Panama Canal from San Diego to Ft Lauderdale, 2 October 2019 (18 nights)

Ship:
Nieuw Amsterdam
Line:
Holland America Line
Depart Date:
2nd October 2019
Duration:
18 nights | View itinerary
Customer Rating:
View 17 reviews
Cruise Type:
Fly Cruise
  • Hotel Included

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Holiday Features

  • Full board - enjoy all meals and snacks from various restaurants including the Lido Pool grill, authentic Pan-Asian flavors of Tamarind, and refined dining at the Pinnacle Grill.
  • Activities offered onboard: America's Test Kitchen, BBC Earth Experiences
  • Rijksmuseum at Sea,
  • EXC Explorations Central, Digital Workshop, powered by Windows
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon
  • Club HAL and The Loft, Two swimming pools, Fitness Center
  • Basketball & Volleyball courts
  • The Shops of Holland America Line
  • Entertainment offered onboard: B.B. King's Blues Club, Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard
  • The Showroom at Sea, Casino, Ocean Bar, Gallery Bar , Pinnacle Bar
  • Movies in the Screening Room
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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Fly from the UK
1 San Diego Hotel Stay - 1 Night
2 San Diego PM
3-4 At Sea
5 Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta
The small, quaint fishing community of Puerto Vallarta, with its cobblestoned streets that seemed to climb straight up to the jungle behind it, was recognized as a city of Mexico in 1918 but was largely unknown to the rest of the world. But in 1963, during the filming of John Huston's "Night of the Iguana," the sleepy town was invaded by reporters hoping to catch a glimpse of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who were carrying on their illicit love affair -- and a tourist industry was born.
AM PM
6 At Sea
7 Huatulco AM PM
8 Puerto Chiapas AM PM
9 Puerto Quetzal
Puerto Quetzal
This charming port city on the Pacific coast of Guatemala is home to the beautiful, iridescent Quetzal bird, which was once sacred to the Mayan civilization that once ruled over this land.
AM PM
10 Puerto Corinto AM PM
11 Puerto Caldera
Puerto Caldera
Puerto Caldera began functioning as a port in 1577 and now plays a vital role in Costa Rica’s trade with the world.
AM PM
12 At Sea
13 Enter Panama Canal
13 Panama Canal Transit
Panama Canal Transit
Linking the Atlantic to the Pacific, you can marvel at the vast locks, lakes and impenetrable rain forest as you pass through the Panama Canal. This is one of humanity’s greatest engineering achievements. You can adventure into the Gamboa Rainforest, where you can see Howler monkeys, or try your luck at catching Fresh Water Bass in Gatun Lake.
13 Exit Panama Canal
14 At Sea
15 Oranjestad, Aruba
Oranjestad, Aruba
Being one of the Dutch Antilles, Aruba still retains its Dutch charm. You will notice this when you see the many windmills that are to be found in the island. Aruba is characterised by fine beaches, sapphire blue waters, almost year-round sunshine and exotic cactus. In the capital Oranjestad, admire the pastel coloured houses and the palm-lined streets. Then go snorkelling and discover the incredible coral formation and tropical fish. Other highlights include gold mine ruins in the countryside, Guadirikiri Caves and the fascinating natural limestone bridge. If you like shopping, you’ll love Aruba and its fabulous shops and outdoor markets.
AM PM
16-17 At Sea
18 Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is the sunny city set in Southern Florida. Often called the ‘Venice of America’ due to its expansive canal system and beautiful river fronts. Fort Lauderdale is well known for its beaches, arts, shopping and year round tropical climate. Chosen by many as their favourite holiday destination, it is certainly an excellent place to start or end your cruise!
AM
18 Fly to the UK
19 Arrive in UK - Overnight flight

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Customer reviews for Nieuw Amsterdam

  • Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Holland America Line
  • 12 Sep 2019

Alaska Glacier Discovery from Vancouver, just returned. We chose H&A because things appear a little more laid back, the food is good and there is not much noise after midnight on their ships. We had a great week around Alaska. We pre-booked the whale watching tour which was first class, or perhaps we were lucky with the company of whales we saw. Bad bit, the crew were perhaps not as focused as on previous cruises. There was no sign of the ship's dance crew, without their performances on the main stage, the main stage offering was poor. The food portion sizes were reduced. Which leads me into the good bits. You could always ask for a bit more which does save on waste and some were still receiving more than they could eat. The Lincoln Centre Stage provided a good area for classical music. The music selection was a not from a top 100 list of most popular but made up for a lack of quality activity on the main stage. Our intention was to view whales and that was achieved. Would I book H&A again? yes.

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  • Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Holland America Line
  • 20 Aug 2019

Our first cruise, which was to Alaska, was brilliant. Iglu cruise answered all my questions, and were very helpful, so we decided to book with them. However, the embarkation process was awful, and first impressions of the Lido cafe we’re not good, as everybody was there for lunch after getting on the ship, so it was very hard to find a table. The ship is clean and well maintained, and the staff are very friendly and helpful. I thought the shopping onboard could be better, there wasn’t really that much to purchase. If you want a cruise with fantastic scenery, and glimpses of wildlife, then an Alaskan cruise is for you. We had been on a 9 day tour of the Rockies, prior to boarding the ship, and having had the scenery in Canada, we did wonder if it could match what we’d seen, but this cruise did. We had fantastic weather during the 7 days we were on the cruise, and of course that helped!  I would advise to book the trips early as they seem to sell out - we had to do our second choices as we’d left it until the day after departure to decide which excursions we wanted to do. Overall I would recommend this cruise line, the ship, and definitely a cruise to Alaska, and I’d do it all again tomorrow, because it was awesome..

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  • Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Holland America Line
  • 07 Jul 2019

The ship was disappointing. It had no buzz about it and seemed sedate. The entertainment on the main stage was poor. Everyone we spoke to said they would not recommend HA to friends. It was lots of little things that irritated. No self service in the buffet, always having to be given a pager for open seating dining as no tables available, lack of staff so service slow, ridiculously long embarkation process ( over 3 hours ) , Air con on all night so sleeping difficult with the noise of the fan, wine ridiculously expensive, food choices average, not enough seating in entertainment venues, cabin design poor with wardrobes adjacent to bathroom leaving little room in corridor, smoked mirrors not suitable for women applying makeup.

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