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Port Spotlight: Cartagena, Colombia

Port Spotlight: Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia, is a big, bustling modern city. Within this metropolis of more than a million people is the walled Old Town that dates back hundreds of years. On a Panama Canal cruise on ms Veendam from Ft. Lauderdale to San Diego, Cartagena was the last port of call before we entered the Canal, and…   read more of “Port Spotlight:…”

Panama Canal: By the Hours and By the Numbers

Panama Canal: By the Hours and By the Numbers

Every traveler that likes to experience interesting and unique adventures should set their sights on the Panama Canal. Transiting it by cruise ship is fascinating, watching the logistics of getting from Atlantic to Pacific. The ships sail through the locks and lakes, being raised and lowered as needed. And the scenery is lush and beautiful….   read more of “Panama Canal: By…”

Cruising the Caribbean Beyond 7 Days

Cruising the Caribbean Beyond 7 Days

Many cruises to the Caribbean are seven days, making them fabulous week-long vacations. Those itineraries tend to focus on one region, whether it be eastern, western or southern. Each area has beautiful islands to explore with plenty of time for fun, sun, sand and surf. But did you know that Holland America Line also offers…   read more of “Cruising the…”

History of the Panama Canal: Part 2

History of the Panama Canal: Part 2

We left off the last post when it was decided that Panama would serve as the location of the canal. Frenchman Bunau-Varilla then went to Washington, D.C. He got there before the official delegates of the new Republic of Panama arrived and negotiated a treaty between the U.S. and Panama allowing the U.S. to build…   read more of “History of the…”

Panama Canal Photos and a Video from Facebook Fans

Panama Canal Photos and a Video from Facebook Fans

A transit through the Panama Canal is one of the most scenic and interesting experiences for any traveler. The sights are perfectly captured in photos and videos, which is why we asked Holland America Line Facebook fans to send in their best shots. Here are some of our favorites, including a video that takes you…   read more of “Panama Canal Photos…”

Celebrating the Panama Canal’s 100th Anniversary with 12 Transits

Celebrating the Panama Canal’s 100th Anniversary with 12 Transits

In 2014 the Panama Canal will mark a huge milestone – the 100th Anniversary of it’s completion. To commemorate the occasion, six Holland America Line ships will sail 12 full transits of the Panama Canal during the fall 2013 through spring 2014 season. Ranging in length from 14 to 22 days, the extensive itinerary options…   read more of “Celebrating the…”

History of the Panama Canal: Part 1

History of the Panama Canal: Part 1

It’s Panama Canal week! Transiting the Panama Canal is one of the greatest spectacles in travel. The man-made marvel is on the bucket list of many travelers, as it presents a grand adventure from an historical, cultural and pictorial perspective. Are you thinking about taking one of our exciting Panama Canal cruises? Let us share…   read more of “History of the…”

What’s Our Most Popular Caribbean Port?

What’s Our Most Popular Caribbean Port?

You guessed it! Half Moon Cay, our private island, continues to be rated our most popular Caribbean port. How can you get there to experience it for yourself? Holland America Line’s warm-water cruises in the Atlantic offer diversity in length and destinations, with cruises from seven days to Collectors’ Voyages up to 35 days, and…   read more of “What’s Our…”