Yellow Fever: Enter Panama Canal, Panama Canal - Cruising, Exit Panama Canal
DAY 2 -
As well as being one of the top global ports to start and finish your cruise, Fort Lauderdale has plenty to do either side of your ocean adventure. Why not take a trip to the Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary, peruse some culture at the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District, or take a boat tour through the everglades and waterways as well as passing impressive Millionaires’ Row.
Things to do in Fort Lauderdale:
Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary
This non-profit park area is the place to go for some tranquil downtime as you explore the serene waterfalls and pools that are home to brightly plumed flamingos. The gardens are also home to rescued wildlife such as other birds and reptiles as well as boasting some giant tree species.
Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District
Covering a 22-block area, this exciting part of downtown offers plenty to see and do from Garand Opera House, History Center, Art Museum and plenty of dining options and evening entertainment just a short distance from the cruise terminals.
DAY 6 -
Cartegena’s colonial quarter offers old Spanish squares and architecture dating back to the 16th century full of churches, towers, markets and classically Latin rambling streets with that dash of Spanish feel. Here you can visit the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas fortress and Palace of Inquisition historical museum. Lying on Columbia’s pacific coast, cruisers can also explore coral reefs just off the sandy beaches by snorkelling.
Things to do in Cartagena, Colombia:
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas Fortress
Built by the Spanish in 1536, Castillo San Felipe De Barajas underwent multiple expansions and dominates a large area of Cartagena’s city space. Guided tours of this magnificent structure are available, and a hike to the top provides stunning views of the city.
Palace of Inquisition Historical Museum
Found in the El Centro area of Cartagena, The Palace of the Inquisition holds a grizzly history within its walls. The Spanish Inquisition carried out cruel means of punishment here, which is told through the museums exhibits including old traditional torture instruments.
DAY 9 -
Twenty minutes away from Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Puerto Caldera is a popular secondary cruise port with easy access to a number of local attractions and sightseeing destinations. Nemaclys is a scenic spot gazing out over the Gulf of Nicoya, here you can go tandem paragliding with local, trained experts as well as enjoy tours of the wildlife heading inland to see parrots, waterfalls and gorgeous tropical rainforest.
Things to do in Puerto Caldera:
With spectacular views across the Gulf of Nicoya, paragliding at Nemaclys is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Take the leap and enjoy the smooth descent with an expert pilot, before settling down for a delicious meal at the restaurant.
DAY 10 -
Corinto itself offers a relatively small town with classic churches, cafes and bars like you’ll find throughout Nicaragua as well as a man-made beach you can relax on or take a boat ride, popular with fishing enthusiasts. From here, Corinto serves as a portal to the wider tourist spots of the region such as the capital city of Managua and its famous lake, Leon as the intellectual and cultural hub, and the country’s gorgeous rainforests and their wildlife on an organised tour.
Things to do in Corinto:
Rum Factory Flor de Caña
In a building designed like barrels of delicious rum, this interesting factory tour immerses you in the story of how Nicaragua’s famous rum brand goes from crop to bottle along with plenty of chances to sample the delicious product.
DAY 11 -
On Guatemala’s pacific coast, Puerto Quetzal is one of Central America’s most popular tourist spots. Serving as the gateway to such sought-after destinations as UNESCO-listed Antigua, volcanic Lake Atitlán and the wonderfully preserved Mayan ruins at Tikal, visitors will find plenty of must-see attractions all just a short ride from the port, making for a perfect day tour. Don’t forget to try milk straight from the coconut, or mixed with rum for a more traditional taste.
Things to do in Puerto Quetzal:
The deepest lake in Central America, Lake Atitlán is home to indigenous Mayan communities, with heritage of the tribe evident throughout lakeside towns, and opportunities to buy locally-made souvenirs and artwork.
Mayan Ruins, Tikal
Perhaps one of the most fascinating landmarks you could ever experience, the Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala is one of the largest archaeological sites in the world. The temple stands at 47 metres high and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
DAY 12 -
Famous for the cruise terminal building’s giant thatched roof resembling an Aztec pyramid, Puerto Chiapas drops you straight into the local culture like few other cruise destinations right as you step off the ship. Outside, you’ll be greeted to musicians, and locals selling their wares and cuisine as well as the ability to take tours to such wondrous tour destinations as the Izapa Mayan ruins, Tapachula city and the famous chocolate city.
Things to do in Puerto Chiapas:
Izapa Mayan Ruins
Found in Puerto Chiapas, the Izapa Maya ruins is a pre-Columbian Mayan archaeological site with an abundance of history to be found. Wildlife thrives in the area that spans over 1.4 miles, including jaguar, deer and eagles, to name just a few.
The southern-most city in Mexico, Tapachula was founded by the Aztecs in 1486. It has since grown in culture, history and wealth, with the Soconusco Archaeological Museum presenting many major artefacts from over time, including a golden skull. The San Augustine church which was built in the 18th century is also a must-visit for insight into the culture of this vibrant city, as well as the Mexican festivals held throughout the year.
Cabo San Lucas
DAY 15 -
Cabo San Lucas is the perfect destination to get out and about in the serene Mexican sun. From the picturesque harbour head south to the Lands End Peninsula. Here, you’ll find the beautiful Lovers Beach, perfect for snorkelling, before walking up Mount Solmar for unrivalled photo opportunities out over the town and the bay. Heading back into town the Museum of Natural History is a great for families while the resort to the east is a must for golf fans.
Things to do in Cabo San Lucas:
Natural History Museum Cabo San Lucas
This free museum is home to many exhibits, highlighting the fascinating archaeology, geology and culture of the area, including the history of the original inhabitants of Los Cabos, the Pericúes. Visitors will also find exhibits on the marine life, including the bones of a whale
Lands End, Cabo San Lucas
At the southern end of Cabo San Lucas you’ll find this spectacular rock formation known as Lands End. Created by rough wind and sea, this natural attraction is a fantastic opportunity to take photos and spot sea lions lazing on the rocks in the sun.
DAY 17 -
As California’s second largest city, San Diego is known for its gorgeous climate, sandy beaches and a wide array of outdoor activities. From camping, hiking or sailing, visitors can take in the beautiful wilderness and spot the fascinating wildlife whether they’re exploring the foothills or tramping the mountains. Not only this, San Diego boasts a thriving arts and culture community with over 15 museums and galleries.
Things to do in San Diego:
This 1,200-acre cultural park is a haven of lush vegetation, beautiful flora and vibrant attractions. Boasting more than 16 museums and performance venues, and even San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park provides a beautiful day out surrounded by nature.
San Diego Zoo
Home to over 650 species, San Diego Zoo is an unrivalled wildlife experience. As the most visited zoo in the US, it puts great emphasis on conservation and education, giving visitors opportunity to get close and learn more about their favourite animal.
Customer reviews for Westerdam
Based on 8 reviews
Value for money
Have just returned from a the Alaska cruise on Hollander America.everything was excellent We really did appreciate the opportunity to attend mass every morning with a priest on board. Many thanks
12 Oct 2019
How many passengers? That's all i need to know. i was disappointed in the whinging reviews of the entertainment ~ who needs "Entertainment" when the whole of the Southern Oceans and Antarctic Seas are outside? I go on a ship to see what I can see; usually from the bridge wings.
16 May 2019
Good cruise although Holland America overcharge for their own excursions, many of which can be undertaken for a fraction of the cost on your own. Food and service on board good. It's a shame Holland America don't publish more information on their website about the ports to be visited to enable better planning in advance.
10 May 2019
The ship is okay - we had a brilliant holiday, the ship was not an important factor in our decision, it was determined by the itinerary, we went to Japan and Russia (Japanese maritime law states that only vessels which are registered in Japan can sail around Japan without spending time 'abroad'. We had a day in Vladivostok which was enjoyable. The main reason for taking this cruise was the fact that - apart from the Russian trip - we had the maximum time in Japan to enjoy the cherry blossom. We loved every minute of the holiday, we had excellent guides, the excursions were great and we came back with wonderful memories. What we liked about the ship: our cabin was well appointed, we had a balcony cabin but if you wantred to save money, you could have done without the balcony. We spent so much time off the ship, we did not make good use of the balcony. The Lincoln Center classical music group was outstanding, so was the BBKings Blues band, we were looking forward to these performances every day, the stuff that happened on the main stage was not to our taste, we thought it was awful. The food caters very much to American travellers, there is a lot of stuff that I would describe as: death on a plate, I had a lot of food ashore, the fish ashore was wonderful and I would have preferred some healthy options like poached fish. The staff were friendly and efficient, no complaints. The ship looks a bit dated in places, we liked the modern reception area here. The gym is fine. There is nothing remarkable about the ship, I can't think of any 'wow' factors - but as I said, we were not that worried about the ship, we went to see the cherry blossom.
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