San Diego, Central America & Panama Canal Cruise

San Diego, Central America & Panama Canal Cruise - MAIN SHOT

Cruise & Stay Holidays

This unforgettable 18-day experience starts with two nights in San Diego as a prelude to a fabulous fortnight of cruising around both the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines of Central America, through the Panama Canal and finishing up in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale. After making a series of fascinating ports of call in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the ship’s captain will carefully navigate a course through the world-famous Panama Canal on route to the sultry city of Cartagena in Colombia, and a final day at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s very own private island in the Bahamas. You’ll most likely be cruising aboard the intimate Zaandam, on which you can enjoy a great mix of free time and organised activities, plus an array of dining, cultural, and entertainment options. We’ve chosen a 15-day cruise from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale, but please note that a number of different 14-day, 15-day and 16-day options are available (with slight tweaks to the itinerary), some of which operate on the Eurodam rather than the Zaandam, and some of which also allow you to cruise in reverse, setting sail from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego.

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2 nights in hotels (choose from standard or superior) and 15 nights in an inside stateroom on Holland America Line (please ask for upgraded staterooms and suites) and 15 nights cruise on Holland America Line

Excursions and visits

  • Two nights in San Diego, with free time to explore
  • 15 days cruising with Holland America Line
  • Sail down the Pacific coast of Central America
  • Enjoy ports of call in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica
  • Optional shore excursions to discover Central America’s history, culture and national parks
  • Make a full navigation of the Panama Canal, from the Pacific to the Caribbean
  • Discover the colonial charms of historic Cartagena, Colombia
  • Spend a day on a privately-owned island in the Bahamas

Not included

  • International flights
  • Visa (if required)
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Cruise gratuities (these will be added to your onboard account)
  • Please ask about upgrading to the ‘Have It All’ premium package onboard Holland America Line (features $200 shore excursion credit, Wi-Fi, signature beverage package and two nights of speciality dining)


Airport and cruise terminal transfers in San Diego and Fort Lauderdale

Cruise taxes, fees and port expenses


  • 17 nights

  • USA

  • International flights not included

From £1,859 per person

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm


Duration: 18 days


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