some of the best-preserved colonial neighborhoods of the Americas. When you're ready for a change, there are beaches ready to hand. Bocagrande is busy and close to the city. Playa Blanca is south across the bay and quieter. Both are lovely.


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At Sea

Tue Oct 1, 2013

There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Fort Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Fort Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or venture to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.


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At Sea

Wed Oct 2, 2013

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Thu Oct 3, 2013
Arrive: 7:00 am

There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Fort Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Fort Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or venture to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.

All good things must come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your cruise and we look forward to welcoming you soon on your next adventure.

Enjoy your flight back to Vancouver.


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Don't miss out on this fantastic 18-night Panama Canal voyage featuring the best of Latin America and the West onboard the beautiful Holland America Line ms Zaandam. Enjoy a full transit of the canal and explore exciting ports of call including Puerto Caldera and Cartagena. Explore San Cristobal de Las Casas cathedral and journey to a rainforest in Puerto Chiapas, or spend the day at the famous San Diego Zoo.

No vacation quite compares to an epic journey through the Panama Canal, one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century. It is an engineering marvel and almost 100 years after its completion, the canal remains one of the most vital trade routes in the world.

Enjoy all the canal has to offer onboard the elegant ms Zaandam. This intimate yet spacious mid-sized ship provides the perfect ambiance for enjoying this voyage. From extravagant fresh flower displays to nearly one crew member for every two guests, Holland America excels in providing the little things that will make your vacation unforgettable.

Space is Limited - With savings up to $1100 /couple with FREE Air from Ft. Lauderdale back to Vancouver, this deal is simply too good to pass up!

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