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Panama Canal 16 Nights San Fancisco, California to Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A world of wonders awaits your exploration

Panama Canal
16 Days
Departing from from San Francisco, California
Fall 2010
September 28
ms Zuiderdam®

Panama Canal 16 Nights San Fancisco, California to Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The Panama Canal is one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century. As you transit this engineering marvel, listen to its stories of extraordinary human vision, sacrifice and triumph as part of our Explorations Speaker Series. Beyond the canal, find Caribbean island nations and our award winning private island, Half Moon Cay. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Incans and Mayans as you explore the ruins of bygone empires. Discover Costa Rica’s rainforests, Guatemala’s colonial history, and Ecuador’s volcanoes. All this while enjoying our 5-star service, spacious accommodations and first class amenities and activities.
Panama Canal 16 Nights San Fancisco, California to Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Embarkation Date

September 28


Ocean View Unobstructed

Brochure Pricing



Savings to Primo Clients
Government Taxes and Fees: $297.47
Additional Stateroom Types May be Available. Please call for Pricing and Availablity. 1-877-774-6641.
Currency: USD
Please note that prices are listed per person, non-air cruise-only and based on double occupancy and do not include Government Taxes and Fees. Prices are subject to change based on availability. Prices shown in USD.
Additional Details:



Ports of Call: San Francisco, California;  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico;  Huatulco, Mexico;  Puerto Chiapas, Mexico;  Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala;  Corinto, Nicaragua;  Fuerte Amador, Panama;  Enter Panama Canal Balboa;  Exit Panama Canal Cristobal;  Cartagena, Colombia;  Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Itinerary Map


Port of Call
San Francisco, California
5:00 PM
At Sea
At Sea
At Sea
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
At Sea
Huatulco, Mexico
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
8:00 AM
8:00 PM
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
Corinto, Nicaragua
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
At Sea
Fuerte Amador, Panama ON TR
8:00 AM
Fuerte Amador, Panama TR
4:00 AM
Enter Panama Canal Balboa CO
5:00 AM
Exit Panama Canal Cristobal CO
7:00 PM
Cartagena, Colombia
11:00 AM
5:00 PM
At Sea
At Sea
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
7:00 AM



ms Zuiderdam

The ms Zuiderdam began her inaugural season in 2002 as the first ship in our Vista-class series. She embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system. At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. Other notable pieces include a painting of Queen Beatrix by pop culture artist and icon, Andy Warhol, medallions by Frank Lloyd Wright, cast aluminum elevator doors inspired by the art deco work of the New York Chrysler Building, and a massive floral painting by Charles Ben. You will also discover a large collection of antiques and centuries-old paintings throughout the ship.


Ship Highlights


Vista Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options.

Pinnacle Grill: This intimate venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. Featuring premium Sterling Silver Beef®, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari® china, Riedel stemware and Frette® linens.

The Pinnacle Grill offers a level of elegant sophistication unmatched anywhere on the seven seas. Beautifully appointed with Bvlgari® china, Riedel stemware and Frette® linens, the intimate Pinnacle Grill is ideal for a romantic dinner for two or a special group celebration. Creative and innovative menus, drawing from regional ingredients of the highest quality, will delight the palate and ignite the senses. Indulge in hand-selected aged Sterling Silver Beef®, fresh seafood and an extensive, world-class wine list. For this exquisite 5-star dining experience, guests pay a modest surcharge.

Lido Restaurant: offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties.

Located in the center of the Lido deck, our Lido Restaurant offers relaxed dining, extensive menu selections and as always, impeccable service from our attentive, yet unobtrusive staff. Bountiful breakfasts feature fresh-squeezed orange juice, cooked-to-order omelets, pancakes, fresh fruits, natural cereals and yogurts. For lunch, cuisine from around the world, including Asian stir-fry, sushi, pizza, pasta, gourmet sandwiches and an extensive salad bar. At dinner time, the Lido features waiter service and entrees from both the Lido and main Dining Room menus. Dine indoors in air-conditioned comfort or enjoy the fresh salt air on deck.




Vista Show Lounge: features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.

Crow's Nest: offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening.

Curtain Call:

  • Lavish Las Vegas-style production shows created by a production team with more Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar nominations than any other cruise line.
  • Award-winning headliner entertainment including vocalists, illusionists and comedians.
  • After-dinner production shows typically have two times, earlier and later in the evening. Please check the daily schedule on your ship for exact times.

At the Movies

  • Movies with fresh popcorn in the movie theatre
  • Vast movie library for private in-suite viewing


Casino Cruise Activity: Latest Games, Jackpots, Friendly Staff, Fun Tournaments

Aboard each luxurious cruise ship in the Holland America Line fleet, you can enjoy the latest in Las Vegas-style gaming and casino action. Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling the dice for the first time, we have games for all levels of players, as well as complimentary gaming lessons from our friendly dealers for novices, and tournaments for advanced players. Some Casino options include:

  • Table games - Enjoy a wide range of Vegas-style games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps (selected ships), Three Card Poker, Texas hold-em and more
  • Slots - Choose from a wide range of slots from penny to five-dollar machines, as well as video poker. Play the Megacash jackpot, the biggest progressive jackpot on the seven seas linked to over 50 cruise ships worldwide
  • Bingo - Play to win Bingo jackpots up to $2,000; some sailings include a Super Bingo prize
    of $100,000
  • Lottery - Guests on all ships can play the cruise lottery for a chance to win a 7 day cruise
  • Tournaments - also join in the fun of a Slot tournament and Blackjack championship that could let you win a huge cash prize

Club 21 players club

Players can join Holland America Lines new Players Club, ‘Club 21’ you may even be eligible to receive complimentary beverages and other benefits. For more information about Club 21, cruise casino games, Megacash winners and credit lines, please visit There is something for everyone in our onboard casino, so come try your luck - you could walk away a big winner!


Digital Workshop, powered by Windows®: Guests will be able to "show and tell" their vacation memories, learning how to share all their digital memories through email, blogging and social networking — so friends and family can see where they've been cruising even before they return home. Free workshops taught by Microsoft-trained "techsperts" make it easy and fun, even for novices


Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine: our state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen for gourmet presentations, tasting events and intimate cooking classes.

The Culinary Arts Center program, presented by Food & Wine magazine, is a groundbreaking program that integrates guests' love for fine food and wine with a unique and entertaining experience. Immerse yourself in the unique traditions and tastes of the ports of call you will visit. Sample fine wines from around the world or learn to make a new gourmet dish in a hands-on cooking class taught by our own Master Chefs or culinary guests.

The Culinary Arts Center also features:

  • An innovative theatre-style venue with a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen
  • Multiple large plasma video screens so you don't miss the fine details (or you can watch the broadcast from the comfort of your own stateroom)
  • Cooking demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes by our own award-winning chefs and their culinary staff
  • Wine and cheese experts hosting special wine tastings and food pairing seminars
  • Special guest chefs, wine experts and leading cookbook authors who appear in the pages of Food & Wine magazine
  • Book signings, Q&A sessions, market tours in selected ports of call

Demonstrations and Seminars from Top Chefs

The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, provides guests on select Holland America cruises the opportunity to experience demonstrations and hands-on classes conducted by top chefs, wine experts, and leading cookbook authors from the pages of Food & Wine Magazine. Onboard all sailings, you will learn tricks-of-the-trade from top professionals, try your hand at preparing dishes and taste wines representative of the specific ports-of-call you will visit. Guests on selected cruises will also receive Food & Wine recipe cards and wine tasting notes that you may take home along with copies of the magazine. Other opportunities might include book signings, question and answer sessions, specially designed dinner menus and more. Previous guest chefs include:

  • Jacques Torres - Chocolatier Extraordinaire.
  • Max McCalman - Maître Fromager,
    Artisanal Premium Cheese.
  • Marcus Samuellson - Chef of Aquavit and Ringo, NYC.
  • Susan Sokol Blosser - President and wine visionary, Sokol Blosser Winery, Dundee, OR.

Scheduled culinary experts are subject to change at any time without prior notice.


Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times: a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper.

Guests can also enjoy fresh pastries and their favorite espresso drink provided by Torrefazione Italia. Additional highlights include:

  • Internet stations featuring news and email, with free access to The New York Times online edition (wireless hot spots also available for those traveling with laptops)
  • Destination-related content provided by The New York Times, as well as unique travel-related New York Times crossword puzzles
  • Large jigsaw puzzle tables
  • The Explorations Speaker Series on longer voyages, feature guest lecturers and discussions on varied topics related to the history, culture and cuisine of ports of call


Art Tours

Holland America Line is known for the extensive art collections onboard each ship. Now, fine art goes high tech when you sail with Holland America Line. We invite you to enjoy the self-guided walking tour for each ship which highlights the art onboard an eclectic collection that is valued at tens of millions of dollars.

Narrated by well-known radio hosts Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman, the 30- to 40-minute tours include walking directions, interviews with artists, background music and thumbnails of some of the artwork. Download the ship-specific art tour onto your personal iPod®, MP3 or portable media player before you embark on your Holland America Line cruise. Pre-loaded art tours are also available on board.

A painting of Queen Beatrix by pop culture artist and icon, Andy Warhol, is one of the notable art works on board ms Zuiderdam. Art featured in the tour also includes medallions by Frank Lloyd Wright, cast aluminum elevator doors inspired by the art deco work of the New York Chrysler Building, and a massive floral painting by Charles Ben. You will also discover a large collection of antiques and centuries-old paintings throughout the ship.


Spa and Fitness

Greenhouse Spa & Salon: features heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite and have your hair and nails done for a special evening.

Of all the fascinating places you can visit on a Holland America cruise ship, none rejuvenates and relaxes like the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, featuring heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Choose the blissful pampering of a facial therapy or let the trained fingers of a massage therapist sooth your muscles while working fragrant oils into your skin. Enjoy therapeutic water treatments as you steam in a thermal suite or bathe in herbs, all the while cruising to exotic destinations and enjoying the indulgences that are a signature feature of luxurious Holland America Line cruises.

Relaxing treatment rooms also offer breathtaking views where guests can enjoy exotic skin, body and hair treatments ranging from hot stone massages and pedicures to hair styling and facials. Facilities include:

  • A hydrotherapy pool bubbling with warm, therapeutic sea water
  • Heated ceramic lounge reminiscent of an opulent Turkish bath
  • Private treatment rooms, including couple's massage rooms
  • Massage therapy inspired by an exotic blend of cultures — from Hawaiian Lomi Lomi to Chinese Tui Na
  • The latest exotic skin, body, hair and nail treatments
  • Knowledgeable, professional therapists trained to guide you through your spa experience

For rejuvenation through exercise, Holland America Line spas offer fitness classes to help you achieve optimum health and vitality. Yoga, Pilates, Indoor Cycling , aquarobics and cardio circuit training are available for participants at all levels. Take advantage of treadmills, stationary bikes, stairsteppers, rowing machines, weights and weight machines. Staffed with professionals, the tranquil Greenhouse Spa & Salon invites guests to embrace sensory indulgence on a luxurious cruise vacation to remember.

Because the Greenhouse Spa & Salon is such a popular destination, we encourage you to book spa appointments early, preferably right after boarding the ship. Visit to order Greenhouse Spa products online.

Recreation and Fitness

  • Fully equipped Fitness Center
  • Classes in low-impact aerobics, yoga and Pilates
  • Basketball, ping pong, tennis, volleyball, walk-a-mile

Fitness Center and Onboard Recreations

Holland America Line makes it easy for you to stay fit and trim while on your journey with fully equipped fitness centers and sports courts. Fitness centers aboard each ship include exercise and weight training equipment, and sports courts may include tennis, volleyball or basketball. Our broad, generously proportioned teak decks are perfect for walkers and joggers, and when you are finished exercising, cool off in one of our pools. To maintain or achieve optimum health, work with one of our qualified personal trainers or take one of our fitness classes lead by knowledgeable instructors. Fitness classes may include:

  • Pathway to Yoga: Yoga is an ancient Hindu practice that offers a pathway to enlightenment through specific postures and breathing techniques. We offer a variety of Yoga styles in classes for students of all levels.
  • Mat Pilates: Developed in the 1920s by the legendary personal trainer Joseph Pilates, the Pilates method is an exercise system that combines posture and controlled moves. Our class is mat based and appropriate for students of
    all levels.
  • Cardio Ki-Bo Circuit Training: A great combination of Chi-releasing moves including boxercise, kickboxing and aerobic conditioning. We place emphasis on technique and help push you to your cardiovascular limit.
  • Aquarobics: This program features a low-impact water workout. You will effortlessly strengthen tone and energize mind and body.
  • Pilates Reformer: The Pilates method is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk. The Pilates method is not just exercise; it is a series of controlled movements engaging your body and mind, performed on specifically designed exercise apparatus and supervised by trained fitness directors.

ms Zuiderdam features Basketball and Volleyball courts.

Kids and Teens

Club HAL®: our dedicated youth facilities and activities for kids ages 3 to 12; activities are supervised and age appropriate.

The Loft and The Oasis: designed exclusively for teens (13 - 17) to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age.

Ship Facts

Ship's Registry:  The Netherlands

Passenger capacity:  1,916

Crew members:  817

Gross Tonnage:  82,348 grt.

Length:  936 feet

Beam:  105.8 feet

Maximum speed:  24 knots

Dedicated:  April 2004, actress Renée Soutendijk


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