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Panama Canal Cruise

Panama Canal Cruise

Take in the sun-toasted splendors of Half Moon Cay and Aruba. See Cartagena’s colorful houses and cruise the Panama Canal. Uncover the charms of Costa Rica and the Cayman Islands.

Cruise the Panama Canal and experience the locks that changed history with modern engineering. Secure a spot at the bow as you traverse the locks and listen as your Canal historians expound on the history, culture, and wildlife of the region.


Holland America Line's Rotterdam delivers the best of everything we do: exquisite cuisine, award-winning service, superbly appointed staterooms and suites, and world-class entertainment. At the heart of it is Music Walk®, an exclusive collection of live music performances. Be first to experience Rotterdam’s Pinnacle-class luxury on her inaugural voyages. You will find a mastery of the details that keep our guests returning again and again.


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

  • Cartegena, Columbia

  • Panama Canal Cruising

  • Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

  • Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

  • 5 Full Days at sea

  • 35 Meals Included

Day 1

After your morning flight to Fort Lauderdale, you will be transfered to the pier to board the cruise ship, Holland America's Rotterdam, for a 13-day round trip cruise through the Panama Canal. D - aboard ship

Day 2

All Bahama Islands are full of tropical wonders and sun-kissed beaches. But Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line's private island in the Bahamas, is an absolute stunner. The crescent-shaped slice of heaven is the highest-rated Bahamas private island. It has won Porthole Cruise Magazine's Best Private Island award consecutively for 20 years and garnered the best in Travel Weekly's Readers' Choice Awards. When you feel the sugar-white sand on your toes or see its brilliant blue lagoon, you'll understand why cruise travelers love Half Moon Cay. True bucket-list excursions, secluded cabanas, and stunning beaches make it ideal for any type of vacation. B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 3 & 4

Two full days 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 5

Located off the coasts of Venezuela and Colombia, the windswept Dutch island of Aruba feels like another world. When you take a cruise to Aruba, you can relax in the shade of a swaying Divi Divi tree on a pristine beach or explore untamed coastal cliffs in an exotic landscape filled with cacti. Just one day on an Aruba cruise can lead to a lifetime full of stories. B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 6

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

Day 7

Its official name is Cartagena de Indias—or "Cartagena of the Indies"—but call it Cartagena for short. The formal name hints at this Colombian city's colonial relationship with Spain; it was founded in 1533 and named after the mother country's Cartagena. Colombia declared independence in 1810, but there's plenty about its fifth-largest city that evokes old Spain, including the impressive fort of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, and the wall that encloses the old town, one of the few intact structures of its kind in the Americas. Both were considered important enough to inscribe on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1984. They may be historical artifacts, but the fortress and wall aren't merely tourist attractions; they are central to daily life here. Take a stroll and you'll see couples sitting atop the wall, locked in passionate embraces; parents watching their children walk it like a balance beam; and friends chatting while enjoying the Caribbean breeze. Along with history, there's cultural and culinary intrigue here, too. This colorful city was a muse of the late Nobel Prize–winning writer Gabriel García Márquez, and is increasingly being recognized outside Colombia for its cuisine, which takes many cues from Caribbean ingredients. (Don't leave without trying the coconut rice.) B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 8

Think of the Panama Canal, and the image that may come to mind is of the world's huge tankers and cruise ships passing through a series of locks. That, however, reflects only one aspect of this part of the world. As ships travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific, they also pass colonial towns, historic fortresses, and manmade lakes that are today home to sanctuaries for hundreds of different animal and plant species. At the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal, Colón evokes the old Panama of yesteryear, with its historic buildings gradually being restored. Some 77 kilometers (48 miles) to the south, at the canal's Pacific entrance, Panama City's glittering skyline of office towers and condominiums reflects the country's dynamic present and future. Traveling between these two cities, an epic tale unfolds before you - an old-school feat of engineering, ambition, and courage. As David McCullough recounts in his sweeping history The Path Between the Seas, it was a combination of sheer human might and engineering prowess that today allows ships to cross the Panama isthmus, saving sailors from making the dangerous, almost 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) journey around the tip of South America. B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 9

Puerto Limón probably isn't the most bustling port you've ever visited, but don't be put off by its facade; like most coastal towns in Costa Rica, it is a perfect base from which to explore an attraction and activity-rich region that can fulfill a variety of interests. You're never far from a rain forest or outdoor adventure in Costa Rica, and there are lots of day trips from Puerto Limón that allow you to pack in an adrenaline rush or a few more ticks on your birding list within just a few hours. There are treetops for zip lining and rushing rivers for whitewater rafting if you're a more active traveler, and animal lovers can take sanctuary tours in and around Puerto Limón. Of course, when it comes time to eat, there's plenty of the national favorite, gallo pinto (rice and beans), and as with many port towns, there is lots of fresh seafood and even an upscale Italian restaurant. As for shopping, you can find arts and crafts that were made locally as well as edible treats like handmade chocolate. B, L, D - aboard ship

Days 10

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

Day 11

A cruise to the Cayman Islands has everything you would want from a Caribbean destination-warm breezes, clear seas and a laid-back attitude-but the archipelago also has something you might not expect: an exciting culinary scene. Between the celebrity chefs who've set up shop on Grand Cayman and the 135 or so resident nationalities that have helped season the island's giant melting pot, this is, hands down, one of the best places to eat in the Caribbean. And that's where the island's other chief pleasures come in: There's enough walking (whether along the fabled Seven Mile Beach, around historic sites or through lush gardens) as well as stunning swimming, snorkeling and diving to be done to counter the effects of . . . So. Much. Good. Food. Or at least you can begin to. Regardless of what you do, our Cayman Islands cruises are sure to have something relaxing and enjoyable for you to experience and remember. B, L, D - aboard ship

Day 12

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

Day 13

After disembarking we head for the airport for our return flight home. 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.

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 October 24, 2023.


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:

Airport Transfers - $150 per person


Items Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (including optional 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 Insurance


Cancellation\Interruption Protection

Perkiomen Tours recommends that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance for your tour. Optional Travel Insurance for the cruise portion of your tour can be purchased through Holland America and paid for through Perkiomen Tours. Pricing varies based on the cost of the cruise fare, etc. If this is of interest, be sure to request a price of the optional Travel Insurance while making your reservations. Once determined, the cost will be added to your reservation and must be paid at the time of deposit.


Please be aware that optional Travel Insurance offered by the cruise line may not cover transportation (airfare or motorcoach) to and from the cruise terminal. Travel Insurance for the motorcoach or air portion of your tour must be purchased directly by you from a third-party of your choice. Please be aware of the timing of your purchase of third-party travel insurance. Each carrier has their own requirements. One option is Travel Safe Insurance. You can inquire about and purchase insurance directly from Travel Safe through our website,


Cancellation Policy (if not buying Trip Insurance)

90 – 76 days prior to departure          $600 per person non-refundable

75 – 61 days prior to departure          50% non-refundable

60 – 31 days prior to departure          75% non-refundable

30 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
Pennsburg - Motorcoach Perkiomen Tours Office
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
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