Seven HAL Ships, 32 Itineraries Feature Panama Canal Transit In 2019-20

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Travellers looking to check a Panama Canal cruise off their bucket list will have 32 Holland America Line (HAL) sailings to choose from between SEP 2019 and MAY 2020.

Seven ships will offer 16 itineraries, including full transits ranging from 14 to 23 days, as well as 10- and 11-day partial transits that also include southern Caribbean cruising.

"Transiting the Panama Canal deeply resonates with any explorer because of the sheer magnitude and power of the experience, and we offer travellers a variety of itinerary choices with a robust season across seven premium ships," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "The sensation of being raised and lowered through the Canal’s legendary locks is inspiring, and whether our guests do it on a full transit from ocean to ocean or a partial through Gatún, it really is one of the world’s greatest modern wonders."

While the Panama Canal transit is the centerpiece of the voyage, guests also have the opportunity to explore noteworthy ports throughout the Mexican Riviera, Central America and the Caribbean. 

Full Panama Canal Transit: Two Oceans, One Cruise

From SEP 2019 through MAY 2020, Amsterdam, Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Oosterdam, Rotterdam and Volendam will make 16 transits between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans from three departure cities: Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, and Vancouver.

On full transits, guests will visit cities in Central America and the Caribbean, as well as Half Moon Cay, HAL’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

Partial Transit: Panama Canal Plus Caribbean & Central America

Zuiderdam and Eurodam will make 16 partial transits between OCT 2019 and APR 2020. 

Departing on a roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, the 10- and 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer itineraries include an exploration of the Canal’s Gatún Lake with a combination of southern Caribbean calls.

Educational Programming & Immersive Experiences

Panama Canal cruises feature a selection of EXC programming, from talks and educational demonstrations to shore EXCursions that focus on culture, history, nature, architecture, adventure and family outings. Exclusive culinary-themed Shore EXCursions in partnership with FOOD & WINE magazine showcase the regions' food scenes from a local perspective.

During the transit, a local expert is on board providing commentary on the history and building of the Canal and for an up-close view, Holland America Line’s spacious open bow observation area gives guests a great platform to watch all the action of a Panama Canal transit.

Several Panama Canal sailings are eligible for Holland America Line’s Oceans of Extras promotion, where travellers who book a stateroom on an eligible cruise by 30JUN, 2019 can take advantage of up to a $600 shipboard credit and suite guests also receive a $100 beverage card and a Signature Dining Package.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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