Duration

  • 24 Days

Price

Double
$9,595
Single
$14,295

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New! Discover North America

Begin a 24-day journey that circles North America. Holland America’s ms Eurodam casts off from Vancouver, BC, with 8 gorgeous ports of call on her exotic timetable. After two stops in California, the adventure continues south. Jungles full of wildlife surround the Pacific ports of Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Aruba. Manzanillo, Huatulco, Puerto Quetzal, Corinto, Puerto Caldera, and Oranjestad, offer palm-covered mountains, crystal blue water, golden sands, bold colours, and bold spices – best washed down with tequila! From Pacific to Atlantic, we’ll sail for 82 kilometres through the Panama Canal, a feat of engineering that cuts through the lush landscape lock by lock. Now stretch out and relax at sea until we reach Fort Lauderdale, FL our final destination. With our land legs on, we’ll make one more nautical stop at the Titanic Museum including a Captains dinner worthy of the White Star Line.

 

The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is not simply a means of passage – it embodies the dream of a continent. Just as explorers searched for centuries for the Northwest passage, many were also looking for a new shipping route that would connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and replace the long and treacherous journey around Cape Horn.

The canal is 82km long and continues to be a key trade route. It requires about 9 hours for a ship to transit, giving passengers the opportunity to see everything firsthand. The ship is raised or lowered 85 feet in a continuous flight of three steps at Gatun Locks. Each lock chamber is only 110 feet wide and 1,000 feet long. To put that into perspective, cruise ships are approximately 100 feet wide and 720 long – so sailing precision is paramount!

To assist with navigating such a narrow passage, railway tracks run alongside the canal and little rail cars use cables that connect to the ship on either side and keep it in place. At the end of the first set of locks is Gatun Lake. The water runs downhill from this man-made lake to fill the locks. No pumps, no power, just the force of gravity!

  • Circle North America in one fantastic holiday!
  • West to East passage through the Panama Canal
  • Titanic Museum and Captains dinner

Ports of Call

  • San Francisco, California
  • San Diego, California
  • Manzanillo, Mexico
  • Huatulco, Mexico
  • Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
  • Corinto, Nicaragua
  • Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
  • Oranjestad, Aruba

Flight to Vancouver, 23 breakfasts, 19 lunches, 23 dinners, 20-day cruise on the ms Eurodam (outside cabin, Category D), shipboard meals and gratuities, motorcoach transportation from Fort Lauderdale, 3 nights accommodation en route, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. Other cabin types may be available, ask for rates. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $300.

• Cruise: ms Eurodam (20 nights)
• Savannah, GA: Hotel Indigo (1 nights)
• Pigeon Forge, TN: Music Road Hotel (1 night)
• Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)

Discover North America

Day1

Vancouver, BC

Fly to Vancouver where you will be transferred to your ship for your 21 day cruise on the ms Eurodam

Stay: ms Eurodam
Nights: 20
Meals: D

Day2 - 3

At Sea

Holland America Line’s first Signature-class ship, Eurodam has recently received many exciting updates. Guests on this graceful ship can enjoy the full Music Walk™ experience, including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Explore onboard at a cooking class or hands-on workshop with America’s Test Kitchen, BBC Earth Experiences and a Digital Workshop Powered by Windows®. 

Meals: B, L, D x 2

Day4

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is a hilly city on the tip on a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean an San Francisco Bay. Know for its year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, colourful Victorian houses an in the bay sits Alcatraz Island, site of the notorious former prison. A visit to Fishermans Wharf is a must-do with its sea lions, boutique stores and seafood restaurants.

Meals: B, L, D

Day5

At Sea

Sit back and relax with a day at sea. Perhaps take advantage of the fitness centre, or simply relax on the deck by the pool.

Meals: B, L, D

Day6

San Diago, CA

Easygoing San Diego is known for its more than 300 days of sun and mild year-round temperatures. There is so much to see and do in San Diego! Visit Balboa Park, the gem of San Diego is home to 16 museums, trails and gardens, beautifully preserved buildings and the World Famous San Diego Zoo sprawled out over 1,200 manicured acres.

Meals: B, L, D

Day7 - 8

At Sea

Make the next few days at sea as active or as restful as you choose! Breathe in the fresh air on a stroll around the walking track, sip a cocktail by the pool or indulge in a spa treatment.

Meals: B, L, D

Day9

Manzanillo, Mexico

Manzanillo is one of Mexico’s busiest, most important ports (some say the busiest and most important). Located on the Pacific, it’s nicknamed the Sailfish Capital of the World. It’s little wonder, then, that most of the activities in Manzanillo are centered on or near the water, and most of the city’s culinary specialties are inspired by the fruits of the sea.

Meals: B, L, D

Day10

At Sea

Sit back relax and enjoy your days at sea. With the many amenities on board the ship you will nd lots to keep you as busy or as quiet as you wish

Meals: B, L, D

Day11

Huatulco, Mexico

Huatulco, situated on Mexico’s Pacific Coast in the state of Oaxaca, has nine bays and 36 beaches, offering more than enough opportunities for fun in the sun. There are also archaeological sites to explore, rivers and waterfalls to discover. The food will give you plenty to write home about. The state of Oaxaca has some of the most iconic dishes in Mexico’s culinary repertoire. You won’t go home hungry.

Meals: B, L, D

Day12

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

This port city was constructed in 1984 to help connect nearby cities. Travelers often venture out to Antigua, a 90-minute trek to where 17th-century colonial facades beckons and Guatemalan history comes alive. In the cultured little country modern, Maya still weave their stories on backstrap looms, and the great stone temples of Tikal stand in silent testament to ancient Mayan ingenuity.

Meals: B, L, D

Day13

Corinto, Nicaragua

It’s a land of rum and volcanoes. Puerto Corinto is a small town on the northwest coast of Nicaragua – a region bounded by great lakes to the south, Honduras to the north, and volcanic peaks to the east. In Corinto, cruise visitors can stroll along the Costa Azul for a view of the bay and its islands. In nearby Chinandega, discover Mayan artifacts at the archeological museum. Farther afield explore the ruins of León Viejo, excavated from centuries of volcanic debris

Meals: B, L, D

Day14

Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas), Costa Rica

The city of Puerto Caldera, on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, has a number of national parks within easy reach for cruise visitors. ‘Skywalk’ on top of the forest across suspended bridges more than half a mile above the ground giving you a birds-eye vies of the cloud forest. For those less adventurous an aerial tram will y you through the rain forest canopy. Enjoy a Gondola ride with a naturalist guide or visit the hummingbird garden or a butterfly farm. Discover the Poas Volcano National Park or stroll the streets of San Jose the capital of Costa Rica. There is no end to the diversity you can spend your day exploring.

Meals: B, L, D

Day15

At Sea

Enjoy the day at your own pace aboard the luxurious ship. With a large variety of entertainment options, you’re certain to nd something to suit your fancy.

Meals: B, L, D

Day16

Panama Canal

Nearly every hard-won mile carved through the jungle here carries a story – of rivers dammed, gigantic lakes dug; of malaria, misery and miraculous powers of will.

Gatun Lake is key to supplying the water necessary to operate the locks system. Formed by an earthen dam across the Chagres River to keep the water 85 feet above sea level, the water runs downhill to all the locks. No pumps, no power other than the force of gravity! Fact: It will take about 52 million gallons of water to float your Holland America ship through the locks.

Travel to the Gatun Locks for a bird’s eye view of the immense ships passing through the Panama Canal.

*Please note you do not get off the ship while in the Panama Canal.*

Meals: B, L, D

Day17

At Sea

 

Meals: B, L, D

Day18

Oranjestad, Aruba

Aruba is another world! Tradewinds stave off humidity and rain so you can enjoy the pastel Dutch architecture, historic sites, and shops. Cacti fill the interior, as do trees that grow bent from the wind. Gold was once mined here, and it is a popular tourist attraction on the jewellery front. Check out the gold mine ruins and dive into seafood platters beach side.

Meals: B, L, D

Day19 - 20

At Sea

Make the next few days at sea as active or as restful as you choose! Breathe in the fresh air on a stroll around the walking track, sip a cocktail by the pool or indulge in a spa treatment.

Meals: B, L, D

Day21

Fort Lauderdale, FL to Savannah, GA

You will disembark after breakfast on the ship where you’ll board the motorcoach and make your way to charming Savannah where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.

Stay: TBA

Nights: 1

Meals: B, D

Day22

Savannah, GA to Pigeon Forge, TN

With our land legs on, we’ll make one more nautical stop at the Titanic Museum including a Captains dinner worthy of the White Star Line.

Stay: Music Road Hotel, Pigeon Forge

Nights: 1

Meals: B, D

Day23

Pigeon Forge, TN to Lima, OH

After breakfast at the hotel and lunch in Lexington, we’ll arrive in Lima in time for dinner!

Stay: Hampton Inn, Lima, OH

Nights: 1

Meals: B, D

Day24

Lima, OH to Home

Our last day together! After breakfast at the hotel, we make our way home with long-lasting memories of your grand adventure!

Meals: B, L, D

Travellers will occasionally have to walk on uneven surfaces or get on and off boats or trains. Tours on the itinerary may include periods of up to an hour of walking at a gentle pace. There may also be a few one-night stays, but often the majority of your trip is spent in just a handful of hotels. Most of our North American sightseeing tours fall into this category.

  • Panama Canal Cruise
  • Cruise the Panama Canal
  • Holland America Line
  • Costa Rica
  • Corinto, Nicaragua
  • Costa Rica
  • Arenal Volcano Costa Rica

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