Panama Canal Cruise

Panama Canal Cruise

Sunny Dutch islands and Holland America's own private paradise in the Bahamas warm you up for a brief sojourn to the Panama Canal, featuring the Gatun Locks and the serene expanses of Gatun Lake.

Embark on what savvy world travelers consider the thrill of a lifetime – cruising the Panama Canal. Holland America’s elegant midsized ship gently floats through the famed series of locks that changed the course of history with a marvel of modern engineering. Immerse yourself in a rainforest paradise in Costa Rica, where the complex ecosystem supports an overwhelming variety of life and enjoy the white sand beaches of Aruba. Throughout your cruise enjoy a premium onboard experience featuring a Canal Expert to expound on the history of the canal and the art, culture and wildlife of the region.

 

Perkiomen is offering two options to enjoy the Panama Canal…motorcoach to the pier or fly to the pier. Either way, join us for an adventure of a lifetime!

 

  • Valid passport required

  • Sailing round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale

  • Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

  • Oranjestad, Aruba

  • Willemstad, Curacao

  • Colon, Gatun Locks & Gatun Lake, Panama

  • Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

  • 4 Full Days at sea

  • 29 Meals Included

Day 1

We will arrive in Fort Lauderdale to board the cruise ship, Holland America's Zuiderdam, for an 11-day round trip cruise through the Panama Canal. D - aboard ship

Day 2

The day is spent at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, Holland America's unspoiled 1,700 acre private isle featuring a superb white sand beach rimmed in blue and a lovely little cabana from which to enjoy it. B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 3

A full day at sea gives us the opportunity to enjoy the ship's amenities. Take a swim or enjoy a spa service. Also aboard you'll find a fitness center, internet center, casino and movie theater. B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 4

Prepare to indulge in all things Dutch. In Aruba the sunset paints the sky in the colors of the island - golds, reds, oranges - during an evening cruise. B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 5

In Curacao, train your camera on a flock of pink flamingos in the wild. And in the ship's dining room, select from trays of tempting sweets and savories during Afternoon Tea. B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 6

Another leisurely day aboard the ship will allow you to enjoy the amenities of the Zuiderdam. B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 7

Marvel at the stunning impossibility of the Panama Canal as your ship is lifted through the massive Gatun Locks for scenic cruising in Gatun Lake, the source of the perpetual water supply necessary to operate the locks. B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 8

Back in the Caribbean, watch as iridescent blue morpho butterflies flit past dozing sloths in the Costa Rican rain forest. B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 9 & 10

This is our last chance to take in those precious moments at sea. Enjoy your last two days taking advantage of all the amenities and activities aboard the Zuiderdam. B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 11

After disembarking we head for the airport for our return flight to Philadelphia. B - aboard ship

Please note

Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.

Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.

Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but can not be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with the driver at the time of boarding. Daily seat rotation is practiced on most multi-day tours. Seat rotation will be explained by your driver or tour escort.

Prices subject to change based on availability. Cruise lines do reserve the right to pass along changes or increases, etc. including fuel surcharges as deemed necessary and without prior notification. If this should occur, it may result in additional charges to each traveler even after reservations have been made.

 

Payment Schedule

A deposit of $600.00 per person is due at time of reservation in order to confirm a seat on this tour. 

Final payment is due November 9, 2018.

 

Price Includes

  • Cruise Fare

  • Cruise Taxes, Fees & Port Charges

  • Fort Lauderdale Pier Transfer

  • Meals listed in the itinerary: Indicated by B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner).

 

Additional Charges:

Philadelphia Airport Transfers - $90 per person

 

Items Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (including on-board premium dining)

  • Gratuities for Perkiomen drivers/escorts, and cruise ship personnel

  • Optional excursions or on-board optional services

  • Items of a personal nature like:  Phone Calls, Laundry, Medical Assistance and Gratuities for Services

 

Cancellation\Interruption Protection

Because of cancellation penalties incurred, especially on cruises and air tours (both domestic and international), Perkiomen Tours strongly recommends the purchase of cancellation\interruption insurance. We do assist our travelers who might wish to purchase travel protection by providing insurance information\brochures. Of course, you are free to select other insurance sources if you choose to do so. Any insurance coverage purchased is an agreement between the traveler and the insurance company. All conditions of coverage(s) are dependent upon the specific policy of your selected insurance company. Please be aware of any eligibility requirements for coverage pertaining to pre-existing conditions prior to paying your trip deposit.

 

Holland America Line’s Cancellation Protection Plans (CPP) are designed to help protect your vacation investment from loss.  CPP is available for purchase as a Standard Plan or a Platinum Plan.  The cost of the CPP varies based on cost of cruise fare.  If you would like to add Holland America Line’s CPP to your reservation, please advise your reservationist.

 

Cancellation Policy (if not buying Trip Insurance)

75 – 57 days prior to departure          $600 per person non-refundable

56 – 29 days prior to departure          50% non-refundable

28 – 16 days prior to departure          75% non-refundable

15 days prior to departure                  100% non-refundable

 

Proof of Citizenship

A current passport with at least six months validity from departure date will be required.  Travelers will be responsible to secure their own passport.  Passport forms are available from any passport office.

 

Transportation Security Administration's Guidelines for Checking Luggage

Customers are urged to leave their checked luggage unlocked, which will avoid the potential need for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel to forcibly open bags that require further inspection. Plastic zip ties or cable ties may be used if desired.

 

Customers are asked to:

  • Not pack food or beverages in checked bags

  • Pack footwear on top of other contents

  • Put personal belongings in clear plastic bags to reduce chances of TSA Screeners having to handle them

  • Spread out - not stack - books

  • Leave gifts unwrapped should screening require them to be opened

  • Put scissors, pocket knives and other sharp items in checked luggage

  • Put film in carry-on bag because screening equipment will damage undeveloped film

  • Avoid over packing your bag so that the screener will be able to easily reseal your bag if it is opened for inspection

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Allentown - Motorcoach Calvary Temple Church
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
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Pennsburg - Motorcoach Perkiomen Tours Office
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
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