A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama! Cruise Your Way Through a Man-Made Marvel During Palindrome Week

A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama! Cruise Your Way Through a Man-Made Marvel During Palindrome Week

Imagine feeling your ship rise 85 feet as water fills the locks of the Panama Canal.

Then, picture yourself listening to a local expert and Canal historian share tales of achieving the greatest engineering feat that connected two divided oceans.

Can you visualize seeing the exotic wildlife and exploring the rich local culture of Central America?


Traverse the locks between the Atlantic and the Pacific as expert speakers share their insights about the history, culture and wildlife of the region.

Offering more full and partial Panama Canal transits than any other cruise line, Holland America Line has mastered the region, providing guests with a wide variety of itineraries that take travelers on the thrill of a lifetime!

From September 2017 through May 2018, ms Amsterdam, ms Eurodam, ms Maasdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Oosterdam, ms Westerdam and ms Zaandam will make 27 transits between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean from five departure cities. Guests can set sail from Boston, Massachusetts; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Diego and San Francisco, California; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

In addition to visiting the Panama Canal, the 14- to 21-day cruises include a variety of port calls along the way. On the full transits the guests will visit destinations in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Caribbean, along with Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private Bahamian island known for its pristine beaches, exciting shore excursions, exclusive beach cabanas and child-friendly activities.


Spend a day in Half Moon Cay, our award-winning private island.

In addition to the full transits, ms Zuiderdam will make three partial transits between January and April 2018. The 10- and 11-day “Panama Canal Sunfarer” itineraries include an exploration of the canal’s Gatun Lake and a combination of southern Caribbean calls in Aruba, Bonaire, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Grand Cayman, Panama and Half Moon Cay.

Travelers who seek a journey to the Panama Canal can explore Holland America Line’s diverse selection of itineraries. To enhance the journey, we offer many EXC Tours through the Panama Canal and Central America, providing guests with an up-close and magnificent experience of this man-made marvel and its surrounding areas.


Take an exceptional EXC Tour™ to connect you to each fascinating destination.


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  1. Roberto Ayala July 13, 2017 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Thanks, really Panamá is a good place for enjoy healthy is a great connection and bridge of Americas.

  2. Betsy September 3, 2019 at 10:10 am - Reply

    We are going on the Eurodam in January on a partial transit cruise. We need help in deciding what excursions to take . Do we need to take one to see the full set of locks or visit Panama itself. Our funding for excursions is limited so we want to make sure we choose carefully. We are also looking at the national aviary in Columbia as one excursion. Please share any info on excursions that were well worth the money. Thanks so much

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